Scandi tip #17: Swedish Easter eggs

Easter eggs as you know them in the UK, a chocolate egg with not much inside is quite nice, but very different from what I am used to from home.

In Sweden we give (and receive) cardboard Easter eggs with beautiful prints, filled with lots of mixed sweets including chewy dragé eggs that to me is a must!

When I was little my mother even painted Easter Eggs for the whole family and we use them every year. I have one really big pink one with my name on it, and another purple one that my granny made. Dad still wants his sweets in his childhood egg which is so huge it would take about 5 kg of sweets to fill it up, so normally we put some tissue paper in the bottom and fill up the rest so he doesn’t get more sweets than us.

On Saturday my friend Gaby mentioned (while looking at English Easter eggs) that her Swedish au pair used to give the children the paper version with all the sweets inside and I realised it is quite different to the British tradition.

I think this is partly because chocolate is so popular here. I mean, at home people eat a lot of chocolate too, and I prefer Marabou to Cadbury’s, but here people eat even more. But then again, we eat huge quantities of pick ‘n mix in Sweden and you don’t here, and that is probably because Sweden is better at producing nice chewy sweets. We even have different Haribo sweets in Sweden (although the brand is Danish) because what is on sale here just wouldn’t sell well in Sweden. Funny that.

I don’t actually know where/if you can buy the cardboard eggs here, but if you see them you should try our tradition too. One can’t have too many sweets, right?!

Manicomio and Partridges, Chelsea

One part of London I have always loved is Chelsea. It is so nice to walk along Kings road looking in shops, stopping for a coffee somewhere and just wander around.

I met Gaby here on Saturday for a late lunch. We walked straight to Manicomio, where I have been several times before. It is an Italian café with great produce, simple but well executed dishes and you can sit outside on the Duke of York square people watching. A perfect Saturday past time in my opinion.

Gaby had a simple but beautiful tuna salad with plenty of the perfectly cooked tuna, lettuce leaves and a oil based dressing.

I was so hungry that a salad wouldn’t cut it and went for a warm ciabatta with Italian salami and taleggio. It was simple but good produce and I loved every bite.

We then had a little wander around the food market on the square that is open every Saturday. We saw everything from fudge to Peruvian food and sushi.

It is the food shop Partridges who organises this market and we went inside the shop to have a look around as well. We have both been here serveral times before but because we went together, two complete food geeks, we could really take our time this once and we stayed in there for quite a while, looking at everything.

Among other things I was very surprised to see some Swedish products, both the thin biscuits above, from the same company that makes the best ginger thins, Annas as well as cookies from Gille (which I can easily live without though) and proper nice crispbread from Wasa.

I tried the chocolate and vanilla biscuits and they were really nice. Funnily enough the whole package disappeared down my tummy in just a few days.

Other things I had to buy was some proper tagliatelle, French yoghurts (citron and vanilla), some champagne truffels as a gift and truffle oil for myself.

What I need to go back for are the absolutely adorable Easter eggs from Charbonnel & Walker. They had some chocolate animals too that I don’t thing I can resist. Are they cute or what?!