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Pimp My Gingerbread House 2016

November 24, 2016 | Leave a comment

Pimp My Gingerbread House 2016

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It’s beginning to smell like Gingerbread.. That’s right, it’s that time of year again – it’s time for our annual Pimp My gingerbread House competition!

Every year in the run up to Christmas we run a competition – who can go crazy with a standard gingerbread house kit?

The rules;

Take one basic Gingerbread house kit from Annas and pimp it up to the best of your abilities. Think outside the box: be as creative, crazy and elaborate as you want. Whatever your strong side, put it into the house.

When you are done, send us a picture and we will put the best ones up on Instagram and Facebook and the blog during December.

We have four 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 your 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 in category ‘beautiful’ is £50 online OR in-store voucher for ScandiKitchen, a signed copy of our new baking book ‘Fika & Hygge’ and one of our fancy new mugs.

Adult – Creative – A hamper full of goodies and treats plus a signed baking book.

Children under 7: 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: Sweets. And more Sweets. So many sweeties your Mum will be quite annoyed with us and also a little jealous that it is all for you.

The rules:

      • 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.
      • No alternative prize, no cash prizes, no exchanges.
      • Entries must be received before 16th December 2016 at noon to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk
      • Employees of ScandiKitchen ltd not eligible to enter (Rebekka, we’re talking to you)
      • 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 can be sent to UK address only.

Send your photos to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before 16th December at noon to enter the competition. We look forward to seeing your creations.

Love

The Kitchen People x

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WIN! The Sleigh Ride DVD & Winter Sweet Treats

November 22, 2016 | Leave a comment

WIN! The Sleigh Ride DVD & Winter Sweet Treats

A few years ago, a mini trend kicked off in Norway – slow TV.

The concept of slow TV is simple and can be summed up as enjoying a journey in real time. No cutting, fast forwarding, music or commentary – just beautiful scenery and the sounds of the scene. The sleigh ride follows an ancient Sami postal route with no sounds except the crunching of snow and twinkling of reindeer bells.

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Nordic Noir again and have 4 copies to hand out – 1 winner will receive the DVD and a selection of sweet treats, 3 others the DVDs. Yay!
All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride’ was released on DVD  Monday 21st November by Nordic Noir & Beyond.

The Sleigh Ride - ScandiKitchen commpetition

 

To win – just answer this simple question;

What do the moomins do at Christmas?

  1. Celebrate it with a big feast for all of moomin valley
  2. Go on holiday to the south
  3. Sleep – they’re hibernating, like bears.

Send your response to martina@scandikitchen.co.uk before Wednesday the 23rd November.

Winner will be drawn from all correct entries.

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

Good luck!

Are you wearing clean underpants?

November 11, 2016 | Leave a comment

Are you wearing nice clean undies? Feels really good, doesn’t it? Read on – this is important.

Every year, in November, we collect money at ScandiKitchen café to buy a whole load of underpants.  You see, as the nights get longer and colder, the homeless on the streets of London have an even tougher time than normal.  While people are good at donating coats and scarves, trousers and jumpers, nobody ever donates underpants and socks.  For good reasons too, mind you, but that doesn’t make the need for these items any less.  We all need NEW clean pants and socks. While we may smile and joke about the need for underpants, the fact remains: if you’re down and out, trying your hardest just to get through the night, feeling warm and comfortable all the way through suddenly means that much more.

Helle is a lovely Danish lady, living in West London. Every autumn she changes her name to The Pants Lady and starts asking people to send her socks and underpants. She does this tirelessly for months.  The main shelter she works with is the The Shelter Project Hounslow for men (registered charity) (but excess pants and socks are distributed throughout other shelters in the capital, too).

Here’s a message from Helle:

‘This will be the 6th season of The Shelter Project Hounslow (TSPH). We always receive plenty of 2nd hand clothing but never – for good reason – any underpants or socks. And homeless men need that too, so la few years ago I started collecting via friends, on Facebook, via Scandivian Kitchen (where staff gave up their tip jar to collect pounds for pants). I wasn’t quite sure how men I don’t know would react to a crazy lady handing them pants and socks at the shelter though… These are proud, clever men from a range of backgrounds and cultures who for various reasons have ended up on the street. And here I was – with my bulging bags of smalls – a change of pants, while they try to change their lives.

The men would arrive at the shelter for the night and once settled in and warmed up, I’d drag one or 2 aside and hand them pants. Discreetly, quietly… Fast forward a couple of winter shelter weeks: The guys would arrive, sometimes with a new homeless guest in tow. Once the new guest was settled in, they’d drag him over to me saying: “You’ve got to meet PantsLady – she’ll sort you out.” And so literally hundreds of pairs of pants were handed out over 4 months. Each time, I’d often have to explain that there was no charge for pants. They were free, new, clean and donated by strangers. It’s “only pants and socks” – it’s never going to change anyone’s life, but it broke an often down cast atmosphere of hopelessness, loneliness and homelessness for these guys. It made a difference and it’ll make a difference again this year. It’s only pants and socks, but everyone deserves a clean pair.’

We’ll be collecting for underpants at the café all of November.  We call it ‘A pound for pants’ because we can get a pair of pants for a quid (in some shops). Pop your change in the box by the till – the staff give up their tips and we (ScandiKitchen) match pound for pound what is put into the box.

You can also mail or delivery your (new items only, wrapped) underpants to us and we’ll make sure they get to the Shelter (post pants to ScandiKitchen Underpants Appeal, 61 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PP). If you have any questions for Helle the Pants Lady, you can contact her on this email: PantsLady@virginmedia.com

Last year, the total was 821 pairs of undies. Help us beat this and help us be able to distribute pants across the most needed places this year!

Thank you for supporting this cause

Bye for now

The Kitchen People

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Recipe: Swedish Christmas Ham – Topping (Julskinka Griljering)

November 9, 2016 | Leave a comment

Swedish Christmas Ham - Topping

We get asked about 11 times a day on average how to do the special topping (julskinka griljering) for the Swedish Christmas ham. It is not secret and we're super happy to share a recipe.
Swedish Christmas Ham ('Julskinka') is made special by its mustard crumb topping.  It's really delicious - it adds texture and crunch and a lovely tang from the mustard.
You only add the topping before you serve, so first you need to get yourself a cooked ham.  We sell the real Swedish hams ready cooked - and ready to eat. Delicious, lovely and succulent - perfect for your Swedish Christmas Julbord.
If you are using a pre-cooked ham, first open the packet, then remove the netting. Then clean up the ham by cutting away the fat layer on top - this can take a little while, so be patient and use a good sharp knife.
Once the fat layer has been removed, place the ham on your oven tray.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Swedish
Author: Bronte Aurell

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp wholegrain Swedish mustard
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 60 g breadcrumbs

Instructions

  • In a bowl, whisk together the egg, mustard, sugar, salt and half the breadcrumbs.
  • Once combines, spread the paste all over the top of the ham. Once you have an even layer on top, add the rest of the breadcrumbs evenly across the topping.
  • Pop the ham under the grill for about 15 minutes - but watch carefully so that the topping cooks, but does not burn.
  • Swedish ham is served cold or just a bit warm, so no need to worry too much about heating up the whole ham.
  • Serve whole on the Julbord Christmas table - and slice as needed. Serve with a good sweet coarse mustard with bite - and of course Smorgasgurka pickles.

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