This week in SBS Food’s Blog Appétit – our round up of food blogs worth bookmarking – we bring you Homegrown Swedes.
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10 Apr 2014 - 11:42 AM  UPDATED 2 Sep 2014 - 2:21 PM

Video content is on the rise in the food blogosphere, but top-notch productions are still rare rather than the norm. Enter Homegrown Swedes. Produced by professional Swedish food stylist and recipe developer Sanna Fyring Liedgren, this one-of-a-kind blog features immaculately produced short films encapsulating life on her family’s picturesque homestead, where produce is picked with her three children from their kitchen garden or foraged in the nearby surrounds, and used to make simple, fresh Swedish favourites. Her husband, Oscar, who shoots each video, is also integral; his filmic style brings the seasons to life with stunning cutaways of the landscape, while soft-focus shots infuse a sense of warmth and nostalgia. This is a must-bookmark blog and one that you will return to.

“We live just outside of Stockholm in a turn-of-the-century house. The whole area, some hundred houses, was built in one go between 1904 and 1909. During this era, there was a push for a healthier and more sustainable life outside of the city, and it’s something I recognise in our own time. The house is designed accordingly, with around 20 fruit trees and a big kitchen garden, where we grow and harvest different produce, from rhubarb to gooseberries and plums. There’s also a wildlife reserve within walking distance, where we pick mushrooms and rowanberries. Autumn is so generous in Sweden. There is not only our own bountiful harvest; the farmers' markets are at their best, too. This is where I find homemade honey, as well as the pumpkins that take their time to grow here in the north.” Sanna

 

I started my blog to...

“Share my home cooking. Videos turned out to be the best way to show all those subtle things that never really come out in a written recipe or a still photograph. Those silent skills of the hands, the care of choosing and handling produce, the kitchen, the light, the tools, the garden, the working together and the pleasure of eating.

“With my husband, Oscar, behind the camera, I often cook with my kids – Hugo, Flora and Thea. I like it when the films share a time capsule-like intimacy – like an old family photo album, where spoken words are long forgotten, but you can recall a winter passed and how the children grew up. They also convey that food and cooking are central to happiness in life.”

 

The must-cook recipe on my website is...

Rhubarb compote. Harvesting, then cooking it within the hour has such a lovely flow to it.”

 

I can’t wait to go back to...

“My sunny kitchen steps, where I watch the garden grow, drink a cup of tea and think about what’s next.”

 

My current food obsession is...

“Cooking marmalade. I’m exploring new combinations of fruit and trying out different techniques.”

 

When I eat...

“Blueberry pie, it takes me back to my grandmother’s country house in the Helsinki archipelago.”

 

Nugget of cooking wisdom...

“Cooking is a skill you learn from somebody close and then pass on to your loved ones.”

 

I learnt to cook from...

“My father, who ran a restaurant when I was growing up. He is a very compassionate man and now a full-time artist. During big family gatherings, we still plan and do the cooking together.”

 

People always ask me to cook...

“A traditional family birthday cake with tjinuski (Russian caramel sauce).”

 

If I ever met...

“Nigel Slater, I would ask him to go food shopping with me so I could discover his London gems.”

 

I always have...

“Honey in my pantry, milk in my fridge and ice-cream in my freezer.”

 

My favourite biscuit to dunk in a cup of tea is...

“Cardamom rusk with bitter orange marmalade.”

 

My most sauce-splattered cookbook is...

“A Swedish home-cooking classic called Hiram’s Cookbook from the 1960s, as well as Arabella Boxer and Tessa Traeger’s wonderfully inspiring A Visual Feast – every image is a world in itself.”

 

The most difficult food to shoot/style and make look tasty is...

“Lasagne. There is no correspondence between good taste and good looks for this dish (a good-tasting one is rather messy).”

 

Beyond my own blog, some of my favourite reads are...

Orangette, a blog based in Seattle, where I have family. Green Kitchen Stories inspires me to cook even better vegetarian food for my teenagers who have chosen a vegetarian diet.”

 

Homegrown Swedes's recipe videos

 

1. Cinnamon rolls (kanelbullar)

2. Apple cake with lemon and cardamom (äppelkaka med citron och kardemumma)

3. Roast pumpkin salad with spinach and goat’s cheese (rostad pumpa med spenat och getost)

4. Mushroom omelette (svampomelett)

 

 

Blog Appétit Editor Yasmin Newman