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Glossary: Norwegian Words – Topic: Weather

March 30, 2016 | Leave a comment

Norwegian Words to Describe Weather

  1. Værfast; literally, weather stuck. If one finds oneself stuck in torrential rain, howling winds or wintry snow storms. Then you are weather stuck. For example, you said you would go and meet your friend but it is raining so much you can’t (won’t) go outside. You can tell your friend you are weather stuck.

    cat stuck in bad weather - værfast
  2. Opphold – literally, break. Mostly used in Bergen (aka Rain City) where the weather is either rain or simply a break from the rain. Rain is the normal, anything else is an exception.

    bergen regn rain opphold

    This lady is dressed for the rain. Notice the blue sky – this is a prime example of opphold.


  3. Surt – literally, sour. Yep, in Norway the weather can be sour. It means it is bone-chillingly cold, usually with some wind and a wet feel, too. Not very nice.
    surt var
  4. Bikkjekaldt – Literally, dog cold. When it is so cold the dogs won’t go outside. Usually when it creeps below -10 degrees.

    bikkjekaldt dog with a coat

    Not too cold with a coat.


  5. Sludd / Slaps – the kind of snow most commonly seen in South England, that melts before it hits the ground. Known for creating thick layers of ‘sørpe’ or ‘slaps’ which are dense, ice cold build ups on the ground of really. Really. really wet snow. Wet and cold feet alert level 10.

    slaps-sludd wet feet
  6. Påskevær – Literally, Easter weather. What this actually means is ‘every weather type known to man in the space of 30 minutes.’ And repeat. Beautiful warming sun, hail storm, icy winds, tropical rain all common. A very hard weather type to dress for. Cold, hot, perfect, wet, warm, chilly, sweaty – you’ll cover all bases.
    Paskevær all weathers in one day
  7. Sommervær – summer weather; again this is a highly fluid concept, however we can apply some ground rules. Between April and June, this means any dry day of 13 degrees and over and at least one observed ray of sun. June to August we are a bit more picky and should be pushing 23 (17 if you are in Bergen). Sun a must (unless you’re in Bergen where 2. Opphold, will do) Long, light nights present for both. Unless it’s raining, of course.
    sommervær norwegian summer cold


And a few events and activities we would like to bring your attention to, as their names may lead you to think you are guaranteed a certain temperature or weather type. Consider yourself warned;

  • Utepils – you may already know this one. Utepils is a thing to do – it means having a beverage, preferably a beer (pils=lager), outside. You would think this implies the conditions are warm and summery, but no. Utepils-weather is anything not raining (opphold) and above freezing. In March, for example, utepils can be had in 4 degrees, sun and icy winds. In August, in 20 degrees and a mild breeze. Blankets optional but advisable in the former. Utepils is something of an obsession, and it must be done as soon as possible when the sun comes out in spring.

And remember; if you have committed to Utepils you cannot change your mind. It is NOT too cold. You don’t need to feel your toes or your bum anyway.
utepils cold weather norway

  • 17.Mai – This is the national day of Norway. 17th of May – yep, sounds like it should be a warm late spring/early summer’s day, but it usually snows in either Bergen or Oslo, and the inhabitants of each city are extremely smug if it is the other one, this year. Luckily the Norwegian national costume (the bunad) is made of very prickly wool to keep you warm, should it snow.

    snowy 17.mai oslo
  • Midtsommer /Sankthans Aften – Midsummer, late in June. In Norway marked by a huge bonfire, we think it is because this night is never as warm as it sounds. Bring a blanket just in case and stay close to the fire.
    sankthans norge danmark


Last but not least; there is no such thing as bad weather. Only poor clothing.

Finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlig klær!

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How to be More Swedish

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How to be Swedish, even if you’re not in Sweden – A quick guide.

    1. So, you want to be Swedish? You don’t need to go to Sweden to be Swedish – just follow this quick do-it-at-home guide and you’ll be saying jo-jo at the beginning of every sentence before you know it.

1. Drink a lot of coffee.

Even if you think you drink a lot of coffee, double it right now and still not out-do the average Swede. We drink more coffee than anyone in the world, (except the Finns). Go for strong filter coffee.


2. When you get up in the morning, follow this ritual:

2 slices of crisp bread, 1-2 boiled eggs, a squirt of Kalles creamed cod roe with your eggs. Some sliced cheese, if you are feeling fancy. Drink a large glass of milk. Coffee.

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3. How to slice the above cheese

Using the designated correct slicer for the job, you always follow the slicing rules: DO NOT MAKE A SLOPE. This is a cardinal sin. Simply slice a bit from each side every time and the cheese will stay level. If it’s not level, you lose 3 Swedify points.


4. Every time someone says anything about anything, just say: in Sweden, we have that. Except ours is better.

As in:

Your friend: Oh, taste these lovely British crisps I just bought.
You: We have these in Sweden, too, except ours are dill flavoured. And better.

5. Fika a lot.

At least twice a day, stop what you are doing and go get another coffee. Sit down. Eat a cinnamon bun. Talk to others who are doing the same. This is now something you do twice a day for the rest of your life. It’s called Fika. It’s a noun and a verb, so you can meet for a fika or you can fika with someone. Never ever use another word for it, such as “coffee break”, because it just won’t do. Always say fika. See point 4.


6. Cinnamon buns

Because you are now eating two a day, learn to make them properly, because Swedes bake at home. If you ever add any kind of icing on top of cinnamon buns, go back to Swedish School: you just lost the game.


7. Swedify your apartment or personal space.

Paint everything white (walls, doors, floors… everything). This is your canvas on which to express yourself. Add a few block colours, maybe some Poäng chairs or tastefully selected ikea key pieces with names such as DalaBördiholm or something (laugh that all things you step on in Ikea have Danish names). Add some cushions with tasteful Swedish patterns. Add candles everywhere, ready to go as soon as darkness falls.


8. Make your Swedish dinner

Meatballs with mash and gravy is too stereotypical. Instead, the real Swedish the national dish: Kottbullar & Snabb Makroner. SnabbMakroner is basically quick-cook pasta. Because real Swedes refuse to wait 8 minutes for pasta to cook, so they invented one that cooks in 3 (See point no 4). Add Köttbullar meatballs, squirt Felix Ketchup all over the plate and award yourself another 5 Swedify points.


9. Eat in the dark

As a Swede, you will know that eating in the dark is quite normal. So, as soon as darkness falls, light 20-30 candles and turn off all electric light (keep heating at 24 degrees, which is natural indoor Swedish temperature). This is to be referred to as ‘mysigt’, or ‘really cosy’. At any time where darkness falls, do this, especially when eating, even if you can’t see your quick cook pasta with ketchup.


10. Schedule your washing time.

It’s a Swedish thing, tvättstugatid, or ‘booked washing machine time’ – because if you live in an apartment in Sweden, you have shared laundry rooms. Feel more Swedish by doing this at home – just write a note and stick it to your washing machine. Put all your clothes in a blue ikea bag, go to the machine at your allotted time and loudly sigh when you find your flatmate has rudely taken the machine when you’ve so Swedishly pre-booked it. 3 points.


11. Announce when you need to pee.

It really is a thing. At a board meeting in the city? Stand up and confidently announce: “Jag musta kissa” (I need to wee), leave the room and do not look the least bit embarrassed. You’ve just earned 5 Swedify points, my friend.

Peeing-gif 2

12. It’s Friday night. Your friends are going out.

You plan to stay in and do Cosy Friday, Fredagsmys . This involves opening a large bag of dill crisps, adding these to a large bowl. Make some ‘dip mix’ (mix spices with exotic names such as holiday mix with crème fraiche; stir) and dip every crisp before eating. Don’t forget to do all this in the darkness.

For extra Swede points, start every Friday evening by eating homemade tacos. Only ever do this on Fridays, tacos are only for Fridays.


13. It’s Saturday. You go to the shop and buy a bag of pick’n’mix.

Because from now on, you only eat sweets on Saturdays and you refer to it as Lördagsgodis: Saturday sweets (by definition, you then can’t eat it on other days). Stay in and watch things like På Spåret, which is the best thing on Swedish TV, except for Melodifestivalen (Swedish Eurovision). Don’t forget to tell everybody you hate Eurovision, but watch it anyway.


14. Sports

Anytime anyone says anything about football, realise you can’t really compete, but just add at the end of every sentence:
“We have this guy called Zlatan. We don’t need a full team to win anymore”.

At any other given opportunity, explain the off side rule for handball or ice hockey into conversation to give yourself the edge on Swedish Popular Sports.

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15. Keep fit like a Swede.

When you realise that 2 buns a day isn’t going to be guilt free, take up any or all of the following:
Skiing, cross country skiing, walking, hill walking, stick walking, Nordic walking, stock Nordic walking, dog walking, walking Nordic dogs… Or anything that requires you to go outside and get rosy cheeks on two legs. During these outdoor pursuits, do not engage in conversation with strangers, other than a quick ‘dag’ grunt. Always make sure you wear a mössa, a woolly hat.


16. Queuing

If you need to queue, do it like a Swede. At bus stops, ensure at least 2 safety metres between you and the closest stranger to you. Do not make conversation, not even about the weather. Ask your local shop to re-install the ticket queuing machines that went out of fashion here in 1987 – because Swedes need these so they don’t have to stand in line (see issue with bus stop queuing and safety metres). See point 4, if in doubt of this particular practise.


Congratulations, you are now a bit more Swedish.


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Recipe: Frasvåfflor – Crispy Swedish Waffles

March 23, 2016 | Leave a comment

Frasvåfflor - Crispy Swedish Waffles

We love waffles. Thin ones, thick ones, soft ones and crispy ones. Buttery ones and less buttery ones - we are yet to meet one we didn't like. But we do have certain types we favour over others. The crispy, Swedish waffles are amongst these. They are lighter and even more delicious, preferably eaten straight from the waffle-iron (we recommend giving it a few seconds to cool down, if you can contain your waffle-appetite for that long!). These are buttery, crispy-soft, heart-rounds of lovely deliciousness.
This recipe is from my (Bronte) Mother-in-law Eva. Freshly griddled waffles, topped with a dollop of jam is just the best way to wind down after a long day spent outside in the snow.
These waffles are best if make them as you need them, otherwise they lose their lovely crispiness. And don't stack them – simply make and serve straight away. If you absolutely need to wait, place them in a single layer on a wire-rack (at your own crispness-losing risk).
You need a heart-waffle iron to make these, which you can buy online. If you use a different type of waffle iron, baking times and yield may vary.
Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: Swedish
Author: Bronte Aurell


  • 100 g butter melted
  • 300 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar (optional)
  • 250 ml whole milk
  • 250 ml water


  • Turn on the waffle iron to heat up.
  • Mix all the ingredients together to a smooth batter.
  • Brush the waffle iron with a little bit of butter then add a ladle full of batter. Leave to cook until golden brown and crispy, remove and serve immediately.


Good luck! Do let us know how you get on - we'd love to see pictures of your creations.
Picture credit to Pete Cassidy - from the ScandiKitchen Cookbook.

Waffle-Day & Useful Info About Scandinavian Waffles

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Waffle-Day & Useful Info About Scandinavian Waffles

Waffles are a big thing in Scandinavia. Thin and heart-shaped they come with a boatload of strong opinions on how to eat them, when to eat them and what to put on them. There are as many opinions as there are recipes – as many recipes as there are waffle-lovers.

One thing we all agree on is how we feel about them. Waffles are – it seems – a truly nostalgic thing. Something we all remember from our childhoods. From a fika with the family, a well deserved break in the (not-so) strenuous Sunday hike, a treat in between matches in the annual week-long summer football tournament, or from any given Wednesday at your lovely, lovely work-place (where waffles often appear on Wednesdays for some unknown reason).

You may have some questions about waffles and why we waffle (pardon the pun?) on so much about them. That’s ok. Your waffle-fears may now be put to rest – we’re here to educate you about Scandinavian waffles.

1. What is a Scandinavian waffle and how is it different from a Belgian Waffle?

A Scandinavian waffle differs from the Belgian in many ways, most notably is the shape. Scandinavian waffles are thinner, and typically consist of 4-5 heart shapes joint in a ring, as opposed to the rectangular Belgian version. Heart-shaped = even lovelier, of course.
scandinavian waffle vs belgian waffle
The batter is also different – Scandinavian waffles tend to have a less sweet batter, often with a sour component such as sour cream. They should be crispy and slightly buttery with a slightly sweet flavour.

2. Why do we celebrate the Waffle-day on the 25th of March?

Good question! Waffle-day is originally a Swedish thing, and the reason it is on the 25th of March is that the Swedish word for Waffle day – Våffeldagen – sounds very similar to ‘Vårfrudagen’ (Our lady’s day), which is the day Jesus was ‘conceived’. 25th of March = 9 months before Christmas Day.
‘But of course!’, the Swedes thought, ‘we need a dedicated waffle day but it would be confusing to have two days with such a similar sounding name. Let’s combine the two and make it one super-holiday where we can celebrate the beginning of Jesus AND eat waffles.’
(Did we mention how much we love the Swedes?) There you have it – a phonetic phenomenon is the reason for waffle-day being when it is. And some lovely Swedish logic.

3. What can I put on my waffle?

In Scandinavia, most people choose sweet toppings, including a variety of jams, whipped cream or fresh fruit and berries in summer. Waffles are not necessarily limited to sweet toppings though – try creme fraiche and smoked salmon for a lovely savoury waffle.


Here are 5 other ways to eat Scandinavian waffles;
  1. Waffle with brown cheese – melting, tangy/sweet brown cheese on a mildly sweet, waffle hot from the griddle. It is a beautiful thing. Top with raspberry jam for a sweeter finish. A Norwegian speciality. No, you can’t swap the jam. Some people also eat waffles with brown cheese and kaviar (yep – this stuff).
    Brunost_vaffel brown cheese waffle
  2. Hot-dog in waffle. Yep, you read that right. A steamed wiener-sausage wrapped in a sweet waffle. It’s a staple in Moss (in the middle of nowhere) and the Norwegian equivalent to a certain Gordon Ramsay is rumoured to be the man behind it, when he as a young boy worked in his uncle’s hot dog stand. Sounds odd, tastes delicious. Slightly sweet waffle paired with a savoury, meaty sausage. Yum!
    hot dog waffles
  3. Waffle with whipped cream and wild strawberries. This indulgence screams summer. Tiny, sweet, intensely flavoured wild strawberries – called smultron in Swedish with a ligthly sweetened whipped cream. Just..pure tastebud-waffle-bliss. In lack of smultron you can sub your favourite fresh seasonal fruit or berries or a good quality jam at a pinch.
    vaffel med rømme og syltetøy - waffle with sour cream and jam
  4. Waffle with butter. Yours truly – Martina, in this case – has the following method of ensuring the perfect amount of butter on the waffle; ‘Think of the little diamond dents in the waffles as windows. The goal of buttering it is to light up each window. In other words, fill each dent with lovely salted butter. This is tooth-butter meet waffle. A sprinkling of sugar if you so desire – then tuck in.
    vaffel med smør - scandinavian waffle
  5. Waffle with jam and sour cream. Your favourite sweet jam and a dollop of thick sour cream. Delicious. You will have more than one – just give in already. Napkin at the ready!
    vaffel med rømme og syltetøy - waffle with sour cream and jam

Now we want to hear your waffle-memories.

Perhaps you spent a summer frying waffles day in and day out to feed the hordes of hungry tween-agers playing football?

Or you have a favourite recipe you’d like to share? A favourite topping? Do let us know – we’d love to learn more.

Fancy waffles? We do, too.. Here’s our favourite recipe for crispy Swedish waffles, the recipe is a sneakpeek from ou new cookbook (out later this year). Or for instant waffle-satisfaction, shop our waffle mixes here – there’s even a gluten-free version there.

WIN a Big Scandi Easter Egg

March 17, 2016 | Leave a comment

WIN a Big Scandi Easter Egg

Easter is fast approaching (yes, already!) and if you’re yet to load up on sweeties and chocolate it is time to do so. We have stocked up on sweets and chocolate – and some lovely Scandi Easter eggs chock full of lovely Scandi pick’n’mix.

Fancy winning one of these? Simply answer the easy question below;
Filled easter egg 18cm 2

In Sweden, little children traditionally dress up as what on Easter eve?

A.) Bunnies

B.) Chickens

C.) Witches

Send your answer by email to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at midday. One main winner, getting a big ScandiKitchen easter egg will be drawn from all correct entries.

The usual rules apply. UK residents only. No cheating. One main winner. No alternative prize and no cash alternative.

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FIKA – The Connoisseur’s Guide to Cake & Drink Pairings

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Fika – The Connoisseur’s Guide to Cake & Drink Pairings

Aaaaah, Fika. That untranslatable, slightly odd-sounding Swedish word which encompasses so much loveliness. Fika may just be our favourite Swedish word ever.

Not sure what Fika is? Here’s an in-depth explanation of the meaning of ‘Fika’ for you. In essence, fika can be described as follows; ‘meet up, have a coffee and a chit-chat’. It often also includes something baked, sweet and comforting.
Fika can be a bit of a challenge – how on earth are you meant to decide on which treat to enjoy? Well – fear no more, we have asked our leading lady in the café, beautiful Tina, to share her best cake and drink pairings for us. Over to Tina;

10 Tasty Ways to Fika

Cinnamon Bun & Americano
The body of an americano can stand up to the enriched dough of a cinnamon bun, and that sticky-sweet spicy centre and crunch of pearl sugar brings out the natural sweetness of our lovely roasted Monmouth coffee. Good morning! (Or any time of day, to be honest.)

Punschrulle & Espresso
For an instant, intense hit, you can’t go wrong with our strong, aromatic coffee cutting through rich marzipan-chocolate, followed by that subtle liquor-flavoured kick. This powerful combination is a guaranteed pick-me-up. If Punschrulle isn’t your thing, try one of our other sweet Delicato treats on offer.

Kladdkaka & Organic Fog Green Tea
The Wild Card. The intense sweetness of this brownie-cake is tempered by the smoky, leafy flavour of the green tea, which refreshes the palate of the cake’s stickiness and the accompanying whipped cream’s richness (and helps you feel slightly less guilty for your indulgence).

Apple and Cinnamon Cake & English Breakfast
Cinnamon goes wonderfully with a classic black tea, and the bright, fresh bite of the sweet apples and vanilla creme complements the subtle astringency of the tea’s tannins. Our Apple Cake is also the top choice for a breakfast cake, so this union was clearly meant to be.

Banana and Pecan Cake & O’Boy Hot Chocolate or Mocha
Chocolate, bananas and pecan nuts – can there be a better combination? Throw in a shot of coffee for that extra kick. To dial up the exotic nature of the cake’s ingredients, have your hot O’Boy/mocha made with coconut milk.

Love Cake & Latte
Just enough coffee to compliment the mocha-coconut topping without detracting from the flavour of the cake or overwhelming your tastebuds, whilst the silky milk goes wonderfully with that decadent chocolate sponge.

Carrot Cake & Peppermint
Peppermint rounds off the sweetness of the cream cheese icing, complimenting the zesty lime on top, whilst bringing out the flavour of the pine nuts, but is delicate enough to let the soft, spicy sponge dominate.

Dream Cake & Cappuccino or Flat White
A stronger coffee flavour cuts the the caramel-sweetness of the coconut topping, whilst bringing out the vanilla aroma of the sponge, and the light, fresh milk brings together and rounds off the flavours and textures of the cake.

Tosca Cake & Swedish Filter Coffee
Thinner but flavoursome coffee softens the dense, marzipan-enriched sponge, and the coffee cuts through and heightens the intense caramel crunch of the almond topping. (I like to dip my Tosca cake into my filter coffee like some kind of fika heathen – but trust me: try it once and you’ll be a convert to the true British tradition of dunking forever.)

Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Orange Brownie & Earl Grey
The bergamot of the Earl Grey compliments the orange of the brownie beautifully and the tea’s brightness lightens up the strong, dark chocolate.

..if that made you fancy a fika – call a friend and head over to our café. Or, browse our range of Scandi cakes and biscuits for a little Swedish Fika-feeling delivered to your door.

Recipe: Flygande Jakob.

March 10, 2016 | Leave a comment

Flygande Jakob.

Think it’s all clean eating and pickled fish? Think again. All Scandinavian countries have their sinful dishes – and most of these belong to Sweden. In our new segment here on the blog, we test and try dubious Scandi dishes (the nicer kind, not the boiled sheep head or anything) and report back if you should bother trying it at home. 
This week, we tried Flygande Jacob – or Flying Jacob, as it is also known (Well, that’s what it means, anyway). Back in the Seventies, the dish was invented by a man called Ove Jacobsson who worked in the air freight industry. The recipe first appeared in Allt om Matt in 1976.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Swedish


  • cooked chicken breast pieces enough for 3-4 people
  • 200 ml cream
  • 100 ml milk
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 50 ml chilli ketchup (I used ketchup with a good squirt of jalapeno ketchup in it)
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 2 bananas
  • 150 g bacon
  • 35 g salted peanuts


  • In a bowl, mix the cream, milk, salt, pepper, chilli ketchup, curry powder.  Pour over the chicken. Slice two bananas and add to the top.

Wait, it gets worse. Bear with us.

  • Pop it in the oven on 175C for around 20 minutes. Meanwhile, fry the bacon until nice and crisp. Chop into bite-sized pieces. Remove the dish from the oven, add the bacon to the top along with about the salted peanuts.

We did tell you it would get worse, didn’t we?

  • Serve with rice.


Our verdict? Really delicious. Truthfully, really. No, we didn’t think it would be. It may just have been the obscene amount of cream, it almost made us forget the baked banana.
Have you ever made it? Is it your favourite dish? Does it sound gross? Do leave us your comments, we'd love to hear.

WIN Season 1 of TRAPPED on DVD & The Ultimate FREDAGSMYS Goodie Box

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WIN everything you need for FREDAGSMYS!

If you’re Scandinavian you’ll be familiar with the concept of Fredagsmys – staying in, eating snacks, sweets and watching telly on a Friday night. If not – here’s a little guide to Fredagsmys that we wrote last week – the rules of Fredagsmys.

Fredagsmys is a lovely thing, best accompanied by something quality to watch on the old telly! This week, we’ve been lucky enough to team up with Nordic Noir  & Beyond, the team behind the Icelandic TV series ‘Trapped’. A crime drama in the same vein as The Bridge with added beautiful shots of Iceland – great for wathcing on a Friday night.

Trapped will conclude on BBC Four from 9pm this Saturday. Nordic Noir & Beyond will release the series on DVD & Blu-Ray on Monday 11th April. Have you been doing other things the last few Saturdays and missed the show? We have 3 copies of the complete 1st series to give away (*subject to change).
Trapped DVD Series one


The 1st prize includes a family-sized box of ScandiKitchen goodies to enjoy whilst watching;

Fredagsmys sweets and snacks

The StockHome team have put together some of their favourites – including lots of pick’n’mix, dill crisps, the all-important dip mix (just stir into sour cream) and some extra chocolate.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this super easy question:

Who stars as the Chief of Police, Andri, in Nordic Noir & Beyond’s latest series Trapped?
  1. Baltasar Kormákur
  2. Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
  3. Thomas Bo Larsen

Send your answer by email to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Tuesday 15th March 2016 at midday. One main winner, getting the DVD series and the Fredagsmys box will be drawn from all correct entries. Two additional winners receiving one copy of the DVD series will be drawn at random from remaining correct entries.

The usual rules apply. UK residents only. No cheating. One main winner. Two second place winners. No alternative prize and no cash alternative.

*This competition is done together with Nordic Noir and subject to change.

Eurovision 2016 – Update

March 3, 2016 | Leave a comment

Eurovision 2016 – It has finally begun! Every week we will have our Eurovision expert, Mr David Jørgensen, giving us news and comments on the wonderful world of Eurovision. Fancy reading more? Mr Jørgensen also writes at Schlagerfiasko.

So now we’ve got every Nordic country except Sweden decided. Finland plumped for Sandhja’s Sing It Away, Iceland is sending back Greta Salóme (last seen in Baku 2012) and Norway ultimately had to decide between an overexcited Viking on a Jamaican holiday and a woman doing a Loreen impersonation. Agnete’s Loreen tribute won. Probably for the best. Sadly, Norway’s lesbian tribute to Laika the dog in space didn’t get through to the final.

Incidentally, one of Norway’s songwriters is a Brit. So some form of success may still await for the UK.

Sweden is about to embark on the fifth week of its six-week search for a song. We’ll be watching (so you don’t have to).

Back here next week.


How to Fredagsmys – Fredagskos like a Scandi

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Fredagsmys like a pro

Fredagsmys, or fredagskos, is a big deal in Scandinavia – especially in Norway and Sweden. The Danes have their Fredagshygge, but this is not quite as strict as Fredagsmys. One thing we do all agree on though – settling down in the lounge together with friends or family for some good old telly-watching and snacks-eating, is a lovely way to spend Friday night. Partying is for Saturdays – on Fridays we stay in.

So if you’ve ever thought to yourself – oh I wish I could stay in and watch telly whilst eating some snacks like a true Scandi but I don’t know how to do it properly (and frankly, who hasn’t?) – this is for you. A recipe on how to fredagsmyse.

The Rules of Fredagsmys
  1. Fredagsmys must happen on a Friday.

  2. Fredagsmys can be done in your own company, but it is more mys when you have someone to share it with. This also means you have someone to share the snacks with meaning the elasticated waistbands can remain in hiding a little longer.
  3. Fredagsmys is called Fredagskos in Norway. The Danes call it Fredagshygge but they are less strict about the following points which mostly apply to Norway and Sweden.
  4. ‘On Fridays, we eat taco’. It is a rule. Taco may not sound Scandinavian, but it is. Really.On Fridays We Eat taco
  5.  Fredagsmys Tacos normally looks something like this;Taco fredagsmys
  6. Fredagsmys consists of both savoury and sweet snacks.

  7. Fredagsmys has its own song – and this song is enough to put people in the right mood. It has both a Norwegian and a Swedish version, but the message is the same. No crisps – no Fredagsmys (guess which companies paid for the song?). You can watch the Norwegian ‘Fredagskos’ version here, and the Swedish (very similar) ‘Fredagsmys’ here.
  8. There must be crisps on the table. And dip is crucial. Cheez doodles are also a good choice, but is most commonly found in addition to crisps – mostly because we must. have. dip. And one cannot dip cheez doodles.
    Chips dip fredagsmys
  9. In case you were still wondering, no, Fredagsmys is not the day for dieting. Although, if you really want to, you can serve crudites as well as crisps. Crudites is just a fancy word for sliced up raw crunchy vegetables. These can also be dipped, so are an acceptable addition.
  10. The sweet stuff – it is all about pick and mix. A big bowl, preferably bought especially for this very function. If at all possible it should have the word ‘Sweets’. ‘Candy’ or ‘Godteri’ on the side. A Scandi selection of pick and mix will contain everything from salty liquorice to soft and fluffy marshmallows, speckled with super sour, fruity and chocolatey bits. But the great thing about pick and mix? You can choose your favourites. We won’t judge (as long as you don’t eat OUR favourites).

    Pick and mix fredagsmys fredagskos
  11. Chocolate bars are also allowed in addition to the pick and mix. In fact, our resident Swedes say you must have at least one bar of Marabou chocolate. In Norway the equivalent would be Freia. Whichever floats your boat. Preferably big bars that can be shared between you. Or not, if you are flying solo.

    Marabou chocolate bars
  12. Watching TV is essential. Playing board games is an acceptable substitution but does make eating harder. In Sweden, the TV highlight of Fredagsmys is Pa Sporet. We are not quite sure what this is but it excites the Swedes. In Norway they watch ‘Gullrekka’ which isn’t a program, but a collective term used about all the shows on the biggest channel shown on a Friday night. Golden line, it means.
    Watching tv fredagsmys
  13. Done right, Fredagsmys will leave you snoozing/asleep on the sofa. Full of taco, crisps, dip and sweets. You will go to bed without clearing the table.
  14. Eating the leftover slightly stale crisps from the bottom of the bowl is a perfectly acceptable Saturday morning snack. And if you have children, this means you probably can stay in bed a little longer before they need feeding as they already have some snacks prepared.
    Leftover crisps fredagsmys

Anything we left out? Let us know in the comments so we can update our list. Fancy some Scandi goodies for an authentic Fredagsmys of your own? Have a look at our range of sweets and snacks here.

Happy Friday!


    OLW Dill & Gräslök – Dill & Chives Crisps 175g
    Pick’n’Mix WITH Liquorice 200g
    OLW Cheez Doodles – Cheesy Corn Snacks 160g (Ostepop)
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Marabou Mjolkchoklad – Milk Chocolate 200g
    Arla Gräddfil – Sour Cream 300ml
    Malaco Gott & Blandat Original – Fruity Wine Gum Mix 160g
    Estrella Dillchips – Dill Crisps 175g
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Estrella Holiday Dipmix – Onion & Pepper Dip Mix 26g

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