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Offline Ripley

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2006, 08:59:49 PM »
Does ANYBODY here like lutefisk???  I love fish, but I can hardly stand to even be in a house where it is being served.

I guess I better get over to my local IKEA and try out those Swedish meatballs...sounds scrumptious!

And had to google akvavit...and even that sounds like something to try.  :D  Wonder if I can get that at IKEA...

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2006, 01:42:40 AM »
I only want to add to all this:
  Lutfisk is delicious .
Lutfisk should only be served with potatoes and white sauce, spiced with salt and allspice.

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2006, 11:44:05 AM »
I only want to add to all this:
  Lutfisk is delicious .
Lutfisk should only be served with potatoes and white sauce, spiced with salt and allspice.

Die Hard :)

I KNEW it!!  You are one of those psycho-swedes too!!!  :hysterical: :tease:

Isn't it Fermented Herring?

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2006, 05:48:35 PM »
Boy, Die hard, you almost make it sound appetizing... :|

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2006, 08:11:14 PM »

I KNEW it!!  You are one of those psycho-swedes too!!!  :hysterical: :tease:

Isn't it Fermented Herring?
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No, skittles. Fermented herring is "surströmming" which is something completely different. That is rotten fish. And I don´t believe anyone eating it and telling me it´s delicious.

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Boy, Die hard, you almost make it sound appetizing... 
It is. But either you like it or you despise it, there is nothing there in between.

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2006, 08:53:05 PM »
I had never heard of Surstomming so I had to look that one up..  You are right Die hard.. I would eat lutefisk before I would touch surstomming.... :sos:

Surströmming (sour herring) is a Swedish delicacy consisting of fermented Baltic herring. Surströmming is sold in cans, and when opened they release a strong, foul smell. It is for this particular smell, which is similar to fish gone bad or garbage left out in the sun for a couple of days, that surströmming is infamous in popular culture, and it is often held that people who try surstömming can be confident that they will never forget it. Because of the smell, the dish is often eaten outdoors. However, the smell can be avoided if the can is opened under water.

The herring is caught in spring, when it is in prime condition and just about to spawn. Once tinned, the fermentation can begin. Half a year later, gases have built up sufficiently to cause the pressure inside the once cylindrical tins to bulge into a ball.

One story explaining the origins of this method of preservation is that it began long ago, when brining food was quite expensive due to the costs of salt. When fermentation was used, just enough salt was required to keep the fish from rotting. These unusual containers of Surströmming can now be found in supermarkets all over Sweden.
Eating surströmming
Surströmming is often eaten with a kind of bread known as tunnbröd, literally "thin bread". This thin, soft bread (not to be confused with crisp bread) comes in big square sheets, which are plastered with butter. Boiled potatoes are then peeled and sliced, and together with some chopped onion, they are sprinkled on the bread. The potatoes are of a special kind, called "mandelpotatis" or almond potatoes.

A whole fish is forked from the tin and sliced down the middle. Its soft insides are removed, including the dark gray roe, and then the fish is to be opened up like a book. The red flesh is stamped with a fork, loosening the bone and so that it can be filleted. Small pieces are then cut ready for the sandwich. The final touch is a big dollop of crème fraîche. The tunnbröd can then be folded or rolled up.

The surströmming sandwich is traditionally served with a glass of cold milk and a snaps. Beer has also become popular, although the combined effects of the surströmming and the release of carbon dioxide from the beer can be quite unpleasant for some time after the meal. Although lots of people do not like it, you have to eat it several times before you really appreciate the taste. There is a hard core of surströmming devotees located in northern Sweden, where, not surprisingly, they live virtually undisturbed by the rest of the world.

I hope the Food Network doesn't read this ..... :tease:

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2006, 09:09:46 PM »
wow, sounds like if you have a head cold that a nice serving of
kimchi, and Surstomming  would take care of any breathing problem !
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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2006, 11:10:28 PM »
My husband is from Jokkmokk!!!!

Surströmming was the only thing he ate when he was a kid!!! And of course mandelpotatis (almondpotatoes), hard white bread and red onion.

We actually eat surströmming every autumn season! And I'm still alive. The roe is delicious.

Your'e welome to taste surströmming at our place. Anybody who wants to come here in August?

I know at least ONE person who wants to come, a person who loves fish!

Mimmi

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2006, 08:50:25 AM »
ummmm hmmm let me think.........I WILL be AVOIDING your house in August!  Good to know, when to stay away!!  lol

See Mimmi, I told you, that you guys were strange!!!  You eat and drink weird stuff!  Okay since you are telling that........shall I tell them the REST of the weird combinations you put together???   :tease:  :muahaha:

Here in Sweden, it is very common (as common as us Americans using Peanut Butter) to eat Caviar paste on sandwiches. It comes in a tube like a toothpaste tube, and it is not black like you see in the movies when you see Caviar.  This is kinda yellowish peach colored.  Can we say Ewwwwwwwww?  I know I CAN and I DO!  lol

But while it is common to eat it here, it is NOT so common to eat it with "chocolate sauce"!!!!  One of Mimmi's favorites!  Double Ewwww!  Ruin the poor chocolate!

AND.........

Here in Sweden, like many other countries, they are big wine drinkers.  It seems that most of those that I know drink red wine.  WELL let me tell ya how Mimmi drinks it!  She mixes it with FUN LIGHT!  The Swede's will know what it is......but for those of you who are from USA...it is close to Crystal Light, the liquid form!

It is a fruity or tea type diet drink that is very concentrated.  You just add a little of it and mix it with water.  With WATER Mimmi....VATTEN!!!!!! Not wine!   :hysterical: :Win73: :muahaha: :tease:

BUT we did have a GREAT time with this, in December.

See one of my husbands good friends was on the Wine Academy!  He is a very good wine tester.  He was soo good that he could almost tell you the shoe size of the person who stomped the grape!  LOL

Well, he will from time to time put on a wine testing party!  Everyone will bring in a bottle wrapped in foil to disguise it, and we will all be poured a glass of each one, and he will go step by step what we do, and what we look/smell for to determine what kind of wine it is.

WELL....as many of you know...I am a little on the onry side...altho maintaining my innocence!  So I had Mimmi mix up a small bottle of her little mix of wine and Fun Light!  hehehehe   We had him test this separately before the party.  He tasted it and when thru all of the steps...he was saying...hmmm fruity....ummm it is not very ummm well its....umm its fruity...and....I think it has....ummm......This really isn't wine is it???

ROFL.........it was GREAT!!!!!!!!!  Then we all ran into hiding after we told him what it was!  hahahaha Great Fun!

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2006, 03:51:11 PM »
Oh Mimi, Mimi, Mimi...
you have very unique (interesting, one-of-a-kind) taste buds (food choices, types of foods that you like) indeed.

That is, of course, if we can believe (know that it is true) what skittlepc says...you know she has a VERY vivid (telling, true-to-life) imagination (thoughts, imagery,creativity) as you already know in person, and can tell if you read the THOUSANDS  :tease:(well 528 as of today) posts peppered all over this forum!!!  :flowers:

And as for surströmming, I think you have an advantage (aid, gain) on us because you were raised on it, from your younger years on to adult.  I'm sure we all have traditional family meals/food that we look forward to each year that an outsider would say, "ewwwwwww...can't go there!"

So even though I LOVE fish, I'm with skittle on AVOIDING your house in August!  :tease:
This is the part of jamesk post that got me....
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Because of the smell, the dish is often eaten outdoors. However, the smell can be avoided if the can is opened under water.

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww...can't go there!


And no wise cracks about the synonyms!  I'm trying to make sure Mimi can read this, and think she has a better grasp of English than she thinks, but just in case.  (And I KNOW she has a better grasp of English than skittlepc has of svenska!  :lol:)

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #25 on: March 01, 2006, 05:14:27 PM »
528 posts as of today??? Oh my!!! Do you know what that means???????Corrine!?!?, you know what that means!  You know what I have been waiting for and working hard to achieve....and I MISSED IT!!!!!

I am NOW and forever more a HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! woohooooooooo It even says it above, below, well somewhere near, my name!!! I am a HERO member!  woohooooooooooooooooooooo   :muahaha:

Okay, now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2006, 05:19:22 PM »
OhThat is, of course, if we can believe (know that it is true) what skittlepc says...you know she has a VERY vivid (telling, true-to-life) imagination (thoughts, imagery,creativity) as you already know in person, and can tell if you read the THOUSANDS  :tease:(well 528 as of today) posts peppered all over this forum!!!  :flowers:

Meeeeeeeeee????? Jaggggggggggg??? Moiiiiii????????

I NEVER!!! ever ever have I ever exaggerated anything in my entire life!!!  I keep telling you over and over, ALWAYS I keep telling you Ripley, like maybe 50 million times I have told you, that I am innocent!!!!!!!!  :secret:   :hysterical:

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2006, 05:27:23 PM »

I'm trying to make sure Mimi can read this, and think she has a better grasp of English than she thinks,

Yes she does!  She is quite good actually and she doesn't give herself enough credit.  She hardly has to ask me anything anymore.  hehehe  Well except to ask what kind of lotion I want her to use for my foot massage, or what I want to drink, but....   hehehehe

I keep telling her, that of the many friends I have here in Sweden, she is in the top three of those who are the most fluent.

Now that should really boost her conscience....or was it conscious?  ROFL  :muahaha:  :hysterical:

Sorry Mimmi, I couldn't resist that one.  hehehe Love ya!

note to others, so you can understand it.  When I was complimenting her on her english or something, she said that makes her conscious go up....she meant to say confidence.  It was sooo cute...and we both laughed our heads off about it.  Because after I tell her how great she is doing in English, she says something in reply that was the wrong word.

But don't worry, she and the other Swedes are having their fair share of laughing at my mistakes.  Unfortunately, my mistakes are usually saying bad things, that I didn't intend on saying, so we won't be mentioning those words here!

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #28 on: March 01, 2006, 11:58:57 PM »
528 posts as of today??? Oh my!!! I am a HERO member! 

Was wondering when you were going to notice that  :wink:

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Re: Coffee Table Talk, pull up a chair, lets chat
« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2006, 10:49:37 AM »
Hey my tea is cold!  Anyone going to heat some more water up?