A blind date with a top foodie blogger – famous Swedish chef visits Ms Marmitelover in her London home!
A taste of the ocean with oysters, herring and cod. The west coast of Sweden has rich flavours to offer. I was invited to spend a day in London at the home of the famous food blogger Ms Marmitelover (Kerstin Rodgers) – to be the storyteller alongside Swedish Chef of the Year Gustav Trädgårdh. My suitcase was packed with goodies such as Lunator beer, a rich in flavour beverage from Grebbestad’s very own brewery – made once a year on full moon. – as well as Knäckebröd, a crisp ryebread, cheeses from Dalsspira, Sivans and chokeberry jam from Torgunnehagen.
Four of Sweden’s most famous Chef of the Year winners were invited to London to showcase Sweden’s fantastic foodie offering. They all headed in different directions to foodie bloggers’ houses to allow them to taste the different regions of Sweden – giving food bloggers and their friends a food journey with love from Sweden.
I accompanied Gustav Trädgårdh – my chef of the day. He represented his and my hometown – Gothenburg – where he is also a part time owner and chef at the classic fish and shelfish restaurant ”Sjömagasinet”.
Jonas Dahlbom from Halland was assigned Norrland, which is full of very dark and rich tastes. He prepared char, västerbotten cheese and smoked reindeer heart for the evening. What a treat! Gustav and Jonas were very excited about the trip.
Gustav preparing for the evening at Kerstin Rodger’s house. New potatoes make for a surprisingly good mash.
Potatoes, ansjovy and loads of creamy swedish butter is combined in the mash. And will later on be served with cod and oyster from Grebbestad.
Good butter is essential in Swedish cooking. It brings out the flavours and makes the dish richer. Jonas brought an extra big packet just in case.
From left: Jonas Dahlbom, Andreas Hedlund, (me) Maria Zihammou, Peter J Skogström. Gustav Trädgårdh back front.
Gustav and Jay, who helped out Gustav in Kerstin’s kitchen. Chopping dill for sill starters.
Kerstin Rodgers knows what good food is all on about. She has travelled a lot and lived for many years in France. She has visited Sweden several times and is particulary fond of Swedish herring. But she didn´t know how tasty Gustavs herrings were going to be – she was really in for a good surprise!
Goody bag from Sweden with all kinds of tasty stuff. Cheeses from Sivan and Dalsspira. Crispy organic ryebread and chokeberry jam from Torgunnehagen.
Sill for starters. Cured in ”1-2-3 lag” with water, suger and strong vineager ”ättika”. Gustav had made a rich spectra of different flavours. Creamy and in curelag. With basil, caviar, mustard, peppercorns and mini tomatoes. His favourite was with salty kaviar. Along with cheeses, different breads and Swedish ”skagenröra”, – cream with handpealed shrimps, mayo and dill. Organic bread from Cumpane in Majorna
A plate full of sill bliss.
Cod stuffed with Swedish herbs and an oyster. Together with mash, cured cucumber and horse reddish for mains.
Kerstin sharing here foodie moment on twitter.
Kerstin and her friend Les Wong enjoying the dinner. They thought the whole evening was a joy of good tastes and had many quistions about the culinary tastes of Sweden. Her friend Maria Grist loved herring with basil and was surprised about the rhubarb dessert which came with a liqourice truffle.
Kerstin and Gustav relaxing and talking food in her kitchen after the dinner.
Text and photos: Maria Zihammou