Rachel Khoo


Posted by Rachel

August 29th, 2019

My Swedish Kitchen Episode 4: Swedish House Man’s Food

My Swedish Kitchen Episode 4: Swedish House Man's Food

In episode 4, I focus on cooking with the seasons. Swedish food has long relied on root veg and cabbage varieties – ingredients that have often been regarded as uninspiring. As the trend towards traditional ingredients continues, these ingredients are having a comeback! 

Along the coastline of South West Sweden, I visit Ugglarp farm whose produce is celebrated in fine dining restaurants around the country. Kale loves the cold weather (perfect for Sweden) and thrives on the salty sea wind! The most popular of veg is cabbage, which inspires my spring cabbage vinaigrette. Find it on p28 of my book!

Along with the best ingredients, using some reliable and trusty equipment is essential in my kitchen. Cast iron has always been a staple in my cupboard, so I was so excited to visit Skeppshult Ironsmith’s to get an insight into how labour intensive the manufacturing is. Cast iron is for life and is often passed down through families! 

I visit a tomato farm with over eighty varieties to choose from – red, white, purple, striped and even black. Tomatoes are so delicious in season and an incredible example of Scandinavian produce. They work beautifully in my mixed cherry tomato salad with crispy bacon – served with my favourite butternut squash waffles, made with my cast iron waffle pan! Find the recipe here.

Inspired by the Swedish landscape, I make my parsnip and praline cake. The parsnips bring a natural sweetness and nuttiness, which pairs perfectly with the sweet praline. Find it on p64

Some of the items of clothing you might recognise from previous shows or photoshoots. I’ve listed where I got them from, but there’s a high chance that the items may no longer be in stock. Here’s what I was wearing in episode 4:

H&M Jeans, Bluntstone boots, Jaegar blue jumper with white collar, red lipstick

Find all of the recipes in my latest cookbook, The Little Swedish Kitchen, which is available to buy on Amazon!

Watch the episode online, here. (UK only)

Don’t miss out! Catch the show on FoodNetwork UK. Sky channel 140, Freeview channel 41, Virgin media Channel 291, Freesat Channel 148

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2 thoughts on “My Swedish Kitchen Episode 4: Swedish House Man’s Food

  1. Hi there,
    Loving the new series and looking forward to getting the book! I loved the black and white polka dot dress / jumpsuit Rachel wore on I think episode 2 but I can’t find a write up of it on the site (there seems to be summaries for all the other episodes to date)! Do you have the link or can you point me in direction of the outfit?!

    1. Thanks so much, Vikkie. The jumpsuit is actually a very dark blue and I bought it last year from Marks and Spencers. I’m not sure it’ll still be in stock though.

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