Hi folks, today I’m slacking off and generally being very lazy. Fear not though – I’ve asked my dear wife to step in and fill in for me though with a well-loved Swedish dish! Different nationalities will know these, or something similar, by other names, but for Swedes they are “raggmunkar”, and they’re awesome!
I’ll waste no time at all in leaving you in her capable hands, but I felt I must first mention that this isn’t the most photogenic dish… hopefully you’ll trust me when I say they’re delicious, and if you don’t have confidence in me then perhaps you’ll trust the opinion of my son whose hand you can see sneaking into the photo down below!
So, as the saying goes; behind every food blogger, there’s a neglected spouse eating cold but perfectly styled food.
That’s not quite the case here though. As luck would have it, I too love food. When growing up my father was a chef and restaurant owner and if my childhood home didn’t smell of sweet tomato sauce and grilled vegetables, then it was just because there was bread raising on the kitchen counter or fish being cleaned over the sink. Later on Charles would woo me with similar dishes; spicy and flavourful, cooked to perfection.
Now, I bet you all have some things you’re wondering…
Yes, the food Charles cooks is indeed as tasty as it looks. Yes, he does wash up. (In fact, he’s one of those people who can’t go to bed if there’s a dirty plate in the sink.) And, yes, he does let me cook sometimes. People always ask me this question, some even sounding quite concerned, and I always wonder if they’d still be wondering if our gender roles were reversed?
My food is often met with high praise such as “filling”, “perfectly edible” and, on occasion, “with a few twists, it would be quite good”. My high claim to fame is that nothing goes in the trash; whether this can be attributed to food quality or both of us having been raised by parents who don’t believe in food waste, I’ll leave up to you.
Anyway, it’s with great interest — and a bit of pride — that I’ve watched his blog grow. I’ve read every comment and, in a way, feel like I’ve gotten to know a lot of the ‘regulars’. And so, even though I’m not a blogger, I’ve finally given in to Charlie’s request that I write up a post for him.
Now that you’re all really tempted to try out one of “my” recipes, here we go!
Raggmunkar (Swedish Potato Pancakes)
- 4 medium sized potatoes
- 200 ml Milk
- 70 g Plain flour
- 1 egg
- A pinch of salt
- Butter for frying
- Mix the salt and flour in a large bowl, then add half the milk. Whisk until smooth before adding the rest of the milk and the egg.
- Peel and grate the potatoes, then mix in with the batter.
- Melt some butter in the pan, then place some batter into the pan as you would with regular pancake. (4 slightly heaped tbsps of batter for each pancake is a good "rule"). Press the pancakes down so they're quite flat, and when well done on one side, flip and cook on the other side. They should be brown and a little bit crispy on the edges.
- While ideally served with a tart lingonberry jam. a grated carrot salad and bacon, you can also enjoy these with other savoury toppings which are more local to you.