The Swedish Table

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"Although I never physically fit in . . . being the sole tall, awkward African American among a sea of beautiful blonde, blue-eyed Swedes, it was my home. When I tasted the first potato of the summer, just dug out of the ground, or when I picked the first ripe cloudberry and popped it in my mouth, or when I took in the scent of seawater and we grilled salmon just off the boat, it didn't matter what I looked like - I was Swedish. I was home, and I did belong." -Helene HendersonDrawing on her fondest childhood ...
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"Although I never physically fit in . . . being the sole tall, awkward African American among a sea of beautiful blonde, blue-eyed Swedes, it was my home. When I tasted the first potato of the summer, just dug out of the ground, or when I picked the first ripe cloudberry and popped it in my mouth, or when I took in the scent of seawater and we grilled salmon just off the boat, it didn't matter what I looked like - I was Swedish. I was home, and I did belong." -Helene HendersonDrawing on her fondest childhood memories, Helene Henderson offers welcome insight into the treasures of Swedish cooking. From the potato, a Swedish staple, to dessert, the start of Swedish cuisine, The Swedish Table contains more than 125 recipes, including Yellow Pea Soup with Bacon (Artsoppa), Lentil Salad with Radishes (Linssallad), Aquavit and Dill Marinated Salmon (Gravlax), Swedish Meatballs with Gravy (Kottbullar), and the country's traditional pastry, Bulla.Encompassing both traditional Swedish dishes and modern, updated recipes, Henderson combines the ingredients and scents from the past with the produce and flavor of today. The Swedish Table includes an extensive guide to Swedish traditions and celebrations, the foods that accompany them, and a color gallery of photos. With this complete collection of elegant yet easy-to-follow recipes, Henderson takes us on an enticing tour through the magic of the forest, the lakes, and the farms of the Swedish countryside.
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"As someone who loves to eat and has enjoyed Helene's cooking, I certainly recommend this very interesting cookbook." -Barbara Streisand
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816645138
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2005
  • Pages: 185
  • Sales rank: 1,228,567
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Helene Henderson is an African American, Swedish-born chef who was raised in Lulea, Sweden, where she learned cooking. In 1997, she started Lavender Farms Catering in Los Angeles, specializing in organic foods and feeding some of the most famous mouths in town. She lives with her husband, screenwriter and director John Stockwell, and their three children.
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Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgements Introduction Swedish Holidays, Customs and Celebrations From Heaven: Hot and Chilled Soups Ice Blended Rosehips Soup/Tea with Whipped Cream -- Nyponsoppa Chilled Blueberry Soup with Citrus Infused Creme Fraiche -- Blabarssoppa Vanilla Rhubarb Soup -- Rabarbersoppa Yellow Pea Soup with Bacon, Cherry Tomatoes and Parsley -- Artsoppa Vegetable Soup with Prosciutto filled Gnocchi -- Gronsakssoppa med Kroppkakor Nettle, Sorrel and Baby Spinach Soup with Garlic Croutons -- Nasselsoppa Asparagus and Yukon Gold Potato Soup with Roasted Tomatoes -- Sparrissoppa Potato and Leek Soup with Fried Parsley -- Potatis och Purjoloksoppa Red Beet Soup with Carrots and Balsamic Vinegar -- Rodbetssoppa Lentil Soup with Roasted Garlic and Baby New Potatoes -- Linssoppa Grilled Fish Soup with Saffron and Bacon -- Fisksoppa med Bacon Sweet Pea Soup -- Gronartsoppa Wild Mushroom Soup -- Svampsoppa From the Earth: Potatoes Baby Potatoes with Sea Salt and Dill -- Potatis med Orter och Salt Grilled Baby New Potato Salad with French Green Beans and Mint -- Potatissallad med Haricot vert Layered Three Cheese Russet and Sweet Potato Gratin -- Potatis Gratang Potato Salad with Herb Vinaigrette, Olives sand Red Onions -- Potatissallad med Oliver Tri-colored potato hash with bacon, corn and roasted red pepper -- Pytt-i-panna Jansson's Temptation with Smoked Salmon and Capers -- Jansson's Frestelse Skillet Roasted Potatoes with Fresh Herbs and Lemon -- Rastekt Potatis med Orter och Citron Hasselbacks Potatoes -- Hasselbackspotatis Potato Pancakes -- Rarivna Potatisplattar Classic Mashed Potatoes -- Potatismos Potatoes Cooked in Cream and Dill -- Dillstuvad potatis Vegetarian Potato Lasagna -- Potatis Lasagne From the Forest and the Farm: Meat, Game and Chicken Absolut Wild Game with Chanterelle Mushrooms -- Algstek med Kantarellsas Roasted Rack of Venison with Herb Vinaigrette -- Renkotletter med Basilikasas Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Corn Sauce -- Fillet Mignon med Majssas Juniper and Lavender Marinated Rack of Lamb -- Marinerade Lammkotletter Calf's Liver with Bacon and Caramelized Onion -- Lever Stekt i Skivor med Lok och Bacon Roasted Garlic and Sun Dried Tomato Stuffed Loin of Pork -- Flask Fille med Vitlok Oven Baked Veal Roast with Parsley Vinaigrette -- Kalvstek med Persiljesas Swedish Meatballs with Gravy -- Kottbullar Chicken with Prosciutto and Gruyere Cheese with Apple Pomegranate Relish -- Kycklingrulader med Ost, Skinka och Appelchutney Rosemary Chicken Skewers with Bacon Wrapped Figs -- Rosemarin Marinerade Kycklingspett med Fikon Chickensnitzel with Caper Berries, Parsley and Lemon -- Kycklingschnitzel Pineapple, Orange and Lime Marinated Chicken Breast -- Ananas Marinerade Kyckling Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables -- Kyckling i Ugn From the Sea: Fish and Shellfish Aquavit and Dill Marinated Salmon -- Gravlax Gravlax with Mustard Dill Sauce and Fresh Baby Spinach -- Gravlax med Dillsas Smoked Salmon Tartar -- Gravlax Tartar Grilled Salmon Fillets with Tarragon and Pink Peppercorn Sauce -- Grillad Lax med Rosepepparssas Grilled Salmon Fillets with Herb Butter and Cucumber Salsa -- Grillad Lax med Gurksalsa Oven Baked Whole Salmon with Dill, Rosemary and Lemon -- Lax med Rosamarin och Citron Marinated Arctic Char with White Fish Roe Sauce -- Fisk med Lojromsas Grilled Fish Kebabs with Tomato Salad -- Fiskspett med Tomatsallad Cabbage Wrapped Sea Bass with Saffron Sauce -- Fisk Kaldolmar Halibut with Fresh Herb Crust -- Halleflundra med Ort SkorpaFillet of Sole with Lemon Sauce and Baby Artichokes - Fisk med Citron och KronartskockaFillet of Sole with Leeks, Tomatoes and Olives - Fisk med Tomater och OliverGrilled Lake Trout with Lemon and Mint - Gadda med CitronCornflake Crusted Crispy Fried Fresh Water Perch - Abborre med Majsfling SkorpaLake Trout Stuffed with Tomatoes and Garlic - Abborre med TomaterShrimp with Orange, Tomato and Tabasco - Rakor med ApelsinsasCrayfish feast - KraftorFrom the Garden: Vegetables and SaladsSpring Green Beans with Anchovies Tomatoes and Olives - Haricot Verts med OlvierCelery Salad - SellerisalladWhite Asparagus Salad - SparrissalladLemongrass and Lime Cucumber Salad - GurksalladRoasted Baby Beet Salad - RodbetssalladDandelion Green Salad with Gooseberries and Cilantro Vinaigrette - MaskrossaladDandelion Greens with Bosc Pears and Shallots - Kokta Maskrosor med ParonApple Jalapeno Red Cabbage Salad - Rodkalsallad med AppelPizza Salad - PizzasalladBrussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Italian Sausages - Brysselkal med Lok och KorvWhite Bean Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Cherry Tomatoes - VitbonsalladRefried Hot and Sweet Swedish Brown Beans - Bruna BonerRed Beet Latkes with Creme Fraiche and Chives - RodbetsbiffarLentil Salad with Radishes - LinssalladFrom the Deli: SandwichesPLT: Pancetta, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich - SkinksmorgasSLT: Salmon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich - LaxsmorgasGrilled Cheese Panini - Grilled OstsmorgasSandwich Cake - Traditional - SmorgastartaSandwich Cake - Grilled Vegetable - Smorgastarta med Grillade GronsakerCurried Egg Salad Sandwiches with Sunflower Sprouts - AggsalladsmorgasArctic Shrimp and Cucumber Sandwiches with Chipotele Creme - RaksmorgasGravlax and Nasturtium Sandwiches with Mustard Dill Sauce - Gravlaxsmorgas med SenapsasSmoked Salmon Sandwiches with Herb Butter - Gravlaxsmorgas med OrtsmorLime Marinated Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Radicchio and Olives - Kycklingsallad smorgasWhitefish Roe Sandwiches with Chives and Shallots - LojromsmorgasFrom the Chicken Coop: Eggs, Waffles and PancakesOven Baked Swedish Bacon Pancake, 4-1-1 Pancake - FlaskpannkakaWaffles with Lingon Berries - VafflorSwedish Pancakes - PannkakorSwedish Pancakes with Bacon, Shrimp and Corn filling - Pannkakor med Rakor, Bacon och Majs fyllningSwedish Pancakes with Wild Mushroom Filling - Pannkakor med Svamp FyllningSwedish Pancakes with Arctic Shrimp Filling - Pannkakor med Rak FyllningLost Eggs with Serrano Ham and Baby Spinach - Forlorade Agg med SkinkaFresh Herb Omelet with Gravlax - Gravlaxomelett med OrterLox and Cream Cheese Quiche - Lax och OstpajPotato Quiche with Prosciutto - Potatispaj med FlaskFrittata with Potatoes, Salmon and Tomatoes - Potatis och Lax AggroraFrom the Oven: Desserts, Pastries and BreadSaffron and Raisin Buns (Santa Lucia buns) - Lusse KatterFat Tuesday Buns - SemlorBulla - BullaGifflar, Sweet Rolls with Almond Paste - GifflarCinnamon Rolls - Kaffebrod med KanelCardamom Rolls - Kaffebrod med KardemummaApple Cranberry Coffeecake - Appelkaka KaffebrodDream Cookies - DrommarWhiskey Ginger Snaps - PepperkakorPearl Sugar Cookies - Karl XV's KakorSwedish Cheese Cake - Ost KakaThree Berry Birthday Cake - Fodelsedagstarta med JordgubbarCloud Berry Short Cakes - Smakakor med HjortronFlourless Meyer Lemon Apple Cake with Vanilla Sauce - Appelkaka med VaniljkramRice Pudding, Risa a la Malta - Risgrynspudding "ris a la malta" med SaftsasRice Pudding Creme Brulee - Creme BruleeRhubarb Crisp - Rababer PajLimpa, Soft Rye Bread - LimpaSwedish Crisp Bread - KnackerbrodFrom the Bar: BeveragesBerry Juice - SaftStrawberry Papaya Juice - Jordgubbe och PapayasaftBlueberry Lemonade - BlabarsdrickaGooseberry Juice - KrusbarsdrickaFresh Cranberry Juice - LingondrickaStrawberry Rhubarb Juice - Jordgubbe och RabarberdrickaGlogg - GloggAquavit - AquavitRosehips tea - NyponteNettle herb tea - Te pa NasslorChamomile tea - OrtteFrom the Forest: Wild Berry PreservesCloudberry Preserve - Rarord HjortronsyltRaspberry Preserve - HallonsyltGooseberry Preserve - KrusbarssyltStrawberry Preserve - JordgubbssyltBlood Orange Preserve - BloodapelsinmarmeladeLingonberry Preserve - LingonsyltCranberry Relish - Rarord LingonsyltAbsolut Cranberries with Lavender Honey - Lingonsylt med VodkaIndex
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2005


    The Swedish Table demonstrates that not only are the French good cooks, but so are the Swedes! Helene Henderson was born and raised in Sweden. She learned cooking from her grandmother and worked in the family business. She owns a catering business in Los Angeles where she is known for utilizing organic food. She lives there with her husband and three children. This book has some lovely color photos. Henderson takes us on a journey with each recipe and makes me feel her enthusiasm and love of her heritage. Her recipes are easy-to-read and being she has been living in the United States, she understands what we don't know of her culture and does an excellent job at explaining the food and culture. Her recipes are so well written that this book is perfect for the novice or for the person curious of Swedich cuisine. The chapters included in this book are: Hot and Chilled Soups Potatoes Meat, Game and Chicken Fish and Shellfish Vegetables and Salads Sandwiches Eggs, Waffles and Pancakes Desserts, Pastries and Bread Beverages and Wild Berry Preserves. Some wonderful recipes you will find in this book are: Gravlax and Nasturtium Sandwiches with Mustard-Dill sauce, Lentil Soup with Roasted Garlic and Baby New Potatoes, Roasted Baby Beet Salad, Sweet Rolls with Almond Paste. I would have never thought that I would be a fan of Swedish food, but now I am. This book has inspired me to research more about the country and desires to visit the country.

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