Monday, 26 June 2017

Pictures from the Swedish midsummer Supper Club


3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London

Left to Right: Chef Linn Soderstrom, msmarmitelover, chef Marian Ringborg of Spring restaurant: 3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London

We started out by nicking beech leaves from the ground of a local council block. An old lady stopped me:
What do you think you are doing? 
Don't worry, we would never harm a tree. We are gardeners, Swedish gardeners. (I hear Linn squawk in the background). 
You should have asked tuts the lady.
I try to enthuse her about our project:
We are collecting beech to decorate a crucifix. It's a really important midsummer festival. For Swedish people. Everyone does it.  
It's not pagan is it? 
Noooo. Course not. Hahaha. 
I'm not actually sure though. We've made a 7 foot high crucifix from willow branches. On each arm there is a ring. Beech leaves and flowers are wound around the willow. It's all quite Wicker Man.
Linn says we will have to sing a song and dance around it. Surprisingly our midsummer supper club guests appear quite keen on the prospect. They ask if they have to be nude as well.
It's up to you.
I answer, quietly hoping they will. Visions of smearing my body with mud while wearing a flower crown come to mind. Like The Slits cover. Linn looks appalled.

Midsummmer this year has been the hottest since we started three years ago. On the one hand, I'm delighted, it means we can definitely sit outside. On the other, the 33C heat is energy sapping. I can barely function in the kitchen even with the Aga (a Swedish oven) turned down. Fortunately much of the meal, the first half, the smorgasbord, is served cold. The second half is hot BBQ, cooked on the Big Green Egg outside. My fridges aren't coping very well in the heat however. Everything needs to be kept in the fridge. Everything is wilting. 
A couple of days previously I have to throw away two sides of cured salmon that I was trying to cold smoke in the BGE. Even though I was doing it at night, when the temperature drops, it was still too warm. The salmon cooked rather than smoked. When I went to check at 4am, the salmon was luke warm and slightly squelchy rather than firm to the touch. I wasn't going to risk serving it. I discover that you can cold smoke from frozen so if this happens again, I will freeze the salmon. I still had one beetroot-cured salmon in the fridge which we could use as gravad lax. 

The Telegraph has written that hygge is over and that Swedish midsummer feasts are the new trend. We aren't mentioned in the article. I expect everyone will be doing it next year. But if you want to come to the original Swedish Midsummer Supper Club, with chef Linn Soderstrom and myself, book early. We are the best. 

The menu this week

Elderflower aquavit cocktail: 3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London
canapés: 3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London
Elderflower aquavit with tonic and wild strawberries
Vasterbotten cheese and Kallix roe on Peters Yard crispbread
Smoked salmon rolls with dill and sour cream on soft bread
sandalwood herring from Kladesholmen: 3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London
Sandalwood pickled herring from Gothenburg company Kladesholmen
Potatoes, red onion, sour cream and chives, mustard dill sauce
smoked salmon on the smorgasbord: 3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London
Smoked salmon
Beetroot cured gravadlax and the Swedish midsummer horse: 3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London
Beetroot cured salmon
Smoked salmon cheesecake with borage: 3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London
Smoked salmon 'cheese cake' with borage and cucumber. (I saw this in my recent visit to Stockholm and asked Linn to make it about which she was dubious. It's actually quite naff in Sweden, the sort of thing your nan makes. It's the Swedish equivalent of quiche. When my nan discovered quiche in the 80s, every time we went round we got bloody quiche. I don't even like quiche. So I understand Linn's reluctance). 
Pink pickled egg with yuzu caviar: 3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London
Pink pickled eggs with yuzu roe and geranium flowers

Home-made knackebrod: honey, pickled fennel seeds from the garden

Vegan Smorgasbord
Vegan 'herring' pickled and creamy
Carrot dip with crudités, flowers and herbs
Yuzu 'roe' on crispbread with dill vegan mayo
Mini baked potatoes with vegan yoghurt and mushrooms.

Hot Courses with vegan options
bbq on the big green egg:  3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London
Big green egg:  3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London
granbarksost from Jurss Mejeri  3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London
Oven baked Swedish bark cheese granbarksost from Jurss Mejeri with radishes, baby cauliflower, carrots, herbs
granbarksost from Jurss Mejeri:  3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London
Grilled pointy cabbage with butter
baby potatoes with samphire, carrots, day lilies:  3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London
Baby potatoes with samphire, carrots and day lilies 
Fennel, girolles, butter
baby leeks for the bbq:  3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London
Grilled asparagus, French beans, baby leeks
Sauces: 
Chimichurri
Creamy herb dressing

Dessert
Strawberry cake.
(Strawberries are an essential part of the Midsummer celebration).
Aquafaba meringue with vegan gooseberry curd and wild strawberry vegan ice-cream

French rose goat's cheese
Pavé Cobble
Waterloo Guernsey Milk
Shropshire Blue
Brunost Norwegian (like cheese fudge!)
Sour Iranian cherries
Home-made quince membrillo

fika time: coffee.  3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London
Coffee

Got a bonfire going:  3rd annual Swedish midsummer supper club with msmarmitelover and Linn Soderstrom in London

5 comments:

  1. Food looks too good to eat! Bet it all tasted delicious and look like you all had a fantastic Swedish Midsummer. Pink pickled eggs for me please! A feast indeed. A for effort working in that heat. I would have been a puddle in the corner :)

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    1. The heat omg. Horrendous. We were limp. Had to have a rest in the middle of the day.

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  2. all looks great, but wow that's a lot of salmon to throw away! Looks like a great menu. Love the swedish coffee cups too!

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    1. Heart breaking. Not safe to eat though, didn't want to take a risk. Expensive too. And I feel guilty about a fish dying for nothing.
      Coffee cups are actually Dutch - vintage recreation. Lovely aren't they?

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  3. No dancing while singing the coack-song?? When I took midsummer to Scotland many years ago, the party ended with the may (midsummer) pole burned, klan-style dancing over a sword...

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