Time is moving along...
We are scurrying like little mice getting rid of all the Christmas stuff, in order to fit all the new things we have planned for the shop this new year. It's funny how something can feel so long ago and passé when it really hasn't been that long! But, as the wise man said: Time waits for no man and we are looking forward to spring already, with snowdrops already being old news on the school run. Now, where are those crocuses...?
We are very excited about a new line of home accessories from I LOVE DESIGN. Inspiration comes from old and new, Cityscapes and nature on wallpaper, fabrics, cards, soft furnishings and wall decorations. Come and be inspired too.
In Stockholm this past weekend, the sales of Semlor were in full swing already. Cheats! I say. Lent starts on Sunday, March 6, with the official Lent bun day falling on International Day for Women, March 8. We will have frangipani filled buns in the freezer from February 28 - just defrost and add lashings of whipped cream - and will also have the fresh, real deal on sale between Feb 28 and March 12. For those who cannot wait or want their Semlor on other days, we have almond paste, ammonium carbonate, fresh yeast and Swedish whipping cream in the shop. The best recipe can be found on our website; Hot Wedge Buns.
Before Lent is Valentine's and we will have some very nice treats for that special someone. We are most excited about the gorgeous chocolate boxes from RC Chocolat. 16 divine morsels in each box, in flavours such as Facile punch, Raspberry passion, Cardamom and Salty liquorish. Yum!
For the little ones
For our smallest customers, we still have plenty of Moccis in pretty colours from the smallest baby size to almost into secondary school, and the lovely traditionally inspired clothes from Emy Little. We also have dinner services with plates, mugs, cutlery, place mats, etc with the much loved Else Beskow characters as well as Moomin.
A good sauce can make or break a meal and for those sauce-impaired like me, there is salvation in form of Erik Lallerstedt (famous and talented chef), who has launched his new line of sauces. Truly great, they will make any meal a treat.
Waitrose Hearts Sweden
Swedish and Nordic dining is continuing to win supporters and fans all over and the latest is Waitrose, which is featuring Swedish and Scandinavian food and foodie culture with a selection of Swedish foods in their Oxford Street John Lewis. One of the most beautiful supermarkets around, people who may not have previously known about Swedish food, are being wooed by culinary delights. Some Swedes I know have grumbled about an odd selection and missing favourites, but you know where to go, right?
Sour dough fans, look here!
As we mentioned previously, we are looking for new ways to spread healthy and tasty Swedish delights and are launching what can be described as a sourdough starter. For a start, you will be able to order a rye or wheat sourdough starter from the shop, with care instructions and basic recipe, and we hope to start sour dough baking courses soon. In the meantime, any questions regarding bread baking, or indeed any other kind of Swedish food questions, are welcome on the usual email address. All questions and answers will be published on our website, of course with personal details witheld.
As always, we look forward to seeing you soon, online and IRL!