Verandan – the Veranda – is the new fine-dining restaurant at Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi. The food here takes you on a 12-course, exciting and flavourful trip, all overseen by the charismatic chef Alexander Meier.
Wordsworth wrote: “The child is the father of the man”. Think about it next time you go for a meal: which child raised your taste buds? In my case, it’s quite simple. I grew up in a large family in the middle of the Swedish forest where everything apart from flour and beer came from our own land or the forest.
My taste buds were shaped by swede and almond potato, smoked perch, meat from elk, reindeer and calves. From the end of May until October we ate fresh fish. Caught on a rod or in a net, ending up on my plate that very day, or the next. Now that I’m older and more modern, living in the city, I think that’s what I miss most of all. The clean flavours. The proper ingredients. That’s part of me when I go out for a meal. The taste of boiled, fresh grayling and fingers stained by blueberries. That’s who I am, shaped by the child I once was.