Thursday, September 20, 2012

pea soup and pancakes; reindeer and radiation

Today I learned that lunch on Thursday in Sweden should be pea soup and pancakes. And the pancakes are best eaten with whipped cream and jam. Apparently this has been going on for quite some time, possibly starting as a military thing, but possibly happening prior to that as well.

I also learned that reindeer is good to eat (it is, I've had it) but not more than once every other week. The reason? Radiation. Apparently after Chernobyl, Sweden experienced higher radiation levels than Fukushima just experienced. Many of the reindeer in the northern parts of Sweden had to be killed, and even today, they have elevated radiation levels. Luckily it is below the "safe level" for consumption, as long as you don't eat it every day...

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