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.
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.
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…
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.
Kids Category 0-7
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.
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.
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 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 email@example.com 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.