Written by a gal from NYC living in Sweden, this blog dabbles in Swedish food and culture!
I started working again, after taking a two year break to have babies and then to take care of them. It feels a bit exciting and a bit nerve-wracking at the same time, but it seems to be going well! So Aron is now home with the kids. He’s on paternity leave, a phenomenon that is quite rare in the States. We get about 400 days per child to share between us to stay home AND we get 80 percent of our salary, paid for by Sweden. This would never happen in the US, which makes it kind of hard to leave Sweden when one has kids.
Anyway, Aron being home these days means he gets to go to the playground, and he gets to change diapers all day, and he gets to clean and cook. It’s a charming life. Oh believe me you! I have also started taking a Swedish course in the evenings, so I’ve been pretty busy. On the other nights, when the kids are asleep, I’m working on a new project, which I will tell you about at a later time. So….finding the time to cook is hard, which is a shame. Cooking bad food is even more of a shame. But when one knowingly decides to make bad food, this is the worst.
Have you ever heard of a “thin bread roll”? It’s basically a wrap which contains one or two hot dogs, iceberg lettuce, mashed potatoes, ketchup, and relish. It must be the weirdest thing I have ever eaten, in my life. The first time I tried this was a night a few months ago when Zoey had a high fever and we had to go to the hospital. After a few hours, we were super duper hungry and on the way home, we bought two of these things from Sibylla, a fast food place that was still open at 1 in the morning. I was so hungry that I almost ate the whole thing. But I said to Aron- This here. This is THE. WEIRDEST. THING. I have EVER stuffed in my mouth.
Why? Because I have never had hot dogs with mashed potatoes. I have never had hot dogs with iceberg lettuce. I have never had mashed potatoes with iceberg lettuce. And I have never had iceberg lettuce OR mashed potatoes with KETCHUP! IN A WRAP! Weird, weird weird!
But for some reason, I was still a little curious about this fast food “wrap-roll” that I decided to make it myself at home. And served it to my 1.5 year old son! It was horrible. And Aron suggested that it would taste so much better with shrimp salad. SHRIMP SALAD WITH KETCHUP AND MASHED POTATOES AND ICEBERG LETTUCE WITH HOT DOGS!!!!!!!!! NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!
It’s official, I’m a horrible mother. Don’t try this at home.
4 servings mashed potatoes
1 small yellow onion
1 bay leaf
5 black peppercorns
8 hot dogs
1. Make your mashed pototoes.
2. Peel and slice the onion. Boil some water with the onions, bay leaf, and black peppercorns. Let it boil for a few minutes. Add the hot dogs and boil until they are heated through.
3. To make one wrap, add a portion of mashed potatoes, 2 hot dogs, mustard, ketchup and relish. Roll up or fold the wrap.