COLD com­fort

Food writer Rachel Khoo shares some favourite seasonal recipes from her new home in Swe­den

Country Living (UK) - - Food & Drink - Pho­to­graphs by david lof­tus food and drink ed­i­tor ali­son walker

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.

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