Today is Fettisdagen. Let me decode that into National Day of the Semla. Now it´s all clear, right?
Semla is a sweet chubby wheat bun, cardamom laden, filled with golden almond paste and whipped cream. Originally semla was only eaten on Shrove Tuesday, as a last blissful treat before Lent. Today we know better and eat semlor (we need to go into plural here) all winter long. Fettisdagen has gone from being the only day to enjoy our precious pastry to the day you must enjoy at least one of them. Because as you all know we have fika (coffee break) at work. That means you are likely to down your first semla already by ten in the morning.
Semlor can be bought in every bakery, grocery store or gas station in Sweden. Sometimes you make your own.
If you make it past the photos below, find out how I make my Swedish fika treats; semlor recipe to follow; in English. If you want to practice your Swedish language I suggest you google “recept semla” and follow the instructions in Swedish.
There are ready made buns (albeit a bit flat) in the store, made just for semlor. Link if you don´t. 🙂
•Cut off the tops, scoop out the center of 8 buns, and put it in a food processor.
•Add 125g of almonds and 1 dl confectioners’ sugar and GO!
•Pour 1 dl heated milk into the mixture making it that special heavenly paste.
•Fill up the holes abundantly with the almond indulgence and top up with whipped cream.
•Put the lid back on and dust with confectioners’ sugar.
If you use Us cups, add some almonds and use half of a cup of confectioners’ sugar and milk.
Written and performed by Adolphson & Falk it is a self-ironic ode to Swedish Christmas and yes; Kalle Anka is in it. It made it to the charts in 1984 and are still in the top when it comes to Christmas music.
If you have a hard time remembering a certain word in a new language try illustrating it (in the broader sense of the word)! You can also try sentences and expressions.
Set your mind free! This is also a great way for children where play meets learning.
Cut out letters from a magazine and glue them back on a piece of paper, use brushes and paint, a swirly handwriting or yarn. Take a piece of play dough and try to shape the word, take pictures or make a stop motion video.
You can also use lego, flower petals, different apps, a microphone, cookie dough, a co-actor, pens and pasta, sand or snow. If you are in Sweden you can use Kaviar to write on your sandwhich.
Learning a language should be fun. Today I played a game of I spy Swedish nouns in a Skype class with two children. The task was to look around in the respective room for nouns starting with the letter that ended the previous word spotted. This is the chain or words we came up with; sometimes with a little help in order to acquire or figure out “new” words. I am adding the article en/ett for your convenience.
Didn’t they do great?! I challenge you to continue the chain in the comments … 🙂