Monthly Archives: July 2014

Recipe: Courgette & Västerbotten cheese

July 24, 2014 | Leave a comment

Courgette & Västerbotten cheese

Need a delicious salad for lunch? Look no further. This simple salad has bags of flavour and takes only a few minutes to make.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Scandinavian
Keyword: courgettes, vasterbotten
Author: Bronte Aurell


  • 2 courgettes
  • 1 small bunch of rocket you can add a bit of baby spinach, too, if you want a more leafy salad
  • 50 g Västerbotten cheese shaved (or mature Präst cheese)
  • 50 g flaked almonds


  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Shave the courgettes into thin strips lengthways - 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.

WIN Tickets to see Nephew at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

July 17, 2014 | Leave a comment


Nephew, the Danish band, is playing Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 17th August – and we’ve got a pair of tickets and a greatest hits CD to give away to a lucky winner.

A hugely popular Danish band, this is the first time they are playing in London and tickets are expected to sell out.

Here are some Nephew facts:

– Nephew usually tours in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Faroe Islands, Greenland and Russia and have received more than 40 national and international awards including MTV European Music Award, 9 Danish Music  Awards and the Nordic Music Award.

The band has had a record breaking 11 no. 1 hits in a row and has collaborated with Timbaland (USA), Polarkreis 18 (Germany), Lars Vaular (Norway) and L.O.C. (Denmark)

Here are the details for the gig:


17 August 2014 

O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire 

Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/artist/nephew-tickets/106363 

Price: £25

Doors open: 7:00 PM

To be in with a chance to win tickets for this gig – as well as a Greatest Hits CD, just answer the following question:

What is the word ‘Nephew’ in Danish?

a) Nevø

b) Søster

c) Tante

Answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before next Friday 25/7 at noon. Winner will be chosen at random from correct entries. Usual rules apply, no cash alternative, one date only, no alternative prizes offered, no cheating.


Celebrate Bun Week with us 21-27 July 2014

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Next week  (21-27 July 2014) is bun week at the cafe. Here’s the voucher you need in order for you to get your mitts on a free cinnamon bun on the mornings.

Print the voucher or smart phone it – but you do need mention the offer and show voucher when you order.

Please do read the t&c, too.

See you next week.


Unfortunately named Scandi products


Oh, some of these made us snigger.

A brand of crab sticks in Norway…

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The name of some biscuits in Sweden…


Bread rolls from Finland…


Snus tobacco in Sweden…


The word actually means ‘big bag’ in Finnish…


Toilet rolls from Sweden (okay, so it was the eighties, but still…)


We stock this.  It’s called Spunk and it doesn’t mean anything in Danish. Salty or fruity sweeties.


Tins of ham product from Norway….


Aptly named starch…



Skum means ‘mallow’ in Scandi lingo…


Oh, it’s just chewing gum


Imagine buying food for your little cat….


Or how about a few bars of Plopp chocolate? It’s actually really nice.




WIN: Liquorice from Johan Bülow LAKRIDS

July 10, 2014 | Leave a comment

We love the amazing liquorice from Johan Bülow and have been stocking their wares for a long time at our cafe and web-shop. From the delicious chocolate covered sweet liquorice (A) to the salty chilli and cranberry (no 5) – and we use their raw liquorice powders in our coffee, too.

This week, to celebrate our liquorice weekend, we have a treat for you: Win a presentation box with four jars of Bülow Lakrids (value approx. £30). Yes, you even get to choose which flavours go in there.

To be in with a chance to win, just answer this super easy question:

The really salty components in most Nordic liquorice is often referred to using the Finnish word…

a) Salmiakki

b) Porkkana

c) juokaamme

Answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Tuesday (15/7/14) at noon. Usual competition rules. No cheating. No alternative prize. No nonsense and no cash alternative. Winner chosen from correct entries. Randomly.

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