Thursday, September 4, 2014
The 3-Week Plan: Day 4
For some reason, I have spinach in the freezer, can´t think why, but it needs to be eaten. I also had a portion of mixed-root-vegetable-mash leftover, so I made that into a soup, seasoned with nutmeg, and served it with hard-boiled eggs.
After a vegetable soup, some sort of pancake-type thing is called for (or so we think) and I have been pining for Swedish cheesecake, ostkaka, for weeks. This is nothing like English cheesecake, actually it is not a cake at all, but rather a pudding. Ostkaka is an ancient dish with roots in the Middle Ages or earlier, perhaps mostly associated with Småland nowadays, a southern region that I have spent a lot of time in, as my mother is born there and her family´s presence is documented there since as far back as there are reliable church records, at least 500 years.
Vrigstad. Unfortunately, that particular ostkaka is not available here, so I had to make do with something that claims to have a more northern flavour. I should, absolutely, try to make my own next time. It´s a bit complicated if you make it properly, with rennet and milk, but you can cheat and go with cottage cheese. I would, I think. Maybe next time.
The husband was very happy with the soup, he pronounced it "the best spinach soup ever", which was nice of him. With ostkaka one must have jam, and it´s been a while since I made my own, but I found a new one in the store, an ecological wild-raspberry jam, that was very tasty.