Home cooking at a friend's featured boiled prawns in their shells, many pregnant with sweet roe. A simple, carefree pleasure, peeling and savouring slowly, especially in the company of good friends. I'm told it's a common Swedish dish. Followed up with wild blueberries that had been frozen; still great, but not as good as those off a bush, my friends say.
Spent most of my time in a little lakeside town of Vadstena.
Berries are always a good bet. Rich blueberry filling in the blueberry strudel at Gamla Konditoriet, the bakery near the town square. Comes with a side of thick vanilla sauce that was desirably restrained in sweetness. The crisp that seemed to be made by dipping a patterned mold in batter (sorry, don't know exact name) wasnot particularly good, decently crispy, but very faintly "off." Maybe it was a flavour I didn't understand.
Appealing chocolate covered "marshmallows" (more curdly and sticky than the wispy stretchy ones we're more familiar with, so maybe they aren't marshmallows....) at Radhaus Konditoriet, the other bakery. Decent open faced sandwich with boiled eggs, sardines or herring, cucumber and tomato. Nice bread.
Extremely impressive dinner (for 50 and yet so well prepared!) at the Monk's Cloister (forgot the Swedish name, that's the translation). Excellent use of Swedish ingredients in every course:
silky cured elk complemented nicely by nutty arugula, bright lingonberries, and a wild mushroom pie.
A local fresh water fish with caviar-like fish eggs of a lemony shade; a flavoursome and complex red wine cream sauce. Also a boiled local crayfish (very delicate and sweet), that's just in season (crowds were lined the castle moat fishing for them).
Handpeel them for maximum gusto. Cracking the large claw (I indelicately but surreptiously used my jaw), and then using the smaller part of the pincer to dig out the flesh from the claw seems to be the way to go.
Cloudberry parfait(!!!) a beautiful cloud, drizzled with raspberry sauce.
A satisfying but nothing special lunch of smoked fish and a tartare like sauce at Radskalter (sp?).
Satisfying but not out of this world grill buffet at the outdoor bar near the castle. Competent grilling, also offerings of boiled prawns. Inexpensive for the quantity if nothing else.