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7 random ways to be more Danish for Danish National Day

May 26, 2017 | Leave a comment


7 random ways to be more Danish for Danish National Day

The 5th June is when our constitution was signed in 1849. In fact, most big events with laws and constitutions and general updates have been done on this day (good for continuity). Also, it is Father’s Day in Denmark on this day.

1. Flags. Everywhere. Danish ones, ideally. Have a flagpole in your garden? Most Danes do. You should totally get one. Daily flags are good. If you are low on flags, get yourself one of these fancy national hats, invented by a Dane. You’ll look cool, promise.

2. Eat open sandwiches. We love them. The opener, the better. Never a top on, and always with really good solid rye bread as a base.

3. Know you Danish Royals: The Queen is called Margrethe and she loves daisies and she is a really good artist. Her husband is called Prince Henrik and he is retired from something. He’s probably still upset he never became King, but then again, he believes in unicorns. Also, the Crown Prince is called Frederik and he is married to an Australian lady now known as Crown Princess Mary. They have a lot of very beautiful children. Frederik’s brother is called Joakim and he also has a lot of beautiful children. Note: Queen Margrethe wins because  she can smoke, eat a hotdog and drink juice all at the same time.

4. Learn how to pronounce Rødgrød med Fløde. When you can do this, you can be a Dane.

5. Eat Remoulade on everything. It’s a yellow curried type mayonnaise. Eat it with chips, roast beef, fried fish, salami, meatballs, on burgers, on hotdogs. If you don’t like remoulade, you will never, ever be a real Dane.

6. Just for the day, paint the entire interior of your house white and remove all curtains. White floors, white walls, white ceilings, white everything. And no curtains. Buy stylish stuff for your white house in one colour, as a statement. Feel the hygge.

7. Make jokes about Sweden. Every Dane knows to make fun of Swedes. It’s the done thing. On this day, crack jokes like “ why wasn’t Jesus born in Sweden? They couldn’t find 3 wise men” HARHARHAR.

See? It wasn’t that hard to become Danish, was it?

WIN ‘The Year of living Danishly’

January 30, 2015 | Leave a comment

Helen Russell moved to Jylland. A lot of us here can imagine just what she went through! She discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries.

What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born, or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness.

From childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches, The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.

You can buy the book right here

We’ve got a couple of copies of the book to give away to lucky winners. To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this easy question:

What is the name of the Danish Prime Minister?

  1. Helle Thorning-Schmidt
  2. Sarah Lund
  3. Birgitte Nyborg

Email you answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Tuesday 3rd February 2015 at noon. The winners will be picked from random entries. Usual competition rules apply. No alternative prize. No cash alternative. No cheating.

‘A lovely mix of English sensibility and Danish pragmatism. Helen seems to have understood more about the Danish character than I have! My only worry is that it will make everyone want to have a go and my holiday home area will get overcrowded.’ Sandi Toksvig.

livingdanishly

Recipe: “Jordgubbstårta” Strawberry Celebration Cake

June 19, 2014 | Leave a comment

Strawberry Celebration Cake

Ahhhh.... This is such a nice cake. It tastes of summer. Pure summer. We re-tested the recipe last night and the result lasted only for as long as it took us to eat it. With second helpings. For us, no Midsummer is complete without strawberrry layercakes, also known as "Jordgubbsstårta". If you want to cheat and make it easy for yourself, cheat's notes are at the bottom of the post. We do feel that it is worth the effort, though, to make everything from scratch.

Ingredients

For the Vanilla Patisserie Cream

  • NOTE: Needs to be cooled before using in the cake or the cream will split.
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 140 g caster sugar
  • 45 g corn flour

For the Strawberry layers

  • 700 g strawberries washed, trimmed and sliced
  • 75 g raspberry jam

For the Cake Layers

  • 5 eggs
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 130 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla sugar

For the Whipped Cream

  • 700 ml whipping cream
  • 2 tbs icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar

Instructions

Vanilla Patisserie Cream:

  1. Split the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds and add to a saucepan with the milk. Bring to the boil. Take care not to burn and turn off heat as soon as boiling point is reached.

  2. Whisk egg yolk and sugar until it goes almost white, then turn off the whisk and add the corn flour. Turn the whisk back on medium and slowly add the hot milk to the bowl, whisking continuously.
  3. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and bring back to the boil and cook for 1 minute to thicken. Turn off, sieve the mixture into a bowl, cling film directly on to the cream to avoid a skin forming and cool down completely in the fridge before using.

Cake Layers:

  1. Heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

  2. Trace 3 identical circles onto baking paper – approximately 20-22 cm diameter. Place baking paper onto flat baking trays.
  3. Whisk egg and sugar until white and fluffy. The key here, is to whisk for a long time to incorporate as much air as possible as there are not raising agents in the mixture.
  4. Sift flour and vanilla sugar into the egg mixture and fold, very carefully, until completely incorporated. Preserve as much air as possible, so fold carefully but thoroughly.
  5. Carefully divide the batter between the three circles and ensure batter fills the circles all the way around, neatly.
  6. Bake in the oven until just golden brown and done – this will depend on your oven, but 5-6 minutes is usually fine.
  7. Remove from and leave to cool completely on a cooling rack. Very carefully remove the baking paper – if it sticks, wet the back of the paper a little bit and it should come off with more ease.

Whipped Cream

  1. On high speed, whisk all ingredients until stiff peaks form. The cream needs to be quite firm to hold when decorating the cake - but take care not to over whip.
  2. Divide the cream into two equal portions. Fold one half of the whipped cream together with the cold vanilla patisserie cream until completely incorporated (The other half is used to decorate the final cake).

Assembly

  1. Place the first layer cake on the plate you wish to serve on. Spread a nice layer of raspberry jam, follow by a 1cm thick layer of the patisserie cream / whipped cream mixture. Add a good handful of sliced strawberries evenly spread out. Add another cake layer and repeat over again and then add the final cake layer on top (You may have a bit of excess custard cream left).
  2. Using a palette knife, spread a thin layer of the whipped cream on the top of the cake. Using a piping bag with a star nozzle, add the rest of the whipped cream and pipe carefully around the edge of the cake in an up-and-down motion until the sides are completely covered. If you do not have a piping bag, you can use the palette knife for this and just make smooth edges. If you prefer less cream and a more rustic look you can omit the cream around the edges all together.
  3. Finish by adding the remaining strawberries on the top of the cake. It doesn’t have to look too arranged – just scatter them so the cake is evenly covered.
  4. This cake greatly improves after a few hours in the fridge so all the flavours are soaked into the cake layers.

Recipe Notes

Cake layers – in speciality shop, you can buy sponge layers already baked. (Scandi Kitchen sells ‘Lagkage bunde’ – already come split into three layers).

Crème patisserie: We stock a product called 'Kagecreme’ which is sachet of instant creme patisserie. Mix one sachet with 500ml cold milk, wait ten minutes and it is ready to use.

Substituting with custard will not give you the exact same result, but you CAN do it at a push – but don’t use half and half, use ¼ custard to ¾ whipped cream volume. Omit the sugar in the whipped cream as custard is really sweet.

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