August 29, 2009

Swedish dinner

"He boiled some potatoes and had open sandwiches of pickled herring in mustard sauce with chives and egg on a rickety table outside the cottage, facing the bridge."

--Stieg Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Pickled herring in mustard sauce: another item available at IKEA. The first time I ever had pickled herring (in dill mustard sauce), I was mid-bite when I suddenly panicked at the clearish-white flesh and wondered if it needed to be cooked first. Nothing on the jar indicated that the herring was raw, so I kept eating it, straight from the jar, with noodles. That was my weird Swedish-American-Chinese dinner, exactly one summer ago.

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