As the long, cold winter slowly loosens its grip on Sweden, Easter comes as a most welcome sign of spring. It is the time of year when nature awakes to new life. Homes are decorated with feathered birch twigs, chickens and decorated eggs.
The true Easter highlight for the little ones is searching for the perfect witch costume -grandma's dress, apron & kerchief. Painted with red lips, red cheeks and black freckles, they grab a broom and go knocking on doors, wishing happy Easter, handing out drawings and hoping for some candy in return. The tradition is a remnant from the past when people thought that Easter is the time when witches fly away on brooms for sinful living in Blåkulla.
As Easter Eve approaches, the tables are set with a smörgåsbord-the Swedish buffet-style type of meal with multiple hot and cold dishes served on a self-serve table. Here are some easy recipes for you to try and you can get the main ingredients from our Swedish Food Markets.