One day Johan decided to make a smörgåstårta. The most important thing about a smörgåstårta (sandwich cake) is to make it too much.

My mum.

Here it is. Too much and super tasty.

This is my sister's kitchen.

And this is the region where my family lives. Maybe some of you have read the book Popular music from Vittula by Mikael Niemi, that book pretty much sums up where I come from.

My sister made us fish soup on our last evening together.

The best evening together with my mum, sister and her kids.


  1. Liebe Sandra, schon lange verfolge ich dein Blog & liebe deine atmosphärischen Fotos! Doch heute melde ich mich zum ersten Mal, denn du erwähnst das Buch von Mikael Niemi, das ich mit viel Spaß gelesen habe. Jetzt kann ich mir vorstellen, wieso du so einen weiten Weg nach Berlin genommen hast... Ich selber stamme aus der tiefsten deutschen Provinz & habe Ähnliches erlebt wie die Jungen im Buch & lebe jetzt gerne in der Großstadt. Aber die Familie, die Feste bei der Heimkehr in mein Dorf sind immer ein Erlebnis. So scheint es bei dir auch zu sein...
    Liebe Grüße

  2. I'm impressed by the smörgåstårta it looks pretty much complicated to prepare...great cook...
    nice pics

  3. yummy! too much is good sometimes. and that fish soup... and i love that map!

  4. Love this family set. The fish soup looks so good!

  5. I have read "Popular Music in Vittula"! ;)
    The food and the photos are very beautiful here...annnnnd that Smörgåstårta is a work of art!

  6. what is the inside of the Smörgåstårta made of? What a nice trip you have had. I love the pic of the tree trunks in one of these recent sets.

    1. if i remember correctly he mixed creme fraiche, yogurt, crayfish tails, dill, cayenne pepper, eggs (boiled), salt, some kind of roe and probably something more. super tasty.

  7. gosh! your mum is so pretty! :) that food also looks incredibly delicious...johan is SUCH a keeper, haha!

  8. I simply adored this post and food and family is always <3
    Happy start of the week dear Lady !

  9. oh my food, it all seems so delicious and different from what i'm used to around! i'd love to try some swedish food... and it has so much salmon which i absolutely love, so i think i'll enjoy it pretty much!

  10. thanks for sharing these most uplifting photos!
    (i am definately having a smörgåstårta for my birthday cake - what a super erfindung!)
    grüsse aus kreuzberg

  11. Sandwich cake!? Looks amazing. Now I must find a recipe!

  12. Having a sofa in the kitchen is so civilized. & Johann is a kitchen genius!

  13. Ich mag die Sommersprossen Deiner Mutter. Sehr schön.

  14. Sweden looks like a wonderful beautiful place. My roots are from there and have always wanted to visit....someday. Thanks so much for sharing your family with us. Your photos are the best :) ~Blenda

  15. smörgåstårta looks so awesome! I've never heard of it, but I want to make it asap! Love your posts!

  16. Okay, you two just HAVE to do a cookbook! I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

    Your husband is an extremely talented cook (jealous, because my husband can't do anything but microwave frozen food).

  17. I'm reading Niemi's novel cause of this lovely post of yours!
    So good to discover a land by teenage discovers in the 50's/60's.
    Life was so true at that time!
    Loving it!



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