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InternChina Staff Swedish Dinner!

InternChina staff Swedish dinner!As we were previously three Swedes in the office, we decided to share some of our yummy national food with our fellow colleagues! Philippe, who was visiting from Zhuhai, made a quick stop at IKEA during his trip to Beijing and got some of the food that we needed. Thank you Philippe!

After work the three Swedes skipped across the road to Carrefour and bought the rest of the ingredients before heading to the apartment to commence our Swedish cooking, Chinese style.
After battling with our blunt knives and our watery eyes while trying to chop onions, we finally had enough decent looking pieces for our meatballs. They don’t sell ‘stöbröd’ at Carrefour so we had to improvise with smashing up a baguette. It worked surprisingly well!

InternChina – Meatballs
InternChina – Dinner
InternChina – Kanelbullar
InternChina – Burned Kanelbullar

While the meatballs were cooking we ate some lovely ‘gravad lax’ on special hard Swedish bread, or ‘knäckebröd’. When the entrées were done, we immediately started on the long-awaited main course. This is what it looked like:

Everybody ate a lot and we got very positive feedback! This was nice considering at this point they had no idea what they would be eating for dessert…
In Sweden we have a special pastry called Kanelbullar (cinnamon roll). They are supposed to look like this:

However… due to our kanelbullar having travelled half way across the world, frozen, we had try try to cook them without an oven. Option number 1: Steaming. The result? Fail. Option number 2: panfrying. The result? Well… see for yourself…

Although it might not look like the most delicious thing in the world, if you scraped away the burnt bits they were actually quite tasty… or maybe the others were just eating to be polite…
Even though the dessert might have been a little over done, the meal was a great success and there were many smiles and comments on how good the food tasted. The leftovers were taken into the office the next day and everything was eaten!
We are looking forward to having another Swedish dinner soon!
The InternChina Swedes.