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Swedish Crayfish Party – How To Celebrate – Roxanne’s Way

August 4, 2016 | Leave a comment

Swedish Crayfish Party – How I Celebrate

Swedes all over Love their crayfish party and there are many ways to host this type of party, and this week, our People’s Hero Roxanne shares her way of celebrating through a few simple questions.

Where do we usually find you during the crayfish festivities and what are the essentials?

This is a tradition I usually celebrate back home in Sweden. You would probably find me at my friend’s house sitting in their garden (warning the neighbors beforehand about the loud singing that might occur throughout the night)

One of the essentials – except for the actual crayfish – is of course the aquavit (snaps). And it is law amongst my friends to sing a ‘snapsvisa’ called ‘helan går’ (everything goes) before we take a shot of Skåne aquavit.

crayfish-party garlandWhat do you eat at the crayfish party?

Crayfish of course –a lot of them. We usually also have a lot of other sea food such as prawns as everyone don’t like crayfish. To our crayfishes we serve a variety of other food that goes really well with the sea food.

We always have Vasterbotten quiche, different types of bread (crispbread of course), cheese with caraway or with cloves and many different styles of nibbles (sour cream and onion crisps being my favourite to snack on throughout the night).



Is there any essential that is a must have?

Snapsglas! (shot glasses) how would you drink all the snaps otherwise?

What is your advice for the crayfish rookies that want to host the festivities?

Well – don’t go dressed as you were going to meet the queen – when eating crayfish you have to be ready for the mess.


To read more about crayfish parties and how you could host one – click here. 

To visit our crayfish shop click here. 


It Is Time For Summer Fika

July 14, 2016 | Leave a comment

It Is Time For Summer Fika

Scandinavian people love their coffee. Norwegians are in the top of coffee consumption but Sweden and Finland consume the most cups of coffee per day in the world. So to say the least – Scandinavians are well caffeinated!

coffee drinking gif

But when having a Fika in the summer it is sometimes nice to cool down with a cold drink. If there is no ice coffee available Scandinavians love to make a jug of ‘saft’ – cordial. This cold drink matches any favourite nibbles such as cookies, pastries or cinnamon buns. What Fika truly stand for and what you need to have to create the best Fika moment you can find here. And here you can find 10 ways to Fika so that you can find your new favourite.


Now we want to brew some coffee and make a jug of ‘saft’ – don’t you?

It Is Waffle Weekend

June 30, 2016 | Leave a comment

It Is Waffle Weekend – Scandinavian Waffles (again)

We love waffles, we love to talk about them a lot –  and we are going to talk about them some more. Here are some tips for how you can eat them this summer.

Waffle maker with toppings


Nothing implies summer more than warm newly made waffles – topped with whipped cream and jam. But there are a variety of different toppings that can go on a waffle – here you can read more about the different ways to eat waffles.

Waffles with whipped cream and jam

And here is a lovely recipe for our favourite waffles.

Yummy, this make us want to have some waffles now – don’t you?

Midsummer in Norway – Celebrating St. Hans Eve

June 16, 2016 | Leave a comment

Midsummer in Norway – Celebrating St. Hans (St. John’s)

Midsummer is usually not called midsummer in Norway, but St. Hans after the evangelist John (called Johannes in Norwegian; Hans is the shortened form). Originally two separate celebrations, they have now – for most people – merged into one.

St. Hans day is the 24th of June every year, and the celebrations are held on St. Hans’ eve – the 23rd. It is not a national holiday – but most people mark it in some way or another. Traditionally celebrated with a huge bonfire, or out on the fjord if you’re lucky enough to have a boat or know someone who does.



Bonfires are set up in many neighbourhoods, and is usually accompanied by a barbecue feast and beers – hot dogs in lompe, with ketchup, mustard and crispy onions.

    Per i Viken Wienerkorv – Wiener Sausages 8-pack
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    Korvbrödsbagarn Korvbröd – Hotdog Buns 10-pack
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    Idun Tomatketchup – Tomato Ketchup 530g
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    Idun Pølsesennep – Mustard 490g
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    Bjørken Lomper 10-pack – Soft Potato Flatbread 260g
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    Bähncke Ristede Løg – Crispy Onions 100g
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Ice cream for afters (often, the inaccurately named Kroneis (Norway’s cornetto – name translated to 10p-ice cream, but it costs the equivalent to £2).

kroneis midsummer norway




A typical St. Hans celebrations often includes playing games – here are some of our favourites:

Egg-racing; race each other whilst balancing an egg on a spoon held in your mouth (hardboiling the egg beforehand makes it easier – but it’s more fun when you risk it with a raw one!)

Egg race Norway

Helmet and protective glasses optional.

Sack-race, individual and in relay teams – 
Racing each other by attempting to jump a (straight) distance in sacks. Also popular on 17. mai;

Sack race - sekkelop norway

A LOT harder than it looks. Face-plant almost guaranteed.

Three-legged race – 
We’re not sure exactly how popular this is (outside yours truly’s childhood neighbourhood) – but nevertheless super fun.
Rules: Find a partner. Tie your right leg to their left leg (or the other way around) so you have to move as if you were one person with three legs. Confused? Good. Race against others with the same set-up. It is fun, we promise.
Three-legged race Noreway midsummer

A Scandinavian Barbecue

May 26, 2016 | Leave a comment


Let’s Have a Barbecue – Scandi Style!

Warmer weather and glimpses of sun can only mean one thing – barbecue season is here.

Here’s what you need for a Scandi barbecue.

The nibbles:

Nibbles are important – everyone without a gas barbecue knows this. It always takes about 5 hours to get hot enough to cook anything on so nibbles are crucial to avoid eating each other during the wait.
We like crisps – especially dill chips and sour cream and onion. They’re especially nice with a refreshing dip – such as Estrella Dill dip mix or Holiday.

    Estrella Sourcream & Onion Chips – Sourcream & Onion Crisps 175g
    Estrella Holiday Dipmix – Onion & Pepper Dip Mix 26g
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    Estrella Dillchips – Dill Crisps 175g
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The barbecue bit:

Unless you have a gas barbecue, sausages are the way to go. They cook in less than an hour, are easy to eat standing up, can hold most toppings – and crucially – they taste good even when they’re a bit burnt.
We LOVE the barbecue range from Per I Viken – which includes spicy chorizo, herby Salsiccia and the super savoury Bratwurst. For kids, red hot dogs or classic wienerkorv always go down a treat.

    Per i Viken Salsiccia Korv – Salsiccia Sausage 250g
    Per i Viken Bratwurst 3-pack – Bratwurst Sausage 300g
    Per i Viken BBQ Chorizo Korv – BBQ Chorizo Sausage 250g

    Per i Viken Wienerkorv – Wiener Sausages 8-pack
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    Gøl Røde Pølser – Red Hot Dogs 375g
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The bready bits:

Classic sausage buns are a must – the softer sweeter bun contrasts oh so well with the meaty sausages. Norwegians are partial to a thin potato flatbread; lompe, which also works a treat.
Not traditional, but very nice, is Swedish soft flatbread. Take it easy on the toppings, though, as this tends to be more fragile than the other two.

    Polarbrod Sarek – Thin Flatbread 8-pack
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    Korvbrödsbagarn Korvbröd – Hotdog Buns 10-pack
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    Bjørken Lomper 10-pack – Soft Potato Flatbread 260g
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The condiments:

A barbecue needs a good range of condiments. Ketchup, several types of mustard, pickles, remoulade, mayonnaise, skagenrora (if you’re from Gothenburg), and crispy onions are absolutely non-negotiable; we like everything at once, but if you fancy a slightly lighter version we recommend you try one of the following combos:

The Swede: Ketchup, mustard, bostongurka and crispy onions. In a bun.
The Dane: Remoulade. Other bits, optional.
The Norwegian: Ketchup, mustard, crispy onions. In lompe.

    Johnnys Senap Sötstark – Hot and Sweet Mustard 500g
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    Bähncke Stærk Sennep – Sharp Mustard 380g
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    Bähncke Hotdog Ketchup 405g
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    ScandiKitchen Skagenröra – Seafood Salad 200g
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    Felix Bostongurka – Pickled Cucumber Relish 375g
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    Beauvais Agurkesalat – Pickled Cucumber 550g
    K-Salat Remoulade – Sweet Piccalilli Sauce 375g
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    K-Salat Mayonnaise 375g
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    Bähncke French Dog Dressing 380g


Cold beers and soft drinks.

    Ringnes Solo – Orange Soft Drink 330ml
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    Nils Oscar God Lager 5.3% – Beer 330ml
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    Hansa Pilsner Beer 6x500ml
    £14.00 £11.50
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Other bits; An umbrella. A kitchen ready to take over the cooking should the barbecue fail you. More snacks, something sweet to finish with – such as pick and mix and gifflar.

    Pick’n’Mix WITH Liquorice 200g
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    Pågen Kanelgifflar – Mini Cinnamon Buns 265g
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    Ahlgrens Bilar Original – Fruity Marshmallow Sweets 125g
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To view our Barbecue corner – click here. Happy barbecuing!

Recipe: A simple potato salad

February 5, 2015 | Leave a comment

This is the simplest and loveliest potato salad we know. It tastes of summer and picnics – and we pair it with anything from salmon to meatballs.

The best thing is that it takes only a few minutes to prepare after the potatoes have been boiled – and you can enjoy it hot or cold.

Cook the potatoes in their skin (new potatoes or salad potatoes). You can use slightly warm potatoes for this, or cooled ones straight out of the fridge. The most important part is to dress them just before serving.

Prepare the dressing:

• 75ml sunflower oil or other light oil

• 25ml white wine vinegar

• 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

• 1 tbsp caster sugar

• 1 medium shallot, very finely chopped

• 1 bunch of dill, finely chopped (around 30g)

• Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk the liquids, mustard and sugar until the sugar has dissolved, then fold in the chopped shallot and dill. Pour the dressing over the potatoes and make sure each potato is coated.

Summer Salad: Courgette & Västerbotten cheese

July 24, 2014 | Leave a comment

Need a delicious salad for lunch? Look no further. This simple salad has bags of flavour and takes only a few minutes to make.

Serves 2-3

What you need:

2 medium sized courgettes

1 small bunch of rocket (you can add a bit of baby spinach, too, if you want a more leafy salad)

50g shaved Västerbotten cheese (or mature Präst cheese if you can’t get Västerbotten).

50g flaked almonds


1 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Salt, pepper

How to:

Shave the courgettes into thin strips length ways – this is best done using a mandolin (the slicer, not the musical instrument) or even a flat metal cheese slicer. The strips need to be quite thin.

Add the courgette to a big bowl, add the salad leaves and mix. Then add the cheese and fold again.

Make the dressing by combining the vinegars and oil in a bowl, whisk well, season with salt and pepper. Dress the salad (you will have too much dressing, you can reserve the rest for next time).

Arrange on a serving plate, scatter with toasted almonds and serve immediately.

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