Dec 9, 2013

A Svedish Smörgåsbord




Our family's only a few fingers of generations from ancestors that bucked the Atlantic, blowing from Horn, Sweden to New York in timbered ship.




They trekked a thousand miles inland from the east coast, sinking plow into black Midwestern loam @Swedesburg IA.




Wish there was a journal passed along from that seed generation as our family tree sprouted.  Our Swedish 150-year family farm is still kicking, mostly unchanged other than swapping horse teams for a John Deere.



I wanted to chop into our family tree and have a taste, so Pigtails joined me for a quick trip to where they settled in Swedesburg.  Once a year each December, the local Swedes cook up a traditional Smörgåsbord.  Land of the vikings, straw Gävle goats, Dala horses and pointy brassieres.

We joined my parents and twin uncles for the feast, kuchimba katika.










































I will travel to Sweden some day to trace my roots, skål!

-Beard

12 comments:

  1. Awesome. Being a child of early-80s style closed adoptions, I have very little information on my birth parents. On one of the forms completed by my birth father, there was a notation of a "Scandinavian" background. So, given that loose association I have no idea if I am Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, or any combo of the three, but I have always been interested in those cultures! Thanks for sharing; the food looks amazing!

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    1. Have you or do you ever plan to visit one of those countries? We should try for a B&P group buy on a Swedish tour.

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  2. I always thought all Swedes (?) were blonde... :-) Check this out for your future trip: http://www.chezlarsson.com/myblog/2013/12/skansen-part-i.html

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    1. DNA mashup, my sister has brown hair blue eyes, brother is blonde and blue eyes, I'm brown and brown.

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  3. Okay, since we're talking heritage here, you gotta read a post I recently did about my husband's side. It's pretty cool.( Oh and does this mean you get a discount at IKEA??)

    http://bit.ly/ICQHSo

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    1. Your bread looks stout, moist.

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  4. What a nice opportunity - I'm blond so I tell people I'm Swedish, but really I'm just jealous of such an awesome ethnicity!

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  5. Anonymous12/11/2013

    Wait - what? No lutefisk?

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    1. Legend has it they used to prep and serve lutefisk, but the stench brought it to an end. There's some pickled herring on the plate but I still want a taste of lute.

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    2. Anonymous12/02/2014

      My thought too. I have lutefisk at least once each holiday and this year will be preparing it again. Four of my great grandparents had direct lines to Sweden so the traditional dinners are served here. My children????Not so much....Your dinner looks spectacular!!!

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    3. Repeat this Thursday, can't wait!

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  6. This is so nice! Did a heritage post just two days before you :-)
    http://www.haak-en-stekie.blogspot.com/2013/12/living-history_7.html

    Most of my ancestors came down to South Africa in the late 1600's, so most of those traditions have been quite diluted along the way, which is a pity..

    When you organise that B&P to Sweden, I'l hop along, lots I want to see up there!

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