Spicy Tomato and Coconut Soup with Saffron

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Us Swedes love saffron this time a year as it is a reminder of the upcoming Lucia celebration on December 13th. There are many myths surrounding the origins of the Saint Lucia who was either the bearer of light for Italian fishermen or someone in cahoots with the devil. Still, the tradition of a girl with lights in her hair stuck and today all little Swedish girls, and boys, dress up in white gowns, a crown of light (these days electric for health and safety) and surprise their parents in bed on Lucia morning with coffee and saffron buns (lussebullar). These yellow delicacies will be featured in another recipe but suffice it to say that it is the saffron that makes all the difference. Continue reading “Spicy Tomato and Coconut Soup with Saffron”