A little crayfish party

One of my favourite foodie happenings in Sweden is definitely crayfish season. When I grew up you were only allowed to catch crayfish during August, and the crayfish premiere was a big event. I remember some awesome crayfish parties my parents took me to as a child. I love the food, the casual way of eating and the atmosphere.

My London friend usually gets as excited to try crayfish as I get to eat the little red darlings. Last month I had some of my girl friends over for a small crayfish party/ It was mid-Olympics so Usuain Bolt kept us company on the telly, but it was great fun.

You can not just have crayfish and snaps, you need something more substantial to soak up the alcohol, and the Västerbotten cheese quiche is always a winner. Usually it is topped with creme fraiche, caviar and chopped red onions, but this year I topped it with girolles fried in butter with garlic and parsley. Yu-um!

I also made a warm potato salad with new potatoes and a vinaigrette, served cooked asparagus with olive oil and parmesan, salad, mayonnaise, bread and cheese.

Simple salad with little gem lettuce, peppers, cherry tomatoes, avocado, olive oil and balsamic.

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