This Midsummer's Eve I made a strawberry ice cream cake with fresh Swedish strawberries, meringues, whipped cream and (of course) vanilla ice cream. It only took me about five minutes to put it all together! And it tasted heavenly amazing!! So it is definitely a cake I will do many times again in the future (not only on Midsummer's Eve). :p
Below are some snaps of My Midsummer Eve Five Minute Strawberry Ice Cream Cake.
Fresh Swedish strawberries - simply the best! :-)
All I really did was to assemble it all, so this is how my cake turned out. :p
And I was not the only one who thought it looked yummy. Lol!
The best way to enjoy this Strawberry Ice Cream Cake was outside on a hot summer day.
Well, she enjoyed almost every part of the cake. Lol!
It has been a slow blogging summer season for me so far. But I have gathered quite a lot of blogging material however, so as soon as I have my vacation (in about five weeks) I will devote a lot of that time to catching up with my blogs and with the blogosphere. Until then I will keep posting as often as I manage to keep my eyes open longer than a few hours after arriving back home after work in the evenings. Phew!
But despite working a lot, including extra work on weekends now and then, I am having a wonderful summer here in Sweden!
We have had a lot of sun and hot weather lately so it does truly feel like summertime now. Very sweet! :p I hope you all also are having a great summer by the way? And that you have time to cool off with some strawberries and ice cream (cake) now and then. Hehe. ;-)
So this Friday was Midsummer's Eve here in Sweden, a day which I actually think feels more like Sweden's National Day than the actual Swedish National Day. I say that because the celebration of Sweden's National Day is rather new, compared with the celebration of Midsummer's Eve in Sweden. Anyway, Midsummer's Eve is also a day that, at least for me, revolves a lot around Swedish food. :p
A Swedish Midsummer Pole.
Now I did go to check out a Midsummer Pole on Midsummer's Eve, but unfortunately the games and dances around the pole had already ended when I got there... Probably because the weather was a bit unreliable. Even so, I did take a few photos of it. I also took photos of the rest of my Midsummer Eve highlights of course, which mainly consisted of different foods though. Lol! Actually, I am starting to think I might be a bit food obsessed..? Ehum...
Anyway, below are some photos from my Midsummer's Eve 2012. :-)
The Midsummer Pole in Rödeby in Sweden. Where most festivities were over when I arrived, but a few children where still playing around the Midsummer Pole though. :-)
After my visit to the Midsummer Pole it was time for Midsummer lunch. Which consisted of...
... boiled Swedish new potatoes with fresh dill.
Boiled egg halves with mayonnaise, fresh dill, shrimp and crayfish tails.
A super simple cold sauce made with sour cream and fresh chives.
Different types of pickled herring, pickles from the left are: onion, French onion and tomato.
And of course the classic, and most popular, pickled herring on the Swedish Midsummer table - Matie Herring.
Now the difference between pickled Matie herring and "normal" pickled herring is that Matie herring is caught in early autumn, just before the herring becomes mature to mate. This is when the fish has the correct fat content, size and has eaten the type of food which gives it its special Matie herring flavour.
My favourite pickled herring though, and pretty much the only pickled herring I eat, is pickled onion herring (in the photo). I think Matie herring tastes a bit too salty and mushy. Pickled onion herring, on the other hand, has a bit more texture and firmness to it and tastes a bit salt and sour - which I like.
My Midsummer lunch plate. To drink I had a Swedish beer (Mariestad) and a Swedish snaps (OP Anderson Aquavit). Now the proper and traditional way to drink snaps on Midsummer's Eve is to sing a snapsvisa - booze song before you drink it, but I think it is quite suffice to just say SKÅL - Cheers. ;p
In the afternoon it was time for the all important and traditional home made Midsummer Strawberry Cake with fresh Swedish strawberries - which my sister made this year. Yuuuuumm!! :p
My piece! :p The Strawberry Cake was made out of sponge cake, without fat, and filled with crushed strawberries and vanilla custard. It was then covered with whipped cream and strawberries. Insanely delicious!!! And very hard to stop eating...
Now the weather was alright on Midsummer's Eve during the day, barely any rain. But of course when we decided light the grill in the evening...
... it started to rain quite heavily.
But thanks to the lid on the grill, we managed to barbecue these treats anyway. On the grill: corn, veggie sausages and two T-bone steaks.
My Midsummer barbecue plate. T-bone steak, corn, egg (from lunch), a little bit of bought potato salad and some home made potato salad. Another BIG yum!
Of course during this eat fest my dog Lisen held a close eye under the table, in case anyone were to drop something edible. Diva however, the furry doggy behind Lisen, tried her luck a bit more up close to the action. Hehe. Naturally both doggies got a lot of goodies and treats to eat on this day too! :-)
I told you I think I have become a bit food obsessed... Lol! But really, food is an important part of the Midsummer celebration. Dancing around the Midsummer Pole and wearing Midsummer Crowns are also a big part of course, but more for children and families I think. So, despite the over eating, my Midsummer's Eve was pretty calm this year. Which was kind of nice. Now I just have to work off those insane amount of extra calories I have eaten lately... Yikes! Good thing the next big Swedish food fest is not until August, when the Crayfish Party Season starts. Yihaa! ;p
Giveaway time!!! Because it's Midsummer in Sweden in two weeks (June 24th) I felt a Midsummer theme would be appropriate for this Giveaway. I mean, to me there is nothing more Swedish than Midsummer! This means that the prizes consist of a few typical Midsummer items and some Swedish treats. The winner will be picked in a live broadcast drawing via my Ustream channel on Monday June 20th, I will be back with the exact time later.
Before I get into the details of this giveaway I want to share abit about our Midsummer tradition. So Midsummer is a Swedish tradition we celebrate by dressing up a Midsummer pole with flowers and then dancing around it. A traditional Midsummer headwear on this day is a Midsummer flower crown. Some traditional food we eat on this day are pickled herring, boiled new potatoes and sour cream with fresh chives. To drink - snaps (shots) preferably P.O Andersson. Dessert always consist of strawberry cake.
Left pic: We are dancing around a Midsummer pole in the eighties sometime. Right pic: Me wearing a traditional Midsummer flower crown (a long time ago, lol).
- A wooden Midsummer pole
- A Midsummer plastic flower crown
- A can of a typical Swedish pickled herring
- Napkins with Swedish flag motive
- 12 small plastic plates with Swedish motives
- Two wooden butter knives
- A car air freshener with Swedish motive
- Swedish crispbread
- Some popular Swedish candy; three different kinds of salt liquorice candy.
- A postcard with motives from my hometown Karlskrona
One entry per person.
To enter simply answer this question in a comment below:
Question -->What is your favourite tradition/celebration and why?
My favourite tradition is actually Midsummer Eve. It's such a fun, simple and family friendly tradition. With family and friends we eat good simple food, dance, play games and enjoy a snaps (shot) or two. A wonderful outdoor tradition indeed!
Disclaimer - Please read This Giveaway is Open Worldwide. The package will be sent with a tracking code on it and I will pay for all delivery costs. I will send one package once. And because the delivery process is out of my control I cannot guarantee its safe arrival. However, the winner will have the option to receive 25 US Dollars via PayPal instead of the Giveaway package. Good luck! :p
This Friday we celebrated Midsummer Eve in Sweden. So I thought I'd share some pics and info about what we traditionally eat and drink at Midsummer Eve.
Matjessill - Matie Herring is a given at the table and the most common type of pickled herring to eat at Midsummer Eve in Sweden. Although I prefer to eat "normal" pickled herring, the ones in jars. The difference between pickled Matie herring and "normal" pickled herring is that Matie herring is caught in early autumn just before the herring becomes mature to mate. This is when the fish has the right fat content, size and has eaten the type of food which gives it its special Matie herring flavour.
To wash down the pickled herring we drink snaps - shots. Preferably OP Anderson Aquavit. And you are supposed to sing snapsvisor - special booze songs before you drink each snaps, but I just drink. Lol!
Besides pickled herring at our Midsummer Eve table we have; smoked salmon, eggs, new potatoes, sour cream with chives and Västerbottenpaj - West Botnia cheese pie. Actually, West Botnia cheese pie is very Swedish food indeed. This is because its main ingredient is Västerbottenost - West Botnia cheese, a strong, hard, aged cheese which is only made in Burträsk in Northern Sweden. We also had veggie "meat balls" this year. :p
My Midsummer plate and drinks.
Finally, my favourite part, a Midsummer Eve MUST and classic dessert - Strawberry cake with Swedish strawberries!
In short, a traditional Midsummer food menu (in my opinion) should include some form of pickled herring, aquavit and strawberry cake. Simple and summery. :p
Read more about why and how we celebrate Midsummer in Sweden in my post: Midsummer Eve
Swedish name: Midsommarafton Date: Usually around June 20
Midsummer is a genuine Swedish tradition, and to me Midsummer Eve feels like the true National Day of Sweden. We celebrate Midsummer Eve by dressing up a Midsummer pole with flowers and then dancing around it. Maybe you have heard of Små grodorna (Little frogs)? If not, it's one of the songs we sing around the pole and when we sing it we preform a dance where we imitate frogs. A traditional Midsummer headwear on this day is a Midsummer flower crown.
These are some old pics from a Midsummer Eve in the eighties sometime. Left pic: We are dancing around a Midsummer pole. Right pic: Me wearing a traditional Midsummer flower crown.
Some traditional food we eat on Midsummer Eve are pickled herring, boiled new potatoes and sour cream with fresh chives. To drink - snaps (shots) preferably P.O Andersson.
Dessert always consist of strawberry cake. In fact this is the day Swedish strawberries hit its high when it comes to prices because everyone must have some - no matter how expensive they are! No fresh Swedish strawberries - no true Midsummer!
Originally, before Christianity came to Scandinavia, the feast was associated with the sacrificial feasts in order to promote fertility. And according to old folk belief all things that grew in the wild were loaded with supernatural powers during Midsummer. A tradition that still remain and applies mainly to unwed girls is to pick seven or nine different flowers to put under your pillow on midsummer night. It is believed that the man you dream of during this night is the man you will spend your life with.
The Midsummer pole is a custom which has survived since the Middle Ages and probably came from Germany to Sweden. The dances and games around the pole was, and still is, a way for youth to get to know each other.
To eat Strawberry Cake on Midsummers Eve in Sweden is a very important part of the classic Swedish Midsummer Eve tradition. In fact the days before and on Midsummers Eve is when the Swedish strawberry prices hit their high, because everyone simply must have strawberries on Midsummers Eve no matter how expensive they are.
Yummy fresh Swedish strawberries.
And a traditional Swedish Strawberry Cake.
Now a typical Swedish Strawberry Cake is pretty simple to make. It is basically just an ordinary sponge cake filled with vanilla cream on one layer and strawberry jam on another layer and then covered with whipped cream and strawberries. Of course you can mix it up however you want but these are the typical ingredients. And of course a strawberry cake can be eaten whenever, even though I most associate it with Midsummers Eve here in Sweden.