Viking invasion // Swedish Meatballs

Viking invasion at Akvavit

Waking up with something hard and pointy poking into my back is a fairly frequent occurrence. And, NO it’s not what you’re thinking, you saucy minxes. Unless of course you’re thinking of a Viking helmet. And by Viking helmet, I actually mean a Viking helmet… oh, and a three foot long sword. Both attached to a small boy with urgent news that can’t possibly wait until morning.

“Mama, I’m a magic Viking!”
“But, it’s the middle of the night!” I growled.
“Yeah I know, that’s the magic part!”

Right. Welcome to my 3am.

Given his passion for eating you’d be forgiving for thinking that Raffles would dream of being a chef or food critic when he grows up but no, he wants to be a ninja… but that’s only because there isn’t a great deal of work around for Vikings.

Raffles obsession with all things Viking has been a constant in our lives since he could speak. This is not a child who can be accused of being fickle. Or particularly sane.

He’s had a Viking themed birthday party – at which he requested pickled herring and mackerel for party food (we instead convinced him that we’d managed to procure dragon-flavoured sausages for a BBQ), has attended both child care and kindergarten as a Viking…

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the 3rd at School Book Week

Complete with his own pet dragon.

Raffles and his baby dragon

And it isn’t unusual to find him parading around the streets of our fairly conservative suburb in full Viking regalia. So it’s no surprise that my little plunderer has dragged me to see Vikings – Beyond the legend, at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney FOUR times – in costume.

Raffles getting his Viking on at ANMM

Granted the exhibition is fantastic – think amazing artifacts, interactive exhibits, a wet play area, hilarious shows and a longship to clamber over.

Raffles and the cast of the Truth About Vikings at ANMM

In fact, I highly recommend you take your own little marauders to see it before it closes in early February but, when he begged for yet another visit, I had to politely decline and instead compromised with a little Viking action by way of his stomach at Danish restaurant Akvavit.

While the gorgeous friend who invited us to try the Danish delights at this relatively new restaurant didn’t blink at lunching with a four foot Viking – given she’s already quite familiar with his eccentricities – the lovely folk at Akvavit did seem a tad surprised, though amused, by the pint-size Viking Invasion.

Beserker at Akvavit

Once again we skipped the pickled herring but instead of “dragon sausage” we noshed on Leverpostej, a rustic liver pate with sliced beetroot and cured on thick slices of rye.

Leverpostej, liver pate at Akvavit

Frikadeller, Danish meatballs served up with pickled red cabbage.

Frikadeller, Danish meatballs at Akvavit

And a big plate of Æbleskiver (Danish donuts) which my little Berserker went, well, berserk for.

So much so that Raffles put in a request for some more home-style Viking food, which is a tad tricky given I don’t know any actual Vikings for reference.

So, on a sunny Sydney “Thorsday” we went fully Viking with a Scandinavian feast complete with traditional Viking soundtrack… ABBA!

Who am I kidding? As if we’d do that to our eardrums! The Hives and Millencolin are a little more up our Scandinavian alley so it was to a pumping punk rock soundtrack that my little meatball maker and I – given we didn’t have any wild boar or reindeer on hand – whipped up a sensational platter of Swedish style meatballs in our Fläckig”IKEA bowls.


Then, after scoffing the lot, we recreated the Battle of Svolder under our clothesline. And by recreated I mean flailed about like loons with plastic battleaxes, a bucket or two of water, swords and completely inauthentic horned helmets, just like the one used to prod me awake in the middle of the night.

And Raffles first request after a bloody clothesline victory that saw him definitively conquer the rest of the Eats World clan? Another visit to Vikings – Beyond the legend. Sigh. See you on SundayNational Maritime Museum.


Swedish style Meatballs

Swedish Style Meatballs


250g pork mince
250 g beef mince
½ small onion, grated
1 tbsp finely chopped dill, plus extra to serve
1 egg
85ml milk
85g fresh breadcrumbs
Pinch of all spice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter

1/3 cup of lemon juice
200ml beef stock
1 tbsp plain flour
50ml cream
3-4 tbsp cranberry sauce.


  1. Place pork, beef, onion, egg, milk, breadcrumbs and chopped dill in a bowl with a pinch of all spice, pepper and salt and mix well.
  2. With wet hands shape mixture into small balls.
  3. Cover balls a little olive oil and place on a tray. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for about a half an hour to firm up.
  4. Heat the remaining oil and butter in a fry pan over a medium heat then cook meatballs in batches until golden (about 10-15 minutes).
  5. Set meatballs aside then add lemon juice, stock, cream and flour to pan and bring to boil.
  6. Add a couple of tbsp of cranberry sauce to sweeten (to taste) plus a pinch of salt and pepper.
  7. Return meatballs to pan and simmer for a few minutes until they’re coated with the sauce.
  8. Serve with potatoes, rice or bread and a little extra cranberry on the side.


22 Comments on Viking invasion // Swedish Meatballs

  1. Have a laugh on me
    January 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm (11 years ago)

    LOVE IT – and considering my ancestry is Danish, love this post even more. My maiden name is Toxward, back in the day it used to be spelled Toxvaerd (with the a and e written across each other) I hope to head to Denmark one day to do some research on it all. Our ancestors were vikings, so that’s kinda cool too, in a morbid, killing people kinda way! I see great things in the future for your son, his imagination is incredible! xx

      January 16, 2014 at 6:18 pm (10 years ago)

      Raffles and I LOVE that you are a proper Viking, Em! Well at least the descendant of some – close enough for us. And hey, they weren’t all as bloodthirsty as they’ve been made out to be. Some of them were really rather nice. 🙂

  2. Ed @ The Tunnel
    January 16, 2014 at 12:10 pm (10 years ago)

    Like the look of those Danish meatballs. And absolutely approve of your musical curatorship – your young Viking needs to toughen up (maybe some International Noise Conspiracy too?) if he wants to make it in on those longships.

      January 16, 2014 at 6:20 pm (10 years ago)

      Good call. Next we’ll add International Noise Conspiracy to our Viking soundtrack 🙂

  3. Me
    January 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm (10 years ago)

    A true Viking to be around to save you – what a lucky lady !!!
    Have the best day !

      January 16, 2014 at 6:20 pm (10 years ago)

      I know lucky me! 🙂

  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    January 16, 2014 at 1:41 pm (10 years ago)

    When I was young, I was totally obsessed with Swedish meatballs! I think it came from Swedish Chef from The Muppets 😛

      January 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm (10 years ago)

      Hehe I totally hear you, Lorraine. I was a Swedish Chef fan too. 😛

  5. Tegan Churchill
    January 16, 2014 at 8:56 pm (10 years ago)

    Mr 4 has been looking over my shoulder as I read this and he loves your little seems I may be out on the hunt for a viking hat tomorrow!

    Thanks for linking up with us at The Lounge.

      January 16, 2014 at 9:13 pm (10 years ago)

      Thanks for hosting Tegan. Luckily Viking helmets are available in most bargain stores for a few dollars. And they are very fetching. 🙂

  6. Emily
    January 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm (10 years ago)

    Haha, gorgeous photos. Reminds me of that Paypass (Paypal? Something or other) ad with the boy who thinks he’s a pirate.

    Thanks for sharing the pics, stories and recipe.

      January 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm (10 years ago)

      I remember that ad! 🙂

  7. Tarana
    January 17, 2014 at 12:13 am (10 years ago)

    Vikings are falling behind superheroes and ninjas in the popularity chart, so I think your son is doing a good job of giving them some support! I once had these Swedish meatballs at IKEA Dubai and they were delicious. So, thanks for the recipe! I’m also going to pin this!

      January 18, 2014 at 11:13 pm (10 years ago)

      I haven’t tried the IKEA ones but these are delicious. 🙂

  8. laurenm83
    January 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm (10 years ago)

    This is fantastic, I love his enthusiasm! Also your under the clothesline battle sounds like it was great fun! Thanks for sharing x

      January 18, 2014 at 11:12 pm (10 years ago)

      It was a grand
      battle! 😉

  9. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    January 17, 2014 at 11:29 pm (10 years ago)

    Your gorgeous Raffles has the best imagination, Aleney! Your meatballs look very traditional and delicious, and I would love that pate dish right now x

  10. Robyn (Mrs D)
    January 18, 2014 at 10:07 pm (10 years ago)

    That kid of yours – too damn cute!!! I think we might have to take visit to see the Vikings in Sydney next week. Must be good if you’ve been four times!! Xxx

      January 18, 2014 at 10:10 pm (10 years ago)

      Raffles is fixated is why we’ve been four times! We’re going tomorrow AGAIN but it’s a special family Viking day with lots of kids activities

  11. Anyonita
    January 20, 2014 at 11:58 pm (10 years ago)

    What an incredible birthday party theme! 🙂 I love it! And those meatballs looks delicious 😀 Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Tasty Tuesdays; I’ll be featuring you tomorrow!

      January 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm (10 years ago)

      Thank you so much Anyonita. I’m thrilled 🙂


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