I have been researching Swedish Midsummer celebrations and specifically the evening meal. So I found recipes and shopped so I could create one at home.
I started yesterday with making Snaps. I would have thought this would be a wintertime drink but apparently it is enjoyed with the Midsommar meal so I made it. Turns out I did not have much vodka so I started the recipe and then went back to the store to get more.
Next I started making the bread for a Swedish Sandwich Layer Cake (Smörgåstårta). Here is the bread.
Then I made a rhubarb cordial for making cocktails (rabarberdrinkar). I used our rhubarb for this.
Next I made the Böckling (smoked herring) Mousse.
Next came the cream cheese spread.
then came the first attempt at Strawberry Cake.
Then came the second attempt at this Midsommar cake.
I decided to go pick some flowers at this point.
And I started constructing my sandwich cake.
Not as pretty as the photo but not bad.
Then came my third attempt at the Strawberry cake (Jordgubbstårta).
Next I mixed some of the rhubarb cordial with some vodka, gave up on the Internet, grabbed a Better Homes and Garden cookbook and made a yellow cake.
I used the first failed cake recipe to make the filling and coating.
Tom is grilling T-bone steaks for his dinner. He is not a fan of herring, salmon and shrimp. Plus I am making him Hasselback Potatoes.
So here is our meal all assembled.
And Tom got our wood-fired hot tub ready for after dinner.
I’ve never heard of a sandwich cake. What a fun idea! Next time I make rhubard syrup I’m going to add ginger- I bet that is amazing.
I am just about to do a review of the food and drink. The rhubarb cordial was the most disappointing item. It was not that flavorful. The color was pretty though.
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Such interesting recipes!! I’m sorry the rhubarb recipe was a disappointment.
They were interesting. It was sad about the rhubarb cordial but most of the rest turned out great.