Monthly Archives: January 2015

WIN ‘The Year of living Danishly’

January 30, 2015 | Leave a comment

Helen Russell moved to Jylland. A lot of us here can imagine just what she went through! She discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries.

What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born, or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness.

From childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches, The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.

You can buy the book right here

We’ve got a couple of copies of the book to give away to lucky winners. To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this easy question:

What is the name of the Danish Prime Minister?

  1. Helle Thorning-Schmidt
  2. Sarah Lund
  3. Birgitte Nyborg

Email you answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Tuesday 3rd February 2015 at noon. The winners will be picked from random entries. Usual competition rules apply. No alternative prize. No cash alternative. No cheating.

‘A lovely mix of English sensibility and Danish pragmatism. Helen seems to have understood more about the Danish character than I have! My only worry is that it will make everyone want to have a go and my holiday home area will get overcrowded.’ Sandi Toksvig.


WIN Semlor for the office

January 22, 2015 | Leave a comment

Want to be the most popular person in your office for the day? Then treat your colleagues to a whole tray of these delicious Lent buns called Semlor.

We’ve got a tray to give away to one lucky person – worth £45! To be in with a chance to win, answer this super easy question:

Semlor buns are traditionally eaten on which special day?

a) Shrove Tuesday

b) Christmas Eve

c) Easter Sunday

Answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Tuesday 27th January 2015
at noon. Winner will be picked at random from correct entries. One only prize available, no alternative. Winner must pick up the tray of buns at the cafe (or arrange pick up). No delivery of buns. Winner must pre book required date for buns with the cafe. If the winner is not London based, they can give the prize to a mate (yes, that’s fair, don’t you think?). We will not be help responsible for the calorie intake if you eat them all yourself instead of sharing. Probably not a great idea, really, didn’t you ever hear about King Adolphe Fredrick? Well, look him up. One tray of semlor is 15 buns. Usual competition rules apply.

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Recipe: Semlor Lenten buns


Recipe: Semlor Lenten buns

Ohhh, those delicious buns of delight and loveliness. It's the season and we have a great recipe.
Lent buns (Semla for singular, Semlor for plural) are buns eaten leading up to and during Lent in Scandinavia. In Sweden the are most popular and bakeries start selling these already in January. Fat Tuesday - Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras - is the day when we eat at least one and maybe more of these buns. We basically fatten up before Lent.
You will never ever find Semlor buns sold outside the season - it is just not done. So, take advantage of the season now that runs until Easter and have a go at making these seriously rich buns at home.
Let us tell you that the little dollop of custard or creme patisserie makes all the difference. That's just our little trick and hint for an extra delicious bun. A delicious bun eaten for Lent.
Course: Baking
Cuisine: Swedish
Servings: 12
Author: Bronte Aurell



  • 100 g marzipan
  • a good dollop of crème pâtisserie or custard
  • 500 ml whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar or extract
  • Icing sugar to dust


  • If using mixer, set it up with the dough hook attachment. Melt the butter and add the milk, ensuring a lukewarm temperature of around 37-38ºC. Add the fresh yeast and stir until dissolved.
  • Add sugar and stir again. Add half of the flour as well as the salt, baking powder and ground cardamom. Add the ½ egg (preserve the other half for brushing before baking).
  • Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated and then start to add more of the flour, bit by bit, until you have a dough that is only a little bit sticky. Take care not to add too much flour: you will get dry buns. Knead the dough for at least five minutes in the mixer, longer by hand. Leave to rise in a warm (not hot) place until doubled in size (30-40 min).
  • Turn the dough out to a floured surface. Knead again for a few minutes, adding more flour if needed. Cut the dough into 12 equal sized pieces. Take care that the balls are completely round and uniform in size. Place on baking tray with good spacing between buns. Leave to rise for another 25-30 minutes.
  • Gently brush each bun with the remainder of the egg wash and bake in a hot oven (200ºC) for about 8-10 minutes or until baked through – keep an eye on them as they can burn quickly. Remove from oven and cover the tray with a lightly damp tea towel immediately – this will prevent the buns from forming a crust.
  • When the buns have cooled down completely, cut a ‘lid’ off the buns – about 1½ cm from the top. Scoop out about 1/3 of the inside of the bun and place crumbs in a separate bowl.
  • Mix the almond paste with the crumb until it forms a very sticky mass –add a dash of milk, custard or crème pâtisserie at this point to help it along. You want a spoonable, even mixture. Spoon the filling back into the buns, equally divided. Whip the cream with the vanilla sugar until stiff and use a piping bag to pipe cream on all the buns’ tops. Put the ‘lids’ back on and dust with icing sugar.
    Jästbolagets Kronjäst – Fresh Yeast 50g
    Kockens Kardemumma Malen – Ground Cardamom 30g
    Torsleff Vaniljesukker – Vanilla Sugar 100g
    Odense Ren Rå Marcipan 63% – Marzipan 400g
    Kungsornen Vetemjol Finaste Kärn – Wheat Flour 2kg

Recipe: ‘Pepparkakor’ Banoffee Pie

January 15, 2015 | Leave a comment

Recipe: 'Pepparkakor' Banoffee Pie

This is a nice twist to the traditional Banoffee pie. We usually have a lot of leftover ginger biscuits (‘pepparkakor’) or broken biscuits - and this is a way I use the leftovers.
You will need a tin: 23cm diameter flan tin with a loose base.
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Bronte Aurell


  • 250 g Pepparkakor ginger thins or other Nordic style ginger biscuits
  • 75 g whole almonds
  • 130 g butter
  • 400 g Carnation Caramel/Dulce de Leche
  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g light brown sugar
  • Maldon sea salt flakes
  • 3-4 bananas
  • 300 ml whipping cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla sugar
  • 25 g chopped dark chocolate


  • In a food processor, blitz the almonds until finely chopped (but not ground). You can do this by hand, but make sure you chop finely. Add the biscuits and give it a few pulses so they crush and mix with the almonds.
  • Melt the butter and add to the biscuits and combine well. Press the mixture into the tart tin and set aside.
  • In a saucepan, add sugar and butter and heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the caramel and stir until combined, then take it off the heat and pour the mixture over the biscuit base. Scatter a small amount of salt flakes across the caramel filling before placing in the fridge for at least an hour (or even over night).
  • To finish the pie, whip the cream and vanilla until peaks form. Slice the bananas, toss them in a bit of lemon juice to prevent them from going brown too quickly, and arrange the slices on the top of the caramel base. Top with the whipped cream, neatly spread across the cake – and finish with finely chopped dark chocolate.

The little Norway…

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What a cute video about Mini Norway.

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Scandinavian Christmas Favourites

January 5, 2015 | Leave a comment

Scandinavian Christmas Favourites


Our Christmas stock has started to come in – with some stuff available to buy already. More is coming over the next few weeks and we expect to have everything by mid November. Anything you are looking for that you can’t see on this page?  We will update this page as items become available, but you can always contact us if there is anything particular you are looking for or you have questions.

Did you know?

Christmas in Sweden, Denmark and Norway is ‘Jul’ – and in Finnish Juolu.

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Gløgg - Mulled Wine

    Blossa 2017 Old Dehli – Spiced Mango Mulled Wine 15%
    £19.99 £15.99
    Blossa Lätt Vinglögg – Low Alcohol Mulled Wine 2.2% ABV 750ml
    £6.99 £3.65

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    Coronet Aebleskiver – Danish Pancakes 40-pack
    £6.99 £2.50
    Annas Pepparkakor – Ginger Biscuits in Red Tin 400g NOTE: FRAGILE PLS READ INFO
    £4.99 £4.50
    K-Salat Danish Remoulade (3-Pack) 375g
    £8.79 £6.00
    Danbo Riberhus – Medium Cheese 500g
    Tine Nokkelost – Cheese w/ Cumin & Clove 500g
    Large Leksand Bundle
    £17.17 £14.99
    K-Salat Mayonnaise 375g
    £2.99 £2.89
    Cloetta Juleskum – Fruity Marshmallows 100g
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    £1.59 £0.69
    Hartwall Original – Lonkero – Long Gin Drink 5.5% – 330ml
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Annika’s Glöggmix – Mulled Wine Spices 24g
    Annas Pepparkakshus – Gingerbread House 300g*
    Annas Pepparkakor Original – Ginger Thins 150g
    Hartwall Original Cranberry Long Drink 5.5% – 330ml
    Abba Fransk Löksill – French Onion Herring 240g
    Kockens Senapsfrö – Mustard Seeds 35g
    Moomin tea – Best Moment of the Day 20 tea bags
    Nidar Stratos – Milk Chocolate aerated large bar 150g
    Hval Fargepletter – milk chocolate buttons 150g
    Freia Melkesjokolade Bringebaer – milk chocolate raspberry 190g
    ScandiKitchen Skagenröra – Seafood Salad 200g
    Moomin Tea – Moomin Besties Gift Pack 42g
    Annas Pepparkakor Mandel – Almond Ginger Thins 150g
    Moomin Tea – Adventurer’s Snacks Tea Bags 30g
    Leksands Triangle Storage Tin
    Moomin Tea – Moomin Mamma’s Magic Potion 80g
    Moomin Tea – Sweetheart Loose Leaf Tea 80g
    Fazer Doris Tryffel Biscuits 250g
    Lakrids by J Bulow 2 – Salty Liquorice 175g
    Seasons Tastes The Moomin Way Tea Assortment – 36 Tea bags
    Saturnus God Jul Glögg – Alcohol Free Mulled Wine 750ml
    Anthon Berg Marcipanbrod – Choc Covered Marzipan 5-pack 125g
    Black Flag Base – Fits Small Table Flag
    Felix Mustard Cucumber Relish 390g
    Kockens Ingefära – Ground Ginger 25g
    Nordqvist Tea – Advent Calendar
    Anthon Berg Royal Selection – Assorted Chocolates Tin 300g
    Blossa Starkvinsglögg Cognac 21% – Mulled Wine Cognac 500ml
    £25 Online Store Gift Voucher
    Nygårda Julmust – Swedish Soft Drink 500ml
    £1.99 £1.04
    Tine Gudbrandsdalsost – Brown Cheese 3-Pack (3 x 500g)
    Blossa Vinglögg Box 10% – Mulled Wine BiB 2000ml
    Polarica Hjortron Cloudberries 1kg
    Fynbo Kirsebærsauce – Cherry Sauce 500g
    £3.59 £2.99
    Skärhamns Lutfisk – Fish In Lye c. 1kg
    £13.79 £6.90
    ScandiKitchen Gravlaxsås – Dill & Mustard Sauce 200g (Rævesovs)
    Felix Hjortronsylt – Cloudberry Jam 283g (Multebær / Lakka)
    Nora Pariser Agurker – Sweet Pickled Gherkins 580g
    Saturnus Glöggkoncentrat – Mulled Wine Concentrate 500ml
    £3.99 £1.99
    Lakrids by J Bulow B – Passion Choc Coated Liquorice 150g
    Blossa Lätt Vinglögg – Low Alcohol Mulled Wine 2.2% ABV 750ml
    £6.99 £3.65
    Den Gamle Fabrik Kirsebærsauce – Cherry Sauce 360g
    Kungsörnen Pepparkaka – Gingerbread Mix 420g
    Mills Ekte Remulade – Piccalilli Sauce 160g
    Marabou Aladdin – Assorted Chocolate Box 500g
    Odense Ren Rå Marcipan 63% – Marzipan 400g
    Svenska Nubbar 39% – Mini Aquavit Selection 10 x 50ml
    Kockens Saffran – Saffron 0.5g
    ScandiKitchen Rödbetssallad – Beetroot Salad 200g (Rødbedesalat)
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Aalborg Dild Aquavit 38% – Dill Aquavit 700ml
    Fiskemandens Karry Sild – Herring In Curry 550/225g
    Rated 3.67 out of 5
    Marabou Noblesse Original Crisp – 150g
    Toro Risengrøt Snarkokt – Rice Porridge 148g
    Amo Skårne Rugkerner – Rye Kernels 1kg
    Felix Rårörda Lingon – Lingonberry Jam 410g (Tyttebær / Puolukka)
    Wasa Ströbröd – Breadcrumbs 400g
    Annas Pepparkakor Original – Ginger Thins 300g
    Rated 4.67 out of 5
    Felix Risgröt – Rice Porridge 500g (Risengrød ferdiglavet)
    Perstorps Absolut Ren Ättika 24% – Acetic Vinegar 300ml
    Hallands Flader 38% – Aquavit 700ml
    Kockens Hjorthornssalt – Ammonium Bicarbonate 50g
    Gammel Dansk – Bitter Dram 700ml
    Skane Akvavit 38% – Aquavit 700ml
    Felix Skivade Rödbetor – Sweet Pickled Sliced Beetroot 370g
    Anthon Berg Marcipanbrod – Chocolate Covered Marzipan 40g
    Abba Grebbestad Ansjovis – Sprat fillets 125g
    Abba Senapssill – Mustard Herring 230g
    Rated 4.00 out of 5
    Abba Löksill – Herring With Onion 240g
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Abba Dillsill – Herring In Dill 240g
    Mills Kaviar – Smoked Cod Roe Paste 185g
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Abba Inlagd Sill – Herring in Traditional Marinade 240g
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Beauvais Rødkål – Red Pickled Cabbage 580g
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Abba Skärgårdssill – Herring In Roe 240g
    Fiskemandens Marinerede Sild – Herring In Marinade 600/250g
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Abba Inläggningssill – Plain Herring 420g
    Stabburet Leverpostei – Liver Paté 100g
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Fiskemandens Krydrede Marinerede Sild – Herring In Marinade 600g/250g
    Beauvais Asier – Pickled White Cucumber 560g
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Beauvais Agurkesalat – Pickled Cucumber 550g
    Nora Surkål – Pickled White Cabbage 450g
    Mills Ekte Majones – Mayonnaise 160g
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Nora Rødkål – Red Cabbage 450g
    Geisha Grøtris – Porridge Rice 800g
    Aalborg Taffel Akvavit 45% – Aquavit 700ml
    Brondums Snaps 40% – Aquavit 700ml
    Reimersholms OP Anderson 40% – Aquavit 700ml
    Aalborg Nordguld 40% – Aquavit 700ml

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