Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Parties - 20 December 2014 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories

If you are going on a Christmas party in Sweden Im pretty sure you will end up at a "julbord".  That would be a buffet with the traditional Swedish Christmas food and drinks. Arriving at the restaurant, often an old inn or a castle, you will get some warm glögg with almonds and raisins to drink.

Trolleholm Castle
Then you will sit down at your table (and you are probably at this place with family, friends or work). You will drink beer, and as an non-alcoholic option you will have julmust (Coca-Cola is fighting hard to get Swedes to drink coke at Christmas and not the Swedish julmust). You will probably also have a snaps (or two).

First out is the pickled herring. There will be with onion, mustard and many other tastes. You will have hardboiled egg and different types of salmon with different sauces. There will be a special salad made of red beets, apple and mayonnaise. There will also be a warm dish, lika a gratin with anchovies, onion, potatoes and cream. That is the Jansson temptation. So, you walk around the buffet taking a small piece of everything. There will also be bread, wurtbread and hard bread. You eat the herring and drink your snaps.

Picked herring, egg, salmon with a mayo-shirmp-mix

Then its is time to walk the meat round (well, you might want to do another round of herring first, that is ok). Here you will find ham, different mustards, different sausages (cold) like liver sausage and other spicy sausages. You will also find different types of paté.

Meatballs, red beetsalad, sausage, both liver and other and ham.
After the meat round it is time for the warm dishes. This includes meatballs, small sausages (warm), ribs, red cabbage, green cabbage, brown cabbage. At some places they have pigfeets.

Next round is the rice pudding, there are different type, sometimes is a warm rice porridge and sometimes it is a cold dish called Ris ala Malta, which is cold, containing a lot of whipped cream.

If you have room, then you will have a almond clam cookie with whipped cream and strawberrry jam with your coffee. And with your coffee you also take a tour to the candy table and perhaps an avec as well.

That is pretty much the food we eat for Christmas, but often you visit a "julbord" a couple of times before Christmas Eve. This year I have been at two julbord events.

During December 2014 I will blog inspired by the blog prompts of Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories at

The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at

I have also joined #blogg24, a blogchallenge to post a blogpost everyday started by Fredrik Pallin from December 1st until December 24.


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