Written by a gal from NYC living in Sweden, this blog dabbles in Swedish food and culture!
Some days, having two babies at home has been surprisingly calm and easy, while other days, it just feels really tough and chaotic. For example, a few days ago, I had a pretty crappy day. And when I say crap, I mean crap, poop, shit. Poop that should have been in diapers, but somehow ended up in places where it shouldn’t have been. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
Nowadays, I’m just really tired since I’ve basically become a milk machine for Zoey, our new little friend. So it sometimes feels hard to do anything, like for example, cook. They say when you’re nursing, that one should be eating healthy foods so that the baby gets enough vitamins from the breastmilk. But really, all I feel like having are sweets, like cookies and cinnamon-y buns. I want to drink coffee and tea instead of water. And perhaps the reason for this is that I need energy and sugar and caffeine seem to be the easiest solutions for this. I don’t know.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a junk food junkie. I love my fruits and veggies, but if there aren’t leftovers for lunch, I’ll usually make something quick and filling- instant noodles, a fried egg over rice, pasta with cheese. Simple and carb-o-rific food that is neither good for me nor Zoey. I hate to admit it, but I’ve even considered pasta with ketchup. For this to even enter my mind is huge, since I think ketchup should go nowhere near pasta. Nowhere near. it. at. all. Which goes to show that I have become really tired, really lazy, or just really crazy.
I’ve heard many many stereotypes about Americans while traveling abroad: that we love George Bush, we drive big cars, we’re friendly people, we’re overweight, we eat only hamburgers and fries. Someone had even said that we put ketchup on everything. Hmmm…. Really? Is that so?
I’d like to declare that here in Sweden, ketchup consumption is much much much higher than in the US. Ketchup seems to go well with macaroni, hot dogs and sausages, meatballs, spaghetti (even when served with real tomato sauce)… According to Aftonbladet, “children already learn to pour ketchup over spaghetti at kindergarten age” and that “The Americans still haven’t figured out the ingenuity of using ketchup as pasta sauce, explains Maria Tornell, for Heinz Sweden.
I have learned that since ketchup is made with tomatoes, that it is then just like tomato sauce. But…if ketchup can replace real tomato sauce, then why aren’t people spreading tomato sauce over their hamburgers, french fries and hot dogs? Just sayin’.
In any case, even on the roughest of days, I don’t think I’m going to be resorting to the simple Swedish pleasure of spaghetti and ketchup. It’s just a little too yucky for me to stick in my mouth. I’ll continue using ketchup the “right” way!