Scandi Kitchen’s crayfish party.
Guest Feature by Sarah James:
Whoever knew that crayfish deserved a party? Not me, for sure! We were forewarned that the evening would involve bibs, hats and singing, as well as the consumption of the crayfish; being tone deaf and renowned for singing flat, this filled me with a little trepidation.
Upon arrival we were greeted with a chilled Prosecco and some tasty hors d’oeuvres and got to meet our hosts who explained about the tradition.
It seems that crayfish were once so overfished in Sweden that a ‘season’ had to be introduced, and that as soon as the season opened it became traditional to hold a party to celebrate the return of these delicious shellfish.
We were seated and started the feast; herring, small mountains of crayfish, beetroot salad, potato and dill salad, gravlax, rye bread, and aquavit.
Our host Jonas led the singing, which was a lot more fun than anticipated and luckily required little ability. At the end of each song we downed an aquavit. Food was continually circulated, more songs sung, and different aquavits consumed.
Desserts followed, all hand made in the Scandinavian Kitchen.
This was such good fun; our hosts were charming, friendly and informative, and the food was lovely – honest good quality produce, simply prepared by Bronte. We left much later, somewhat bleary eyed, but in high spirits fuelled by the aquavit!
If you want to try it for yourself you can visit the Scandi Kitchen shop which is open 7 days a week, where they serve at least 200 meals at lunchtime, or you can order the products from the warehouse. Inspired, I even made my own version of the beetroot salad at home.
If you wanted to host your own crayfish party the hats, bibs and napkins can also be purchased here: