It’s Christmas go-time here in our little apartment! On Saturday we are hosting a ‘Jul fika’ which means a Christmas drop-in afternoon tea type of thing. Apparently Stockholm is meant to have a snow storm Sven on Friday so it seems like God has listened to my plans and wants our apartment to become even more Christmassy with views of a winter wonderland in our forest outside. I couldn’t be happier, bring on the snow!
On Friday night we will be preparing as much as we can and this will include as far as I can tell, the use of sugar. TSH has forbidden the use of ‘I Quit Sugar’ recipes although he readily admits that it has nothing to do with the use of dextrose instead of sugar, but more to do with me being in the kitchen and involved with any type of food preparation that will later be consumed by family and friends. The cheek of him! As he has never cooked with dextrose before, he is sticking to his normal recipes. Rude.
My responsibilities are therefore very much in the realm of ‘atmosphere’ and this as far as I can see will include music detail, fresh flower arrangement detail, child minding detail, stocking the fireplace with wood detail and lighting a million tea candles, including the very gorgeous Jette Froelich Danish rotary candle that we bought last week on our trip to Copenhagen.
On the menu will be many traditional Swedish treats but with slightly modern twists:
Orange infused pepparkakor /gingerbread cookies
Morotskaka/Carrot cake muffins with Christmas spices
Although at this stage, the raspberry caramels (which look absolutely gorgeous in the recipe picture!) may just turn out to be caramels as we have been to 6 different shops and cannot seem to find the all import dried raspberries. As it is now Friday, I’m either going to spend tonight picking out dried raspberries from our breakfast muesli or we will have to have raspberry caramels sans raspberries!
Hope you have a fabulous weekend! Any plans that include hard-to-find dried fruits?