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Kötbullar accompaniment: chips, mash or boiled?

Is Ikea letting the side down?

Miss Kitten
post 12.Apr.2012, 05:27 PM
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Location: Kronoberg
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My Swede doesn't like plain boiled potatoes and actually prefers to eat köttbullar with macaroni, which I don't like. I like to have them with some kind of potato so we usually compromise and have them with mashed potato.
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entry
post 12.Apr.2012, 06:34 PM
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Location: Västra Götaland
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Hey, whatever works.
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Puffin
post 12.Apr.2012, 07:50 PM
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Location: Dalarna
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QUOTE (entry @ 12.Apr.2012, 10:52 AM) *
Can't really say I like the Willys potato salad, much prefer to make my own with mayo or German style with vinegar, but I can deal with the rödbetssallad(beet salad) sold ... (show full quote)

That lurid purple beetroot salad is scary
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mikewhite
post 12.Apr.2012, 08:42 PM
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Location: United Kingdom
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I only mentioned chips, Puffin, since that is the default inclusive meal at the UK stores.
One used to be able to choose boiled as part of the inclusive instead, but now you must pay separately for them

Incidentally the UK lingon drink is p*ss-weak as well.
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Puffin
post 12.Apr.2012, 08:48 PM
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Location: Dalarna
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I read somewhere recently (can't remember where) that many British kids had never eaten a boiled potato - fried and processed potatoes (curlies/waffles etc) totally dominate the market

... a shame
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post 12.Apr.2012, 08:57 PM
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Location: Västra Götaland
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Don't kids in the UK get school lunches?
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BritVik
post 12.Apr.2012, 09:22 PM
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Well we did back in the 40's, and I can still remember the smell of cooking cabbage coming from the school kitchen. Enough to put you off school meals for life. And as I recall, we paid 5/- per week for the privilege. And the dear old cook, Mrs. Jessop, used to wonder where our appetites had gone, when growing lads shook their heads at what was offered. We seldom saw meat, and the fish - that had gone all the way down from Grimsby on a lorry to Billingsgate Market in London, then back up to Huntingdon to the school. I reckon that it used to walk the last bit of the way - - -

Ah - those were the days. Oh yes, and the 1/3 of a pint milk bottles - out in the sun during the morning, and close to being sour when served up.

But meatballs - never saw them. But now they should be served with boiled or mashed potatoes, or macaroni. Or cold on an open sandwich. Well that's my opinion as an Ancient Brit anyway. With chips - aldrig! ! ! angry.gif
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mikewhite
post 12.Apr.2012, 09:26 PM
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Location: United Kingdom
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In other respects they are making the stores more like the Swedish ones, it's only the absence of a big red Ingång that distinguishes the lower entrance; it even says "hej" at the doorway now.
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post 12.Apr.2012, 10:01 PM
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Location: Västra Götaland
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QUOTE (BritVik @ 12.Apr.2012, 10:22 PM) *
Well we did back in the 40's, [...] But meatballs - never saw them. But now they should be served with boiled or mashed potatoes, or macaroni. Or cold on an open sandwich. ... (show full quote)

Well BritVik I doubt many people even outside of the school even got to smell a meat ball during those days, in or out of school.

School food was too rich for our blood. My brother's and I brown bagged it after those nifty cartoon lunch boxes with matching thermoses went out of style sometime in the early 70s.
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Gunnar Larsson
post 12.Apr.2012, 10:25 PM
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QUOTE (byke @ 12.Apr.2012, 04:44 PM) *
I think this says a lot about what goes into Swedish meatballs and their value when potatoes are seen as a high cost or luxury if to include them with a Swedish meatball.. So Nordic.

The receipt I got once at IKEA Leeds said "Gothenburg balls", sounds rather exclusive (and scary..) to me..
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byke
post 12.Apr.2012, 10:58 PM
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QUOTE (Puffin @ 12.Apr.2012, 09:48 PM) *
I read somewhere recently (can't remember where) that many British kids had never eaten a boiled potato - fried and processed potatoes (curlies/waffles etc) totally dominate the market. ... a shame

While I am sure its totally possible, I cant help but think Daily Mail headline.
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mikewhite
post 12.Apr.2012, 11:15 PM
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Location: United Kingdom
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Yes byke, the headline would be "Socialist Swedes deny kids choice of chips !"
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Puffin
post 13.Apr.2012, 08:18 PM
Post #28
Location: Dalarna
Joined: 5.Apr.2006

QUOTE (byke @ 12.Apr.2012, 11:58 PM) *
While I am sure its totally possible, I cant help but think Daily Mail headline.

Nope - don't think it was the Daily Wail - think it was a government survey - there was another survey a few years ago that stated the percentage of UK kids that only get their 5 fruit and veg a day on Christmas Day

Many schools serve a lot of processed potato products - smiley faces are popular/waffles/fries/ croquets because they are locked into these 25 year catering contracts based on cheap junk food signed in the big privatisation push

Some have gone over to Jamie Oliver where it's all spag bol, drumsticks and rice and jacket potatoes

Many UK kids don't eat school lunch but take their own - although I've heard some great stories from teachers I know about "packed lunches" consisting of half-eaten MacDonalds/kebabs from the previous night - or in one case the "packed lunch" was a jar of Nutella with a spoon
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mikewhite
post 13.Apr.2012, 11:41 PM
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Location: United Kingdom
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When I used to work in Sweden I liked the slightly roasted small potatoes they sometimes served in the works canteen.

But just as Italians have their "appropriate" sauces for different pasta, I understand that certain foods in Sweden have their "natural" partners.
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 14.Apr.2012, 12:13 AM
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Joined: 21.Dec.2006

About "Spuds":

Nobody has mentioned boiled potatoes with dill...with the meatballs...why?????????????????
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