Pea Soup and Pancakes
Sounds an unlikely combination doesn’t it, but (read on) there’s a story behind it. Perhaps we will find both on our table for the Swedish potluck supper Saturday, March 12. And since our Turkish supper was snowed out, some of those dishes might just be added to the smorgasbord this next month as well.
Now, about those pancakes and pea soup: “Many Swedes grow up eating ärtsoppa och pannkakor every Thursday,” according to the official sweden.se website. “This tradition has been upheld by the Swedish Armed Forces since World War II. While its true origins are widely debated – from Catholics not eating meat on Fridays, thus filling up on pea soup on Thursdays, to pea soup being very easy to prepare by maid servants who would work half-days on Thursdays – the tradition has well and truly stuck. Most traditional lunch restaurants serve pea soup and pancakes with lingonberry jam or any kind of jam on Thursdays.”
The Swedish website offers a charming series of insights about Swedish cuisine. Check it out: https://sweden.se/culture-traditions/10-things-to-know-about-swedish-food/ And check the Time and Talent Table for a folder of both Turkish and Swedish recipes if you want to prepare something new for the potluck. Dinner will be at 6. Invite guests.