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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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entertained after the Swedish fashion. The
dinner, as well as supper which followed,
consisted chiefly of sweat-meats, fruits, &c.
which were plentifully interspersed with
ornamental images. But do not imagine that
this was the whole of our entertainment.
Other more substantial dishes were placed
on the corners of the table. Amongst
which were a Chader, (a Swedish bird) a
cock of the wood, (another great rarity)
and a pike pudding. The latter dish will
require some explanation. It consists of a
pike dressed so as to resemble the taste of a
custard, and yet not losing the flavour of a
fish. I thought it rather palatable than
otherwise. The method of conducting
themselves at table has a very singular
appearance to a stranger. Every dish,
after being cut up, is handed about
in rotation from one to another; every one
helps himself and passes it to the next.
Wine and all other liquors stand upon the
table. The rule is, to help yourselves
without any kind of ceremony; they drink no
healths. The ladies were particularly
assiduous in perpetually filling our glasses.
The cloth is not drawn as in England,

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