It’s the end of a weekend of midsummer celebrations in Sweden. I think they have the right idea. Decorating the village, house and of course dining table with lots of fresh flowers and grazing on festive food with friends and family is my idea of wonderfulness.
And the food must of incorporate herring. It’s an essential ingredient in Swedish Midsummer feasting. What I like most is that it’s one fish out of the tin that I find palatable and it works perfectly with chives which I have loads of in the garden this year. They seem to like the particular spot I chose for planting last year as I’ve barely done anything to encourage them. Including no weeding.
So here are a couple of Swedish Midsummer classics using both herrings and chives.
The first recipe is barely a recipe. Just roughly chop some tinned herring, toss it in creme fraiche, add a squeeze of lemon and some finely chopped chives.
This next recipe is by Filip Fasten, an up and coming Swedish chef. Take a look at his instagram feed and you’ll see beautifully simple recipes using lots of fresh, herbs, vegetables and Scandi ingredients.
Are you a fan of herring or chives for that matter? Here are some more recipes with a spotlight on chives.