Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Semla and Vegetarians

Sweet and sour fish with rice
Food Diary (February 21, 2012)
Breakfast: Sourdough toast with beans
Lunch: Sweet and sour fish with rice
Dinner: Pasta with tomato sauce, sandwiches

This is the traditional Swedish pastry eaten on Shrove Tuesday. I didn’t buy, make or eat it today. I just borrowed the picture from wiki to show you what is looks like.


Semla is made from cardamom flavoured wheat flour bun, filled with almond paste and whipped cream (the almond paste is hidden underneath the cream). You can eat it straight or in a bowl filled with warm milk. In the olden days a semla was simply a bun, eaten soaked in hot milk. It was called hetvägg.

It is quite delicious even though it sounds simple. Semla’s don’t come with any health warnings but maybe they should. In 1771 King Adolf Frederick died from digestive problems after eating 14 semlas (actually he ate hetvägg with warm milk). I don’t know if semla has claimed any more lives since.

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This article was posted couple of months ago but I only just came across it.  It shows results of a telephone poll done to estimate how often Americans are eating vegetarian meals. The survey covered 1010 adults.

Approximately 5% of the country said that they never eat meat, fish, seafood, or poultry. About half of these vegetarians are also vegan. 48% said that they eat meat, fish, or poultry at all their meals, 6% eat one vegetarian meal a week and 4% are vegetarians for a full day in a week.

24 comments:

  1. That gorgeous scone type creation looks simply amazing - despite the fact that I've just posted beef stew - I'm considering seriously getting into vegetables!!
    mary x

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    1. Beef stew followed by semla sounds like a great progression.

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  2. I love semla and have baked them myself!

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    1. I have yet to try making it, maybe one day

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  3. I haven't heard of semla but what a great snack to eat on Shrove Tuesday. They look and sound delicious. Wish I could get them up the road at my bakery.

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    1. They are great, and its not available all the time, which makes it even more special

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  4. Semla looks very appetising. Maybe I can make it next year? (Although maybe I will not eat 14...)
    5% vegetarians and 2,5% vegans is quite a lot! I don't think for example there are as many vegetarians in France. I must check. (In Switzerland certainly quite a lot, it would be interesting to compare).

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    1. Its not too complicated to make. I think you won't eat 14, if you don't make 14:) Thats one strategy!
      5% is a lot, in France its estimated to be 2-3% if I remember correctly.

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  5. Oooh!! Cardamom! My very favorite spice! That's a lovely looking bun .... the semla. Fancy eating 14 ... greedy fella.

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    1. Cardamom does to miracles here, complements the rest of the flavours well.
      He was greedy, not anymore!

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  6. Hehe I think 14 of anything might pose some sort of risk! Especially if they're cream filled buns :P

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  7. I kinda love being part of that five percent. :)

    These remind me of the cream puffs I made recently but WAY better. Need to try that almondy filling!

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  8. The Semla looks great, so adore almond paste. I try to include the occasional veggie meal but am a carnivore at heart.

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    1. You fall in the majority, majority rules!

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  9. Ooh, that selma looks delicious, but thanks for the health warning about eating too many!

    Hey, am I the only one who likes to snack? I've had a heck of a time not eating between meals today :)

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    1. You are welcome, keep it below 14:)
      I also snack between meals, usually

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  10. I love your lunch, that made me think I should make some soon

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  11. Yum, I wish I had a semla right now, craving something sweet with a hint of exotic spice. And sweet and sour fish looks great too - did you make it?

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    1. Me too:)
      Yes the fish meal dish was home made

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