Main meals

Main meals

By
Steffi Knowles-Dellner
Contains
16 recipes
Published by
Quadrille Publishing
ISBN
9781787130371
Photographer
Yuki Sugiura

Growing up, dinner was always strictly observed; it was a proper, sit-down affair at a set time with the whole family – no exceptions. I remember being told off for not finishing phone calls quickly enough when it was time to eat – who would call in the middle of dinner?!

Meals were simple but always made from scratch, combining protein (with fish served as often as meat), whole grains and plenty of vegetables. Winter tended to be a time for comfort foods, for hunkering down, whereas during our summers spent in the Stockholm archipelago, meals were more relaxed, often eaten outside in the light summer evenings. Swedes are obsessed with cooking outdoors for the short amount of time that it is possible, so BBQs were a weekday affair as well as for special occasions.

If I was particularly lucky, there might be dinner in front of the TV – an exciting, rare treat that always felt pretty special, even indulgent. This was most often reserved for the start of the weekend, what the Swedes call fredagsmys or “cosy Friday”.

While all this might sound a bit prescriptive, and perhaps it was, it did instil in me the importance of the evening meal, of sitting down to a balanced dish that was home cooked and shared. The prospect of what was for dinner always felt exciting to me, not least because I had a mother who wasn’t afraid of experimenting with different flavours and recipes.

I’ve always felt that there is a freshness and boldness to Swedish cooking that is frequently overlooked. The emphasis is on what is seasonal, fresh and good for you but, above all, delicious. The resulting dishes are rich and varied in flavour, drawing on cuisines from around the world and wonderfully full of zest.

The recipes in this section reflect this, and range from meals that work for busy weekdays and others for when you have time to spend. “Ingen ko på isen”, as we would say – “no cow on the ice”, i.e. no rush. Think of cosy Friday nights in, winter lunches with friends, or balmy summer evenings that stretch out until even the Swedish sun sets.

“Ingen ko på isen” [“No cow on the ice”, i.e. no need to worry] Swedish saying

Featured Recipes in this Chapter

    No results found
    No more results
      No results found
      No more results
        No results found
        No more results
          No results found
          No more results
            No results found
            No more results
              No results found
              No more results
              Please start typing to begin your search
              We're sorry but we had trouble running your search. Please try again