Wednesday, 8 May 2013

International Food Night - Sweden

I've had a lot of wonderful feedback over the years on the concept of International Food Night.  A lot of "Gee, I should do that with my kids" but also a bit of "What a lot of work".  

So, I thought I'd share with you some of our International Food Night adventures in the hope of inspiring, encouraging and, hopefully, making things a bit easier for you.

Please note that I am in no way a cultural or culinary expert.  My International Food Night meals are either things I've learnt from friends and family or found on the internet! 

I'm starting with one of our favourites...Sweden.

(Making your own flag is a fun way to decorate and Sweden's is easy enough to draw it free hand or search online for map colouring pages- there are heaps of them!)
We've 'visited' Sweden on a few occasions now.  This is for a couple of reasons: 
1) It makes us think of our friends who live there- especially if my Dad happens to be (actually) visiting them.  

2) The food is really delicious and we can never choose which of our two favourite meals to have! 

Sweden can also be a really easy option to get you started on International Food Night- if you live near an Ikea.  Yep, I'm talking meatballs!

The Swedish meatballs at Ikea, however, are not gluten free so I make my own.  There are a number of recipes online but the one I like the best is Jamie Oliver's from his "Jamie Does...".  You can see it here.  All I do is substitute the dried breadcrumbs for a gluten free crumb mix.

Jamie's cream sauce is, in my opinion, not as good as Ikea's.  So, I stock up on sauce packets whenever I'm in Brisbane (or get wonderful family members to buy them for me before they visit!)  While you're there, make sure you get the Lingon berry jam too.  You need the jam to really make the meatballs zing!
The other recipe we adore comes from my friend, Carina.  She made it for us the first time I met her.  Don't be put off by the list of ingredients.  Chicken, banana, peanuts, bacon and sweet chilli sauce sound like an odd combination, but it's a winner.

The dish is called Flygande Jakob or Flying Jacob.  There are lots of great stories surrounding its invention too.

Carina served hers with a yummy salad of raw broccoli florets (chop 'em small), diced tomato and Italian salad dressing.  Easy and delicious!  Great contrast to the creamy Flying Jacob too.

There are probably a lot of decadent dessert choices, but I'm often limited by my need to keep it gluten free.  This one was perfect for me and the kids.  There are a lot of different versions of Marangsviss, and I can't find the original recipe I followed, which is basically an Eton Mess.

We used mini meringues, whipped cream, strawberries and chocolate sauce layered up like a parfait.  So good!

So that's my easy and delicious Swedish feast.  I hope it inspires you to try your own International Food Night soon.  Except you, Carina.  Maybe you can have a meat pie and mushy peas and call it 'visiting' Australia? ; ) xx


  1. Love this! We also do international days here at home, but still haven´t do Sweden. Have to put it on our list! :)

    1. How did I miss this comment?!? Thanks, Nuria. I do hope you try it. Flygande Jacob is delicious! S x

  2. We did eat our share of "Swedish" meatballs and lingonberry sauce while we lived just over the Oresund bridge in Denmark. Ikea made them so popular! :) Thanks for sharing. I loved seeing how your prepared the kids for the night too. Ah, I guess I'll have to start posting about our nights too but I hope you'll keep up yours. I'd love to see more! :)

    1. You have motivated me to post another one, Valerie! I would love to see what meals you make, it'd be great to swap recipes. Thanks so much for visiting. Sarah : )


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