Wednesday, October 29, 2008

swedish good eats: countryside edition




After spending 2 days in Stockholm, my uncle took Daiku and me to his cabin in the woods, a couple of hours to the southwest. This was so fun! The cabin is big and beautiful, but also very rustic. It felt so good to sit around the fire the night we got there, getting warm and cozy while the temperatures outside fell.



That night, as Daiku and Daii (daii is the Farsi word for uncle) sat down to a dinner of various kinds of pickled herring and gravad lax (cured salmon) with potatoes, I constructed the most delicious sandwiches- tomato, potato, and avocado on whole grain bread. Now I know there's nothing remotely seasonal or Swedish about avocados (or tomatoes for that matter!), these sandwiches really hit the spot. Besides... we would more than make of with lots of local food shortly.



The next day, we headed outside into the crisp fall air to tend to the garden and grounds and help close them up for the winter. However, we were surprised to find that the garden had kept growing in the previous weeks! There were 3 giant zucchini, which had amazingly survived the cold.



Green beans galore!



Potatoes to be dug up!



Daiku found a whole field of chanterelles growing beneath some trees!



There were even some young garlic and onion buds still to be had!



Here we are getting all the last apples off from the apple tree- there were so many! We left some on the low branches in case any animals were to wander by and want to munch on them...



With all that surprise garden bounty, we made a feast of a meal, something that really hit the spot after a day of working outside. (Well, Daii worked outside while Daiku and I took frequent breaks to come in the house and warm up! We aren't acclimated to the cold temperatures as well as him!)



Here you see: green beans, blanched with a few onions and dressed simply with vinaigrette, zucchini, sauteed with some olive oil and tomatoes, and potatoes and peas (peas that my uncle had picked from the garden in the summer and frozen) cooked with chanterelles. We couldn't get enough of this meal!



Even dessert was local and home-grown- these sour cherries came from daii's tree over the summer- he froze these for us, knowing how much we love sour cherries!

It was such a cool experience to be eating this sumptuous meal, in a cozy warm cabin, with great company, even though outside, the world was getting ready for its long winter nap.


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12 comments:

Mihl said...

I really wish I had a garden like that!

VeggieGirl said...

Wow, the close-ups of all the produce are positively stunning!!

KathyF said...

That makes me want to go to Sweden. Just for the cherries alone!

JohnP said...

Such wonderful food!

Nikki Douglas said...

Beautiful, gorgeous food. I love your sandwich idea. The bread looks so wholesome. And the cherries are so lovely. Sweden looks like a beautiful place.

allularpunk said...

that sounds like pure heaven.

Amey said...

what a great post Bazu!
those sour cherries are totally gorgeous. I certainly wouldn't have guessed that there'd still be veggies in a garden in Sweden this time of year! Amazing. Your garden feast looks so delicious. Also, your friendly uncle looks so Iranian! It made me smile. :)

aTxVegn said...

What amazing, wonderful food. I can almost taste that meal from your descriptions. You are settling in quite nicely overseas!

Bex said...

wow everything looks so fresh and autumny. Beautiful.

Urban Vegan said...

You have the relatives in the coolest of places. Does Daii need another niece?

I'm glad you're having such a wonderful time...what a great experience, Bazu.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, how exciting! I love working with homegrown treats!

Liz² said...

wow, it must have tasted so real and well, more like food. you found chanterelles?? dude!