Wednesday, April 18, 2007

A Mac N' Cheese childhood

We eat very Swedish food in our house (and here I have to put in a disclaimer that it is the Husband who does the cooking in this house) mainly due to habit. But there is one exception.

Macaroni & Cheese.

I don't eat it (I find it.. hm.. I don't eat it). But the Daughter and the Husband does. And it's the Daughter's favorite food. Which is one sure sign that her childhood, weather I want it or not, will be American. She won't say "köttbullar" as the answer to the question what she would love to eat.

Sometimes this feels a bit weird...

6 comments:

miranda said...

This is one of my big problems with living here! Not many fresh meat and veg pies to be found or quiches. No, i can't make them myself either! (And don't get me started on their sausages!)As someone who isn't very creative with food, i relied on these things to go with my potato's and veg but now well...
Also, where are all the chippy's!
We have Fish and Chip shops all over the UK and the chips are large and greasy and yummy. I have yet to find one that is as good in this area. Also i can't find ready packs of new potatoes sat in their oil and herbs to pop in the oven. Do i have to do that myself here?
Americans do have nice icecream though, i must admit!!
Now guys, no mocking me in Swedish...ok?!

Isle Dance said...
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Isle Dance said...

Hej!

This post prompted me to write because I was intentionally raised to be 'American', meaning I am virtually illiterate in everything Swedish, though I am now trying to repair that. :)

So, I really support others when it comes to keeping their family deeply bi-lingual/bi-cultural, as it can disappear faster than one would believe in North America.

For those looking for healthy food in North America, I suggest checking out local organic farmer's market's, small and large healthy food stores and food co-operatives - even asking them to special order items. I buy online (Amazon.com, etc.) in bulk too. I have some links on my Blog if that helps.

I love reading your Blog. Tack så mycket for sharing!

Anne-Marie said...

I usually don't make "regular" macaroni and cheese, but I have a great recipe for a vegetarian version. It is fairly different than what you would buy in a store, but very tasty and good.

JaCal said...

Miranda - I have never had Fish&Chips... still one thing to try! ;-) We have found our ways around the stores to things we like (ie are used to), and I'm lucky to be married to someone who can cook...

Isle dance - hej - welcome to my blog, glad you like it - I like writing it - it's my little daily "therapy"! Since we're both Swedish, the Husband and I, we intentionally work hard on preserving our Swedish cultural backgrounds - and I work hard with my kids bilingualism. And at the same time, the kids do live here, and need to have a foot in this culture as well. But I really like these issues, and I hope I will succeed - but it sure is a daily job.

Anne-Marie - I find the one you buy in the store very "chemical"... it would be interesting to try a different version. But I'm actually glad my daughter likes it (she likes most things - we really try to introduce her to the American kitchen too).

Nettan said...

Kraft Dinner is my sons favourite food too. He likes my köttbullar, but it wouldn't be his first choice *suck* - I know what you mean..