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Happy midsummer!

Haha, I never get tired of this. Last week we went to our cabin again and some friends joined us. I’ve already told you about Zappa and his sock hat and this time it was the same procedure again when we entered the smaller road. He’s like “OPEN THE FREKKIN WINDOW NOOOOOW, HUMAN!” and tries to smash it with his wrinkly head if I won’t open right away.

First I showed our friends in the back seat what it’s like for him without the sock hat. They immediately understood the problem. Then I put the sock hat on and they were amazed and probably thought I’m the smartest crazy cat woman in the world.

Kalle filmed him (and sang a gangster song as well):

Soon (in two hours) we’re off to the cabin again! We’re going to celebrate midsummer – THE best holiday in my opinion. That and crayfish parties. Or all parties really as long as you get to sing schnaps songs and wear hats. But I especially like the Midsummer hats that are made of flowers, leaves and stuff. Even made one to Gucci last year.Swedish midsummerI always forget that this is supposed to be a blog about food and not about cats. Maybe I should post a midsummer recipe as well. Yup, I’ll do that. You know? The most popular dish we Swedes eat on midsummer (well on every holiday, because we eat the same stuff on all holidays) is the soused herring. Hell, that’s disgusting. I remember last midsummer when our guests arrived and brought lots of this shit and I almost puked in front of them by the thought of it. Now that’s a proper welcome, right? I don’t like herring at all any longer and I’ve told you the story before and you can read about it here (beware of disgusting stuff, like puke- and diarrhea disgusting).

If you should try herring, try this type. This I actually loved (but if you read the story you know why I don’t any longer).

Pickled herring with onion

how to cook food with your coffee maker

Time

  • 1 hour + preparations and cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of herring fillets
  • 0.5 dl vinegar
  • 2.5 dl water
  • 2 tsp pimento
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ dl sugar
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red onion
  • ½ leek

Instructions

Open the tin and drain the disgusting liquid stuff. Rinse the fillets and put it in a coffee carafe filled with water overnight.

Divide the herring into small pieces the following day and chop up all of the different onions.

Place everything except the herring (and the water) in the coffee carafe and pour the water into the brewer. Start the coffee maker. Let it coffee maker cook for about 30 minutes and then let it cool. Turn off the coffeemaker. Add the herring and pour everything into a fancy jar. It’s an old Swedish tradition as well that you should decorate the jar with some kind of balloon animal.

Serve.

how to cook food with your coffee maker

You could put the fillets in other bowls, but this is the coffee machine cuisine, right?

how to cook food with your coffee maker

How to cook pickled herrings in your coffee maker.

how to cook food with your coffee maker

Typical Swedish christmas easter midsummer food.

Happy midsummer!

Photo: Dan Sörensen.

Swedish Pickled Herring

Since it christmas time I will continue this week to post recipes that are a must have on the swedish christmas smorgasbord. One of my favorite dishes when I was younger was definitely the pickled herring with onions. There are tons of different types of pickled herrings on the swedish christmas smorgasbords but the one with the onions and the mustard one are probably the most popular. And oh! There is the popular, but absolutely horrible, soused herring as well! This type of pickled herring is THE most disgusting dish I know. I’m not picky at all with food, will eat almost everything. But the soused herring is awful. And it looks very similar to the herring with onions which have ended in a couple of puke attacks for me. Sneaky little bastard, that soused herring.

I actually don’t eat pickled herring at all anymore because of something that happened years ago. I’ll first show you how to cook pickled herring with onions in your coffee maker so you don’t loose your appetite. Then I’ll tell you the story at the end of this post.

how to cook food with your coffee maker

Made this jar of pickled herring as a present for a friend. Nice balloon dragon, huh?

Time

1 hour + preparations and cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of herring fillets
  • 0.5 dl vinegar
  • 2.5 dl water
  • 2 tsp pimento
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ dl sugar
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red onion
  • ½ leek

Instructions

Open the tin and pour off all the disgusting liquid stuff. Rinse the fillets and put it in a coffee can filled with water overnight.

Divide the herring into small pieces the following day and chop up all of the different onions.

Place everything except the herring (and the water) in the coffee can and pour all of the water into the brewer. Start the coffee maker. Let it cook for about 30 minutes and then let it cool off. Turn off the coffeemaker. Add the herring and pour everything into a fancy jar.

Serve on your christmas smorgasbord. Or your easter smorgasbord. Or your midsummer smorgasbord. We swedish people eat the same food at all holidays.

how to cook food with your coffee maker

You could put the fillets in other bowls, but this is the coffee machine cuisine, right?

how to cook food with your coffee maker

How to cook pickled herrings in your coffee maker.

how to cook food with your coffee maker

Let it cool off in your fridge.

how to cook food with your coffee maker

Typical swedish christmas food.

OK! So now I’ll tell you about the incident that made me quit eating herring. If you are a bit squeamish, maybe you shouldn’t read it.

It all happened this christmas about 15 years ago. We celebrated as usual (at that time) at my grandma’s house. Now she’s dead so we don’t do that anymore for obvious reasons. When she died I got her old coffee maker, a few weeks later I started to make my dinners in it.

Anyway! As always my plate was filled with pickled herrings with onion and I binged this all evening. After a while I started to get really sick and had to leave the table and lay down on the couch for a while. The nausea got worse and I almost passed out so my brother decided to give me a lift home. Mom said I looked like a ghost.

During the short car ride home I thought I was going to explode. From all directions! Finally he stopped the car outside our house and I ran straight to the toilet, teared off my pants and… Yeah, you know.

Just when the worst poop pressure was gone I started to retch. Tried to quickly change the position and started to puke like crazy. Then I had to change position due to the diarrhea attacks again. And that went on for a while. Puke and shit. Shit and puke. If I was lucky I managed to flush before puking. Then I passed out on the bathroom floor.

I woke up, a bit groggy, and realized something was stuck in my nose. I was still way to exhausted to move so i just put one finger on the other nostril that was “empty” and started to blow. A large piece of something flew out and was now laying on the floor. Can you guess what it was? Yup, herring fillet! My cat Simba (that is keeping my grandma company by now) had been following the toilet action for all this time and now he got his reward. He ran up to the herring fillet and was all like “Hey, nice! Herring fillet, yum yum yum! Thank you human.”.

I’m sure even that herring piece tasted better than the soused herring does.

Photo: Dan Sörensen.