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3 julbords in 5 days is just way too much. I'm julborded out and it's the FIFTH of December. The Swedes eat basically the same feast for every holiday but they really pile it on for Christmas.

Julbord, for those of you who have never been initiated into this particular Swedish extravaganza, is, literally, "Christmas table." It traditionally consists of a fish course of up to THIRTY different kinds of pickled herring (herring in tomato sauce, herring in mustard sauce, herring in cream sauce, herring in dill, herring in garlic sauce, herring in onion, pickled FRIED herring, herring with you-name-it. Then there are at least 3 kinds of salmon: cold smoked, warm smoked and "gravad" which isn't even pickled, it's cured in salt and sugar. Hard-boiled eggs with a dollop of mayo, a spoonful of caviar and a twist of dill. Smoked eel. Crayfish tails.

Then you move on to the "cold" table which is basically cold cuts of meat: Christmas ham with whole-seed mustard, sliced turkey, smoked reindeer, pastrami, liver paté, marinated roast beef, just for starters.

Finally, the "warm" table which ALWAYS has meatballs and prinskorv: a succulent small sausage; meat-stuffed cabbage rolls, oven-roasted pork ribs, several other kinds of sliced sausages, red beet salad...and if you're lucky (or unlucky, depending upon how you look at it)...lutfisk. Add boiled potatoes and creamy potato and onion dishes (with anchovies) called Janssons Temptation. Brown cabbage and red cabbage round it off. If you're at a non-traditional julbord, like I was at tonight, you may have all this AND MORE.

Then cheeses and fruits to clear the palate.

And finally, after you've made at least 3 trips to the table and been reduced to unbuttoning your pants and leaning further and further back in your chair, there is the dessert table: Swedish gingerbread (to help digestion!), traditional rice pudding with sweet strawberry sauce, apple pie with vanilla sauce, blueberry cobbler, lussekatter: a sweet saffron bun with raisins, Daim cake (mmmm!), almond cups with jam and whipped cream, spettkaka, chocolates and various Christmas candies.

Oh, and don't forget you need to wash all this down with something! Schnaps, aqvavit, wine or Christmas beer, julmust (a kind of rootbeer-like soda), and of course, coffee.

Did you notice what was missing? GREEN THINGS, that's what. It is a veritable plethora of meat and not a green vegetable in sight. The julbord I attended tonight DID have marinated garlic cloves, and sundried tomatoes and big green olives. One dish had ruccola with parmesan and some sort of parma ham...I scooped out a few forkfuls of the greenstuff while the Swedes weren't looking.

Personally, I'd be happy with just the 3 kinds of salmon and the potatisgrätang...oh! and the Daimtårta. My eyes, however, are definitely bigger than my stomach. Stupid eyes.

mood: full
music: the faint strains of stress coming from my rapidly expanding waistline

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You said herring 8 times too many for me.

haha! It comes with the territory. I never in a million years thought I would ever eat herring. The things we do for love.

oh, I miss the herring and julbord!!
My geeks family have a tradition of eating pizza on Christmas eve, that just isn't the same as julmat...

Pizza on Christmas Eve?? BLASPHEMY AND SACRILEGE!

I KNOW!! (they claim they make their OWN traditions)

I'd rather stuff myself with lutfisk (which I admittedly am not too fond of). On top of it all, the geek is a vegetarian. Sigh...indeed, the things we put up with for love...

You'd rather stuff yourself with lutfisk?! EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW


ahhhhh! Julbord! It is an amazing feast. But, I will agree with you that it cries for greens. I am delighted to have indulged in previous times with you. But the BEST.....the ABSOLUTE BEST!....was here in my own home when your Anders fixed the entire meal himself!!! :) What people do for love!
love, Lizardmom

Anders is the best chef in the world :)

To me lutfisk isn't so bad, it's rather bland. I learned how to eat it with my former fiancee and his family, how to cut the potatoes, apply the fish in small pieces, and then the white sauce and white pepper + salt.

Unfortunately I'm not too fond of the really bready thick crust pizzas over her in the US, and the rather chewy cheese. (The only pizza I truly loved was the Chicago pizza actually). Thick crust pizza is just not worth the bomb of calories it contains in my book (not that I don't mind calorie bombs, but they need to be really tasty).

Of course I'd rather have the rest of the julbord than the lutfisk. :)

Wow, it sounds like a rich julbord. Of course the selection depends a little which restaurant it is. Even the ferries to Finland replace their regular smörgåsbord with julbord around Christmas, and if possible put even more fish and seafood dishes (since you eat while being at sea). I have a friend from Lithuania who almost got teary eyes when she saw that they served tongue among the cold dishes. Often they have mimosa salad, which partially could be counted towards the vegetable section, and of course the cabbage you mentioned. The papers and weekly magazines giving recipies for your own julbord are more and more aiming at green or vegetarian dishes as well as the traditional meaty ones.

I'd like to point out how much eating julbord costs. Around here, if you find a restaurant below 250 SEK/pp, it is a bargain. Many start at 300, going up to 400 SEK or maybe a little more if it is served at a mansion or other fancy place. That would in most cases be excluding your drinks.

Yeah, our julbord last night was 400 kronor and that was WITHOUT drinks. The other 2 I went to were on someone else so at least I've only had to pay for one so far ;)

Wow! I'm full just from reading all that... and smelling slightly fishy too. *lol* spettkaka looks really structural and fantastic! I'm DYING from curiosity. What's it like? It looks like stacked and covered waffles.. white chocolate? Probably way off... it's probably herring flavoured with a garlic clove sauce. *grins*

It's like cardboard with sugar on. :) I don't personally like it that much, but it's a southern Swedish specialty, so you see it a lot down here. It's made on a spit, and it's a sort of egg cake turned over a fire and drizzled with sugar.

Oh, I miss julbord but you're so right about feeling full. I personally miss Janssons frestelse, the herring, and prinskorv . . . could do with a glass of julmust to go with it. 3 julbord in 5 days, color me envious! :-D

Anders (my husband) makes the best Janssons around :)

I'd love to try smoked reindeer. Rice pudding with strawberry sauce? I may have to make that. The no vegetable thing reminds me of Aaron's family in the south, the few green things that are eaten down there are fried or stewed beyond all recognition

It's called "tomtegröt" or "ris a la malta" if you want to hunt for a recipe. If you can only find one in Swedish, let me know and I'll be happy to translate it for you! :)

If the people on my Friend's List keep writing great entries about Christmas traditions in Sweden, I may not have to write one single thing myself this year... :-)

Linking you...

It's a good thing I don't live in Sweden, or I'd really be a sack o' bones...because that menu (up until desserts)?, how to say this diplomatically? I don't think I want to eat herring EVER, pickled or otherwise. :)

Haaaa! It's not everyday fare :)

That was a great entry Liz! I can write my entire Julbord shopping list from your entry and I know I won´t mess up this year!! Yippee!! (My 1st Christmas in Sweden, we invited my in-laws for lunch. No one told me what the Julbord was about, D´s mom was bringing everything, and I thought I would add on a *roast lamb and veggies....well you know....hahahaha!!!)

*Roast beef is not widely enjoyed in Sweden...but they did eat it!

Heh! I can't believe no one warned you, though!

I am definitely going to have to link this, and I recommend stopping by Apoteket and picking up InsideBrus, I think you may need it soon (if not already).

You are so right. oy

hoo hoo! Am so definitely linking this! ain't it great?? I'm staying far away from the lutefisk though, which is eaten with bacon over here. lutefisk and bacon together is just too much to expect me to swallow. the other think I'm giving a miss is the rakefisk. Now that is the epitome of EWWWWWW.

Bacon makes everything better. I'm a little hesitant to ask in the face of your EWWWW what exactly rakefisk is...if it's like lutefisk, I double that EWWWWW and up you 2 ICKS.

ick..i cant stand julbord because 1. i think herring is gross and 2. im mostly a veggie head (although i would have eaten the turkey slices). usually i just head straight to the cheese and dessert table ;) but still, the 'social gathering' part makes it fun!

that's really what I go for, too. :P Yeah, that's it.

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