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Slånbärssaftglögg step 1

My life is just a big sit in front of my computer. I thank the almighty lord (this blog is making me very religious) for the small glimpses of “nature” that I’m allowed. The garden, which we are still mulching with great success, is like a fairytale. I will soon post our design, it is very ellaborate and cool (I had absolutely nothing to do with it)! And this weekend we will go buy berry bushes inshallah. Exciting exciting indeed! I picked one of the chicory heads (and a few tiny ones that were too close to other heads) that I have so beautifully portrayed in my chicory post and I will make a pasta with that and some leek and parsley also from the garden. Yesterday when we were there the frost was there in the shape of waterdrops ready to freeze and yet everything is still growing. It’s amazing. The chicory is getting redder and redder everyday and is so beauitful I am really in love with this plant! Another plant I have fallen in love with is sloe. I have started the saft (cordial?) and am amazed about this procedure and about the fact that there are tons of these delicious berries out there for free! It’s like a weed that the city plants out! Can’t get any better than that.

So step one of the saft is to take the frozen or frost “bitten” berries, measure them up and cover them with the same amount of boiling water. Let them sit for 24 hours or so, the water drains the berries of their goods. After 24 hours, strain the now completely red water and boil it and cover the berries with the same water again. Repeat for about 3-5 days depending on how you want it. My red water already has that distinguished taste of sloe that is so rich and deep, but I will keep at it until at least sunday. I love it! The next step is to boil the sloe water with sugar. Stay tuned!

Sloe love

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Slånbärssaftglögg! (Sloecordialmulledwine?)

Helloooooooo! Today was (yes it’s 3.30 pm and the day is coming to an end. Scandinavia! Whoo! Whoo!) a gorgoeus sunny day and I checked the paper to see if we’d had frost here yet. We had so that meant I could go down to the beach and pick some slånbär (sloe) to make saft! Saft is a swedish thing that I am oh so grateful for that I have never seen anywhere else, except other scandinavian countries (Scandinaviaaaaa!! Whooooo!). It’s basically a very concentrated fruit or berry juice that you mix with water right before you drink it. It has tons of sugar so it lasts forever and it is delicious! Although we allegedly already had frost, I put the berries in the freezer. I did this because they contain some sort of toxic cyanide that makes the berries really bitter and sour but that goes away with the frost. After that it’s a three day process to make the saft and after that I thought I’d use it to make glögg! Glögg is another swedish invention that I’m very grateful for! It’s a spiced wine that you drink warm at christmas with chopped almonds and raisins. I will not make the alcoholic version, swedes tend to put vodka and other stuff in their glögg, but I go all saftglögg! I will get back to you with the details.

Sloe grows everywhere around my parts and in all of Europe, you can even find it in north africa! It grows like a weed and has tons of berries that most birds don’t like due to its toxicity before the frost. So if you see berries like these, pick them and make saft! It is truly delicious!

Tootles!

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