May 11, 2017 | Leave a comment
May 11, 2017 | Leave a comment
7 Random Facts About 17th May – Norway Day
April 28, 2017 | Leave a comment
Seven Nordic ways to talk about hangovers
‘Bagstiv’ is a Danish word for when you wake up the next morning, still drunk. Literally: Backwards drunk – in Sweden and Norway, its Bakfull and bakrus.
2. A drunk Dane might say he has a “Stick in ear” (en kæp i øret)
3. The Finnish word for hangover is “Krapula”
4. The Old Norse Viking word for hangover was ‘kveis’, meaning “uneasiness after debauchery”
5. In Denmark, if you drink a beer on a hang over, it is known as a Reperationsbajer – literally, a ‘repair beer’
6. In Danish, hangovers are known as Tømremænd – literally, carpenters.
7. “Fylleangst” pronounced (foola angst) means “drunk anxiety” in Norway and is the unsettling feeling one has the day after drinking when you can’t remember what you did, how you acted or who may have seen you do it!
April 27, 2017 | Leave a comment
7 things you didn’t know were invented by the Nordics….
April 20, 2017 | Leave a comment
7 strong Scandinavian names for your new baby
Here are a selection of 7 strong Scandi names you could name your new baby. Or not.
Bent / Bendt
A good old Norwegian name for your daughter?
For a boy, maybe? It’s the old Swedish version of Erik. No, not Jerk for short.
Björn / Bjørn
Maybe the best of the bunch, especially if you like ABBA. It means ‘bear’.
A strong Swedish girl’s name and still popular today.
Any more suggestions? Pop a comment below.
7 Scandi sayings for when things are not going well.
2. In Sweden, if you have made a real fool of yourself, people will tell you that ‘you have taken a shit in the blue cupboard’ (Nu har du skitit i det blå skåpet)
3. If you make a fool of yourself in Norway they might tell you that you “shat on your leg” (Nå har du bæsjet på leggen).
4. In Iceland, if someone says ‘peeing in your shoes will only keep you warm for a short while’ (“Það er skammgóður vermir að pissa í skó sinn”) they mean to tell you short term fixes don’t work.
5. If a Dane says you can both blow and have flour in your mouth, he means to say you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. (Man kan ikke både blæse og have mel i munden).
6. In Norway people might say you stomped in the piano if you mess up – ‘trampe i klaveret’.
7. If a Dane says ‘hot potato’ he could mean simply a hot potato – or he might also be referring to a tricky situation.
April 10, 2017 | Leave a comment
7 random facts about Scandinavian Easter
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)
March 7, 2017 | Leave a comment
WIN a Mega Scandi Easter Egg
As we find ourselves in the deepest, lagom-est lent – we dream about all the sweets we’ll be eating once Easter is here (by Easter, we mean this Saturday. We have to quality check the sweets well ahead of time, you know).
Scandis are big on Easter. It is a reason to get together, be merry, enjoy some outdoors – or indoors – activities, and gather round a big table filled to the brim with all things nice and decorated with little deformed bright yellow chickens. And of course, munch away on your well deserved Easter egg after lent.
We think our Easter eggs are pretty epic – and so we introduce our annual ‘win a massive Easter egg competition‘. Yay! That’s right, you can win a 23cm diameter Easter egg chock full of our favourite Easter sweets and treats.
Fancy winning? Simply answer the easy question below;
Which colour is usually associated with Easter?
A.) Bright green
Send your answer by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before Tuesday 28th March 2017 at midday. One main winner, getting a big ScandiKitchen Easter egg, will be drawn from all correct entries.
The usual rules apply. UK residents only. No cheating. One main winner. No alternative prize and no cash alternative.
January 5, 2017 | Leave a comment
How to make – Danish Rye Bread (the quick version)
November 24, 2016 | Leave a comment
Pimp My Gingerbread House 2016
Every year in the run up to Christmas we run a competition – who can go crazy with a standard gingerbread house kit?
Take one basic Gingerbread house kit from Annas and pimp it up to the best of your abilities. Think outside the box: be as creative, crazy and elaborate as you want. Whatever your strong side, put it into the house.
When you are done, send us a picture and we will put the best ones up on Instagram and Facebook and the blog during December.
We have four categories:
Adult – Beautiful: This is the main award. The most beautiful house you can make from a very basic kit of gingerbread house.
Adult – Super Creative. This is the crazy house – like the house eaten by dragons, murder scenes, brothels, discos – whatever you can do to pimp up your house to silly standards with great use of imagination.
Child – up to 7 years old. It’s okay that your Mum and Dad help out, but here we do want to see real kids efforts. We know what seven year olds can do with a ginger bread kit – we want to see kids being allowed to unleash creativity. It’s fine to add Lego men and other toys to the mix or make a gingerbread house for your favourite dolls.
Young person 8-16 – We want to see your imagination run wild here. Make the house your own.
THIS YEAR’S PRIZES:
First prize this year in category ‘beautiful’ is £50 online OR in-store voucher for ScandiKitchen, a signed copy of our new baking book ‘Fika & Hygge’ and one of our fancy new mugs.
Adult – Creative – A hamper full of goodies and treats plus a signed baking book.
Children under 7: Sweeties. And more Sweeties. So many sweeties your Mum will be quite annoyed with us all the way through till January.
Young person 8-16 prize: Sweets. And more Sweets. So many sweeties your Mum will be quite annoyed with us and also a little jealous that it is all for you.
Send your photos to email@example.com before 16th December at noon to enter the competition. We look forward to seeing your creations.
The Kitchen People x