February 28th, 2006

Wrong timed people is right

Posted by Lifecruiser in Odditys, Swedish
Lifecruisers swedish semla

We were up late last night - or should I say morning? It was past 3 o’clock in the morning when we got in bed, but just before that, I suddenly remembered that it was the 28th of February. That meant that next day should be the 1st of March. Wasn’t it something we should do at that date?

Ahhh, yes, Mr Lifecruiser have an important doctor’s appointment then, so I reminded him about it. He was playing poker on the internet as usual and I suppose he was distracted by his playing, but he checked his Outlook calendar and yes, he had some note there about a doctor’s appointment at 1 pm. We were both looking at the computers date too and confirmed that it was the 28th of February, so the day after it would be the 1st of March…

So after some really bad sleeping hours, we managed to get there in right time before 1 o’clock, just to discover that they had not any note about him having an appointment at that time. We got to the right nursing ward, but there was no people. We begin to suspect that something really was wrong. Found a nurse that was checking up that he had an appointment the 1st of March alright, but 1.30 and told us that it’s the 28th of February today!

What could we do other from laugh at the situation…? Especially since we’ve needed the extra sleep this morning. You know how “giggly” you can be when you’re tired…

But nothing bad that hasn’t anything good to follow! The nurse suggested that we had to buy us some real Swedish treat at this time of year, that is called Semla. It’s the right day for eating semla today, so at least we would do something on the right day!

It’s a very special kind of cream cake and it demands a very special kind of technique to eat them….

Mr and Mrs Lifecruiser technique eating semla


During Sweden’s Catholic days, Lent, the period of fasting that covers the 40 days leading up to Easter, was strictly observed. On Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent, when people needed to fill up on their fat reserves they ate semla, a bun filled with almond paste. Since the Twenties semlas are eaten with whipped cream. As innocent as a bun cake can be, this is the one that killed (!) a monarch, when in 1771 King Adolf Fredrik died of a seizure having eaten too many semla after a large meal.
Source: “Things Swedish” by Mari Hemming

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  1. sisiggy said:

    Well, now. You’ve certainly mastered that technique! Are you sure you observed it properly?

    King Adolf Fredrik may have died, but what a way to go! Eating whipped cream!

    February 28th, 2006 at 6:31 pm

  2. Miss Ass.Lifecruiser said:

    What to say??? I better be quiet…..or?? *shaking my head*
    You know there is something called fork and knife and spoon.. There is also more fun places to put the cream…*lol*…

    February 28th, 2006 at 6:49 pm

  3. Lifecruiser said:

    Yes, my eyes was totally focused on the semla *lol*
    King Adolf Fredrik not only ate semla, before that he was consuming lobsters, caviar, sour cabbage, smoked herring and champagne!!!! So we might say that it was a heavenly death….

    Miss Ass. Lifecruiser:
    No, no, no semla shall be eaten only with your hands and mouth (and your whole face), no cutlery, thats cheating!
    And for the more fun places to put the cream, well, we wanted to show you pictures but…. *censorship*

    February 28th, 2006 at 7:41 pm

  4. mrhaney said:

    it never seems to fail that when i get on my computer early in the morning i go to some ones blog and they show some thing i would like to eat but do not have in the house. living in the states i would not even know where to go to get this desert.

    March 1st, 2006 at 7:26 am

  5. Lifecruiser said:

    Yes, doesn’t it look goooood…? Temptations everywhere. But this kind, the semla, is almost too much, you get stuffed after only one. No wonder the King could die after eating them upon the other food stuff!

    March 1st, 2006 at 11:29 am

  6. martin said:

    Those cakes are far to big for you to eat, post any left overs to me please! What a lovely looking couple of puddings and the cakes look rather nice too! (Sorry, slap my wrist, I couldn’t resist it!)

    Love your blog, what a fun life you have!

    Take care.

    Kind Regards


    March 1st, 2006 at 2:34 pm

  7. Lifecruiser said:

    Ah, yes and thanks Martin, they actually were to big for us to eat, even though it did fit my big mouth, but did you really think that it would be any left over when the hungry monster is involved…?

    March 1st, 2006 at 3:00 pm

  8. sharlet said:

    Haha!!! I wish I could join you eating Semla! Only I would like mine chocolate-flavoured! ;D

    March 1st, 2006 at 6:13 pm

  9. Lifecruiser said:

    Wow, Sharlet, that would be a new sensation, like the idea of chocolate since I love chocolate!!!

    March 1st, 2006 at 7:20 pm

  10. Sparkling said:

    When I was a kid we would dress up and go knock on peoples doors singing a song saying; if you dont give us any lent cakes we will cause trouble. Does the swedes do that?

    March 3rd, 2006 at 7:41 pm

  11. Lifecruiser said:

    Oh, no sparkling, the Swedes are far to much peace-loving people to do that, it’s only you that is that crazy ;-)

    Or maybe I’ve missed something here in my whole life…. *lol*

    March 3rd, 2006 at 7:46 pm

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