Wendy invited me along to the Try Swedish masterclass, hosted by Gizzi Erskine and Edd Kimber. I reluctantly admit that before tonight, I knew very little about Swedish cuisine. However this event certainly opened my eyes to this nation’s food, drink and lifestyle.
Sweden has certainly jumped up a number of places on my wanderlust list.
Before we stepped into the kitchen, we were greeted with a cocktail and some nibbles. The Snälleröds Jungfrun with coriander and cucumber was served with ice from the Torne River – the same that they use for the Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel. The reindeer with Kalix bleak roe, quail egg and horseradish on toast was definitely memorable, as well as the oysters.
In the kitchen, we were placed in different groups to prepare various courses. My group cooked smoked char (an Arctic fresh water fish) from Börtnan with pea purée, browned butter, grilled salad, Maximus cheese from Klövsjö and pickled onion.
That magic moment when the smoked char was released.
While my group worked on the smoked char dish, the other half of the kitchen were preparing a wonderful tartar of langoustines and oysters from Orust Shellfish with mussels and (a delightful addition) apple.
Soon everyone was buzzing to sit down and eat what we’d all helped to prepare. We were treated to some Swedish beer, a wine made from a tree (really!), and port from Hällåkra vineyard to accompany three blue cheeses from Soldattorpet and Vilhelmsdals.
A mouth-watering evening was finished off perfectly with apple crumble and a sweet dessert wine.