Monday, 3 May 2010

Monday Moodboard - Fika

What is "Fika" you might wonder? Well. Fika is the Swedish word for coffee break. You will be served coffee (a coffee cup in Sweden is 150ml or 5 fl oz) and something to eat. I think the most common thing to eat with a fika is a cinnamon roll, but it might as well be a bisquit or if you are a bit more hungry - a sandwich. The word fika comes from a play with the word for coffee (Swedish word: Kaffe, Local word; Kaffi). Read more about it in Wikipedia.

We have "fika" time at work (one in the morning, and one in the afternoon), and if you go to someone, you will usually be offered a "fika", and you can also set up a meeting somewhere in town for a "fika". It is probably the main reason why Swedes have the highest coffee consumption in the world. At work you usually only have coffee, or perhaps a sandwhich that you have brought with you, but once a week there's a rolling schedule on who will invite everyone to fika. Then everyone gathers up in the lunch room (where the coffee mashine is, it usually serves terrible coffee, but everyone drinks it anyway), and someone has baked our bought something to eat. Usually cinnamon rolls or some kind of sponge cake.

I think it is an excellent invention, and every time I go abroad I miss my fika. It is a way of keeping your blood sugar on a steady level. Of course you can have fika abroad too. But either you get something really small, like a piece of chocolate, or something that is to heavy, like a gigantic piece of cake. The average Swedish fika is actually pretty healthy.

And since it is Monday and time for Moodboard, I will only use fika-related items today. Oh yes! I have used three vintage items in my moodboard today. Etsy sells handmade items, supplies and vintage items. Good to know!!

"Moulin a Cafe. red Peugeot coffee mill" by http://www.etsy.com/shop/lapommevintage
"Caffeine Molecule" by http://www.etsy.com/shop/kraplap
"Orange Bear in Coffee Cup Cupcake Memo Holder" by http://www.etsy.com/shop/glamasaurus
"Cinnamon Buns - Bobby Pins" by http://www.etsy.com/shop/PetitPlat
"Droste's Cacao tin caddy , Holland" by http://www.etsy.com/shop/hatchedinfrance
"Vintage set of 5 cups in red and orange colors from Germany (1960s)" by http://www.etsy.com/shop/spacejam

MondayMoodboard is a game played with members of the EuropeanStreetTeam. For more lovely moodboards check out Fleurfatales blog: http://fleurfatale.blogspot.com/

13 comments:

kraplap said...

That sounds great and yummy ! Thanks for including my molecule :)

ingermaaike said...

Made me drool *wanders off to make fika*

I bijoux dello Stregatto said...

Yummy!!! Very nice mosaic!!

anapina said...

mmmm... it sounds great!
So nice to know more about "fika", I think I would gladly get used to the wonderful cinnamon roll :)

hatched said...

"fika", mmmm...very civilised! I was introduced to cinnamon rolls in the States. My kids love them. Don't here much about them in England from where I originate.

andreanna glamasaurus said...

Sounds good! Thanks for using my cupcake memo holder in your moodboard!

jojohanna said...

Bästa fika-förklaringen jag någonsin läst på "utrikiska". Tycker mycket om din blogg också, alltid intressant att titta in.

Gryda said...

"Fika" er et ord vi ikke har på norsk, selv om vi har mye av den samme "fika"-tradisjonen som dere. Og et annet ord vi ikke har, men som vel må være beslektet, er "Käka" (er det sånn man skriver det, tro? Kanskje du har en like fin beskrivelse på det ordet?

PetitPlat Food Art said...

such a lovely selection! thanks :)

Mojebarn said...

Kaffetåren, den bästa tåren är!
Without coffe, Sweden stops. Big cups, small cups. Every cup is good for coffe :-)

BHB Kidstyle said...

Lovely! I wouldn´t mind trying out the cinnamon roll!

La Pomme said...

i want a fika right now :) thank you very much for including our coffee grinder here.

gr8jewellery said...

yummy mood!