Menu: Sweden


Att våga är att tappa fotfästet en stund, att inte våga är att förlora sig själv.”

“To dare is to lose your foothold for a moment, to not dare is to lose yourself.” (Strom, 1981)*

Oh, this week. This beautiful week of Swedish cooking.

As with all the “big hitter” countries, I entered this week with trepidation. It wasn’t because of the entree. I knew I’d make Swedish meatballs from the moment I began this Adventure.

No, the main reason I was a bundle of nerves had everything to do with a cake.

A cake!

I really wanted to make a Swedish Princess Cake, but I feared I’d screw it up. I asked you all on our Facebook Page, and so many of you voted that you wanted to see the real deal.  Thank you for motivating me to go for it… for encouraging me to dare.

The recipes and meal review will be posted throughout the week.

Swedish Meatballs [Recipe]
Beautiful, tiny meatballs made with pork and beef, seasoned with a grated onion, cream, and a whisper of nutmeg. Served over buttered egg noodles with a cream gravy. And don’t forget the lingonberry jam. Amazing.

Swedish Princess Cake | Prinsesstårta [Recipe]
The epic, domed cake from Sweden, make with cake, whipped cream, raspberry jam, custard, and marzipan “fondant.” Boy, howdie. Those Swedes sure know how to party.

023_Swedish_Proverb( Storsylen. Photo by Håvard Berland)

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  1. The Prinsesstårta looks a lot like a Sicilian cassata.

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Just looked it up – that looks interesting! Can’t believe I’ve never heard of it until now :)

  2. Crystal says:

    Love Swedish meatballs! Very excited for your recipe! That cake looks impeccable.

  3. Melinda Kaye says:

    Bee-yoooooooo-teee-ful cake!!! Makes up for the lutefisk and creamed codfish balls on toast that I had when I was a kid.

    • Sasha Martin says:

      lol there’s something for everyone in every country … and that goes for challenges, too ;)

  4. I’m so glad that you pressed forward with the cake – it looks like it came out *perfectly*!! Grattis!

  5. I love fish balls! (Of course, in Sweden, you get them in a can. Yums.)

    Your cake looks fantastic.

  6. Nicole D says:

    Meatballs and cake look deeelish. I plan to try the cake someday… when I’m feeling really patient. A lazy summer day sounds perfect.

    P.S. I made the Mealie Bread from Swaziland this weekend along with surf & turf for dear neighbor friends and the whole pan just disappeared like magic. YUM! And when describing where the recipe came from you instantly gained a couple new internet fans. Thanks for inspiring us with the love of food and culture.

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