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Swedish Chokladbollar

The tasty chokladboll, infamously once – and alas occasionally still – known as the negerboll, the humble chocolate ball when translated into English, is one of the most popular of all Swedish confections. As I have previously indicated, the Swedes possess a proclivity towards food days, and the chokladboll had its moment earlier this week: chokladbollens dag fell on Monday,…

Easy Fig Ice Cream

Easy Fig Ice Cream

The fig is the first fruit referred to by name in the Bible. In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve – tempted by the serpent, ‘more subtle than any beast of the field’ – taste the unspecified fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. At once realising their nakedness, they sew fig leaves together to cover up their exposed bodies. The Hebrew Bible…

Garlic, Chilli and Lime Prawns with French Fries

Garlic, Chilli and Lime Prawns with French Fries

Prawns are sometimes eaten on their own, perhaps with one dip or a variety of dips; tossed into salads; or cooked as part of Asian dishes, for instance with noodles, or as key components of curries or dumplings. Think of this recipe then as a decidedly less adventurous way to prepare prawns: sans dips, greenery, and Asian influences, but instead as…

Lavender and Yoghurt Scones after Rachel Khoo

Lavender and Yoghurt Scones after Rachel Khoo

It was Sunday, already afternoon, and my partner was still asleep having earlier that morning driven her mother and brother from York to London Stansted. Earlier this year, Ryanair began flying twice weekly between Stansted and Skellefteå airport in the north of Sweden. My partner’s brother lives in that city; while her mother lives in nearby Umeå, the capital of Västerbotten,…

Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

Everything appearing thus far on this site has been a product of me: whether it be a creation of mine, some experience or purchase of mine related, or an article which I have written. Of course, many pieces have concerned works of art or moments in time composed by and of other people; I have drawn variously from books and…

Carrot and Pea Risotto with Chorizo

Carrot and Pea Risotto with Chorizo

Risotto is sometimes conceived a difficult thing to make: a dish which you must observe anxiously and resolutely throughout the course of its cooking, to which you must add precise quantities of liquids, and for which timing is crucial. It is not easy to make anything perfectly; however, I think it is actually fairly easy to make risotto pretty well….