Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Party Swedish Style

As I knew it would, everything came together Monday night.  I just finished lighting the individual votive candles at each plate when the first person arrived.  Now I could relax and enjoy the evening.

Since about half of our group have family ties to Sweden, we decided to make it the theme of the evening food.  Mary Beth also brought some of her collection of Dala horse’s, which she placed on a white runner over the red tablecloth. 

It all looked very cheery. Especially after we consumed Glogg, a combination of juices and wine served warm.

We decided to pass each dish while the person who brought it tell its history.  I did not take notes and I do not have Swedish heritage.  The result is I can’t remember the names of the dishes so I will describe them and that will bring memories to those who know.

We started with a plate of cheeses.  Then a two salads.  A delicious potato dish (not the cheesy kind), sausages, ham, meat balls, a rice pudding dish (could have only eaten this), rye bread and tea ring.  For dessert we had various cookies and a very interesting layered custard-like dish made with raw milk and Lingonberries.

We rounded out the meal with coffee and wine.  A fun evening of eating a leisurely meal and visiting.  And,  because of the meeting, we are enjoying a cheery Christmas house.

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