Food writer Rachel Khoo shares some favourite seasonal recipes from her new home in Sweden
y love affair with Sweden was sparked, quite literally, by love. With Paris, it was love at first bite. But it was when I met my future husband seven years ago that I began to discover what would soon become my new adopted home. Since then, I have come to know its culture over many coffees and kanelbullar (cinnamon buns) consumed in bakeries dotted along the cobbled streets of Stockholm, and more lately in my own little Swedish kitchen. I soon realised that the country has more to offer than flatpack furniture, the perfect shade of Stockholm White and fika (coffee and cake breaks). Its approach to life is all about finding balance and enjoying just the right amount of good things – or, as the Swedes put it, lagom.
There’s a Swedish saying that there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes. Despite the long, dark winters, they are determined to seize every opportunity to be outside, and even in midwinter you’ll see kids playing outdoors in sub-zero temperatures. And that’s the secret of the cuisine, too. It’s food that makes you feel good even when it’s dark and gloomy. Food that brings a bit of sunshine into your home.