Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Regnet står som spön i backen

I was looking for the equivalent of "It's raining cats and dogs" and this phrase is what the internet tells me has the same connotation. "Regnet står som spön i backen" translates directly as "The rain stands in rods on the hillside." I'll have to ask around to see if they really say it. Today it was raining cats and dogs for most of the day. It would pretend to taper off and then start pouring again. Ross had to bike to work in the worst of it. I wonder how he fared. I now know why people here own rainpants. I've spent most of the day holed up inside. I have a weird niggling pain in my right abdomen/groin/hip area. Then I did about 10 minutes of core yesterday along with sprints, and my entire core is sore :) I'm going for a stretch run this evening with a clubmate to loosen everything up. This weekend is the Swedish national long distance championships and I hope to go into it rested and ready to race hard.

In my time home today I decided to try a Swedish recipe. I picked up a few free cooking pamphlets at the local grocery store last week. We didn't bring any cookbooks from home, as most of the recipes we can find online. But it's hard to cook the same as home. One stumbling block is that the two grocery stores near us are small and have mostly the basics. And Swedish basics aren't the same as American basics. They both have fennel, but no green onions. The have vanilla sugar, but no vanilla extract. Only one of them had baking soda and baking powder, and neither had cream of tartar (for my snickerdoodle recipe). They also don't have any fresh herbs.

So, I leafed through the minimagazines today and decided on a truly Swedish meal - lasagne :) It looked simple enough, we already had some of the ingredients, and it'll be cozy after a cool and rainy autumn day. I did have to put most of it into Google translate to figure it out...
Yum! Click on the picture for a larger version.

I spent some time looking around on the internet for recipes. Surely, I thought, someone has started a blog for Americans cooking in Sweden. As near as I can tell, this sure to be popular blog has not been done. But I did find this inspirational series. Perfect. We have the same exact stove and cool wooden board that pulls out of the counter (I never knew what that was for!)

I'll let you know how dinner shapes up! Ross and Boris can be very picky eaters...


Jonas said...

What a great blog! It is very fun to read about your adventures in Sweden :)
It sounds like you have done a lot of high qaulity training, well done, keep it up!
You indeed got the expression "Regnet står som spön i backen" right, that is what we use. Altough, if you are going to learn some swedish there might be some more useful/word phrases to start with :)
Knife? I can't imagine not having a cheese slicer. I'll have to ask you in a year to see if you have been turned around. The water boiler I don't know about, maybe I'm not swedish enough :)
By the way did you manage to sign up for the Swedish champs in time, if so good luck!

marie said...

"The rain stands like rods into the ground" if that makes more sense :) Sometimes we just say "det spöregnar" "it's rodraining".
Lycka till på lång-SM!

Cristina said...

I'd pay to see Sam cook just like the "chef" in the video!

cjross said...

Apparently cream of tartar is sold in pharmacies in France as tartaric acid. Maybe it's the same in Sweden?

Samantha said...

I have learned some Swedish phrases... Flickor läser, Kvinnor läser, Mannen springer... see things like that :)

We did manage to get signed up for long SM this weekend, so that will be exciting!

Cristina, I'm tempted to try it tomorrow :)

Patrick said...

Try Mari. She has cream of tartar imported from Ireland.

Samantha said...

Mari is going to come over and teach me how to bake kanelbullar... yum :)