Monthly Archives: December 2013

Last stock update (22nd December)

December 22, 2013 | Leave a comment


Just a little update.

We’ve still got Julmust and loads of mulled wine from Blossa. We’ve also got a whole heap of Danish ‘pålæg’ in – from saltkød to rullepolse, røget filet and hamburgeryg. We’ve still got Swedish Xmas hams, frikadeller, beetroot salad, cherrysauce and more…

We also got a late shipment in of ready made rice pudding (risgrynsgröt) and we are selling amazing whole sides of cured gravadlax salmon (£31/kg) – all are approx 1,2kg in size.

Pop by – we’re open today until 16:00 (Sunday) and tomrorow 23rd December 2013 from 8:00-19:00.


We’ve got loads of stuff left on the shelves… (Stock update 20/12)

December 20, 2013 | Leave a comment

Hello. This update about stock at our London store is posted 13:30 on 20th December.

We’ve still got julmust, prinskorv, vortbrod, leverpostej, marsipangrise, julskum, rodkaal, cherry sauce, nougat, marzipan, aebleskiver, rye bread, herring and Blossa glogg and much much more.

We’re aiming not to run out. Of course, we may – but for now, we’re still stocked to high heavens so pop by and help us clear those shelves.

Oh, and we’re doing buy-one-lussekatt saffron bun and get one free – all weekend. Until we simply cant bake anymore.

See you soon

The Elves x

Are you wearing underpants?

December 19, 2013 | Leave a comment

Chances are, you probably are wearing a pair of underpants right now. Comfortable, much?

One of our good, good friends is supporting a really great cause in West London called The Shelter Project. Here, they run a shelter for the homeless gentlemen – which is especially needed during these cold winter months.

It is great when people donate clothes – they can wash and recycle and use this and there are a lot of people on the streets who needs warm clothes in the cold months. One thing, however, is that people – for quite obvious reasons – don’t tend to donate [worn] underpants.

This means that The Shelter Project has a shortage of underpants. The most important garment, we’d quite agree.

So, we want to help The Shelter Project get hold of men’s underpants. Can you help? Did you get some underpants in your Secret Santa that didn’t quite fit your style? Are you passing by Primark or H&M and fancy donating a pair of men’s underpants or two?

Ever pair of underpants count. They don’t have to be fancy, they just have to be new and unworn.

You can drop your pants (see what we did there?) by POST to The Shelter Project (c/o Helle Kaiser-Nielsen 11 Geraldine Road, London W4 3PA) – or at ScandiKitchen Cafe on Great Titchfield Street and we’ll pass on the pants. Please make sure you wrap and label your pants before dropping them off at the cafe.

What a great excuse to say to your colleagues: “I’m just nipping out for a coffee and to drop off my underpants”. Not many chances in life to use that sentence.

Thanks for your support.shelter

The WINNERS: Pimp my Gingerbread House Competition 2013

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And so, for the winners of the annual ScandiKitchen ‘Pimp My Gingerbread House’ competition…

We started with a basic kit and wanted to see what you could all do with it.

The winner of the Adult Artistic House is…



Josephine Austin.

Chosen because of the incredible detail – from each little roof tile pressed out to the lit candles on the advent wreath on the table. The simplistic beauty of her house captured us.

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This category always splits the judges massively. We love all the houses. However, the winner was chosen: congratulations Flora, Anna and Milo – the flag on the roof is beautiful. You win the prize of ‘so many sweets your parents wont talk to us for a month’.


Kids Category 8-15

All the judges were surprised and amazed by the talent in this category. There are some wonderfully creative kids out there! However, the winner is Esme with her Elf School. Congrats, Esme – you also win a load of sweeties.

What a lovely way to use the gingerbread house kit: a place of learning for the little elves, complete with tables and chairs.

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Special Creative Category

This year, we had a tie in this category. We love this category as we feel extra creative efforts must be rewarded – and thinking outside the box of a gingerbread kit too.

The prize will be split between Jens and Camilla’s Norwegian Stave Church – a genius way to make use of two kits and put them on top of each other to create something very different.


The second winner is Kelly’s Murder in the Gingerbread House – a macabre but funny story about a terrible crime in the gingerbread house, complete with white lines around the victims, police rescue and shoot-out. You can see the whole story of the house here and here.


Congratulations to both winners of this category – we’re going to work out how to split your prize so everybody’s happy!

We will contact the winners to organise their prizes – and thank you to our wonderful judges Andrew Wiggins, Lucy Keeler, Nina Balstrup, David Jørgensen and our own Moa, Bronte and Laura.

Thanks to all our wonderful contestants – we wish we could award you all with prizes because you were all brilliant. We can’t wait to do it all again next year.


The Kitchen People x

Pimp my Gingerbread House 2013 – The Houses

December 17, 2013 | Leave a comment

It’s been an AMAZING year for our Pimp My Gingerbread House – and here are all the wonderful entries to the competition…

The challenge was: Take one Gingerbread House kits from Annas and see what you can do with it. Be creative, be bold, be silly, be festive…

Tomorrow Wednesday the judging will take place… Who will win? What do you think?

Category – Grown up (both categories)

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Norwegian stave church by Jens and Camila (made from two kits, stuck together). And Jessica Axman’s amazing creation complete with reindeer and Santa in the chimney.

Monikaandain   Madeleine Kallstrom

Monica and Ian’s winter wonderland – and Madeleine Kallstrom’s detailed house – she kept herself going fuelled by Julmust!

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Melissa Hedquist’s mini Lilla Lilla Gumman’s House – and an amazingly detailed house from Anna, Malin and Jenny (click on the picture to see close up)

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Andrew, Ben and Zach’s house entitled ‘Camp as Christmas’… And Clara and her friends lovely house…

Emmadahlqvist   Johannadahlquist


Emma Dahlquist goes marshmallow bananas with her Svennebanan house… And Johanna Dahlquist with her awesome Santa’s Holiday Home…

Rosie Barsby   John Chatterton-Ross

Rosie Barsby’s fantastic ‘Bordello’…  And a great entry from John Chatterton-Ross, complete with snow…

Clara-friends   Catherinehamilton

Clara and friends submitted this wonderful house – and this from Catherine Hamilton complete with sleigh and reindeer…

Rita jasper   Kelly-murder-in-da-house

Rita and Jesper’s wonderful wonderland…  and Kelly’s great ‘Murder in the Gingerbread house’

See more of Kelly’s photo story here and here

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‘Before And After It Happened’ – were made by Suzanne Sims and Toby Trimby, big fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ – complete with zombies!

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Astrid Fahle and her ‘celebrating all things pink’ wonderland house…  Mads and Tone’s tower of beauty and stars…


Hayley North and the space invaders’ winter hideaway/ski chalet. The gun is used for target practice

And finally, Josephine Austin’s very detailed house – complete with handmade roof tiles and furniture…

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Kristina’s twins (sorry no names given) 7 years old.  Jonas (6) and his Moshi Monster house.

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Joey (6) and Noel (4) go mad with the gold  spray – and Flora (4), Milo (7) and Anna (10) made a Swedish house, complte with Dala horse.

Estherhedqvist3   Elsa3

Esther (3) made Pippi’s treasure chest out of the kit – and Elsa (3) decorated with all the sweeties she could find.

Kids 8-15

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Emmi Wilson’s (9) Highland Cottage  – and Charlie Miller’s (13) great house with snow front garden.

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Esme (9) and her Elf School – complete with class room inside and playground outside.



Sankta Lucia – the festival of light

December 11, 2013 | Leave a comment

Swedish Lucia For Dummies from Sweden on Vimeo.

This Friday the 13th December is the day of St Lucia and the festival of light. On this day across Scandinavia you will find processions of boys and girls dressed all in white bearing candles and singing carols. This is usually done in the morning darkness, welcoming the light.

At the front of each procession is a Lucia Bride, wearing a wreath or crown on her head with four or five candles.

On this day, we drink ‘Glögg’ mulled wine and eat either saffron buns (Lussebullar) or little pancake balls called ‘Æbleskiver’. We also over-do the ginger biscuits. Really, way too many ginger biscuits…

The history of St Lucia can be traced back to St Lucia of Syracuse, a martyr who died in 304 – however, the date of St Lucia is also a pagan date. It was the darkest night where spirits were free to roam and animals begin to talk. So, light was needed to ward of spirits. today’s tradition is a bit of a blend of the two.

On Friday we will be serving Glögg and Saffron buns all day and playing carols on repeat.


WIN tickets to Nordicana Film Festival 2014

December 10, 2013 | Leave a comment

WIN tickets to Nordicana Film We are so excited: Nordicana is BACK in London on 1st and 2nd February 2014.

This year the event takes place at the Truman Brewery in East London and they have everyone there this year. From the stars of The Bridge to (Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia) to Sidse Babett Knudsen from Borgen – and even Wallander himself: The one and only Krister Henriksson.


You can get your hands on tickets HERE – but be quick: they are going to sell out, we’re pretty certain of that.


We’re very lucky to have been given a Weekend Pass for the whole event as well as a signed The Bridge DVD. Want to be in with a chance to win this fantastic prize?


Just answer the following question:


The Bridge referred to in the title of the programme is the bridge between…


a) Sweden and Norway


b) Denmark and Sweden


c) Norway and Denmark


Answer by e-mail to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Tuesday 14th January 2014 at noon. Usual competition rules apply, including no cheating, no exchange of prize, to cash alternative. Winner chosen at random from correct entries. Winner will be notified by e-mail.

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