Posted by: hearttohearthcookery | November 21, 2009

Swedish Fika

Open-faced sandwiches

The Swedish word fika was explained today at the American Swedish Historical Museum as a “play” on the word kaffi (coffee) that was done in the 19th century when syllables of words were reversed.  But Stockholm had several cafes in the early 1700’s and most served coffee with wheat bread or buns according to the French fashion. 
Margaretha Joelsson, Gullbritt Mengelbier and Birgitta Paddack demonstrated the preparation of foods served at a fika since the late 1800’s.  The “Seven Kinds of Cookies” is the tradition of how many different kinds of cookies a hostess should offer.  Below is pictured the eight “kinds of cookies” that were just simply delicious!   The beautiful open-faced sandwiches were the traditional Meatball Sandwich with red beet salad and Shrimp Sandwich!  The word fica is a verb and a noun for having coffee with sweet buns, cookies, or open-face sandwiches.           Visit my website at

"Seven Kinds of Cookies" plus one!


  1. I am a Swede! The food in the pictures looks yummy, but unfortunately the custom with 7 kinds of cookies is about to become extinct. And I have to confess I haven’t done much myself to change that…

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