February 26, 2012

Swedish Delight

About 6 years ago, before we had children, we took a trip to Sweden in February. Eric had been sent to Stockholm on a last minute business trip and Kristen was able to tag along and spend two weeks exploring the winter wonderland that is Stockholm in February. While Scandinavia is not a popular winter destination, we had a wonderful time romping around the snow covered city and ice skating on the many frozen lakes. We also discovered a little known, seasonal delicacy, the Semla. The sweet bun smeared with almond paste and topped with whipped cream is legendary in Sweden and only available in the days before lent. I've looked high and low for a local source of Semla. I've never seen any sign of them at IKEA, home to all things Swedish, and I don't know of any bakery that makes them. So when I was discussing this with our friend and neighbor Shilpa who grew up in Sweden a few weeks ago, she decided to try her hand at making Semla and invited us over for a fika to try them out. The Semla were absolutely delicious and the company was delightful. The kids and a wonderful time playing together on a delightful California day and best of all there was no romping through the snow required!

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