::SWEDISH CRAYFISH PARTY- SVENSK KRÄFTSKIVA

August 23, 2007 at 12:20 pm 5 comments

I was away for the past few days for what is fast becoming my monthly trip to Sweden! Just to give you a brief history about my obsession with the home of europop, I love the Eurovision and in Sweden unlike Ireland it is widely accepted to enjoy that style of music, they also produce the best of it! I was once part of a boyband which saw us play in Sweden and one of the members (Jonathan Fagerlund) was also Swedish, at one stage I practically lived with his great family so I got to learn a lot more about the MANY traditions of Sweden. Ever Since I left the band I continue to visit and my beautiful girlfriend also happens to be from the land of the moose.

I have travelled quite a bit through Sweden and even lived there for a while, I would highly recommend you visit Gothenburg city, great shopping, really healthy food, and quite easy to access thanks to Ryanair. Perfect for a short city break.

Myself and Sofie were there for the past 5 days with two of our friends so we did a few touristy things to keep ourselves entertained, including a short drive from to a beautiful picturesque island north of Gothenburg called Mastrand, a trip to Scandinavia’s largest theme park, Liseberg, some essential shopping and even a spot of sailing!

We also attended Sofie’s Grandparent’s crayfish party which was LOT’S of fun! The idea of the crayfish party has grown in popularity since the 1930’s when the crayfish season began in late August, people sit out in the last of the summer sun, eat huge amounts of crayfish, sing schnapps songs, and wear funny hats and bibs! The one we went to was no different and definitely lived up to my expectations!
I particularly love shellfish so I can’t describe my excitement when what appeared to be unlimited supplies of crayfish and prawns were placed elegantly on the table! All table manners really go out the window at this stage, when shell’s are cracked, and claws snapped to reveal the salty sweet cooked cold meat. Making loud sucking noises also become an acceptable form of behaviour, to our friends who are bit squeamish, this must have looked more like a massacre than a party! I nearly had one of them trying the crayfish but they couldn’t bring themselves to do it! Oh well maybe next time!
The eating is only broken up by the singing of songs and drinking schnapps which happens so regularly that for a light weight like myself it led to singing in my best Swedish at the top of my voice!People who aren’t used to cooking generally shy away from shellfish and see them as something pretty difficult to prepare, but if you can boil an egg then you can cook crayfish. Here is a simple recipe to make the crayfish we had at the party.

Swedish Crayfish Recipe

  1. 2 lbs of crayfish
  2. 3 Litres of Water
  3. 5 tbsp of Salt
  4. 1 tbsp of Sugar
  5. Handful of Crown Dill or Fresh Dill

Bring the water to the boil in a large pot and add the salt sugar and dill. Add the crayfish to the hot water, if your crayfish is live, I recommend you put them in one at a time in order to keep the water hot enough to kill the little fella’s instantly. Bring to the boil again and let simmer and cook for 10 mins. The option here is to just strain the crayfish under cold water but my advice would be to rinse them under cold water and place them back in the seasoned water with ice for a better taste.

A that’s it! Serve them cold and enjoy your very own cray fish party!

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  • 2. Deborah  |  August 24, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    Sounds incredible Donal.Incidentally one of my best friends from high school (an international school in Belgium) is Swedish and now lives in Gothenburg and I have been itching to visit! So thanks for the tips. Hopefully it will happen next year.

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  • 3. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen  |  August 26, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Sounds like so much fun! I lived in Norway and I imagine Sweden is very similar – especially in the love for seafood!Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll!

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  • 4. Rasa Malaysia  |  August 31, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    I love crayfish too…I just recently found some live ones and had a mini crayfish party. I love your blog and your pictures…very pretty. 🙂

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  • 5. Anonymous  |  July 3, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Don’t forget the västerbottenpaj, the best dish at the kräftskiva! 🙂<>http://www.scandinaviafood.com/vasterbottenpaj-recipe.php<>

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