The Winner Takes It All: Meatballs and Abba in Sweden’s capital

When a friend of mine won a competition to take 49 friends to Sweden on a private plane, I didn’t need to be asked twice. It was revealed that a ticket to the newly opened Abba museum was included, and I got my vocal chords and limbs ready for some serious performing.

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Sorry, I should probably mention food in the first 4 lines of a post; got a bit carried away. Yes, so, while in Stockholm (and not singing or dancing) we went on the hunt for the following:

  1. Meatballs
  2. A market

The Swedish meatball

Swedish meatballs (köttbullar) are smaller than meatballs of Italy and Germany, and made with ground beef or a mixture of ground beef and pork. The ground meat is mixed with breadcrumbs soaked in milk, chopped onions, and spiced with ground allspice.

Apart from the odd pitstop at Ikea Croydon, I had never had a Swedish köttbullar. Traditionally served with potato mash, cream sauce, lingonberry jam and pickled cucumber, this dish is proper comfort food and served us well following a night on the tiles.

Swedish köttbullar

Köttbullar med gräddsås, lingonsylt, pressgurka och potatismos

Pickled cucumber and lingonberry jam

Pickled cucumber and lingonberry jam

Lingonberries are a small, tart, red berry, commonly grown in forest areas of Scandinavia. Containing lots of natural preservatives, they were invaluable back in the days before refrigeration because they can be kept for months at room temperature. Lingonberry jam is a common accompaniment to Swedish dinners, including pancakes, meatballs, stews and even fried herring.

Östermalms Saluhall

Opening its doors in 1888, Östermalms Saluhall is Stockholm’s oldest indoor food market. Their website proudly states that the market hall has been named “the World’s 7th best food hall,” and that Jamie Oliver considers it to be one of his favourite places in Stockholm. Must be good!

A beautiful building, really friendly traders and high-quality local produce at not sky-high prices (which isn’t easy to find in Stockholm), Östermalms Saluhall is the perfect place to have a wander and a spot of lunch.

Östermalms Saluhall - Stockholm's oldest food market

Foodie heaven in Östermalms Saluhall – Stockholm’s oldest food market

Hungry in Östermalms Saluhall

Hungry in Östermalms Saluhall

Photography at its geekiest - Travelling Editor Eats and global streetbite in our element

Photography at its geekiest – Travelling Editor Eats and global streetbite in our element

Falcon lager

Hair of the dog with Falcon lager

And I leave you with…

The new members of Abba

The new members of Abba

Arrival (spot the difference)

Arrival (spot the difference)

Greatest hits - making friends

Greatest hits – making friends

Yes, this is my face on Benny's cartoon body

Yes, this is my face on Benny’s cartoon body

Biggsy and his crew

Biggsy and his crew

Golden Hits karaoke - where people are actually really good and singing AND entertaining, and so everyone else (us) is humiliated

Golden Hits karaoke – where people are actually really good and singing AND entertaining, and so everyone else (us) is humiliated

Empty love in the pizza shop

Empty love in the pizza shop

Vaffel bruket - waffles

Vaffel bruket – waffles

Tivoli Gröna Lund

Tivoli Gröna Lund

Slingerbulten

Slingerbulten

Östermalms Saluhall

Östermalms Saluhall

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  1. Scandinavian jam and waffles have to be the best on the planet.
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