Monthly Archives: February 2014

WIN a Box of SEMLOR for the office

February 27, 2014 | Leave a comment

Ahhhh…. Imagine if there was a way to make friends with Shirley from HR in one clean swoop? Or get Brian from accounts to notice you?

Try giving them a tray of freshly baked semlor. Oh, and now you can maybe even get your hands on a whole tray of these lovely buns for free.

To be in with a chance to be Mr or Ms popular in the office (or indeed, take them all home and eat them all to yourself), just answer this easy question:

Eighties Swedish band Europe had a hit with which song:

a) All That She Wants (is another baby)

b) The Final Countdown

c) Saturday Night

Answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Monday noon (3rd March).

No cash alternative, prize must be picked up from the cafe (date by arrangement – please book in the pick up so we know), one tray of semlor is 10 buns. No cheating. Winner picked at random. Usual rules apply.

Semla baking competition…

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UPDATE 4th March: THE WINNER OF THE BAKING COMPETITON IS GRETE MINUMETS – as chosen by our Shop Manager Rebekka.

Congratulations – your buns were particularly lovely looking.

Thanks to everybody who sent in pictures – we realyl enjoyed seeing all the great efforts and we cant wait to do more competitions. Cinnamon buns next?

Love, The Kitchen People x

First entry is in – from Rick in London.



And from Martin Ashton…



Richard Crowe – first time Semla baker and doing a pretty good job of it!



These, made by Anna, are dairy free. Made with the scandikitchen recipe and turned out very well. Light buns with almond filling and instead of whipped cream a confectioners custard made with rice milk.  Two Swedes have approved of them so far, Anna says…

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Linnea Dunne’s big buns below

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Jude Killip made this lovely batch:

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Julia Richard’s semlor – don’t they look awesome?



Molly Gartland – first time semlor baker:



Caroline Sinclair’s great Semlor below – first time Semlor baker, too!



Linda Edvardsen in London, below:



And lovely buns from Grete Minumets



And great buns from Jessica Resen Tfirst:

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And Anne Sundquist made a lot of lovely buns:



And lovely Ian Mansfield was also baking:



Emily Bridge baked mini semlor for the office



And Gloria spiked her whipped cream with Amaretto… yum.


Show us your big, fat buns and WIN Lunch for Two at ScandiKitchen

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It’s Fat Tuesday on Tuesday 4th March 2014 – also known as Fettisdagen, fastelavn, Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras.

On this day across Scandinavia we celebrate the start of Lent. The faste is not observed that often anymore, however, the tradition of stuffing ourselves with cream buns the day before Ash Wednesday still prevails.

In Sweden, these buns are known as Semlor (plural of the word ‘Semla’). They are yeast buns flavoured with cardamon, baked and then stuffed with marzipan and whipped cream.

Semlor are only served around this time of year. Once Lent is in full swing, the buns are not baked again until the following year – it really is a huge seasonal tradition and you should definitely make sure you get your hands on one of these buns before the season is over.

We bake and serve these at the cafe – however, it is not hard ot make your own. You can find the recipe right HERE.

WE WANT TO SEE YOUR BIG BUNS: Your own creations and variations. Send us a snapshot of your Fat Tuesday buns and we’ll post the pictures online – and we’ll pick a winner who gets Lunch for Two People at the cafe in London (if you live too far away, we’ll send you a voucher for the webshop instead).

Mail your photos to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before 4th March 2014. Usual competition rules apply.

First entry – from Isabelle in Brighton who made her first ever batch of Semlor, having never tasted them before. Verdict: “Amazing – and my flatmate had 3 of them, I’m not sure how she managed!”.

WIN: ‘The Almost Nearly Perfect People’ – by Michael Booth

February 13, 2014 | Leave a comment

Did you read the article that got everybody talking a few weeks back? (if not, read it HERE) Are we Nordics not all we’re cracked up to be? Who decided to put us on a pedestal in the first place and how do we get down from there without ruining everything? Are we really obsessed with Midsomer Murders? (Ed: Yes).

Michael Booth, writer and journalist, currently living in Denmark (and, we can vouch, speak Danish pretty well) is not sure all is as it is cracked up to be. Well, actually, that is if you only read the article (so don’t be offended just yet). In the book, you see, Booth goes deeper into the psyche of what makes us Scandinavians special and finds that, in fact, we might just be almost perfect…

Confused? Don’t be. It’s a good book and it is worth a read. You can buy it here

We’ve got a copy of the book to give away – fancy being in with a chance of winning it?

Just answer this easy question:

The statue of the Little Mermaid is in which Nordic town:

a) Stockholm

b) Copenhagen

c) Skagen

Answers by e-mail, please, to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Monday at noon (17/2). Winner will be drawn at random from correct entries. No cheating, no cash alternative, no non-sense and all usual terms apply.

WIN tickets to the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend at the British Museum in London

February 6, 2014 | Leave a comment

It’s the most exciting exhibition for anyone interested in the history of the Vikings. Oh yes: This spring, we’re invading the British Museum in London (This time, we’re a bit friendlier…sorry about the plundering last time).


The exhibition is on 6 March – 22 June 2014 at the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery, British Museum.


Discover the Viking world in this major exhibition – the first at the British Museum for over 30 years. Swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images show how Vikings created an international network connecting cultures over four continents. At the centre of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long Viking warship, the longest ever found.*


Book tickets here


Booking strongly recommended – this exhibition is going to be super popular.


Price per adult is £16.50, children under 16 free (Group rates available) britishmuseum.org/vikings


We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner. To be in with a chance to win, simply answer the following question:


Which Viking is often credited with discovering North America?


a) Leif Eriksson


b) King Canute


c) Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye


Answers to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Valentine’s Day. Winners will be drawn at random from correct entries.


T&Cs: Pair of tickets subject to availability. Tickets are non-transferrable, non exchangeable and there is no cash alternative. Additional expenses are the responsibility of the prize winner. Promoter reserves the right to exchange all or part of the prize for one of greater or equal value. No cheating.


The exhibition is supported by BP. Organised with the National Museum of Denmark and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.


Image credit:


Sword, late 8th–early 9th century. Kalundborg or Holbæk, Zealand, Denmark. Photo: Arnold Mikkelsen. © The National Museum of Denmark. Background: Kim Westerskov/Getty Images.


*We’re not sure if the viking ship arrived flat-packed. It’s likely.


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