Saturday Snippets…3rd July 2021…Smorgasbord some facts…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…

For the last few weeks, I have taken inspiration from something I have read or watched… this week thanx to Sally and her eclectic mix of posts sparked an idea...An author and qualified  Nutritionist Sally has led a fun-packed and full life …she is also a good friend and ardent supporter of bloggers and writers  ..most of you know I have had a worrisome few weeks ..the worry has now lifted a little and I was thinking and catching up on posts racking my brain as to what could my theme be…the penny then dropped…

Hence my chosen prompt …Smorgasbord…

This was fun and I learnt much…mainly about food but a few unknown facts to me…

Their menu points out that: “It took Vikings many centuries to create the smorgasbord. It brings you the fish of the sea, the meats of the range… the fruits of the land and the wings of the sky in a gracious gesture of hospitality and welcomes you to the meal that follows….”
― William C. Speidel, Jr., You Can’t Eat Mount Ranier.

What language is Smorgasbord? 

Swedish…The Swedish word smorgasbord consists of the words smörgås (an open-faced sandwich) and bord(table)…a feast…

Let’s have some music…

A new one on me…x

Cool or what!… That’s some keyboard…

Cracking Up! (1983 film)

An American comedy starring Jerry Lewis. Originally titled Smorgasbord, it was filmed in 1981 and 82 and only received limited distribution in the United States. While this was the final film directed by Lewis and his last for Warner Bros., it marked a one-time reunion with Bill Richmond, Lewis’ screenwriting collaborator on such films as The Nutty Professor and The Patsy.

Did you know?

Sainsbury’s sold the original Smorgasbord Meatballs…The original Swedish Meatballs…

Did you know?

Swedish buffet history

Smörgåsbord (bread and butter table) is the obese grandchild of a sexy Swedish grandmother known as the bränn- vinsbord (the burning wine or spirits table). Bränn­vinsbord was an appetizer course of bread and butter served with beer and brandy. Its origins date back to the 16th century when wealthy Swedes whetted their appetites at the spirits table before feasting at elaborate banquets. Aquavit and salted and cured fish, meats and cheeses were later added.

By the 1880s, travel by train increased across Sweden, as did the need for lodging and public dining. The brännvinsbord tradition grew into smörgåsbord with a variety of cold and hot, fresh and preserved ingredients that were served family-style, as a traveller’s meal.

Pickled herring – the centre of the smorgasbord

You might swap meatballs (köttbullar) for mini sausages (prinskorvar) or pick cured salmon (gravlax) rather than smoked, but your smorgasbord wouldn’t be complete without pickled herring (sill). This fishy favourite remains the basis of every typical Swedish buffet.

With an abundance of herring in both the North and Baltic Seas, Swedes have been pickling since the Middle Ages, mainly as a way of preserving the fish for storage and transportation. Pickled herring comes in a variety of flavours – mustard, onion, garlic and dill, to name a few – and is often eaten with boiled potatoes, sour cream, chopped chives, sharp hard cheese, sometimes boiled eggs and, of course, crispbread.

That’s all for today…I hope you have enjoyed some quirky facts about Smorgasbord.

See you tomorrow for my weekly roundup of posts xx








42 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…3rd July 2021…Smorgasbord some facts…

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I agree about Vikings the history is fascinating but yes they were very fearsome even the women…x Hubby loves pickled herrings more than I do it the bones with me not the taste

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  2. petespringerauthor

    Loving these themed posts. My mom used to use the word “smorgasbord” when we had lots of leftovers left. A little parent psychology goes a long way into making kids think it’s a special treat. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this Elvis song before.

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  3. Jim Borden

    it’s such a great word.

    great way to start with Elvis.

    And some serious star power in that Jerry Lewis movie with Milton Berle and Sammy Davis.

    and in quite a strange coincidence, I had never heard of Shady Maple until my son mentioned to me just a couple of days ago that it is the favorite restaurant of one of his friends; we live about an hour from where it is located.

    and I’m happy that you are feeling a little bit relieved about your daughter…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Isn’t it, Jim…Not an Elvis track I had listened too that is a coincidence I love the name Shady Maple its so cool..more than relieved they found 3 non cancerous ones on the MRI and will be whipping them out she was lucky she went early…hopefully the hormone therapy will stop any more from forming x

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  4. Clive

    A very interesting explanation, Carol, and I can confirm Pete’s recommendation of the IKEA meatballs at the same store – I used to work right next to it. I’d never heard the Elvis song before, and thanks for also sharing a contender for the most annoying brat in the history of the world 😉 x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It seems Ikea struck lucky with their meatballs my daughter used to rave about them quite a few years ago now…Haha annoying brat I could add one or two to that list…Have a fabulous Sunday, Clive x

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      1. Clive

        I’ve not had them for years. We moved offices so I haven’t been in one of their stores since then. I remember them as being very tasty! I’m still on cloud nine after last night’s football, so I hope your day is as good as mine 😊 x

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  5. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more

    Wow! Thank you for the wonderful explaination, Carol! I always asked myself about the origin of Smorgasbord, and remembered at least the Muppet Show, with the similar Smoerebroed.;-) Now, after this posting i will never forgot. :-)) Have a nice weekend! xx Michael

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  6. beetleypete

    The best Swedish Meatballs I ever tasted were served up in the cafe/restaurant of IKEA, in the Wembley store. I’m not a fan of rollmops, but would eat everything else they usually have on a Smorgasbord.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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