November 28, 2014 |
We are big fans of Danish singer songwriter Tina Dickow here at ScandiKitchen. She’s playing at Shepherd’s Bush Saturday 29th November and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for the gig.
O2 Shepherd Bush Empire
Sat 29 Nov 14
Doors open 7.00pm
Fancy the chance to pop along to hear her sing for free? Then just answer this easy question to be in with a chance to win:
Which is these bands are NOT Danish?
Answer to email@example.com before 5 pm today Friday 28th November so we can get you on that guest list! Winner will be notified just after 5 pm today by email. Usual rules apply, no alternative prizes, one winner only, tickets not valid on any other date. No cheating. All responsibilities for this concert lies with promoter, not ScandiKitchen.
There are also still a very few tickets left if you want to get your hands on them: CLICK HERE TO BUY
It is no secret that we Nordics absolutely love aquavit. Okay, yes, it’s strong stuff, but we only do drink it when we’re having smörgåsbord and we’re usually pretty careful with the stuff.
The Nordics have been drinking aquavit for centuries – since the 15th century, in fact. The tipple is usually around 40% alcohol and flavoured with strong herbs such as dill, caraway and anis – making them a perfect partner for pickled fish, such as herring.
Tomorrow Saturday 29th November we’re honoured to be joined by the all-knowing Aquavit expert Jon, who will be on site from midday onwards, offering helpful teachings and tastings to all our customers about a range of different aquavits. In fact, we did similar taste training at the cafe this week and we learnt a lot about not only the Aquavits that we serve at the cafe but also different types available on the market. Jon is bringing several aquavit – and will be making some aquavit based cocktails, too.
Aquavit is usually drunk ice cold but when you do the tasting without food, you sip it instead of down it all in one – and this is why Rebekka, Trine and Joanna look a bit shocked in the picture as it is a lot stronger in flavour this way! Just remember, when you serve it at home, pop the bottle in the freezer for a good few hours before hand and serve the shots – with food – and you don’t need to sip.
If you are popping by on Saturday, join our competition, too: Everybody who buys any aquavit tomorrow at the cafe will be entered into a competition to win 2 extra bottles (A 700ml bottle of Hammer Aquavit AND a 700ml bottle of Jubilæums Aquavit) – winner will be drawn at end of the day and be notified by phone to come pick up their extra stash. Usual rules apply, no alternative prize.
November 27, 2014 |
It’s that time of year again…. Time to get super creative with the Gingerbread House Kits from Anna’s.
Every year we run a great competition:
Take one basic Gingerbread house kit and pimp it up to the best of your abilities. Think outside the box – be creative, be crazy, be super attentive to detail: Whatever is your strong side, put that into the little house.
When you are done, send us a picture of our house and we will put the best ones up on Instagram and Facebook and the blog during December.
This year, we once again have 4 categories:
Adult – Beautiful: This is the main award. The most beautiful house you can make from a very basic kit of gingerbread house.
Adult – Super Creative. This is the crazy house – like the house eaten by dragons, murder scenes, brothels, discos – whatever you can do to pimp up your house to silly standards with great use of imagination.
Child – up to 7 years old. It’s okay that you Mum and Dad help out, but here we do want to see real kids efforts. We know what seven year olds can do with a ginger bread kit – we want to see kids being allowed to unleash creativity. It’s fine to add Lego men and other toys to the mix or make a gingerbread house for your favourite dolls.
Young person 8-16 – We want to see your imagination run wild here. Make the house your own.
THIS YEAR’S PRIZES:
First prize this year is an amazing T Tab Table Lamp donated by Skadium Design Shop in London (worth £239) – it is an amazing piece of design and will make any desk look super stylish.
We’ve also got a selection of great products from ISAK Design as the second prize for the Create Adult winner. ISAK are the people who make those great mugs we use at ScandiKitchen – see more about them here
Children under 7 prize: Sweeties. And more Sweeties. So many sweeties your Mum will be quite annoyed with us all the way through till January.
Young person 8-16 prize: Sweeties. And more Sweeties. So many sweeties your Mum will be quite annoyed with us all the way through till January, probably.
- All entries MUST be made from a basic Gingerbread House kit. We stock the one from Anna’s, which is the preferred one, but if you use the IKEA version that is also fine (they are similar in shape and size). Basically, the basic shape of the house must be the same so we can see just how creative you can be with a pre-fab kit. Any entries not made from the similar in size and shape to the Ikea and Anna’s kit will not be accepted, sorry.
- When you submit photos, you need to state what category you are entering into.
- Only one entry per person
- If more than one person submits the same entry, the prize will be shared (if you win the lamp, you will have to fight).
- No alternative prize, no cash prizes, no exchanges.
- Entries must be received before 18th December 2014 at noon to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Employees of ScandiKitchen ltd not eligible to enter (No, Rebekka, you can’t…)
- Winners will be picked by a jury of lovely people (most likely a selection of our customers – we usually pick 5 judges from Twitter to help us out).
- The judges decisions are final.
- Prizes for pick up from café store
Send your photos to email@example.com before 18th December at noon to enter the competition. We look forward to seeing your creations.
The Kitchen People x
November 21, 2014 |
WHERE? Hackney Picturehouse, Arthouse Crouch End, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Proud Archivist + Broadway (Nottingham), Filmhouse (Edinburgh), Glasgow Film Theatre and Tyneside Cinema.
Nordic Film Festival returns to the UK with another diverse mix of fresh and classic features, docs and shorts, showcasing some of the most celebrated and emerging filmmaking talent of the Nordic region. This year’s theme is ‘horizons’ as they explore the diverse and ever-expanding landscape of Nordic culture through cinema – from explorations to journeys, to cross-cultural experiences and collaborations.There’s a packed 12 days of great films in London with exciting events and a number of special guests from the world of Nordic film and culture, before the festival goes on tour around the UK.
We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for the OPENING SCREENING on Friday 26th November in London:
Nordic Film Festival opening film:
I AM YOURS: 26 Nov @ Hackney Picture house, 8.30pm (dir. Iram Haq, Norway 2013, cast: Amrita Acharia, Ola Rapace)
Fancy being in with a chance to win? Just answer this easy question:
Which of these is not a Nordic movie?
a) My life as a dog
b) The Idiots
c) Pulp Fiction
Answer to firstname.lastname@example.org before Tuesday at noon.
Winner will be notified by email. Usual rules apply. No cheating. No alternative prize, no alternative showing, only ticket for the opening event in London. Any discussion about the prize you’ll need to have with the promoters, not us, we’re just the messengers. Also, no cheating. We hate cheating.
November 18, 2014 |
When you ‘gå på tur’ (go for a hike) you always bring a Kvikk Lunsj and an orange.
And you never, EVER, allow anyone who isn’t Norwegian to call your Kvikk Lunsj a ‘Kit-Kat’.
Eat brunost. Enthuse about brunost.
Wonder why no one else eats a brown cheese made from whey that looks like brown Plasticine but tastes of caramel and sheer happiness when sliced and put on top of warm waffles that you’ve made yourself in your heart-shaped waffle iron using batter you keep in your fridge for every occasion that requires waffles.
Eat a frozen pizza called the Grandiosa. Enthuse about a frozen pizza called the Grandiosa.
The Grandiosa is the best pizza ever. Italy has nothing on the Grandiosa. Nothing.
Sweden is good for one thing – the fleske-safari (meat safari).
Meat is cheaper in Sweden, so it’s worth crossing that border for meat. And booze. And everything else. Everything is cheaper in Sweden.
Sweden will never be better than Norway at anything. Apart from the price of everything.
But of that you shall never speak openly.
(Denmark will never be better than Norway at anything. Apart from its easy availability of booze. Which you can talk about).
Wear cool genser jumpers like this.
Perfect for occasions such as being in temperatures of -20, Eurovision, fishing and crossing the border to acquire meat.
Wear the ‘bunad’ national dress as if you were born in it.
Yes, it itches, but that’s part of the charm. You’ll keep telling yourself. A lot.
If you’re well known for something, become a Norgesvenn – a famous friend of Norway.
Norgesvenner in the past included the late Roald Dahl and Leroy from Fame. Today, Linda Evans from Dynasty, Bonnie Tyler and A1 have the honour.
In the summer, partake in a ‘Grillfest’. For this you should wear a ‘Grilldress’, which is a shellsuit in bright colours.
Also required: curly hair and a fake moustache, plus socks and sandals. Harry Enfield’s Scousers are your style icons.
Celebrate Taco Friday at home. Every Friday.
Unless you’re having Grandiosa, then it’s okay not to have Tacos. TACOS!
Eat boiled sheep’s head, dried lamb sticks or cod preserved in lye.
And fermented trout – that you should also get down with.
Hyttetur. Every weekend, go to a cabin. Any cabin.
If you don’t have a cabin near a fjord, go to your garden shed, even if you live in a bedsit in Hackney. Also, on the way, make sure to repeat point 1. (If you’re in Hackney, we sell Kvikk Lunsj at ScandiKitchen.) Use motivating sentences such as ‘Ut på tur, aldri sur’ (literally: ‘out on a hike, never angry’).
Every summer, go to Syden for two weeks vacation.
This basically just means ‘The South’. Copenhagen counts. Or Oslo, if you’re from Trondheim.
Use the term ‘Utepils’, meaning ‘to sit outside and have a beer, even if the sun just came out four minutes ago’.
We do that here in the UK too, but we don’t have the word for it.
Photo Richard Sagen
Flags. Celebrate your flag, every day of the year and especially on 17th May.
On this day, purchase seven more flags to your collection. Wave them all around.
Norwegians are born with skis on their feet.
Uncomfortable for the mothers, but useful once they learn to stand up and navigate down snow covered mountains. If you can’t ski, don’t move to Norway.
Enjoy your hotdog wrapped in a potato pancake.
It’s a thing.
And finally: 17th May – ‘Syttende Mai’.
Celebrate Norway’s national day on 17th May. No exceptions.
You are proud of Norway. 17th May is the most important day of the year, better than Christmas, birthday and Eurovision put together. The Norwegian Constitution Day is a day celebrated by all Norwegians and Norgesvenner (see above).
Get up, eat Norwegian food, wear a bunad (see above), sing songs about how much you love Norway. Wave flags around a lot. Ice cream. Waffles (see above). Brown cheese (see above). Repeat. Follow with alcohol (possibly purchased in Sweden). Forget how you got home, but wake up loving Norway.
Every year, Swedish mulled wine makers Blossa come up with a new an exciting flavour. This year’s annual Blossa 2014 glögg is Lavender and comes in a beautiful light purple bottle.
We’ve also now got stock of all the usual ‘Glögg’ mulled wines from Blossa, so do pop by and stock up both in the cafe store and online as well.
To serve Blossa Glogg mulled wine, simply heat gently and serve up in little mugs – with almonds and raisins either in or on the side.
The difference between the Blossa mulled wines:
The red one: Standard Blossa amazingness. 10% alcohol. This is the most popular one.
Green label: Light mulled wine at 2,2% alcohol – but same great taste
Orange label – strong mulled wine, 15% alcohol.
Clear bottles – flavoured with either Cognac or Rum, these are a lot stronger and you do not need very much of it – but a log fire and a cottage in the snow helps to bring out the full ambiance.
Shop for our full range of Glögg online or in our shop in London
November 14, 2014 |
We have snow. Real snow. Lots of real delicious fluffy picture postcard snow.
Our countryside looks like this
Santa is from up here.
Okay, so we can’t quite agree where he actually lives. The Danes believe he lives on Greenland. The rest think he lives in Lapland. Or in Finland. Or both. We do know, however, that he lives up here somewhere. He’s one of us.
Father Christmas actually visits us for real. None of this ‘He’ll turn up while you’re asleep’ nonsense: We wait on Christmas eve and there he is. Okay, sometimes he’s had too much glögg, sometimes he looks like your Uncle Björn. Sometimes both. But he’s there, at your house.
We have Christmas elves.
Actually, we have house elves all year round, but we believe in them mostly at Christmas time. Little mini elves with red Christmas hats – Lady elves, male elves… They live in our houses and barns and we put food out for them at Christmas time, because if we don’t, every idiot knows they’ll hide the remote control for the rest of the year.
We get to celebrate a day earlier than everybody else.
Our Christmas is 24th December in the evening. Some say this stems from Viking times when we believed a new day started as the sun went down – meaning at sun down on Christmas eve, we can celebrate. While everybody else has to wait until morning.
We have Julebryg.
Delicious, amazing Christmas beer from Denmark. The fourth best selling beer in Denmark – despite only being on the market 10 weeks of the year. We have that, it’s a thing. Try it.
We have Glögg
Red noses, red cheeks, sneaky kisses under the mistletoe.
It’s also our thing. No, not mulled wine. We don’t add drabs of left over stuff to our glögg, nor do we add half a litre of orange juice. No. We carefully blend spices, sugar and red wine… heat it up and add secret yuletide cheer to every pot. Why is Glögg so much better than mulled wine? Cardamom, pomerans, cinnamon cloves, ginger are the scents of a truly Scandinavian Christmas.
Lucky us, we escape the turkey. Instead we have succulent roast pork… Or delicious sweet ham with mustard. Or dried lamb sticks. Or fish preserved in lye. Eh, yeah, lye. But it’s delicious.
Pigs: Little pigs made of marzipan. Without these, nobody can win the prize in the almond game.
We hide an almond in the Christmas dessert. Find it and get the pig and status of Marzipan Pig Winner. It’s prestigious.
A real tree
Real, like, from the real forest. We don’t do plastic.
We do clean lines, silver, gold and red. We don’t do flimsy tinsel.
90th Birthday party
Okay, this is New Year, but it’s as important as everything else. It’s a 10 minute sketch from yonks ago. We like to watch it every year. The same sketch, the same exact one. We always laugh. Its shown the same time every year. Okay, it’s a bit odd…
We like to watch the same old seventies Donald Duck show, every year. At 4 pm on Christmas Eve. Everybody, the same time, every household (at least in Sweden). Also agree this may be a bit odd. In Norway, they watch ‘3 nuts for Cinderella’ instead which is a really old 1980’s Czech Tv movie about Cinderella and her, eh, three nuts.
We hold hands and dance around the real Christmas tree. Together. The tree has real candles on it and someone usually singes their hair a bit. It all adds to the smell of Christmas.
13th December each year, we have the day of St Lucia, the festival of light. Boys and girls dress in white long robes and form processions in every town, bearing candles. This is the darkest night – and the darkest morning, broken by the bearing of light to fend off the darkness and dark spirits. We drink glögg, a girl is the town’s Lucia Bride and everybody knows it’s Christmas again.
We own those. They are ours. We rule at ginger thins.
Swedes go nuts for anything with saffron, especially saffron buns. But other products containing saffron sell out too. Chocolate with saffron, other pastries with saffron. You can probably get saffron shampoo, too. Maybe. And saffron meatballs. Actually, that sounds gross.
Little apple pancakes with no apples in them. So, like, doughballs. Dipped in sugar and jam. Danes go nuts for these. A great way to ensure you can have another Christmas beer.
The Swedish Christmas coke. Outsells coke in Sweden every year. Coca Cola hates that. Swedes loves that. And nobody outside Sweden understands the obsession with Julmust.
See above but replace Sweden with Norway. Norway’s Christmas soda. It’s a Norwegian thing.
Iceland has 13 different Santas.
Not content with just one, Iceland has 13 Santas, each one a Santa for a different reason and cause. Skyr Santa, Sausage Santa, Door slamming Santa and many more.
Christmas lasts a long time after Christmas.
We don’t put up our decorations until December. We don’t overdo it in the shops. We don’t put up the tree until we need it. And we don’t take it down on the 26th, either. We keep the tree until well into January sometime.
Fra alle os til alle jer:
November 13, 2014 |
Our annual ScandiKitchen Hamper box is now available to order online (Edit: sold out). Every year we put together a lovely pan-Scandinavian selection of goodies – perfect for you to send to any scandophile or homesick Scandinavian. All the coodies come wrapped in a really nice red box with a fancy white silk bow.
UPDATE: Check back near Christmas for 2015s version!
We can deliver it all over the UK.
Fancy winning one? Just answer this easy peasy question to be in with a chance of getting a box sent to yourself or one of your friends (what an easy way to sort the presents, huh?)
When do Scandinavians usually open their Christmas presents?
a) 5th December
b) 24th December
c) 25th December
Answer to email@example.com before Tuesday at noon. Winner will be drawn at random from all correct entries by a lady wearing a sparkly dress and a man wearing a fancy top hat. There may be music. Winner will be notified by email. All usual rules apply and no cheating allowed. No alternative prize. One winner. No substitutions. Deadline 18/11/2014
Kladdkaka – Sticky Swedish Chocolate Cake
This cake is possibly one of the most famous Fika cakes in all of Sweden. Every café has a version of Kladdkaka (which literally means ‘Sticky Cake’). Yes, it is a bit like an underbaked chocolate cake – and that is exactly what makes it so very good. Kladdkaka is the best seller at the café.
This is our Auntie Inga’s recipe. It’s an easy cake to make – but watch the baking: too little and it’s a runny mess. Too much and it’s a stodgy dry cake. Watch it closely during the last few minutes of baking time.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Melt the butter and leave to cool slightly
Whisk the egg and sugar together until the mixture is light, fluffy and pale
Weigh all the dry ingredients and sift them into the egg and sugar mixture. Fold in until everything is incorporated
Fold in the melted butter until you are left with a smooth chocolate mixture
Update 18/4/18: We couldn’t help but tinkering with these and added some crushed mint candies to the batter before baking – the result isa deliciously soft, mildly minty chocolate cake. So good!
Pour into a lined cake tin. This recipe fits a normal 20x30cm tin. The cake will not rise, but it will puff up slightly during baking
Bake at 180°C for around 20 minutes. The exact time can vary, so keep an eye on the cake. A perfect kladdkaka is very soft in the middle, but not runny once it has cooled – but almost runny
If you press down gently on the cake whilst its baking, the crust should need a bit of pressure to crack. When this happens, the cake is done. Leave to cool in the tin for at least an hour.
Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
November 4, 2014 |
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Every year in Denmark when the Christmas beer ‘Julebryg’ is released, people flock to the bars, wearing blue santa hats. This celebration is known as J-Day (Julebryg-Day). Did you know even though Julebryg is only available 10 weeks of the year, it is the 4th best selling beer in Denmark?
Our J-day is a bit later than in Denmark (but only by one week). Join us for our own traditional London J-day on 14th November at the cafe – from 18:01, we will we celebrating and allowing ourselves to feel the first of the festive cheers.
We have limited spaces – it is first come, first served for the guest list so e-mail names to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will also be selling Tuborg Julebryg by the case in the cafe as well as online. Please note, we may well sell out so it is absolutely advised that you stock up early to avoid disappointment.
Oh, and if you see any homesick Danes along your merry way this Winter, to let them know about this: they will appreciate it, trust us.
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