Welcome

Welcome

folk • smak: the people’s taste Welcome to folksmak where we write about all things Scandinavian and Scandi-American! You can also expect a sprinkling of German and other Northern-European influences. We’re really interested in Scandinavian and Northern-European food, traditions, and cultural influences that manifest in the United States and hope we can share them!

A Tale of Bureaucracy: How Chad Became a Permanent Resident of Sweden

A Tale of Bureaucracy: How Chad Became a Permanent Resident of Sweden

The days between April 5, 2020 and June 22, 2021 felt like an eternity for us. We applied for Chad’s residence permit to move to Sweden in April of 2020 and received the positive decision the following June. Every “step forward” felt like a step back, but the relief we felt when we saw that [...]

Kardemummabullar (Swedish Cardamom Buns)

Kardemummabullar (Swedish Cardamom Buns)

A tried and true favorite of Swedes everywhere, Kardemummabullar (Cardamom Buns) basically represent the whole of Swedish baking. They even recently made an appearance on the Great British Bake Off where Henry made a version of cardamom buns as his signature festival bread... though they are more of a daily essential in Sweden. Cardamom buns [...]

Carrot and Cardamom Pickle

Carrot and Cardamom Pickle

Fermentation is a key facet of Nordic food. From pickled herring to filmjölk to pickled beets, fermented foods feature frequently in the daily cuisine of Scandinavian countries. We first got turned on to fermentation and its many virtues from Holly Davis' book Ferment which is published by Chronicle Books. In this book, Holly offers an [...]