Swedish Freak

Being a Swedish Freak is Genetic

I never realized that being a Swedish Freak would be genetic. But apparently it is.

grandparents in Sweden

In December I was in Phoenix visiting my grandparents. Because I have been living overseas the last 10 years, I hadn’t seen them in a really long time. So of course there was tons to talk about, and a lot to catch up. Surprisingly we spoke mostly about Sweden, and ended up cooking Lussebullar for Lucia. Yes, they are Swedish Freaks too!

Midsummer

It all started with an exchange student from Sweden… They fast became friends with the exchange student, kept in touch, and one day took a visit of a life time over to Sweden.

I got the chance to view the entire album, and see Sweden from a whole new perspective – from the 80s, from my grandparents eyes!

They got to see not only Stockholm and Malmö, but also made their way up to Norrland as well (and on a helicopter no less!)

The perfect time to go to Sweden? Well, midsummer of course! There were great photos of them building and putting up the maypole.

Even more interesting was the exchange receipt they received for $100. I’m surprised that the exchange rate hasn’t changed that much. 1 USD is 6.3 SEK nowadays. Back then? 6.0 SEK.

USD to SEK

gevalia

It was simply beautiful to hear their side of the Sweden, and to know how much they still love it today. They love it so much and appreciate the coffee there that they special order Swedish coffee. I totally get that!

So we drank lots and lots of Swedish coffee. It was really nice to have real Swedish coffee again, and they knew how to make it as well!

lussebullar

Because it was Lucia while I was there, I of course baked some lussebullar for them :) Which they loved, and even froze some to keep for later.

It was funny, because while I was in the kitchen, I noticed a special egg whipper. We have

Swedish egg whipper

these in Sweden, it is a stable for the kitchen. If you don’t have one, it is kinda like not having a spatula. It took me a minute to realize that this was something that is not usually in American kitchens!

So when I did finally ask them about it, I was correct! A gift from a Swedish friend of theirs, so they could properly whip eggs. Love it! (Now I’m informed you can get them in the US. IKEA perhaps?)

After spending a few days with my grandparents, and realizing they are also Swedish Freaks, I have concluded that it must be genetic. Maybe we have some Swedish roots somewhere? That is yet to be seen, but we are on the search. All we know right now is that we are very, very fond of Sweden.

 


Top 5 Gifts for a Swedish Freak

Christmas is just around the corner. And I know plenty of Swedish Freak’s in my life. So what do you get a Swedish Freak for Christmas? Why, something Swedish of course! So let’s take a look a the top 5 gifts for Swedish Freaks out there.

5. A batch of Lussebullar

LussebullarLussebullar are generally made during Lucia, which is celebrated on December 13th. But there is no reason you can’t make a batch for Christmas! This is a especially Swedish bun made with saffron, giving it a yellow color. While work is involved in kneading the dough if you don’t have a machine to do it, it is generally a low cost gift that will make the Swedish Freak in your life light up with joy.

Not a fan of lussebullar? There is also the option of kanelbullar (Swedish cinnamon buns) or gingerbread cookies. Just cook them something Swedish!

4. A pair of Swedish socks

Swedish socks, or a knitted pair of socks the Swedish way (as I call them, because that is where I was first introduced to them and where I learned how to make them) are necessary for any Swedish type weather in the winter. And I mean snow :) Another inexpensive gift in a way. Yarn costs about $6 in the States (more elsewhere) and then all you need is some time to knit! If you are in need of the pattern, contact me. I don’t have anything professional but I can at least explain it to you so you get it. Not recommended for beginner knitters.

3. Great Swedish books

Arn The Knight TemplarI love reading Swedish books in English because it gives such a great glimpse of the Swedish culture. And any Swedish Freak will think the same thing.

There are tons of Swedish books available in English, such as the Dragon Tattoo Series or some books by Henning Mankell.

So buy some books and get one for the Swedish Freak in your life (and one for yourself while you are at it!)

2. A Swedish Film

If your Swedish freak isn’t much of a reader, then a Swedish film is perfect. It is a great way to learn the language when you have the film in Swedish with English subtitles. And it is also very relaxing to just sit back and watch Swedes in action. And Sweden’s cinematography is very much like North America’s, making it all about the culture and less about the film making.

Arn is a great film for action lovers (and even has some English mixed in). For horror fans, Let the Right One In is always recommended. There are of course a lot more Swedish films, so find one for your Swedish Freak!

1. Swedish Freak clothing!

Swedish Freak TeeOf course, nothing pleases a Swedish Freak more than some Swedish Freak clothing. We have got beanies with “Sverige”, thermal cups, Fika aprons, and some awesome limited time holiday items with “Tomte” written on them.

All of them are designed with your love of Sweden in mind, and will keep you warm and cozy this winter.

Check out the Swedish Freak shop and deck your halls, stuff your stocks, and just plain rock with Swedish awesomeness.

Proceeds of the store will go to keeping this website alive, and paying our writers to write about the Awesomeness they find in Sweden. So start shopping today at the Swedish Freak shop!


Start shopping at Swedish Freak!

I love Sweden. But we all know that. And many of you here love Sweden as well. Which is why we decided to launch the Swedish Freak shop!

Get some great gear that shows off your love for Sweden. We have everything you need for winter, along with t-shirts and even an apron for when you are making that perfect Swedish fika.

We hope you enjoy this shop we put together especially for you!
Swedish Freak Shop


Swedish Freak Meetup in Stockholm!

Woot! I’m super excited to announce that we are going to have a Swedish Freak Meetup in Stockholm!

Where: O’Connells, Stora Nygatan 21 (Gamla Stan), Stockholm
When: Tuesday, Sept 11 @ 17:30
What: Meeting awesome Swedish Freaks!
Swedish Freak Meet Up

While this is an Irish pub, we will be quickly turning it Swedish with our Swedish Awesomeness! And they have Swedish cider, I’m sold :)

So come join me (Missfoster) and any other Swedish Freaks in the area.

Please RSVP and vi ses i Stockholm!