I’ll soon be writing up the first of what may be several pieces about our recent trip to Sweden, but, in the meantime, hope you’ll enjoy these appetisers, fresh from my little pink notebook.
1 At Hambergsfisk – a tiny, fabulous fish restaurant in Uppsala
Warm, ozone waves of salty scents waft.
Pearl-fleshed, toothsome lobster, a lascivious comma, curls on the plate
A tiny, white apostrophe of a jug brims with liquid-sunshine butter
Toast, a crisp triangular slash, attempts to fend off greedy fingers from the plump claw beneath –
And this, to a different tempo, so take a little lemon sorbet as a palate cleanser 😉
2 At Hotel Clarion Gillet, Uppsala
Compost-brown bread, a thick, tough-crusted slab, sponge-like innards springy as perfect turf
Slick of oily mustard sauce, speckled with dill, delicate as needles from a fairy-fashioned Christmas tree
And in between, a glistening fold of juicy salmon, early-rosehip pink
With scents of Scandi forest,
birch-bark-fire burning in the distance,
smoke blown in on a soft, salt breeze
A tall jug stands, spout dripping pink, creamy nectar
Shot glasses await its smooth fulfilment
While a bowl of glistening, berries, dark and richly sour, entices.
Into a half measure of sweet, unctuous pinkiness
a sharp dollop of blackly-purple berries.
Two gulps – and it’s gone.
The holiday begins