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June 12, 2014

Midsummer the Danish way

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Danes celebrate Midsummer differently to the Swedes. So, if you fancy doing it a bit different this year, follow this mini-guide

Pick the right date

Midsummer in Denmark is mostly known as Sankt Hans Aften, and is celebrated on 23rd June. We don’t move the date around like the Swedes do. In some parts of the British Isles St John's Eve is observed at the same time. They're essentially the same event.

Collect a lot of sticks

In a similar way to our British and Irish cousins, Danish midsummer is all about bonfires. Ideally on a beach or in a town square. Big, huge bonfires. Start collecting twigs now; you'll need a lot.

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Get back into witch burnings

Top off your bonfire with a few straw witches dressed in old lady clothes. Legend says that on the longest night of the year, you burn a few witches and send them off to Brocken mountain in Germany to dance with the Devil. Some stuff the witches with firecrackers, which is not a good idea and quite possibly against the law here. Yes, it’s a bit like Guy Fawkes except it’s not about blowing up parliaments. 

Have a summery dinner with friends and family

Every Scandi tradition revolves around food.  Because the bonfire is not lit until 10pm, you have plenty of time for a Danish midsummer buffet in the garden. In the rain. It is likely to be raining at some point. Don't forget umbrellas.

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Find an excuse to go skinny dipping

This is where we deviate from the Brits. If you happen to celebrate by the beach, you'll need minimal encouragement to get your kit off for a swim. In town squares, wait and see what everybody else fancies doing. But do accept that sometimes the skinny dipping doesn’t happen. 

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Bake snobrød

The Danes believe they invented snobrød, which are pieces of bread dough rolled around a wooden stick and cooked on the bonfire. If you've ever seen campfire twisted bread, you'll have a good idea of what snobrød is, because it is the same thing.

Eat your snobrød

It’s unlikely that the snobrød will actually ever bake properly, unless you twist and turn it for about two hours over the last embers of the bonfire - and who wants to do that? If you can get the half-baked dough off the stick, fill the hole with strawberry jam. It doesn’t taste any nicer, but it sure doesn't make it any worse. Eating unbaked dough will leave you with a stomach ache - all part of the experience.

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Pølser

Sausages! You need sausages. Throw them onto the fire, scramble around looking for them with a stick, poke them until you’re sure they're on fire, remove from bonfire. Eat. Burn tongue. Enjoy. Make your kids do the same to help them develop fond memories of Danish Midsummer on the beach.

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Vi elsker vort land

We Love Our Country is a song also known as 'Midsommervisen' - the midsummer song. It's an old hymn about midsummer and how much we love our country. Nobody ever knows the second verse. However, everyone knows the modern version by Shu-bi-dua, an old Danish pop group. We all prefer this version.  Someone will play other songs by Shu-bi-dua. We may all join in with their classic song (There Is A) Dogshit In My Garden, because this is how Danes roll. We all giggle.

The guy with the guitar

If you see the guy with the guitar, either run or stay close, depending on how you feel. He will almost certainly have a beard and look a bit like Thor (if Thor was born in 1971). He usually sings with his eyes closed. His name is Bent. Or Kaj. Or Flemming. He will encourage everybody to hold hands.

Drink Tuborg

You’re on the beach, man. Drink beer. If you go to the beach with someone’s parents, they will bring a box (yes, a box) of wine and plastic glasses half full of sand. Stick to Tuborg. You've been warned.

Ha' en dejlig midsommer aften!

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How to celebrate midsummer the Swedish way

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Wherever you are in the world at midsummer time, you will be able to find gatherings of lost-looking Swedes to celebrate with. Follow our lead and you’ll be able to infiltrate the groups inconspicuously.

Choose the day

Midsummer is the longest day of the year and falls around 23rd June. Swedes always move it to the closest Friday afternoon and evening, which is 20th June this year. In Sweden, celebrations are on the Friday evening. Here in London, we can't persuade our bosses to let us drink aquavit on a Friday afternoon, so things get going on Saturday. Check to see what's happening in your local area.

If you are in London, maybe just happen to be passing by Hyde Park. Nothing official, you know, but we gather there is a chance a few Swedes will be meeting up and dancing and singing for a bit. Around midday. Near Speaker's Corner. They have been doing that for years and years, so there's a good chance they'll be doing it again. 

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Get outside

It's midsummer, and you're celebrating nature. Go to the park, a lake, or a field.

Don't forget your umbrella.

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Wear a garland in your hair

Essential attire for women. You can make a floral garland from wire and flowers and staple it onto your ears - learn how to HERE. Alternatively, H&M do a nice range, being Swedish. Men can wear the garland too, and most do after a few drinks.

Clothing

White and floral is the style for women - but not so much that you appear to be going to a meeting of Chintz Anonymous. Paired with the garland, it will make you look amazing and a bit pagan. Wear your hair down like Freya. Or Loreen.

Gentlemen, it's all about pastels. Tight trousers (white, yellow), pointy shoes, a pink shirt and Ray Bans. You want to make it seem like all this is a bit beneath you. Sport a fashionable beard or moustache. Google 'Stureplan fashion' for an idea of how actual Swedish metrosexuals achieve this look. 

Food

You need to get yourself a Swedish Midsummer picnic (can be ordered here) or make your own – here’s an easy guide: CLICK HERE FOR MIDSUMMER RECIPES

Smorgas

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Means Sandwich Cake. It’s a thing. A cake that is not a cake but a massive sandwich. If you make a Sandwich Cake every Swede in the vicinity will love you forever. Seriously.

Nubbe

A nubbe (the plural is 'nubbar') is a little shot of aquavit and it’s essential to get hold of these. Make sure you bring cold ones to the park. Recommended dose is two beers to one nubbe. Take care, it’s strong stuff - and if you can’t do it properly, Swedes will see through you. Keep your head in one piece until you can speak fluent Swedish (three nubbar or more) and nobody will notice you’re an imposter. 

Buy aquavit at our place - we stock many kinds, both online and in the shop in London 

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Drinking songs you need to learn for when you drink your nubbar. Just learn this one (see below) and you’ll be fine.

If you are stuck, sing Euphoria.  

Maypole

Our maypole is used in June, which technically makes it a Junepole. Like here, it's also decorated with lovely flowers, as well as two circular garlands either side at the top. Just to reinforce the symbolism of what it means (think about it...). We raise the pole around lunch time. If you end up celebrating in Hyde Park in London, you may have to pretend there is a maypole because health and safety means no pole is officially allowed, so we dance around our handbags instead.

Little Frogs

Every Swede sings this song. Everyone. And does the actions, which involve jumping about like a frog.

Games

After the dancing and the cake and a bit more drinking, we get physical.  Games of kubb (a tactical, skittles-like game that has its roots in Viking times), tug of war, arm wrestling and naked mud slinging.

Okay, so we don’t do the last one. Except when we do.

 

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What next?

Dancing. If you are cool and dressed like someone from Stockholm's Stureplan (and, frankly, still standing), you may want to head to a club for some dancing and more drinking. 

Here's a link to the hottest ticket in London town this year 

Here's a really great place to go if you just want to be with Swedes and friends and drink great cocktails More here

If you're up for something more traditional, dust off a CD player and pop on some dansband CDs (and ABBA, obv). Pay a visit to the ScandiKitchen toilets for dansband suggestions. You'll see what we mean.

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Seven flowers

If you don’t have a partner, pick seven different kinds of flowers and put them under your pillow and you will dream of the person you'll marry. If you’re not willing to put all your eggs in one basket, head to a bar and revel in the fact that this is the one time of year where Swedes are not at all reserved. The birth rate always spikes in Sweden about nine months after midsummer. 

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The next day

You will wake, having dreamt about the person you will marry. There may be images flashing before your eyes of people wearing yellow trousers. Flashes of blue and yellow flags and memories of having an arm-wrestle with a lamp post. Midsummer comes but once a year. Thank goodness. 

Glad Midsommar!

May 07, 2014

18 ways to be more Norwegian

We'll be celebrating Norwegian Constitution Day on 17th May along with the rest of Norway - so we thought we'd make a little selection of ways you can be more Norwegian:

 

1. 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'.

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2. 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.

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3. 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.

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4. 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.

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5. Sweden will never be better than Norway at anything. Apart from the price of everything. But of that you shall never speak openly.

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(Denmark will never be better than Norway at anything. Apart from its easy availability of booze. Which you can talk about).  

 

6. 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.

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7. 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.

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8. 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.

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9. 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.

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10. Celebrate Taco Friday at home. Every Friday. Unless you’re having Grandiosa, then it’s okay not to have Tacos. TACOS!

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11. Eat boiled sheep’s head, dried lamb sticks or cod preserved in lye. And fermented trout - that you should also get down with. 

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12. 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').

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13. Every summer, go to Syden for two weeks vacation. This basically just means ‘The South’. Copenhagen counts. Or Oslo, if you're from Trondheim.

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14. 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.

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15. 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. 

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16. 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.

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17. Enjoy your hotdog wrapped in a potato pancake. It's a thing.

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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 even more than before.

Happy 17th May, everybody - see you at the ScandiKitchen or the park.

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May 01, 2014

ScandiKitchen's Eurovision Bingo 2014

Every year we play Eurovision Bingo. This year is no exception. Play live with us on our Twitter feed during all the shows - from the semi finals to the grand final on 10th May. 

You can find us on Twitter here 

We're handing out Eurovision Bingo Cards all next week at the cafe so make sure you pick yours up when you pop by to stock up for your Eurovision Party at home.

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Illustrated Beginner's Guide to Eurovision Voting

Click on the image for larger version.

Oh yes, Eurovision fever has begun. Six days to go...

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April 28, 2014

Ten Scandinavian words that mean something a bit different in English…

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Slut

At the end of every fairy tale, they all lived happily ever after. Slut. You also slut when you finish a phone call. It means ‘end’. If you change your settings on your iphone to Danish, Swedish or Norwegian, every call will end with a 'slut'.

Fart

We have fart controls. We have fart hinders. Our lifts fart. As do our buses. Fart means speed.

Prik

A little prik will do. It means dot. You can also prik someone on Facebook and it means ‘poke’. But this isn’t 2008 so no prikking on Facebook.

Slag 

We’ve got many slags of herring at ScandiKitchen. It means ‘type of’. Can also mean to beat or hit. Don’t slag me.

Tvätt

In Swedish, your laundry is known as your tvätt. Your washing powder could be ‘for all slags tvätt’.

Slut-spurt

There’s lots of slutspurting going on in the shops of Denmark and Sweden at sale time. It means ‘the final spurt’. It’s better than saying ‘end of sale’, isn’t it? In Sweden, it's referred to as 'Slut Rea'.

Bra

Nothing to do with boobs. It means ‘good’. But if you speak Scots or read The Broons, you already knew that, because it’s the same word in Glasgow too. Braw.

Titta

Titta ye not, because there’s no smut with this word in Sweden. It means ‘to watch’. People who watch TV are called ‘tittare’.

Kock / kok

You can be Head Kock in Sweden. Or a Master Kok in Denmark. But only if you can cook, because that’s what it means.

Kiss

When a Swede has a kiss, it means they’re urinating. Remember that one.

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April 24, 2014

How to be more Danish, in ten easy steps.

We asked the good people on Twitter how to be a Dane in 10 steps…

 Here are some of the top replies:

 

1. Wear black. And only black.

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2. Eat open sandwiches. Preferably topped with cheese and jam. Yes, jam.

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3. Throw the word "hygge" randomly into sentences, then pretend to try really hard to find an English translation. Yet again.

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4. Never use the word please, with the excuse that “but we don’t HAVE a word for please in Danish”.

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5. Test ANY non-Dane on whether they like salty liquorice and laugh when they don't.

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6. Have an awkward sense of humour and laugh at jokes such as “Do you know how to save a Swede from drowning? No? Good!” HarHarHarHar... See also: making fun of everything Swedish. And Norwegian. And Icelandic. And German.#hilarious

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7. Have a flagpole in your garden and raise the Danish flag at every opportunity (Sundays, public holidays, birthdays, popping to the shops…)

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8.  If someone asks you how you are, be sure to really explain to them how you are feeling. 

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9. Top most food groups with a dollop of remoulade. Especially chips, beef, fish and hotdogs. And salami. And meatballs. 

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10. Always have one white sock over one trouser leg (or roll one trouser leg up, if not wanting to wear white socks over your all-black outfit). You never know when you might be going cycling. This way, you can be ready in a flash.

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March 03, 2014

The very funny Sofie Hagen... Cast your votes here.

We're proud that our friend Sofie Hagen has been nominated for a Chortle Award 2014. It takes guts to stand up and be funny at the best of times - but doing it in a second language? Ohhhhh, now that is hard!

You can cast your vote here for the Best Newcomer (closes 3rd March midnight) - it takes just a few seconds to do.

Here's a clip of Sofie so you know who you're (hopefully) voting for as a UK Chortle Award newcomer

Love,

The Kitchen People x

February 26, 2014

Reindeer herding - seen from above

Creating beautiful reindeer swirls of herding. 

Shot by Jan Helmer Olsen in Norway 

February 11, 2014

Boris Johnson's alternative methods of transport during Tube strike

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January 30, 2014

Liquorice: A mini guide.

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LAKRIDS, LIQUORICE, LICOURICE... 

We Nordics have a favourite pass time: to try and get non-liquorice lovers to taste the stuff we enjoy eating by the bucket load. We cannot comprehend why you do not enjoy these (usually) super salty and often peppery sweets.

To be fair, we are aware that liquorice is one of those tastes that have to be developed over time. The enjoyment of liquorice (to us) start in the sweetie shops when we’re kids and it grows over a great number of years. By the time we’re adults, we’re so accustomed to the taste of salty liquorice that we can eat the liquorice-equivalent of crack and still think straight. Most likely, we can consume bags at the time.

First, the nature bit: Liquorice comes from the liquorice root. It’s a plant that has medicinal powers known for centuries. Admittedly, commercial liquorice isn’t that similar to the root. However, did you know that pure liquorice is actually 20 times sweeter than sugar? 

Liquorice is popular all across the world but especially in Europe.  The further North you go, the saltier we like it.  The Nordic countries as well as the Netherlands, seem to have developed the taste for the particularly Strong Black Stuff. Many believe this is because the salty/sweet combo is very much part of our food heritage.

When you talk about Salty Liquorice, what we usually mean is Salmiakki.  The word Salmiakki is a Finnish word and we prefer using that because the actual word is Ammonium Chloride, which doesn’t sound so nice. Ammonium Chloride is a powder that taste like salt, but isn't really actual salt as you know it. It’s this stuff that gives some of our liquorice the distinct edge of saltiness. But let’s just call it Salmiakki, shall we? Or saltlakrids, if you want to be specific about it.

The way to start appreciating liquorice is to start with the mild stuff then slowly move towards the saltier varieties, much like you would when enjoying spicy foods.  There are many varieties of liquorice – from the gourmet to the less gourmet, from the mild to the super strong… Where to start? 

Here’s our mini-guide to some of our favourite liquorice – and a guide to the strength, as measured in good old skulls.

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Our favourite has to be the gourmet liquorice by Danish maker Johan Bülow. When we say gourmet, we really do mean gourmet: hand made using the finest raw ingredients. Not strong, just very fine liquorice.

No skulls - this stuff is very mild, although Liquorice number 5 does have a good kick at the end as it has added chilli.  For beginners, try number one - the sweet one.  

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Tyrkisk Peber.  The most infamous of Nordic liquorice, these babies come in the original super hot flavour (boiled sweets with a peppery inside).  We also love the Firewood selection: chewy, but less strong. Still, we rate both as 3-skull due to the consistent salmiakki delivery while eating.

if you get hold of a few bags of the blue one, crush the sweets then add them to a bottle of vodka. Leave for a week or so to marinade - and voila! A very salty pepper shot. Also know as 'Little Grey Ones' in Denmark ('Små Grå). 

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Lakrifun / Skolekridt.  A firm childhood favourite, these little sweet 'chalks'. The liquorice centre is sweet with a slight hit of salt. Coated in a white sugary glaze. A great sweet – most people will admit to liking this after a few tries. 1 skull

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Djungelvraal – literally, JungleScream. Sweet liquorice covered in salmiakki. Initially the shock is a 3 skull taste – but quickly you will realise it is just the coating. If you can take the initial ten seconds, you can join the club. The rest is easy.

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Marabou Black – yes, chocolate with liquorice in it. Also available in the Salmiakki version by Fazer. Eating chocolate and salty liquorice together is something only true lakriphiles do. The liquorice enjoyment is long, drawn out and constant. Not strong, just very liquorice.   Is it really called lakriphile?

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Lakrisal -little liquorice powder tablets. A bit of a kick, but nothing serious.  A good salmiakki starter. 1-2 skulls.

 

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Super Piratos – salty liquorice coins. Actually, this is the extra salty version. If you can eat this, you’re in the club. 3 skulls.

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Franske Saltpastiller – French salt pastilles. Also a good beginner at 1 skull strength. Blue and white coated sugar sweets with slightly salty liquorice inside. Chewy. Not really French; doesn’t even know how to ask for directions to the nearest Metro. 

 

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Liquorice pipes – under threat from the EU and might be banned, the pipes are sweet and not strong. And a bit fun, too.  One skull strength. Great for starters and for pretending you are some kind of weird liquorice pipe eating pirate or sailor. 


Salty_Fish copySalty Fish – those Swedish Fish, but the liquorice version. 1 skull strength with a nice salty finish. A good beginner fish.

We're celebrating a bit of a liquorice week at ScandiKitchen Cafe starting 31st January.  Pop by and have a few tasters, chat to us about the strong stuff and get advise on what to try. We'll be most happy to try and help you develop your own liquorice addiction.

Click here to shop for liquorice in our online store.

 

November 28, 2013

Last Christmas...

Last christmas, we made a Christmas card and it made us laugh. We just found it again. We're going to make another one this year - and probably laugh a lot again.

 

November 25, 2013

Six degrees of Scandi TV (by The Guardian)

Thanks to The Guardian for composing this.

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November 13, 2013

Pimp my Gingerbread House 2013

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‘Pimp my gingerbread House’ is an annual event at ScandiKitchen. Take one Anna’s Gingerbread House Kit, assemble it however you want – and pimp it up with all your artistic desires. We want to see how pimped up a kit can be. Go wild, go nuts. Unleash your hidden house building talents.

Previous years we've had anything from Snow White cottage, X-Factor houses full of snow, dragons, In The Night Garden, Melodifestivalen houses and building sites and crack houses.  

Take a few pictures of your creation – then mail it to us and let us know which category you wish enter:

Under 7's (with not too much help from grown ups)

7-15 years old

Adult - for artistic talent and decorating skills

Special prize - Most genuinely pimped up, creative, crazy house and original idea (any age)

The Prizes:

Big Gift Box of Scandinavian Sweeties - so many Sweeties your parents might not talk to us for a month (both for under 7's and 7-15 categories).  

Main Adult Prize: A Christmas Hamper from Scandi Kitchen and a voucher for lunch for two

Special Prize for creative effort: Free coffee for a month (35 coffees) OR a nice Scandi Hamper (you choose which prize you prefer)

Send the photos of your creations to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk by 16th December 2013. Don’t forget to tell us your category and a bit about your creation. 

By e-mailing us your photos you agree that we can publish them on our blog and website. Please do not send us your whole house, a photo will do, thank you.

Get some inspiration here from last years entries HERE 

Happy Pimping!

October 25, 2013

Happy Hallowe'en: The best light display?

We found this elaborate light display from America to celebrate Hallowe'en.

To the tunes of Ylvis: The Fox.

August 22, 2013

Max Von Sydow teaches us how to cheer with aquavit. Useful tip.

We found this old magazine clip with the brilliant Swedish actor Max von Sydow, teaching you how to cheer with Scandinavian aquavit drinks the right way.

Never, ever forget to look your table companions in the eye as you cheer with them. It's the mortal sin.

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August 01, 2013

That's how the cops roll in Sweden

June 27, 2013

An Englishman tries Surströmming (Fermented herring)

We're not gonna lie to you: It really stinks. However, there's a reason it is a really popular dish in Sweden. 

Nothing is more fun, however, than to get non-scandies to open a tin of the the stinky herring and see their reaction. Big Steve From England has a youtube channel where he explores Swedishness as seen in the eyes of a Brit.

Here's a clip from the day he tried stinky fish.

You can buy Surstromming in our grocery store in London or online (delivery to all of UK) CLICK HERE TO BUY

Regular Swedish Mealtime: Smörgastårta

These chap's 'cooking' clips are mighty popular online. Scary.

This clip is called Swedish Sandwich Cake.  

NB: This is not how we make ours.

June 20, 2013

Surströmming: The smelliest herring there is

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It's back in stock: Surströmming. Swedish fermented herring. It smells so bad you have to open it outside (and if you don't, well, we warned you).

On the other side, it tastes really nice.

Why would anyone actually eat something that smells so very bad? Because it tastes good. In Sweden, have have Surstromming parties and Surstromming appreciation societies.  We love the stuff.

You're not allowed to bring Surstroming back on the plane with you (in case the can breaks on the plane) - so it is hard to get hold of.  

Get your stash here http://www.scandikitchen.co.uk/products/Oskars-Surstromming-300g.html

We also stock it in the shop on Great Titchfield Street.

REMEMBER TO STORE THE TINS IN THE REFRIGIATOR AFTER PURCHASE - do not store ambient. Please. Don't.

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May 24, 2013

Enjoying the rein, deer?

This is how we enjoy Summer in Scandinavia.

We're planning to have a BBQ on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May - and ScandiKitchen will be closed.

Open as normal both Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May.

Ikea or Star Trek?

 

May 23, 2013

Hammer time? Nope, coffee time...

We recommend forming a habit with either the Monmouth coffee we serve - or stock up on the Scandi diesel filter coffee, Gevalia. it will keep you going through endless status-meetings and conference calls.

Coffeetime

May 18, 2013

Eurovision 2013: Scoresheet to download

ScandiKitchen Eurovision 2013

Here's all the stuff you need for tonight's show.

Click here to Download ScandiKitchen Eurovision 2013 scoresheet in pdf (made by @schlagerfiasko)

To download a pdf of the ScandiKitchen Eurovision Bingo, click here: Download Bingo

Follow our live tweeting during the show: @scanditwitchen 

The show comes live from Malmö in Sweden and is shown in the UK on BBC at 8 pm.

Bingo-high


May 16, 2013

Swedish advert for Co-op (Swenglish only)

Swedes may appreciate this advert. We did.

Sorry, Swenglish only.

May 02, 2013

Celebrate our Cinnamon Bun week 7th May - 12th May 2013

We're going a bit bun-nanas next week.

When you pop by and show us the special bun-voucher, you get a cinnamon bun (Swedish Kanelbulle) free with any coffee or hot drink purchase from 8-midday.

Yes, really. 

Why? Because we think the wonders of the humble cinnamon bun should be felt by all.

You'll need a voucher to claim your bun (one per day person only: we have to safeguard your waistline somehow).  We're handing out vouchers all this week - but if you can't make it past the cafe, you can find a voucher to print just here Download KanelbulleVoucher

Ps Feel free to help us with bun-puns for our A-board outside.  Such as "Buns and Roses", "Bun Jour", "We like big buns and we cannot lie" and "Cinnamon Bun Paradiso".  You get the picture.

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Eurovision Bingo - play for Eurovision in Malmö 2013

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Get all your stuff for Eurovision in our online shop here

April 23, 2013

Happy St George's Day

Happy St George's Day to our beloved adopted country.

Here's a handy translation guide to help us non-Anglo speakers understand you better:

 


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April 12, 2013

Sydfyn-Style (How the Danes do it?)

We were sent a link to this clip from South Fynen island in Denmark, where the local Mayors are promoting setting us business. Gangham Style.

We think Boris should consider doing the same. We have a feeling he could top this. Easy.

No further comment. 

February 26, 2013

Amazing LEGO dance animation

February 21, 2013

Harlem Shake - by Swedish Firefighters

These Swedish firefighters from Boras got into big trouble for making this video on work time.

Still, the result is good.

January 23, 2013

Whey too hot? Brown cheese on fire.

Buy brown cheese here 

NEWS FLASH – Giant Goats cheese fire in Norway

In Northern Norway, 27 tonnes of brown cheese caught fire and burnt in a tunnel for five days, reports are saying. Officials say that smouldering toxic gases have been slowing the recovery operation.

The amazing Norwegian goats cheese – also known as Brunost - has a high sugar content because the milk sugars have been allowed to caramelize (hence the lovely colour) – and will simply keep on burning once it is on fire. 

And 27 tonnes? That’s a lot of brown cheese. On fire. On a truck. In a tunnel.

Kjell Bjoern Vinje, of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, said it was the first time he could remember cheese catching fire on Norwegian roads: "I didn't know that brown cheese burns so well," he said.

In case of shortages, get hold of your Norwegian Brown Cheese here in our online store. We also have plenty of stock in the café shop. 

Buy brown cheese here

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January 18, 2013

Typical Scandi-smug attitude about snow...

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Snow Warning for London

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January 11, 2013

Do you dare to go to this cinema?

December 12, 2012

Loreen's smallest fan?

Little Vincent (2 years and 4 months) is possibly Lorreen's biggest fan. 

After having studied Lorreen's Eurovision entry for about a year, Vincent is now to good at recreating it.

For best understanding, watch Loreen's Eurovision performance first - Vincent's doing a pretty good job!

December 10, 2012

Bjorn Borg is Pants (geddit?)

We love Bjorn Borg pants.  In fact, our Jonas used to sell Borg Pants very early on in his career when he lived in Sunny Sydney.

This is the most recent advert from Bjorn Borg, even causing a wee bit of controversy in Sweden.  Just a bit, though, because mainly, we liked Naked.

We think it's great.

November 30, 2012

Calling funny board-writing-people (and win free lunch)

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Calling all budding pun-makers. 

We thought it might be fun to ask you guys to help with the infamous A-board outside during the festive season.

We’ve got so many wonderful on-liners, from Please Speak up We’re Hard of Herring to We don’t sell Swedes, but some of us are. Free meatball for all Nudists, Bun Jour, Bjorn Borg is Pants and so on. 

Any good ones that would be good for the festive season?  Such as Enjoying the rein, deer? You get the picture. 

If we use your pun on the board outside the shop, you get free lunch.  Yeps, free lunch. 

And the best pun of the season gets a nice present, too – as well as free lunch. 

Rules: first person to submit a pun owns it (sometimes, great minds think alike and we get doubles). Puns must be about the festive season – think Yule, jul, santa, reindeer, mistletoe, Scandinavia, snow, north pole etc.  If we've already got the pun in our balck book of puns, then sorry, it doesn't count.

Enter your pun on the facebook page www.facebook.com/scandikitchen, via twitter (tag @scanditwitchen) or by e-mail iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk

We look forward to your board puns.

Keep’ em coming from now till mid December, please. 

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November 27, 2012

A handy gift guide

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November 22, 2012

We're in love with Bjorn the Streaker from Are in Sweden.

November 19, 2012

Radi-Aid for Norway (Help those freezing Norwegians)

What a great way to get a really important message across about how we fundraise, how we stereotype and how we need to drive real change.  Please do take the time to read here .

And meanwhile, enjoy the video about Radi-Aid from Africa to Norway.

If the link doesn't work, click here http://youtu.be/oJLqyuxm96k

November 16, 2012

We love adverts that are well-placed online

The article talks about SAS being close to going bankrupt.

The advert at the top offers cheap holidays by SAS to excotic destinations.

Thanks but no thanks, just now, we may book in a while... (Thanks, Steen, for this gem from a Danish news site).

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Dogs that look a bit like Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Did you see THAT goal?

We adore Zlatan. He's one kewl dog.

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MUST WATCH for all fans: A language guide to Forbrydelsen III / The Killing 3

November 10, 2012

Police Brutality in Denmark

October 31, 2012

WIN "How to be Danish" by Patrick Kingsley

We love this new book, out on 1st November.

Patrick has really done his research - and we are pleased to know we can now all learn to be Danish.

We've got signed copies in the cafe now priced £9.99 - the absolute perfect stocking filler for any Dano-phile (or whatever you want to call it).

To be in with your chance of winning a copy, just answer this following question:

Where does the Danish Queen live?*

a)    Amalienborg

b)    Skanderborg

c)    Ankeborg   

Answers to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Sunday 4th November at midnight.

Winner will be chosen at random from all correct entires.  Usual rules apply: no prize alternative, no cash alternative and absolutely no cheating.

*just to make sure there's no confusion:  Her official winter castle.  

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A pretty nifty advert for that big Swedish furniture company...

October 19, 2012

The Stratos Jump - in LEGO

If you look closely, you can see that it is Lego.  

October 04, 2012

Whigfield: She'll never go away, like, 4Ever.

Whigfield's new single.  

It's out in Italy.  

Not here.

Sebastian loves her.  4Ever.

Woman adopts moose...

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