Throughout December, I’m taking a break from the regular ’business’ end of things and bringing some travel-inspired features from great chefs around the world to feed your wanderlust which may even inspire your Christmas dinner menu.
Chef Erik Videgard is a friend I always visit when in Sweden
We chat about food, drinks and what we should be drinking and eating next time we meet – it never ends and I love it.
A record producer and now celebrity chef, I sat down with the busy chef about Swedish traditions with a bit of Asian-inspired ingredients and dishes, of course!
Erik Videgard’s Spectacular Dishes
Erik Videgard Instagram
Favourite Christmas Food Tradition?
The Swedish “Julbord” (Christmas Table) is historically an extended traditional Smorgasbord with some extensions. There are a lot of different herrings and Baltic herrings pickled in loads of different ways, sometimes as much as 20 diverse ways. There’s mustard baked ham, small “prince sausages”, egg halves with vendace roe, Swedish meatballs, “Jansons temptation” (a baked stew of allumette potatoes, heavy cream and anchovies). At a restaurant a traditional Christmas Table will consist of up to 120 different courses to be eaten in five to six “turns” starting with herrings and ending up in a huge dessert table.