Kindling the Spirit of Jul

SNCA’s Lucia Celebration today was a big success! The singers sounded sublime, especially in the soothing and gentle harmonies of “Det Är En Ros Utsprungen”. We filmed them this year and are working on making a short video which we’ll share soon!

Now that we’ve heralded in the Jul season and gotten the Jul embers burning in people’s hearts, here’s a little something to stoke those flames – Lucia in Norway, with tales of food, song, Vikings and Jul Nissen. This will put a smile on your face and make your heart shine like a Jul candle.


It’s a PERFECT day for a Lucia Celebration!

Today is rainy, dreary and cold – a PERFECT day for the UBC Lucia Celebration!

Candles, singing and goodies will brighten your spirits on this last day of classes. And it’s FREE!

Maybe you don’t know what all this Lucia stuff is all about or what to expect? Here’s a little video from the Swedish Cultural Centre in Seattle

Ours will be a little smaller, but just as cozy. And our members have made Lussekatter and other goodies to serve with coffee, tea and Julmust, a sweet Christmas beverage. Delicious!

WHAT: 8th annual UBC Lucia Festival
WHEN: 4pm – 5pm
WHERE: Buchanan D, MASS Lounge, UBC

See you there!

Lucia Celebration article: Ubyssey

Hooray! This year SNCA got an article in the Ubyssey paper! Please read it here: Fiona Thompson Brings Swedish Carol Festival to UBC

Many thanks to Fiona and everyone else who’s worked so hard to make this event happen! It’s an intimate and gentle way to bring warmth and light to the coming darkness of winter.

Another Lussekatter Recipe

One can never have too many recipes, don’t you agree?  And when the recipe is for Lussekatter, the more the merrier!

Fiona from the club has a recipe she’s sharing through her blog Mitt Svenska Äventyr.

I thought I’d copy and paste it here – nice and easy to read and use.

Thanks Fiona for sharing your wonderful recipe. And for all the bakers out there, Bon Appetit!

Saint Lucia Buns (Lussekatter):

Ingredients: 2/3 cup milk, 2 tsp toasted saffron threads (about 1g), 2-2.5 tbsp yeast (or 50g fresh), 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup warm water (105 to 115 F), 1 stick butter + a little extra melted, 2 eggs, 1 tsp salt, 5-6 cups flour, vegetable oil, raisins. Optional: pearl sugar.

Tools: skillet, wooden spoon, small saucepan, small bowl, large bowl, spatula, floured surface, large knife, damp cloth, greased baking pans, pastry brush (or small spoon if you don’t have one)

Place the saffron in a dry, heavy skillet and toast over medium-high heat for several seconds, stirring with a wooden spoon until the threads become slightly darker. Toasting the saffron threads before steeping them in hot milk gives the bread its intense flavour and rich color.

Scald the milk in a small pan by bringing it just to a boil and removing it from the heat; then set it aside, add the saffron threads, and allow to cool to lukewarm.

Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water for about 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the milk mixture, yeast mixture, butter, egg, salt, and flour. Mix until smooth. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it until smooth. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with damp paper towels or clean damp cloth, and allow to rise until double in bulk, about 1 hour.
(if it isn’t rising: 1.your yeast may not be fresh, 2. your water was too hot and your yeast is dead, 3. your water wasn’t warm enough and your yeast isn’t active, 4. the area isn’t warm enough… 1-3 are not fixable… start again.)

Punch the dough down and divide it into about 24-36 parts… put the buns on greased baking sheets spaced enough to allow them to rise more. Brush the tops with melted butter and allow them to rise until doubled.

Brush the egg mixed with 1 tbsp water lightly over the buns. Sprinkle the buns with the sugar (if desired) and bake them in a preheated 350 F oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on wire racks.

Directions Lucia 2012

Perhaps you really want to come to SNCA’s 8th annual Lucia Celebration, but don’t know how to get to Buchanan Block D.

Here’s a basic map that might help –

For further info, here’s a link that will take you directly to a map, directions, parking info, etc. on Buchanan Block D.

On other news, yesterday members of the club made over 60 Lussekatter! Please come and enjoy one with a cup of coffee or tea at 4pm Friday.

Looking forward to seeing you then!

Christmas Party!

‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! What better way to start the season of parties than to celebrate with the Scandinavian Business Club’s annual Christmas Party!

WHEN: Saturday, December 1
WHERE: Scandinavian Community Centre, Burnaby, BC
TIME: 6pm – 1am

A glass of glögg and beautiful Christmas carols sung by the Runeberg Chorus will welcome you to warm you up on a cold evening.

Two herring stations will be starters to a traditional Scandinavian Christmas smörgåsbord dinner, prepared by Kate Praegel. Red and white wine will accompany the meal on each table.

After dinner you can dance the night away to the fun music of S-Bahn who entertained so well last year.

To make reservations, go to SBC Christmas Party 2012


Lucia Celebration 2012

SNCA is hosting its 8th annual Lucia Celebration!

Please join us in our celebration of light in the darkness of winter. We will warm you with coffee, tea, homemade Lussekatter, candles and song.

It’s FREE and open to everyone!

DATE: Friday, November 30.
TIME: 4pm – 5pm. Doors are at 4:00. The event starts shortly after.
WHERE: UBC Buchanan Block D, Meekinson Arts Student Space (MASS Lounge).

Please come! We’d love to see you… and bring your friends!