Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scandinavian Christmas 2014!

You guys might not want to hear this yet, but Christmas is just around the corner! Sure, we have to get through this ridiculous heat wave we're having now in California, but before we know it we'll all be drinking hot chocolate and egg nog and singing some Amy Grant [my sister, Maren, has already started all three of those things]. That being said, it's time to start signing up for the 2014 Scandinavian Christmas Series here at the Pickled Herring!

 If you're new to my blog and haven't heard of the Scandinavian Christmas series, allow me to explain. Every year I invite various Scandinavian bloggers, friends, and family to share a favorite Scandinavian-themed Christmas tradition, craft, or recipe. There have been all sorts of posts over the years ranging from pickled herring recipes to a glögg tote tutorial. Check out the new Scandinavian Christmas Series tab to see previous years' posts!

So, if you're Scandinavian (or even just really enjoy Scandinavian culture), send me an email to be a part of the 2014 Scandinavian Christmas series! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

5 Scandinavian Crafts

Lately I've been doing a little reminiscing. So, I decided to do a little roundup of some of my favorite Scandinavian-themed crafts that I've made over the years.

One of my all-time faves has definitely been the tomte tutorial! I made this sucker almost 4 years ago (get out, how does time do that?!)

Next up are these super easy + fun glass magnets. You pick out what you want them to say! I [obviously] chose Swedish words for fun.

And for all the babies in your life, this tutorial for how to stencil using freezer paper is fun. You can stencil anything you that can cut out, and ironing the freezer paper onto the onesie makes a nice clean line. It's basically the poor-mans version of screen printing.

These ornaments have been one of my favorite Christmas items I've made! I love that I got to incorporate my mom's old cookie stamps into a craft. And they're super cheap to make to boot.

And last, but certainly not least, is the Scandinavian ribbon headband tutorial. I love making these for the craft fair I do every winter here in Los Angeles. They're fairly quick to make, and the options are endless with all the fun ribbon out there in the world!

So there you have it, folks! 5 of some of my favorite Scandinavian-themed crafts I've made through the years. What are some of your favorite Scandinavian crafts that you've made?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pickled Sriracha Chard Stems

If you know my husband Ryan at all, you know that he's pretty obsessed with spicy foods. And I'm not talking just a hint-of-spice kind of obsessed, but rather the let-me-douse-my-entire-meal-with-crushed-red-peppers-until-my-nose-runs kind of obsessed. Needless to say, when the great Sriracha panic happened back in May, we stocked up on the hot sauce...just in case. Thankfully, the Sriracha panic subsided and the local factory never shut down production [phew!]. All that to say, if you like spicy foods and Sriracha, you will love these pickled chard stems!

We got 2 insanely huge bunches of red chard in our CSA* this month - the leaves were bigger than my head! After using a few leaves in our breakfast smoothies, then in some lentil soup, I started researching other recipes for chard. When I came across a recipe for Sriracha fridge pickles using chard stems, I knew I had stumbled upon gold.

They were super easy to whip up, too. I made them before heading to work in the morning they were that easy and quick. And that's saying something coming from a non-morning person.

If you feel like whipping some up yourself, all you have to do is cut up the card stems in 3-4 inch lengths and put them in a jar. Then...

...start mixing up your pickling liquid.

I cut the recipe in half and skipped the onion (only because I was trying to save time).

They were so fast to make. I even made it to work early!

And check out that gorgeous color!

I'm excited to use these in tacos and salads. I might even venture to use them with eggs and toast, or perhaps even just eat them straight from the jar.

Sriracha Pickled Chard Stems
slightly adapated from Bon Apetit

Chard stems from 2 bunches of red chard
1/2 cup vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp celery seed
1.5-2 Tbl Sriracha hot sauce

Cut up your chard stems in 3-4 inch hunks and put into a mason jar. Heat your vinegar and sugar mixture slightly until sugar is dissolved. Add celery seed and Sriracha and mix. Pour over chard stems and put the lid on. Refrigerate for 2 days before eating. 


* Use my code to get $10 off your first CSA box if you want to sign up for your own! KATH5242