nordic summer

Midsummer in Norway and other Scandinavian countries is celebrated right around the summer solstice, June 21, when days are at their longest. Our Midsummer celebration this year will be special. Because we’re expecting an addition to the family very soon, our third son Haakon, we’ve been doing a lot of work around the house to get things ready. We have been painting the downstairs bedroom that Nolan and Stellan will move into very soon, trying to organize the upstairs room that will be the nursery, and trying to organize our own room which has become a dumping ground for a random assortment of items. With all the work occurring inside the house, we’ve sort of neglected the backyard, which looks like a jungle. So this weekend Jamie’s parents are coming over to help us cut the grass, prune some trees, put together the swing set from grandma Bonnie and build a fire pit. Hopefully, when we’re done with everything, we will have a new area for the boys to play, and a fire pit for our midsummer dinner and bonfire. Midsummer starts with flowers, and ends with fire!
We’ll set out a “smorgasbord” of smoked salmon, Jarslberg cheese, pickled beets, flatbread and other Scandinavian food.
Here are some recipes for some of what we’ll be eating.
Pickled Cucumber Salad (with optional red onion)
2 fresh cucumbers
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1 -2 teaspoon rough ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
Cut cucumbers into the thinnest possible slices.
Arrange slices in a bowl.
Whisk together the white distilled vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and parsley.
Pour over the cucumbers.
“Skagenrøre”, or “Skagen Toast”
1 lbs cooked shrimp (small)
1 1/2 cups sour cream
3 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsp chives, chopped fine
3 tbsp dill, chopped fine
1/2 small red onion, dicEd fine
2 eggs, hard boiled and chopped
salt and pepper to taste
mix together and put on top of flatbread or toasted bread slices
Hopefully we will be enjoying some version of this on the Solstice.


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