torsdag, september 15, 2011

I got an old photo showing a " Gökotta"
It is in the village Södra Säm, 1927.
A Swedish tradition, on Ascension day, is to celebrate by having a dawn picnic and listening to the birds singing early in the morning. It may be fairly chilly that early, it may rain but if you are lucky you might even see a fantastic sunrise.

When you listen to the birds you are supposed to listen out for the cuckoo. Apparently he might be telling you something about the future.
The folklore had lots to tell about the first call of the cuckoo in the spring. In what quarter is he cuckooing? And how many times does he call?
"Coming from west is best,
from east is comfort,
from north is sorrow
and from south is death"...
And how many times he is calling can predict things, e.g. ask him how many years you will stay unmarried, and await his answer....

The cuckoo is a migrating bird, moving to the south, usually to Africa, at winter and coming back to Sweden in May for the whole summer.

Read more here about the Cuckoo:

Among people in the picture is my grandmother Judith, and my grandfather Axel Andersson. They stand in the back row.


lördag, september 03, 2011

Now it's time for Chocolate Cookies...!
I guess you know I like cookies, hard or soft or crunchy .....
In Sweden, it was common in former times to have coffee party and they had baked seven kinds of cookies.
If you could not manage to eat all at once, so you could take home the cakes
that remained....

Milk Chocolate Cookies

makes about 40

170 g butter, at room temperature
45 g white sugar
45 g raw sugar (or brown sugar)
3 tbsp golden syrup
300 g all-purpose flour
1,5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla sugar (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
150 g milk chocolate, chopped

Whisk the butter with both sugars until pale and fluffy. Add the golden syrup, and then all remaining ingredients. Mix into a supple dough.

Shape logs (in my case, three), that are about 2-3 cm thick. Place on a baking sheet, and bake at 175°C for about 20 minutes. They will start to look cracked on top - this is normal.

Leave to cool for a few minutes, and then cut into 2 cm thick cookies, diagonally.

This is a photo from Ljustorp Local History Society, Medelpad.

This is an old photo with the coffee table in the garden, 1912.
It is from
Heda Local History Society,Östergötland

Dikten "Tomten" av Abraham Viktor Rydberg född 18 december 1828 i Jönköping i Jönköpings län (Småland) död 21 septemb...