In Scandinavian countries, Midsummer's Day is celebrated properly! Why we (in the U.S.A.) don't embrace this magical turning of the seasons with pagan summer rituals is a mystery to me. It's the longest day of the year and worth some serious merriment and jollification!!
This morning, to welcome the start of summer, I kissed the summer dawn (see yesterday's post), and tonight I wore a flower in my hair, toasted with Aquavit and other appropriate libations, and nibbled lazily on a Smörgåsbord of Scandinavian delights until the fireflies and fairies came out to play with me. Kippis and Skål!
On the menu was: sweet orange picked beets and red onions, cucumbers and dill, ginger smoked salmon on lemon herbed cream cheese on rye bread, and warm herbed potato salad. We also had havarti and dill cheese, cumin gouda, and giant Swedish Wasa rye crackers.
Our Scandinavian smörgåsbord
We lit a raging bonfire!
For dessert, we had a ravishing Swedish Midsummer Strawberry Meringue Layer Cake (similar to Eton Mess) made with cardamom meringue, whipped cream and the first batch of the juiciest, ripest, local strawberries.
Click here to read about our midsummer's celebration last year.