I had a small butter incident in The Dining Room at the Spritmuseum Stockholm. When they tried to clear the plate with a small smear of butter remaining, my hand shot out and my finger was in my mouth quick as a wink. Just writing this, I can feel and taste it on my tongue.
Take a ferry to Djurgarden to visit some of the Museums and include lunch or dinner at the Spritmuseum.
Lunch on a beautiful, late summer afternoon made for a perfect day combined with visits to The Vasa and Abba museums.
The restaurant focuses on local, organic ingredients with a focus on vegetables.
Starting with fresh warm brown bread and hand churned butter. Yes, thank you, we would like more.
A starter of salted pike and cucumber in elder-flower vinegar, tomato and fig leaf was a bright start.
Fermented corn soup with yeast and nasturtium was a pleasant surprise. There was a depth of flavor you wouldn’t expect from corn soup.
Grilled beets and chanterelles with onions in a parsley puree was another hit. The beets sweet contrasted wonderfully with the earthy chanterelles and the onions added a touch of sharpness.
We also got to try Himmelsraften a pressed hard, unpasteurized cow cheese named for a mountain in northern Sweden. Lovely with some honeycomb on the side.
Buckwheat pancakes (like not pancake I’ve ever seen) with blueberries and cream left us with a sweet ending.
I don’t like buffets and I didn’t like herring but all that changed on a recent trip to Stockholm.
The Verandan restaurant at The Grand Hotel is a bright and cheerful room overlooking the water with equally cheerful people serving and guiding you through the original smorgasbord. 1st up start with a plate of herring some crisp bread and cheese. I was told that the herring was best with a shot of house made snaps – 1874 Grand Aquavit, flavoured with cumin, anise and fennel and followed with a local lager. Save room for the salmon, potatoes and meatballs. Plan to spend some time. Drink more Aquavit. You’ll love Stockholm.
Food. I love to eat , cook and grow it. With over 50 years of fighting with my weight it may be understandable that I’m uncomfortable saying that.
Wine is my favourite hobby and coffee is a passion. The best days start with a couple of great Americanos, then I spend a few hours hydrating with a couple of litres of water until it’s time to open today’s bottle of wine.
I’ve been eating one meal a day since May 15, 2018. It’s liberating. I can easily go through most days with nothing but coffee and water if I know I’m going to have something fabulous for dinner. No guilt and nothing is off limits.
Today I realized I had a dilemma. Since 1995 I’ve quite coffee for the month of February. Should I quit coffee in 2019? Does my “One Meal A Day” practice trump my annual abstinence?