Tuesday 7 October 2008

redcurrant tart for jonas

Today is a special day, because it’s Jonas’ 30th birthday. As I like to say “he’s turning old today”.

Because 30 reasons are just too many to list here, instead I’ll share 10 reasons why I love my vegetarian import:
1. He taught me to care about people less fortunate than me and he also taught me how to articulate those concerns in an educated way.
2. He shares my love of sci-fi and introduced me to so many cool shows.
3. He does about 60% of the cleaning and 70% of the cooking.
4. He tells me he loves me multiple times a day and always makes me feel secure.
5. He can quote so many songs, ads, TV shows and films. It’s a gift.
6. He reads to me when I can’t fall asleep at night.
7. He often falls asleep on the sofa with a drink in his hand. While it’s very dangerous for the sofa, it’s quite cute to me (except when I have to clean it up).
8. He loves to cook a big feast then hunker down and watch DVDs with me all day.
9. He’s a really funny guy. Really.
10. He migrated to Australia at age 22 and took a chance on a relationship with a girl he’d only known for 4 months. Lucky I married him!

In honour of Jonas’ big 3-0, here’s a recipe from his father, Staffan, who made this tart for Jonas when we visited Stockholm in July.

Röd Vinbärstårta (Redcurrant Tart)

Staffan’s recipe. Serves 6.

100g melted butter
150ml oatmeal
150ml wheat flour
3 tablespoons sugar
250g redcurrants
1 apple, sliced finely


1. Preheat oven to 225’C.

2. Grease a glass or ceramic baking dish.

3. Scatter redcurrants and apple with sugar.

4. Combine butter, oatmeal, cinnamon and flour to create a crumbly topping.

5. Spread over fruit then bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.

6. Eat with cream or ice cream.

add a sprig of rosemary to the fruit for a delicious change.



  1. You's a good wife making Röd Vinbärstårta for your Swede!

    On the "He does about 60% of the cleaning and 70% of the cooking" it makes me realise how good Swedish guys are with domestic chores, much better than Aussie guys...

  2. You know, I have never bought or eaten red currants before. It's time.

  3. Next summer I will try your tart, I love currants) (in winter I buy sometimes a mix of frozen" red fruit" they sell at my supermarket!

  4. Can I add a reason in place of the I♥Jonas facebook page?
    No. 11. He can sing the Gummy Bears song in Swedish and yet he chooses not to! Happy birthday Jonas - sorry it's a week late!


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