September 21, 2017 | Leave a comment
September 21, 2017 | Leave a comment
10 Culinary Delights From Our Scandi Childhoods
Sometimes, when we were little, this is all we wanted to eat. (Still is, sometimes). Recognise any of these, for yourself or your children? Let us know in the comments.
Remember these or have anything to add? Let us know and we’ll update the list.
We know what we’re having for dinner today!
March 9, 2017 | Leave a comment
The Essential Guide to Scandi Cheese – Part 1
We first posted this no less than four years ago, and considering how much we love cheese it is due a re-visit – we consider it our duty to share the with you the wonders of Scandinavian cheese. Over the next two weeks we’ll introduce six of our favourite cheeses.
To kick off we will give you a brief introduction to the many faces of Scandinavian cheese – because let’s be frank – Scandinavian cheese doesn’t have a very sexy reputation (with names like ‘Old Ole and ‘Old Cheese’ we really don’t get why).
Many of us have memories of sitting in a field on a summer’s day eating crusty French bread and sharing a kilo of creamy Brie (also French). In fact, some of us would like nothing more than to spend most of our days doing just that, had it not been for the eventual need to be moved around by a pick-up truck.
Fewer people have such glorious thoughts when thinking about Scandinavian cheese – in fact, most people associate Scandinavian cheese with Eurovision. The exception is those – very few – of us who know just how many amazing cheeses actually come from our northern corner of the world.
Cheese has been made in Scandinavia since the days of old Harold Bluetooth, and the vikings reportedly had a diet rich in milk, butter and cheese – and it was thought to be a sexual stimulant.
Here’s a brief introduction to some of the more famous Scandinavian cheeses.
1. Gammelost (Old cheese)
2. Danablu (Danish Blue)
3. Brunost (Brown cheese)
Okay, so it’s an acquired taste, but, vasterbottenon average, Norwegians eat about 4 kilos each of this stuff a year so there must be something to it. It’s as Norwegian as trolls and fjords. It looks a bit like a block of plasticine, tastes a bit like caramel and is enjoyed on its own, on open sandwiches or with freshly baked waffles: all you need then is a patterned jumper and people will soon start calling you Håkon.
4. Rygeost (smoked cheese)
7. Gamle Ole (Old Ole)
8. Prästost (Priest cheese)
9. Leipäjuusto (also known as “squeaky cheese”)
10. Rejeost (Prawn cheese)
January 26, 2017 | Leave a comment
Danish Remoulade – An Introduction
Remoulade is usually being credited the French, but we think the Danes deserve most of the credit for the everyday version (don’t tell the French, s’il vous plaît). The everyday version is the kind you keep on hand for any piece of breaded and fried fish, for topping your hot dogs, burgers, or open sandwiches in need of some extra oomph. Try mixing it with diced chicken and apple for a lovely sandwich topper.
If you haven’t tried it, let us explain the wonders of this fancy-sounding sauce. Pale yellow in colour, with a mild flavour combining sweet, tangy, spicy and savoury. Often containing finely minced pickles, cabbage, mustard and spices – it is a prime example of something bigger than the sum of its parts that is hard to explain properly. If you have ever had a British fish & chips – it is a milder, creamier and altogether more delicious alternative to the tartar sauce that often comes with it.
January 24, 2017 | Leave a comment
Danish Mayonnaise & How to Enjoy It
Ask any Dane, and they will tell you Danish mayo is superior to all other mayo. Now, critical minds may say they are biased, but Danes do have a unique relationship with their mayo. It is not only used on their fab open sandwiches, paired with a variety of things, each combination more stunning than the other.
Another thing you may come across in Denmark is chips served with mayo. Not ketchup, but mayo. Not Danish mayo though, but the kind you find everywhere – Hellmann’s or the like. Smooth and mild, mayo’s creaminess complements the crispy salty chips perfectly. Frankly, we’re shocked no one else have thought of this before. Danes, we salute you. Now pass us the mayo, we’ve got chips coming – but please save the good stuff for your sandwiches.
January 5, 2017 | Leave a comment
How to make – Danish Rye Bread (the quick version)
September 20, 2016 | Leave a comment
15 Things You Need to know about Cinnamon Buns
This year, as every year, we are celebrating the official Cinnamon Bun day. A national holiday in Sweden (not really, but it should be) – it falls every year on October the 4th and is celebrated by eating cinnamon buns en masse.
For many Scandis, us included – every day is cinnamon bun day. There’s always a reason for a cinnamon bun. It is, as you may know, also referred to as an edible hug. No? Just us then. Because that’s how we feel about it. It is as comforting and warming as a hug from your best friend, a stranger or your dog. Whichever of those you prefer.
As Scandinavians we feel it is our duty to educate those less knowledgeable about this harmonic symbiosis of flour, butter, sugar and cinnamon. This is lesson 1, based on our post from last year (read it here) – we’ll keep it simple.
Cinnamon Buns – Cinnamon Swirls – Kanelbulle – Kanelsnegle – Skillingsbolle
Enjoy Bun Day on the 4th October – we want to see your buns, so don’t forget to send us a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post the best ones on facebook and instagram. Prizes for the best looking buns.
Fancy making your own? Check out our recipe for the world’s best cinnamon buns and head to our webshop to buy our cinnamon bun baking kit, containing the essential ingredients you need for a Scandi cinnamon bun.
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September 15, 2016 | Leave a comment
Breakfast, Frokost, Morgenmad, Frukost.
As the saying goes (well, in Scandinavia at least), dear child bears many names. We love breakfast. It is often the main reason we go to bed at night – to fast forward to another lovely meal. Best enjoyed with big yawns, squinty eyes and coffee-hungry brains.
Fun-fact: In Sweden and Norway, breakfast is called Frukost/Frokost. The same word means lunch in Denmark. In Denmark, breakfast is called morgenmad – morning food. So naturally, a lot of confusion arises around the two first meals of the day when Scandis visit each other. Frokost? Nej mand, it is way too early. Frokost? Vad då, it is far too late!
Ah, the stress!
Important-fact: 1 of 3 children in the UK don’t have breakfast. We are working with charity Magic Breakfast to reduce this number – please read more here about this important cause.
Whatever you call it, the first meal of the day is important, and each country has its own traditions. Scandinavian breakfasts differs a lot from the British – so, because we know you’ve been wondering, let us present – some basic differences between British breakfasts vs Scandi breakfasts .
The Brits have.. toast.
The Brits drink..tea or instant coffee.
The Brits also drink..orange juice.
The Brits who don’t eat bread eats.. cereal.
In Norway: Several types of bread. Toaster handy. Fresh rolls. Norvegia and brown cheese. Boilt eggs. Ham and chopped up cucumber and red pepper. Tomatoes. Jams. Pate. Basically – your entire fridge. Milk and juice to drink. Coffee AND tea. Many many hours, the radio in the background and good company.
In Denmark: Fresh rolls from the baker – at least one per person plus a Danish pastry and white bread, which is never normally eaten. Rye bread. Cheeses and jams and marmalade. OR a full on Scandi brunch with scrambled eggs, bacon, all the sandwich toppings in the fridge. Juice and milk, tea and coffee. Perhaps a shot of Gammel Dansk (a digestif) or three if it is a special occasion.
There you have it. The full low down on Scandi breakfasts. Fancy it? To shop Scandi favourite cheeses, jams, coffees and more have a look in our webshop – click here.
December 10, 2015 | Leave a comment
Recipe for Danish Flæskesteg – Roast Pork
For a truly Danish Christmas, you have to serve Roast Pork – also known as Flæskesteg.
At ScandiKitchen, we use a pork loin cut, scored across at 1 cm sections. Ask your butcher to do this as it is quite hard ot get right at home and the cut of the pork is really important to get the right type of crackling.
If you want to be super sure to get it right, we sell frozen pork loins from Denmark (Svinekam) already scored – just defrost and cook. There’s a link here to the shop where you can buy these (limited stock).
Flæskesteg – Danish Christmas roast pork
This is the classic Christmas meal in Denmark. This recipe serves four people, at least.
Brunkartofler – Caramelised potatoes
A traditional accompaniment to Danish roast pork. It’s a bit sweet so we only eat these once a year.
NOTE: Always use potatoes that are completely cold. If you’re preparing them yourself, peel and cook them the day before. Each potato should be about 3-4cm in size – think salad potatoes. Tinned really is a good option for this dish.
Serve with warm, red cabbage.
Leftovers? Make Pytt-i-Panna.
February 12, 2015 | 1 Comment
A recipe for ‘Flødeboller’ mallow fluff cakes at home.
Ahhh… Do you like snowballs and mallow tea cakes? Soft, mallow with chocolate coating? Then you’ll like these.
In Scandinavia, usually called ‘Flødeboller’ or ‘Gammeldags kokosbollar’, these are often made with or without a base, with light or dark chocolate, and various flavoured fillings. In recent years, a lot of konditors have started making gourmet versions – and people have followed suit at home, coming up with great creations.
Okay, so it probably isn’t the easiest thing to make at home. It’s also a bit messy. However, it is fun and it is really worth it.
We recommend you do use a base for these. Some people like to use small round wafers, others simply use store bought round short bread type biscuits (look for something approx. 5cm in diameter or smaller). I quite like the ones with a soft baked marzipan cake base, as long as they are baked quite fine and these are the ones in this recipe. But by all means, skip the base-step and buy whatever you prefer – tuiles and round wafers work particularly well.
Do make sure you have both liquid glucose as well as a digital thermometer for the filling, as you need an accurate temperature check. Also, you can’t do this by hand: you need a mixer with a whisk attachment.
Homemade ‘Flødeboller’ mallow tea cakes
February 5, 2015 | Leave a comment
Introducing the Mackerel Open Sandwich. There are the open sandwich recipes that never make it to the books but that are so easy, so traditional…. This one, my mother served for us for lunch as kids. In fact. most Danish mothers will have served this to their kids. It’s one of those open sandwiches we grow up on. It’s unlikely you’ll ever find it in any book, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious.
Dark seeded rye bread topped with mackerel and tomato straight from the tin. A dollop of (good quality) mayonnaise – and season. It’s really delicious and is ready in about 24 seconds. Our Rebekka says that chopped shallots and a drizzle of lemon juice should also be added and we don’t argue with her, so you better do it.
You can buy tinned Mackerel and tomato in most supermarkets or online here