The Infamous Lasagna Scene: Cooking the Books with Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg

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Welcome to Nene Ormes, Cooking the Books International Correspondent! 

Hello dear listeners!

This is the first Cooking the Books out of Sweden and I, your constantly curious gourmonaut, had the opportunity to travel to Stockholm to visit with Sara B Elfgren and Mats Strandberg. Together they not only served me tea and a proper tray of seven cookies for fika, they have also written the Engelsfors-triology and that in turn have swept over the world. We spent a lovely half hour chatting about how teenage witches deal with normal school life, family and food when they’re not trying to stop the end of the world. We stumble along in English and hope that you all have patience with us. So pour yourself a cup of something nice and welcome to take fika with us!

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The ingredients for this month’s podcast include:

  • bowls with words on them
  • one disastrous meal
  • your high school lunchroom
  • the apocalypse
  • witchcraft
  • chocolate
  • butter
  • and bread

Podcast #006: The Infamous Lasagne Scene: Cooking the Books with Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg, with host Nene Ormes

Many thanks to John DeNardo, Paul Weimer, and SF Signal for their support and especially for paying to have the carpets cleaned after the holiday party. And the walls. And the ceiling. …

To read more about the Engelsfors Trilogy and the girls in them, visit If you want to see more of Sara and Mats you can find them in different places. Sara is on tumblr, twitter, and instagram. Mats is at tumblr and twitter and instagram.
Don’t miss the trailer for the Cirkeln movie: – Coming in February 2015! (the dialog is in Swedish but the images is well worth it even if you don’t understand the language)
Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg in Stockholm, Sweden
Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg having a proper fika in Stockholm, Sweden.
If you feel like a sweet treat with your beverage, maybe you want to try out these no-bake cookies that are hugely popular in Sweden.
Chocolate balls
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cacao powder
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
100 grams butter
shredded coconut, pearl sugar, cacao powder or other decorative things to coat with.
Stir butter and sugar until fluffy, preferably with an electric whisk.
Add the other ingredients.
Mix into a batter.
Roll into balls of preferred size, the butter should melt a bit in your hands.
If they don’t stick together, or if you want to add taste, add a bit cold coffee to the mix.
Coat them by rolling them in shredded coconut or garnish of your choice.
Put in the fridge until chilled solid.
And if you want to make Ball in Bun (as we talk about in the episode), eat them in a piece of white bread.
But you don’t have to.
Have a wonderful fika!
Thanks so much to Nene Ormes, Mats Strandberg, and Sara B. Elfgren for the wonderful conversation!

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