Oh Salmon, How I Worship Thee

It’s great to be back in Sweden! The snow is deep (and white and cold!), the daylight is not yet 7 hours a day this time of year (here in Stockholm, not up North where they don’t have any), and the supermarkets are still a culinary nirvana.  Even the tiny ones.  Why?  I don’t know, really, but my educated guess is because Swedes like to … Continue reading Oh Salmon, How I Worship Thee

Mediterranean Salad (Not Exactly Greek)

… but no worse for it, certainly! The idea for the salad originated when, in search of a bag of lentils at the local supermarket, I wandered facefirst into a refrigerated display of Greek cheeses, a veritable cornucopia of several kinds of feta and halloumi.  My mouth watered instantly and there I was, holding a packet of each, good feta and halloumi, and staring around … Continue reading Mediterranean Salad (Not Exactly Greek)

Grilled Duck Breast with Oriental Chili Sauce

My cooking style, when presented with options in terms of time and selection of raw materials, tends to run, almost regardless of season, to fusion-food styles, which are inspired by a variety of cuisines, ranging from rustic French and Italian to Southeast Asian, with anything and everything (provided it tastes good and can be combined well) in-between. Since the friend who visited the weekend before … Continue reading Grilled Duck Breast with Oriental Chili Sauce

Own Label vs Brand – A Different Perspective

Store brand, own label, private label, generic – historically, the concepts have not carried a positive connotation among the consumer base compared to brand names, with the possible exceptions of luxury supermarket brand ranges, which are effectively a brand name in their own right.  Up until the current recession, own label products have not accounted for a very large percentage of sales, and were regarded as … Continue reading Own Label vs Brand – A Different Perspective