If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would be enjoying some mini mince meat pies with a cup of Earl Grey tea. We would talk about all the rain we have had over the past few days, and how the sun is shining again now this afternoon. There was even the sound of a few cicadas – summer is here!
If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would of course talk about our holiday plans. We would talk about how we have decided to change our plans, and head over to Hawke’s Bay instead of Bay of Islands. You say given the fact that Northland is remaining in the red ‘traffic light’ zone this seems like a good idea.
If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would talk about Christmas food, and you would ask about Janssons frestelse, the classic Swedish dish. I say I will share the recipe with you, taken from the 2003 edition of Annas Mat by Anna Bergenström, and that this is my translation. I tell you that the fish to use is ansjovis, a type of pickled sprat.
Preheat the oven to 225C and grease an oven proof dish. Peel and chop two onions into thin slices, then fry in oil for about 10 minutes. Slice around 10-12 potatoes into thin matchsticks, then layer the potatoes, onions and ansjovis, finishing off with potatoes. The recipe suggests 2 x 100g of fish – the brand I buy is a 125g tin and I find that is enough. Mix together 200 ml or cream and 100ml of milk, and pour half of this mixture with 3 spoons of the pickling liquid from the fish. Dot with butter and breadcrumbs and bake for about 30 minutes. After this time, add the rest of the liquid around the sides and bake for another 15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.
You ask – how many anchovies should I use if I can’t get ansjovis? And I say I don’t know as I only make it with the correct fish which can be found in Scandinavian shops and maybe even Ikea if you have on in the country you live in and they sell food (there is no Ikea in New Zealand…).
If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…I would say why not stay for lunch? There is some bread and cheese if you are happy with something simple. You say yes that sounds excellent. So we put together some bowls of salad, sliced some bread and put out the cheese and some pickles and sat down to continue our conversation.
Also entered in the last weekend coffee share of 2021, hosted by the wonderful Natalie the Explorer.
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