Swedish Christmas with a very large ham

Some things in life are about compromise and we usually compromise for as long as we want to and it feels ok to do so. In our household we celebrate Christmas on different days and to make everyone happy and Christmas a little bit more festive we have a Swedish Christmas on December 24th and an English … Continue reading

A Swedish Christmas with English friends

Christmas is a holiday that brings joy but it can also bring stress. I decided many years ago that Christmas should be relaxing and fun. This year so much has happened. I was thinking about friends, new friends, we have meet so many, old friends, so dear to me. Our move this year to the … Continue reading

A very relaxed Christmas with friends

It was a great Christmas but slightly unconventional. I suppose it started in New York where my senses were assaulted by Christmas everywhere, in the nicest possible way. The Christmas dinner at Fjäderholmarnas Krog in Stockholm was the traditional dinner. After that it went slightly unconventional. Since I went to Stockholm I was behind and … Continue reading

An English Christmas in Sweden – Turkey time

After a lovely Swedish Christmas on December 24th we did what we have done the past years, celebrating an English Christmas on December 25th. All Swedish Christmas foods set aside and my Swedish friends had bought a lovely but quite large free range, organic turkey. A Swedish Christmas Turkey, oven 175C – 30 mins/kg 1 Turkey  (this … Continue reading

It was a very Merry Christmas!

The build up before Christmas was so long somehow this year. It could have been the German Christmas market perhaps, I was there on December 1st already. The good thing is that when Christmas finally arrived I was truly ready, or so I thought until I realized I was one present short! Nothing that could not be … Continue reading

When something is so good – you have to go back! The Blackboard Bistro revisited

I can’t believe it but for my Christmas dinner in Dublin, well there was only one place to go, the Blackboard Bistro on Clare street. It is a small place but it is full of atmosphere and you always get a wonderful welcome. It is the kind of restaurant I always wished I lived closer … Continue reading

A traditional Swedish Christmas dinner with lots of snow

I was going to Sweden for a couple of meetings and a Swedish company Christmas dinner. Already on the way I was thinking about Swedish foods and one of my absolute favourites is bleak roe. The bleak roe is eaten with sour cream, finely chopped red onion, finely chopped chive and toasted biroche or blinis. This flavour … Continue reading

German Christmas spirit part two

We both woke up quite early the following morning and decided to go and see what the breakfast buffet had to offer. It was quite large but a little unusual for out pallets. This did not stop me from trying, tomato and mozzarella salad and crab salad, but they also had some wonderful German sausages … Continue reading

German Christmas spirit part one

I have a friend who lives in Belgium, I used to see her quite often but then time went by and before what seemed like no time at all, four years had passed and it was getting slightly embarrassing, for the both of us! Said an done earlier this year we booked a weekend away, just … Continue reading

Christmas two ways, two days

It didn’t start well, on my way for some last minute shopping it was pouring down with rain and too windy to even try and use an umbrella! I felt half drenched and not Christmas spirited when I reached the stores but much to my amazement it was almost empty and actually a lovely experience! … Continue reading