For many of us Swedes, IKEA has been a “life line” for food and many other Swedish things. People probably never realized that IKEA is a very accurate picture of Sweden. We eat the meatballs, we sleep on the sheets, we burn the tea lights and we often end up buying napkins.
A while ago, IKEA decided to take away all the “non-IKEA” brands from their food department. There was an outburst of giant proportions. Protest organisations were started. Lists were signed. “No julmust” for christmas??? Are you kidding me?? (Julmust is the Swedish christmas soda. A mix between coca cola and beer.) “No ham??”, “No Kalle’s caviar??? “What happened to the Swedish chocolate??”…”Oh, nooooo!!!”
We were all shocked. How could they take away all our “stuff”?? I was reading in the newspaper, that IKEA has agreed to take some brands back. After all the protests, IKEA backed down!!!! Hallelujah. This shows that the little (hungry) people can win!!! However, it is only for a short time, until IKEA has a full assortment of their own products in all stores.
I was there this past weekend, hoping they had gotten in the promised and valuable goods. But not yet… But make no mistake, it is like Arnold says, “I will be back!’
Here is one of my favorite things I do from something I always buy from IKEA. The shrimps.
Shrimps. About a small handful peeled shrimps per person. These shrimps are the Greenland shrimps. Also called sweet shrimps or Main shrimps. You can also use salad shrimps.They must be cooked. If you buy them un-peeled, just remember that after peeling them, you have about a third of shrimps left.
1 egg per person/ sandwich.
Bread. I prefer something more healthy with grains. But please use any kind you like.
Dill for decoration.
Boil the eggs. 10 minutes to make them hardboiled. Peal and slice very thin. Preferably use an egg slicer.
Take the bread. Butter it. Add lettuce leaves. Add 1/2 – 1 tbsp of mayo onto center of sandwich. It is working as “glue” to keep the egg from “sliding off”. Add the egg. Keep it in an “egg shape” or as close to it as possible.
Poor over the shrimps. A small handful of peeled shrimps or as many as you want.
Add a sprig of dill on the top for decoration. Cut a lemon into wedges and add to plate next to shrimp sandwich.
Add some cracked pepper on top.
On the below photos… Shrimps & smoked salmon, herring, coffee, cheese, cinnamon buns, jam…