Saturday, August 24, 2013

Berry Day

Well I have officially been living in Umeå  for a month now! And I absolutely love it. I thought starting a blog might be a good way for people back at home to stay in touch with what I'm up to and for me to share information about Sweden! School starts in a week though so I'm not sure how much updating I will be doing but we shall see. Today we went fishing/berry picking. I LOVE berry picking. In the summer the majority of Sweden is covered in berry bushes (mostly blueberries but also raspberries, lingonberries, cloudberries, cranberries, and lots of others which I can't identify yet).

The pretty picture above is where most of the berries were and in the distance is the water. We didn't catch any fish, but picked TONS of berries. Usually we pick blueberries, but blueberry season seems to be nearing its end. Today we picked lingonberries!! I love eating them raw, they taste similar to a cranberry and I LOVE raw cranberries. But to people in the states they are what is used to make the jam that comes with meatballs at Ikea.

I'm looking at recipes with lingonberries right now, and if I find any good ones I'll post them later on. Tonight we are going to a free movie in a park in downtown Umeå. It's also candy day (Saturday) so I'll be stopping at the candy store beforehand. The movie is in french with swedish subtitles but at least it's a nice day out and something new and fun to do! Plus when you're eating candy, nothing is ever bad. Right now I'm also eating a chocolate chip cookie that I made last night, but it tastes more like a pile of sugar. If anyone finds a cookie recipe using European ingredients I would love to hear it! Something is very different with the flour, butter, baking powder, and sugar. Well I'll post a couple more pictures from the day and that is it for now!

P.s. That is the face I get when I ask him to smile, typical. :)

1 comment:

  1. hey,
    I moved to umea, can you give some examples around umea that i can pick berries, close to alidhem maybe ?