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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.