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A Taste of Sweden – IKEA Food Blogger Event [1 of 2]

Photo courtesy of the A Taste of Sweden invite.

Thanks to chocolatesuze, I’d received an invitation from Dave from This is home to attend a food blogger event held at IKEA, Homebush. A Taste of Sweden, and that was certainly what we received.

Other food blogging invitees represented the following blogs (in alphabetical order) A Table for Two, chocolatesuze, Citrus & Candy, eatshow&tell, Grab Your Fork, Here Comes the Food and I Am Obsessed with Food. I have a feeling I’ve left someone out so apologies if I have.

This part one of a two part series.

Jugs of lingonberry and elderflower drink or blood and honey?

The evening started off with drinks. Jugs of lingonberry (red) and elderflower (the other jug) drinks made from concentrates were served, along with a pear cider (black can in the background) which I’d only noticed towards the end of the evening.

FFichiban had come up with the idea of mixing the lingonberry and elderflower drinks together…

Modern day mead of poetry…?

There is a Norse myth regarding the mead of poetry. It starts out with the end of a war between two rival god clans, the Æsir and the Vanir. To seal their truce, the gods spit into a vat and form a man named Kvasir. Though a man so knowledgeable that there was no question he couldn’t answer, he was later killed by dwarves. His blood, mixed with honey, formed the mead of poetry, an elixir that turn the drinker into a scholar or poet.

So, you could say that the spirit of this drink, the mixing of lingonberry (blood) and elderflower (honey), at least in hindsight, and with some artistic license, was based on a truce story.

Did this drink have the properties to confer wisdom or poetry? No, but it did have the power to confer a reduction of thirst in the medium of a tasty beverage. It also drew a gasp or two from IKEA staff who had witnessed what I would have imagined to be a sacrilegious moment.

Helgardh, here I come, eh? At least FFichiban will be there will me to keep me company :)

After a brief introduction and a rundown of the program for the evening, we were given a primer on the cuisine of Sweden by the very knowledgeable Petra. After this rather interesting talk on food (then again almost all talk on food is interesting to me), the opportunity arose to take photos of the Swedish entree platters.

Swedish caviar rolls, made up of röd caviar (red Swedish caviar), onion and creme fraiche wrapped up in mjukt tunnbröd (soft thin bread).

Gravlax (raw salmon cured in salt, sugar and dill), with a honey grain mustard and dill on bread.

Kalles Kaviar (smoked cod roe caviar paste; note the ‘k’) on boiled egg and knäckebröd (rye flour based crisp bread). This sort of open sandwich style arrangement, is typical of breakfast fare in Sweden.

Räkor (shrimps from Sweden, which is supposedly saltier than our native varieties of prawns), boiled egg, lettuce leaf and mayo served on bread and topped with a garnish of cucumber.

The herring tasting platter, consists of various preparations of pickled Baltic herring, a traditional food of Sweden. In the bowls clockwise from the top-left, knäckebröd råg (round crisp bread), Dillsill (pickled herring marinated with dill), Inlagd Sill (marinated with carrot and onion) and Senapssill (marinated in mustard).

The jars of the afore mentioned picked herring preparations.

The massive wheel of what looks to be brie cheese (woohoo!) is in fact knäckebröd (doh!), the big brother version of the knäckebröd råg crisp bread. The perfect way to supersize your canapes :)

The tube is of Kalles Kaviar, the smoked cod roe paste shown on one of the previous entrees.

“The weight is a sign of reliability. I go for reliability.”

Before eating may commence, there is a brief presentation given on a line of frying pans on offer from IKEA’s range, from the light and inexpensive to the weighty and less inexpensive.

Frying pan photos courtesy of the IKEA Australia website.

The range of frying pans presented were the STEKA, KAVALKAD, SKÄNKA (28cm variety), IKEA 365+ (28cm variety). MEDALJ, SENIOR and FAVORIT.

Prices range from (at the time of this post) $4.50 up to $65. All frying pans on offer have some form of non-stick coating.

With the brief presentation and handling of the frying pans out of the way, we were free start with the feasting.

How did the entrees taste? Well, unfortunately you’ll have to wait for Part two of A Taste of Sweden – IKEA Food Blog Event to find out. Part two will also cover the main, desserts, giveaways and events after A Taste of Sweden.

If you can’t wait for Part two to get yourself a frying pan, address and contact details for IKEA can be found here.

Stay tuned, or whatever ever the blog reading equivalent is :)

Edit: Follow on to Part Two…

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{ 9 comments… add one }
  • Simon Food Favourites May 5, 2009, 2:46 am

    a great swedish experience. i think i need one of those frying pans next time i’m at Ikea.
    s :-)

  • FFichiban May 5, 2009, 3:15 am

    Hahah niiicee and the Norse mythology is interesting :) and I love Odin (only from FF though)! Haha I hope Helgardh has all the yummy Swedish food we want!

  • Arwen from Hoglet K May 5, 2009, 11:51 am

    It’s a shame your elixir didn’t make you a wise poet, but at least it tasted good :)

  • Betty May 5, 2009, 1:04 pm

    So jealous of all the food bloggers that went to this event!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 5, 2009, 1:30 pm

    Looks very interesting! I adore Swedish food and Ikea has a best range of it in Sydney! Nice pics :)

  • Karen May 5, 2009, 4:37 pm

    Ummm meatballs! I have a severe craving for it and the schnitzel right now! Was a very good night in Svee-den I say!

  • Yas May 6, 2009, 10:31 am

    Ok, now I’m craving for meatballs after seeing you all talking about it!!

  • Simon May 6, 2009, 10:45 am

    Hi Simon! While you’re at it, you can also pick up some meatballs in the cafeteria :)

    Hi FFichiban! Thanks. I hope you’re right, otherwise we’ll have to stock up at IKEA before we go :)

    Hi Arwen! Yeah, I could do with a little poetry :)

    Hi Betty! I’m sure that there will be other events in the future :)

    Hi Lorraine! Thanks :) They do have a sizable range, huh?

    Hi Karen! Ya, indeed. Fun night! Next time I’ll have to go for the meatballs.

  • Simon May 6, 2009, 10:49 am

    Hi Yas! They’re strangely addictive, huh? :)

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