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Some good tips:

http://www.heskonsult.se/Swede-L/swedlet2.htm#lutfisk

 

If you want something REALLY hideous, you should go for "Surstrmming"... Now that is some real nasty doo-doo. Take fish, I think it's herring, you let it sit and ferment, and then salt it. The result - it STINKS like hell. Put it in a can. Sell it.

 

WTF?!

 

Here: http://www.svensson.com/norge/sur1.htm

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Ballard does have the "Barking Dog Alehouse". You can't go wrong with good food, and a huge menu of Belgian beers and Single Malt Scotches

 

For other nasty Swedish food, there's always Cremed Salmon Roe in a toothpaste tube. I think I'll stick with Aebleskiver, Svenska Pankaker, Pepperkaker; Glogg; Strawberries and Whipped Cream; Lefsa (mor Norwegian than Swedish); Mead; Vodka; Aquavit; Swedish Meatballs; and Swedish Womens, but that's just me. MMM now I'm hungry

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I don't know why this discusion has veered from Ballard to Scandinavian foodstuffs, but, in true international spirit, I would add that you cannot beat a good night dining on some gournet Scottish haggis, quaffing a few good Scotches and then settling the whole matter with a well-chosen Absinthe or two(three/four... you choose). Which, of course, has nothing to do with Ballard either. Unles, of course, they sell haggis there?

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Ballard is Scandi-central over here. ;) That's where all the Norskis and Swedes and Danes settled. They have a big parade every year and the Danes celebrate Norwegian Independence Day.

 

I missed my haggis this year. One of the local Masonic Lodges (in Ballard, ironically) has a Robbie Burns Night every year and I always go, but this year I spaced it. Och!

 

Address To A Haggis (this is how to say it)

 

Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,

Great chieftain o' the pudding-race!

Aboon them a' yet tak your place,

Painch, tripe, or thairm:

Weel are ye wordy o'a grace

As lang's my arm.

 

The groaning trencher there ye fill,

Your hurdies like a distant hill,

Your pin was help to mend a mill

In time o'need,

While thro' your pores the dews distil

Like amber bead.

 

His knife see rustic Labour dight,

An' cut you up wi' ready sleight,

Trenching your gushing entrails bright,

Like ony ditch;

And then, O what a glorious sight,

Warm-reekin', rich!

 

Then, horn for horn, they stretch an' strive:

Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,

Till a' their weel-swall'd kytes belyve

Are bent like drums;

Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,

Bethankit! hums.

 

Is there that owre his French ragout

Or olio that wad staw a sow,

Or fricassee wad make her spew

Wi' perfect sconner,

Looks down wi' sneering, scornfu' view

On sic a dinner?

 

Poor devil! see him owre his trash,

As feckles as wither'd rash,

His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash;

His nieve a nit;

Thro' blody flood or field to dash,

O how unfit!

 

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,

The trembling earth resounds his tread.

Clap in his walie nieve a blade,

He'll mak it whissle;

An' legs an' arms, an' hands will sned,

Like taps o' trissle.

 

Ye Pow'rs, wha mak mankind your care,

And dish them out their bill o' fare,

Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware

That jaups in luggies;

But, if ye wish her gratefu' prayer

Gie her a haggis!

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Doesn't lye cause chemical burns? Severe chemical burns?

 

Yup. I assume that the lye is washed from the food or is neutralized (ie by the addition of something acidic or somesuch) in one way or another before the food is consumed. Lye was also used (aside from soapmaking) for making corn into hominy. There's a name for the process that I can't remember but basically the lye just eats away the outer skin of the corn for...some sort of reason. To get rid of the tough exterior for making cornflour or something.

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Nothing they could have passed down would have topped lut(e)fisk for vomitous.

 

Headcheese:

"the meaty chunks of a cow's, sheep's, or pig's head,

chopped and combined with a savory gelatinous broth

and allowed to cool in a mold"

 

I also vaugely remember a calves brain soup that was quite aromatic.

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Headcheese sounds and looks a lot worse than it tastes.

 

Unless you're referring to something else, which I won't elaborate upon, for fear of ending up in the Cornfield.

 

Haggis rules, btw.

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'Don't know about the haggis. A delicacy yet to be savored. I must admit the first time I saw headcheese (and more importantly the first time I saw it made), it nearly drove me to become a vegetarian.

 

Now, beef tongue! That makes a mighty fine sandwich (sliced, of course).

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I never said I liked haggis, I just said I eat it once a year as a matter of tradition. Actually, last year's haggis was pretty good - I went back for seconds. My grandma used to buy head cheese. I will never eat that stuff if I don't have too.

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