Friday, September 10, 2010

The AM Swedish Seduction: Broder, Portland

Hello I am a Swedophile. Peter Bjorn and John, Lykke Li, ABBA, feeling violated (in a sick and twisted good kind of way) when leaving IKEA and having regular naughty dreams of landing in Stockholm on a boat are sure signs of my love. So it was a no brainer meeting my five language fluent friend, David, for breakfast one Saturday morning at Broder's, a close to home (Southeast Portland) Swedish joint celebrating Scandinavian delicacies. Swedish food is known for being simple and low in spice, but it's anything but boring in my books.

We started off with Stumptown coffees which comes with our very own mini jug of warm, frothy milk. Bonus!

Play-by-play milk pouring

An order of fluffy Aebleskiver (Danish Pancakes), $9, was also very necessary as a breakfast appetizer. The housemade lemon curd was at mellow level of tartness, especially in comparison to the zippy lingonberry jam. This was a perfect breakfast dish to split because about three aebleskivers, I had enough and was ready for something savory and high in protein.

The All mighty Aebleskiver

I zeroed in on the Baked Scrambled with Smoked Trout, Horseradish cream and Tarragon ($10). Another reason for loving Sweden is my love for smoked fish. And walnut bread. Sometimes when it rains it pours.

A Square Meal indeed!

My eggs came with a side of sauteed greens (and large ball of butter), which David (a Scandinavian expert), informed me is not very Swedish at all. I was very happy with the bitterliciousness of the greens and decided from here on out sauteed greens are delicious for breakfast!

Total wha?

David was also feeling fishy, so he got a heaping bowl of small cubed potatoes, smoked trout, topped with two baked eggs and pickled beets known as Pytt I Panna ($11).  If you're feeling risky you can mix everything together to form a sort of hash, which makes it even more delicious.

aka Swedish Hash

Broder is also open for lunch and dinner. I will be back soon for more the Swedish PM and midday Seduction, no doubt!

2508 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97255


Anonymous said...

This looks very delicious food.
Thanks for sharing.
I wish you a wonderful weekend

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said... all looks amazing Anna! Love me some of those pancakes!

Wandering Chopsticks said...

I love that I'm finding new places to eat in my hometown. :)

We have a mutual love for Sweden now too. The three weeks I spent in Stockholm were one of my nicest vacations.

Diana said...

My mom actually has an Aebleskiver pan! I'm dying to use it to make those little yummylicious pancakes. I might have to steal it from her soon...

Diana said...

My mom actually has an Aebleskiver pan! I'm dying to use it to make those little yummylicious pancakes. I might have to steal it from her soon...

stuffycheaks said...

wait, no herring? I didn't particularly like swedish food (I did the famed smorgasbord at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm - too much trout and herring) but i LOVED the city. Gorgeous.. oh and beautiful people lol

Banana Wonder said...

Alp - Thank you for reading and stopping by!

Peter - Hah thanks, what's the Swedish scene in Oz like?

Wandering Chopsticks - Lucky you! 3 weeks in Stockholm, oh wow, you're gonna have to share stories with me!

Diana - Get on it! Can't wait to see what you make.

Stuffycheaks - You don't like Swedish food? What! Ok, more for me I guess. lol

sophia said...

Wow. The only Swedish food I've ever tried are the ones in Ikea.

Helen said...

The only Swedish scene here in my neck of the woods (Ottawa) is Ikea, and as we all know Ikea food isn't exactly gourmet.

I actually have a jar of pickled herring in my fridge and really like it! And like you, I'm a fan of smoked fish too!

Th Danish pancakes with lemon curd and lingonberry (drool!) preserves sound fantastic!

Banana Wonder said...

Sophia - What would the world know about Swedish food if it wasn't for Ikea?!

Helen - You live in Ottawa?! Wow! It's super cold there. You need your fish supplies no doubt. I actually have never had pickled herring. How do you eat it?

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Nice food! Unfortunately, we don't have such places here...



Helen said...

Anna, I eat pickled herring on rye bread with real mayo (not miracle whip) and some fresh dill. You could probably also use mustard instead of mayo. I create little oeur d'oeuvres and gobble them up :) I love them.