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ONLINE: Thursday Night Soup: New Nordic Ärtsoppa

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Swedish yellow split pea soup with fried lefse crispsMost Americans probably aren’t familiar with Sweden’s Thursday night soup tradition of ärtsoppa (yellow pea soup). It might be safe to say that many young modern Swedes are not as familiar with ärtsoppa as the generations that came before them, and the national dish has fallen out of fashion in more recent years. While pea soup has been around for many centuries, the ärtsoppa tradition dates back to the time when Catholic rule came to Sweden and meat was forbidden on Fridays, thus a meat-fast began Thursday nights. The soup is said to have been used to assassinate King Erik XIV who consumed a bowl laced with arsenic in the late 1500s.

In class we will talk about the traditional Thursday night soup and prepare a modern ärtsoppa flavored with Thai curry, coconut milk, cilantro lime yogurt, and fried lefse crisps, as well as ärtsoppa’s long-time partner pancake dessert (plättar). Sign up for this small-group event to be able to interact with food historian Patrice Johnson as she cooks!

Recipes will include: Potato blini, Karl Oskar’s (Swedish meatball canape), rye puffs with herring salad, individual kladdkakor, a cocktail and a mocktail. Bonus recipes (time allowing) will include: Honey butter snack mix, gravlax with pickled mustard seeds and orange, Swedish potato patties with crème fraiche and lingonberries, and cheese-stuffed olives.

This class is a part of the Thursday Night Soup series along with Traditional Swedish Ärtsoppa on February 4.

Supplies: Students will provide their own supplies. An ingredients list will be sent to you before class. You will also need a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

Special Instructions: You will receive a link to the Zoom session by email sometime during the week prior to the group meeting.

Enrollment Deadline: March 9, 2021

Register here.


March 11
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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