Eating your way into spring

When you live in a cold country, you have to seize every chance to celebrate.

Friday dawned very cold and snowy: a perfect day to celebrate spring!

In Sweden, Annunciation Day, also known as Our Lady’s Day, is commonly called Waffle Day.

This is because Our Lady’s Day is ‘Vårfrudagen’ in Swedish.

If you say that very quickly, it sounds like ‘Våffeldagen’, which means Waffle Day.

And Swedes take this very seriously. It’s time to take out the waffle iron

And make the waffle mixture and cook until golden brown.

Each part of the waffle is shaped like a heart and a whole waffle is made up of five small hearts… Waffles must be the food of love, don’t you think?

(The waffle iron does all the work and tells you when the waffles are ready, so there is very little chance of burning them!)


Then comes the fun part – decorating your waffle with fresh fruit and cream.

Bliss!

So next time someone says, “What a load of waffle!” The only response can be: “Yes please!”

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74 responses

  1. MT

    Oh yum!
    I actually don’t have a waffle iron :-S
    Bad Swede!

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    March 28, 2011 at 17:02

  2. Riet

    Oh WOW delicious. What a wonderful way to celebrate spring.

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    March 28, 2011 at 17:24

  3. Oh, man! I need a delicious, golden waffle!

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    March 28, 2011 at 17:31

  4. Wren

    Yum, indeed! I want to move and live near you!

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    March 28, 2011 at 17:47

  5. Yummmmmy shots!!! I had a waffle on Saturday…perhaps I was subconsciously celebrating with you!!!

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    March 28, 2011 at 17:55

  6. I have been thinking about waffles for the past week or so! Yummers! I love them with fruit but love them even more with white sauce (a sweet gravy)!!

    These pictures would make a best seller of a cookbook!

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    March 28, 2011 at 18:04

    • Thanks… as long as I just had to show photos… because my cooking skills really are the worst! 😉

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      March 28, 2011 at 18:15

  7. Waffles and Spring, what a satisfying combination, ladyfi 😉

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    March 28, 2011 at 18:28

  8. They look so delicious but I am surprised you can get strawberries in March. I must be thinking of my childhood in Denmark when you couldn’t get a huge selection of fruit. Times have changed.

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    March 28, 2011 at 18:48

    • The strawbs came from Spain or somewhere…

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      March 28, 2011 at 18:49

  9. Wow, what beautiful and yummy pictures!
    http://mamasgonnashoot.blogspot.com/2011/03/macro-monday_28.html

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    March 28, 2011 at 19:19

  10. Yum Yum! I haven´t made them in a long time, but after seeing yours, I know I will this week. I would love a waffle day here too.

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    March 28, 2011 at 19:25

  11. vaffeldagen vaffeldagen, vaffeldagen…say it 10 times fast and it DOES sound like Waffle Day!! 🙂

    Now I want some waffles!!

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    March 28, 2011 at 20:06

  12. delicious photographs.
    ummmm! I will whet the appetite.
    thank you very much for your comments on my blog. I’m happy you like my photos.
    I love your dog. he is very happy.
    kisses and hugs

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    March 28, 2011 at 20:06

  13. Boom & I do pancakes with maple syrup. Of course Boom doesn’t have any but he has another treat!! It’s the need of protein to ward off the cold. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    March 28, 2011 at 21:01

  14. I’m sure even you, Fi, won’t imagine how long I stared and stared at that first photo. Wishing I could will it to where I sit here in snowy CO. The fruit looks luscious, too. Ah, well …

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    March 28, 2011 at 21:15

  15. What a delicious waffle! You know that Gouda is also famous for its waffles. Actually there are two thin waffles and syrup in between.They are nice but I think yours are even better.

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    March 28, 2011 at 22:33

  16. To show something like this… when I am about to go to bed. That´s not good. 🙂
    Maybe I´d bake some tomorrow.
    Have a great week lady.

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    March 28, 2011 at 22:42

  17. Maggie May

    That looks so delicious that I am now feeling hungry!
    Love to hear about other cultures and it is a good way of starting the Spring.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    March 28, 2011 at 23:09


  18. · I would like to to try this delight!

    · greetings

    CR & LMA
    ________________________________
    ·

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    March 28, 2011 at 23:28

  19. oh i am all for celebrating…especially where waffles are concerned…mmm…i want some now…

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    March 28, 2011 at 23:37

  20. Yummy! This post made me hungry. For waffles. 🙂

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    March 28, 2011 at 23:55

  21. what a delicious entry. you make me crave for waffles now. 🙂

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    March 29, 2011 at 01:15

  22. I’ve been craving a really delicious waffle all week! The marks you see on your screen… I’m sorry. I just had to have a taste. 😉

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    March 29, 2011 at 02:36

  23. They looks so good with the fruit on them.
    Fortunately i just ate, if i hadn’t you’d have made me so jealous. lol

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    March 29, 2011 at 02:48

  24. A beautiful sequence. You make me hungry for my favorite carbs!

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    March 29, 2011 at 03:56

  25. Happy Lady’s Day, Lady Fi. Even your pictures of food are suitable for framing. You have taken the celebratory waffle to new heights of yumminess.

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    March 29, 2011 at 04:16

  26. Your waffles look absolutely delicious!

    Happy Macro Monday

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    March 29, 2011 at 04:32

  27. It’s almost bedtime here in Seattle and now I’m already longing for breakfast! I do love waffles and particularly with fruit! Yours look SO yummy! A delightful, taste tempting post for the day! I love it — even if I have to go to bed hungry!!

    Sylvia

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    March 29, 2011 at 05:27

  28. your waffle is gorgeous! a wonderful way to celebrate spring.

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    March 29, 2011 at 05:31

  29. Amazing macro shots, I pop them straight to mouth. You have tremendous patience to photograph them.

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    March 29, 2011 at 05:38

  30. absolutely yummilicious post!!!

    superb photography!!

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    March 29, 2011 at 05:42

  31. Delectable!!!

    Here is my Macro Monday

    Have a blessed week!

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    March 29, 2011 at 06:51

  32. Unbelievably delicious looking! So much temptation here. 🙂

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    March 29, 2011 at 06:53

  33. The Waffle look mouth watering… The cream and the fruits add to the flavor!!

    My Yatra Diary…

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    March 29, 2011 at 07:56

  34. Yes, please! They look yummilicious! I bloghopped my way over here, have a great day!

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    March 29, 2011 at 08:51

  35. the Swedish waffles look so delicious. They make my mouth water! I love traditions and I think it is very important to keep them; especially the waffles!

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    March 29, 2011 at 09:03

  36. Mmmm, those waffles look great Fi. Wish I could be there to share them with you – Dave

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    March 29, 2011 at 09:29

  37. Clive

    Yummy!!!

    We love waffles – the smell of them always takes us back to our years living in Belgium when in the depths of winter, the smell of the waffle van outside the park made a long walk even more enjoyable knowing there was a hot waffle with chocolate sauce at the end of it.

    We loved that all the ice-cream men turned their vans into waffle vans for the winter!

    You’ve made us want waffles!!

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    March 29, 2011 at 10:14

  38. Your waffles look delicious with the fruit and cream. YUMMY! I wish mine looked as pretty as yours.

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    March 29, 2011 at 10:49

  39. Must get out the waffle iron. If my observance is a little late, well, it was my great-grandfather who was Swedish and sometimes traditions take a while to transmit!

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    March 29, 2011 at 12:12

  40. Yummmy! There’s an annual Scandanavian festival in a little town near where we live in Oregon (the town is called Junction City (Yunction City? OK, sorry ’bout that ;>))….anyway the waffle booths are justifiably popular. Nice to know where the tradition comes from. They sometimes serve them with lingonberries which I had never heard of until we went there the first time. Also there’s a booth or two making aebelskivers. And, oh gosh, I just finished breakfast and my tummy is growling again.

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    March 29, 2011 at 16:36

  41. That looks divine!

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    March 29, 2011 at 17:33

  42. JM

    Fantastic set of close-up shots! The second is my favourite.

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    March 29, 2011 at 18:00

  43. Oh, that looks so delicious! Now I’m hungry and I’m also wishing I had a waffle iron!

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    March 29, 2011 at 19:23

  44. Wonderful. I would love it.

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    March 29, 2011 at 19:48

  45. I’m with you..eating my way to spring!

    Fantastic photos!

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    March 29, 2011 at 20:25

  46. I remember your waffle day from last year! But this year’s food photography is absolutely gorgeous. Am I sensing a new macro lens….? I have exactly the same waffle iron, but not the same sense of food presentation flair!
    Happy Waffle Day! Happy Spring!
    x

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    March 29, 2011 at 22:03

  47. Mmmmmmmm! Now I’m hungry! Those look blissful!

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    March 29, 2011 at 22:41

  48. I just bought some crumpets today!
    Ah…. maybe I should decorate my crumpets with fresh cream and fruit?! 🙂

    Don’t you miss crumpets, scones, etc?
    Seriously?!

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    March 29, 2011 at 23:56

    • I don’t really miss scones, but I do miss crumpets! I always stock up on them when I’m home in the UK.

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      March 30, 2011 at 05:43

  49. Beautiful pictures, it is making me salivate, that cookie should be very rich, hungry …

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    March 29, 2011 at 23:58

  50. Al

    Looks delicious. Today dawned cold and snowy here – I wish I’d thought of making a waffle like that! Although I had to get to work, so it’s better for a weekend.

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    March 30, 2011 at 01:30

  51. I guess I’ve been reading your blog for awhile because I remember reading about this wonderful and yummy tradition last year.

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    March 30, 2011 at 02:10

  52. WAFFLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Aloha to you
    from Honolulu!

    Comfort Spiral

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    March 30, 2011 at 04:59

  53. Yes, fresh fruit on Everything! these days. No more winter food!

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    March 30, 2011 at 05:09

  54. Lew

    Våffeldagen looks like a day I could enjoy celebrating! Delicious photos you have here. Our waffle iron happens to make squares, but I like the fruit and cream!

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    March 30, 2011 at 06:52

  55. What berry is this? The cream hmmmmm!

    The Danish had made their waffles famous. you can buy them in New Zealand and Singapore.

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    March 30, 2011 at 08:06

  56. I love the way Swedes have so many days dedicated to dessert items. We had to resort to frozen berries because there were no fresh ones here in bondvischan 🙂

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    March 30, 2011 at 08:18

  57. I could live on waffles.

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    March 30, 2011 at 13:32

  58. Oh my gosh – So yummy!!! These are great!

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    March 30, 2011 at 18:38

  59. Amy

    YUM, we had waffles the other night, they are yummy! We had strawberry jam and sour cream on them…yum!! But yours look wonderful with all the fresh fruit…will have to try that next time…there are many “waffle” days in a year here in the woods!!! 🙂

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    March 30, 2011 at 20:39

  60. Oh my goodness glory!!! When I was cookin’ a healthy breakfast Saturday all I could think of was how good some Belgium Waffles topped with strawberries would be! Then I sat down and ate my oatmeal.

    I just wanted to apologize to ya. I didn’t realize ’til this mornin’ but I was the only one who could view the pics on my last post. Dang Picasa! I posted again usin’ Photobucket so pop on over if ya get a chance!

    God bless and have a wonderful day!!! :o)

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    March 30, 2011 at 21:21

  61. I love my waffle iron! And yours makes delicious looking one! YUM, YUM, YUM!
    jj

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    March 30, 2011 at 23:03

  62. Oh, I remember that day.;)) Maybe I should start this tradition in Denmark too.;) Your images look delicious.;))
    xoxo

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    March 31, 2011 at 10:42

  63. Promise that when I visit you, some day, you will cook those heart shaped waffles for me! They look soooooo good I licked the computer screen!!

    What a YUMMY post, Fi!!

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    March 31, 2011 at 14:36

    • Yes, I will definitely make these delicious waffles for you when we meet!

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      March 31, 2011 at 17:53

  64. the colours alone are gorgeous…
    we don’t use our waffle iron nearly as much as we should.

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    March 31, 2011 at 16:32

  65. YUM! E-mail a stack of them to ol’ «Louis», willya?! You’ve made him HUNGRY!

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    March 31, 2011 at 19:17

  66. WoW so many commnets on your blog
    I have to scrol a long time to make an reply 🙂

    very tasty photos, well done

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    March 31, 2011 at 23:30

  67. I don’t have a waffle iron..but I am impressed with your cooking skills..what a beautiful breakfast..are you sure you didn’t go to a restaurant?:)

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    April 1, 2011 at 03:17

  68. Suz

    Fun, delicious post!

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    April 1, 2011 at 07:37

  69. Yes, please! Great shots.

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    April 1, 2011 at 11:34

  70. I’ve never seen a waffle look so delectable.
    I want one. NOW! xx

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    April 6, 2011 at 15:00

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