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Smörgåsbord

In English, the word smörgåsbord refers to any buffet with a variety of dishes. The Swedish word smörgåsbord (listen) , of which it is an anglicization, is a combination of the words smörgås, meaning sandwich (or, more strictly, "slice of bread and butter"), and bord, which means table. So a smörgåsbord is literally a sandwich table. This is a bit of a misnomer, however, since the table normally has a lot more than sandwiches on it. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... It has been suggested that French Wiktionary be merged into this article or section. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1536, 675 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Smorgasbord Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1536, 675 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Smorgasbord Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A Chinese buffet restaurant in the U.S. A buffet (buh-FAY or /bÉ™.ˈfei/) is a meal-serving system where patrons serve themselves. ... Image File history File links Se-smorgasbord. ... An Italian sandwich. ...


In the home a smörgåsbord is, typically, a holiday feast at which the family and guests can help themselves to whatever takes their fancy from a range of dishes laid out for their choice. In a restaurant the term refers to a buffet-style table laid out with many small dishes from which, for a fixed amount of money, one is allowed to choose as many as one wishes. Toms Restaurant, a restaurant in New York made familiar by Suzanne Vega and the television sitcom Seinfeld A restaurant is an establishment that serves prepared food and beverages to order, to be consumed on the premises. ... A Chinese buffet restaurant in the U.S. A buffet (buh-FAY or /bÉ™.ˈfei/) is a meal-serving system where patrons serve themselves. ...


In an extended sense, the word is used to refer to any situation which invites patrons to select whatever they wish among several pleasant things, such as the smorgasbord of university courses, books in a bookstore etc. It may also be used to indicate any diverse group, synonymous with Hodge-Podge. Hodge-Podge the rabbit is a fictitious character from Berke Breatheds comic strip Bloom County. ...


A traditional Swedish smörgåsbord consists of both hot and cold dishes. It is customary to begin with the cold fish dishes (generally various forms of herring, salmon, eel etc), continue with the other cold dishes, and round off with the hot dishes (of course including meatballs, and other Swedish specialties like Janssons frestelse). There may or may not be desserts. Species Clupea alba Clupea bentincki Clupea caspiopontica Clupea chrysotaenia Clupea elongata Clupea halec Clupea harengus Clupea inermis Clupea leachii Clupea lineolata Clupea minima Clupea mirabilis Clupea pallasii Clupea sardinacaroli Clupea sulcata Herrings are small oily fish of the genus Clupea found in the shallow, temperate waters of the North Atlantic... Illustration of a male Coho Salmon The Chinook or King Salmon is the largest salmon in North America and can grow to 1. ... For other uses, see Eel (disambiguation). ... Swedish meatballs Meatball can mean:- A food: see below Meatballs (film), a movie MeatballWiki,a Web site about online culture. ... A traditional swedish dish made of potatoes, union, cured sprats cured sprats and cream. ... A selection of desserts Dessert is a course that typically comes at the end of a dinner, usually consisting of sweet food but sometimes of a strongly-flavored one, such as some cheeses. ...

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Julbord (Christmas smorgasbord)

The classic Swedish julbord refers to the traditional smörgåsbord served from the beginning of December until just before Christmas in homes and at restaurants. A traditional julbord is typically eaten in three courses. The first course consists of the cured salmon, pickled herring and eel served in a variety of sauces. It is customary to eat particular foods together to ensure the appropriate combination of taste and textures. For example, herring is typically eaten with boiled potatoes and hard-boiled eggs and is frequently accompanied by a snaps of vodka (with or without spice). Christmas is an annual holiday that marks the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. ... The snaps is a small shot of a strong alcoholic beverage taken during the course of a meal, very much alike the German schnapps. ... Vodka bottling machine, Shatskaya Vodka Shatsk, Russia Vodka is one of the worlds most consumed distilled beverages. ...


The second course is a selection consists of cold sliced meats, such as turkey, roast beef, and the julskinka or Christmas ham. Cheese, cucumbers and liver pate are often eaten on top of hard bread.


The third course of hot dishes include meatballs, prinskorv (small sausages), kåldolmar (meat stuffed cabbage rolls), jellied pigs' feet, lutfisk (a reconstituted dried cod served with thick white sauce), revbenspjäll (oven-roasted pork ribs), and Janssons frestelse ("Jansson's Temptation", a baked dish of matchstick potatoes layered with cream, onion and sprats). Side dishes include beetroot salad and warm stewed red cabbage. Dolma is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes in the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire and surrounding regions, including the Middle East, the Balkans, Greece, and Central Asia. ... Lutefisk (prounounced loo-te-fisk in America) is a well-known food of Norway and Sweden. ... A traditional swedish dish made of potatoes, union, cured sprats cured sprats and cream. ... Species See text. ...


Julbord desserts include risgrynsgröt or rice porridge, eaten with hallonsylt (raspberry jam) or sprinkled with cinnamon. (Traditionally, one almond is hidden in the bowl of rice porridge and whoever finds it receives a small prize or is recognized for having good luck).


Etymology

The Swedish word "smörgåsbord" is a combination word consisting of the words smörgås (translated "sandwich") and bord (translated "table"). "Smörgås" (sandwich) in turn consists of the words smör (literally "butter") and gås (literally "goose"). According to some, the word smörgås refers to an old Swedish tradition, where the fresh butter used for the openfaced sandwich was placed on the table sculptured as a goose[citation needed].


According to Catharina Grünbaum (DN Kultur, 27 November 2006) Gås referred to the pieces of butter that was formed and floated up to the surface of the butter or cream when one churned butter, reminding of fat geese that swam up to the surface. Such a piece was just the right size to be placed and flattened out on bread. And so smörgås came to mean the butter and the bread together. In Sweden buttered sandwiches, ie bredda smörgåsar have been talked about in Swedish at least since the 16th century, and nowadays also referring not only to buttered bread but also food put on bread to make a sandwich.


Jul is the word for the winter solstice celebration in Swedish, and is not synonymous with Christmas. It has the same root as yule in the English language, and is pronounced nearly the same. Yule is the winter solstice celebration of the Scandinavian Norse mythology and Germanic pagans. ...


See also

Swedish cuisine is similar to the cuisine of Denmark and cuisine of Norway, in that it is traditionally simple. ...

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