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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.


March 21, 2014

Waffle Day 25th March - 'Våffeldagen'


Waffle Day (25th March) began in Sweden as Våffeldagen, allegedly due to confusion between the Swedish “vårfrudagen” meaning “Our Lady’s Day” which falls on the same date. The day historically marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by the eating of many, many waffles.

Nordic waffles are made in a special heart-shape waffle iron. The waffles are sweet and soft – and best eaten straight out of the iron, with jam and whipped cream. Or brown cheese, if you are Norwegian.

Pop by all day Tuesday 25th for waffles at the café.  Get any coffee and a waffle for a fiver - available all day.

Or make some waffles at home - here's a recipe that our Marte uses. There are as many recipes as there are families in Scandinavia - this is the one we use at ScandiKitchen.

If you don't have a waffle maker, you can buy them on Amazon and ebay.

February 27, 2014

WIN a box of SEMLOR for the office


Ahhhh.... Imagine if there was a way to make friends with Shirley from HR in one clean swoop? Or get Brian from accounts to notice you?

Try giving them a tray of freshly baked semlor. Oh, and now you can maybe even get your hands on a whole tray of these lovely buns for free.

To be in with a chance to be Mr or Ms popular in the office (or indeed, take them all home and eat them all to yourself), just answer this easy question:

Eighties Swedish band Europe had a hit with which song:

a) All That She Wants (is another baby)

b) The Final Countdown

c) Saturday Night

Answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Monday noon (3rd March).

No cash alternative, prize must be picked up from the cafe (date by arrangement - please book in the pick up so we know), one tray of semlor is 10 buns. No cheating. Winner picked at random. Usual rules apply.


February 26, 2014

Show us your big, fat buns and WIN Lunch for Two at ScandiKitchen


It's Fat Tuesday on Tuesday 4th March 2014 - also known as Fettisdagen, fastelavn, Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras.

On this day across Scandinavia we celebrate the start of Lent. The faste is not observed that often anymore, however, the tradition of stuffing ourselves with cream buns the day before Ash Wednesday still prevails.

In Sweden, these buns are known as Semlor (plural of the word 'Semla'). They are yeast buns flavoured with cardamon, baked and then stuffed with marzipan and whipped cream.

Semlor are only served around this time of year.  Once Lent is in full swing, the buns are not baked again until the following year - it really is a huge seasonal tradition and you should definitely make sure you get your hands on one of these buns before the season is over.

We bake and serve these at the cafe - however, it is not hard ot make your own.  You can find the recipe right HERE.

WE WANT TO SEE YOUR BIG BUNS: Your own creations and variations.  Send us a snapshot of your Fat Tuesday buns and we'll post the pictures online - and we'll pick a winner who gets Lunch for Two People at the cafe in London (if you live too far away, we'll send you a voucher for the webshop instead).

Mail your photos to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before 4th March 2014. Usual competition rules apply.

First entry - from Isabelle in Brighton who made her first ever batch of Semlor, having never tasted them before. Verdict: "Amazing - and my flatmate had 3 of them, I'm not sure how she managed!".






February 13, 2014

WIN: 'The Almost Nearly Perfect People' - by Michael Booth


Did you read the article that got everybody talking a few weeks back? (if not, read it HERE) Are we Nordics not all we're cracked up to be? Who decided to put us on a pedestal in the first place and how do we get down from there without ruining everything? Are we really obsessed with Midsomer Murders? (Ed: Yes).

Michael Booth, writer and journalist, currently living in Denmark (and, we can vouch, speak Danish pretty well) is not sure all is as it is cracked up to be. Well, actually, that is if you only read the article (so don't be offended just yet). In the book, you see, Booth goes deeper into the psyche of what makes us Scandinavians special and finds that, in fact, we might just be almost perfect...

Confused? Don't be. It's a good book and it is worth a read. You can buy it here

We've got a copy of the book to give away - fancy being in with a chance of winning it?

Just answer this easy question:

The statue of the Little Mermaid is in which Nordic town:

a) Stockholm

b) Copenhagen

c) Skagen

Answers by e-mail, please, to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Monday at noon (17/2). Winner will be drawn at random from correct entries. No cheating, no cash alternative, no non-sense and all usual terms apply. 

February 06, 2014

WIN tickets to the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend at the British Museum in London


It's the most exciting exhibition for anyone interested in the history of the Vikings. Oh yes: This spring, we're invading the British Museum in London (This time, we're a bit friendlier...sorry about the plundering last time).

The exhibition is on 6 March – 22 June 2014 at the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery, British Museum.

Discover the Viking world in this major exhibition – the first at the British Museum for over 30 years. Swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images show how Vikings created an international network connecting cultures over four continents. At the centre of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long Viking warship, the longest ever found.*

Book tickets here

Booking strongly recommended - this exhibition is going to be super popular.

Price per adult is £16.50, children under 16 free (Group rates available) britishmuseum.org/vikings 

We've got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner. To be in with a chance to win, simply answer the following question:

Which Viking is often credited with discovering North America?

a) Leif Eriksson

b) King Canute

c) Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye

Answers to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Valentine's Day. Winners will be drawn at random from correct entries.

T&Cs: Pair of tickets subject to availability. Tickets are non-transferrable, non exchangeable and there is no cash alternative. Additional expenses are the responsibility of the prize winner. Promoter reserves the right to exchange all or part of the prize for one of greater or equal value. No cheating.

The exhibition is supported by BP. Organised with the National Museum of Denmark and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Image credit:

Sword, late 8th–early 9th century. Kalundborg or Holbæk, Zealand, Denmark. Photo: Arnold Mikkelsen. © The National Museum of Denmark. Background: Kim Westerskov/Getty Images.

*We're not sure if the viking ship arrived flat-packed. It's likely.

January 10, 2014

January's artist: Åsa Wikman


We love our wall downstairs in the cafe. Most of all, we love that every month, we have lovely new amazing art work displayed there. From photography to paintings and illustrations.

This month belongs to the brilliant illustrator Åsa Wikman.

You can see more of Åsa's work here

See her lovely display at the cafe all of January.

Do you fancy being having your art work displayed at ScandiKitchen? Here's your chance.  Each month we pick a new artist to decorate our wall.  

We have a few rules, though:

- The art work comes to us frame and ready to hang, ideally no larger than 40 x 80.  We can accommodate up to 4 paintings or frames.

- The work MUST be either by a Scandi artist or photographer OR someone depicting Scandinavia.

- The write up about the artist has to be no larger than A5 - we can add this on the wall next to the frames

- We will not sell or be responsible for any sales of the art work - all comms about the art work will need to be on the A5 note including contact details

- When the 1 months is up, the artist is responsible to picking up the art work again

- We accept no responsibility for damage etc to any works - we will do out best to keep things nice, but the items are hung here on owners responsibility.

- No moving of nails or hooks - we have only what we have here and can't start moving nails around

- Please, no frames that are massively heavy, it is just a basic wall.

Other than that, it is up to you.

To be considered for February's Art Person, send some suggestiosn of your work to bronte@scandikitchen.co.uk.

We'll let you know by mid January if you're the chosen one.

Ps - please dont send massive images. Small versions of your work is good.





WIN tickets to Nordicana Film Festival 2014


We are so excited: Nordicana is BACK in London on 1st and 2nd February 2014.

This year the event takes place at the Truman Brewery in East London and they have everyone there this year. From the stars of The Bridge to (Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia) to Sidse Babett Knudsen from Borgen - and even Wallander himself: The one and only Krister Henriksson.

You can get your hands on tickets HERE - but be quick: they are going to sell out, we're pretty certain of that.

We're very lucky to have been given a Weekend Pass for the whole event as well as a signed The Bridge DVD.  Want to be in with a chance to win this fantastic prize?

Just answer the following question:

The Bridge referred to in the title of the programme is the bridge between...

a) Sweden and Norway

b) Denmark and Sweden

c) Norway and Denmark

Answer by e-mail to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Tuesday 14th January 2014 at noon. Usual competition rules apply, including no cheating, no exchange of prize, to cash alternative. Winner chosen at random from correct entries. Winner will be notified by e-mail.


December 19, 2013

Are you wearing underpants?


Chances are, you probably are wearing a pair of underpants right now. Comfortable, much?

One of our good, good friends is supporting a really great cause in West London called The Shelter Project. Here, they run a shelter for the homeless gentlemen - which is especially needed during these cold winter months.

It is great when people donate clothes - they can wash and recycle and use this and there are a lot of people on the streets who needs warm clothes in the cold months. One thing, however, is that people - for quite obvious reasons - don't tend to donate [worn] underpants.

This means that The Shelter Project has a shortage of underpants. The most important garment, we'd quite agree. 

So, we want to help The Shelter Project get hold of men's underpants. Can you help? Did you get some underpants in your Secret Santa that didn't quite fit your style? Are you passing by Primark or H&M and fancy donating a pair of men's underpants or two?

Ever pair of underpants count. They don't have to be fancy, they just have to be new and unworn. 

You can drop your pants (see what we did there?) by POST to The Shelter Project (c/o Helle Kaiser-Nielsen 11 Geraldine Road, London W4 3PA) - or at ScandiKitchen Cafe on Great Titchfield Street and we'll pass on the pants.  Please make sure you wrap and label your pants before dropping them off at the cafe.

What a great excuse to say to your colleagues: "I'm just nipping out for a coffee and to drop off my underpants". Not many chances in life to use that sentence.

Thanks for your support.


October 01, 2013

FREE buns for 'Kanelbullens Dag' - Day of the Cinnamon Bun 4th October 2013

Friday 4th October is the day of the cinnamon bun all across Sweden.

We're celebrating all day in the cafe with freshly baked buns, tasters, recipe cards and much more.

Use the voucher below to get your hands on a freshly baked bun when you pop by for your morning coffee - valid from 8 am until 11 am in store.

Print the voucher or simply show it to us on your fancy smart phone. To save, right click the image and save onto your computer. To save on your phone, save the picture into your camera roll.

Please see terms and conditions on the voucher.

See you Friday x

Ps - if you are thinking of ordering a large amount of buns for Friday to treat your colleagues or just stuff your face, please mail us in advance to book as we expect to be quite busy


August 16, 2013

Taxi Stoltenberg

This is the clip from the day when Stoltenberg, the Norwegian PM, went taxi driving. Maybe Cameron might find it fun to do the same? Surely we can persuade Boris?

August 15, 2013

Rainbow Stripes outside Russian Embassy in Stockholm

Someone has painted rainbow stripes on the zebra crossing outside the Russian Embassy in Stockholm. 


August 01, 2013

25% off at ScandiHome

Our friends at www.Scandihome.com are generously offering 25% discount for one week to all ScandiKitchen followers (valid until 8th August 2013)

Click in here to see their shop full of Scandi interiors, gifts and more.

We love the lovely Swedish DalaHorse necklace and the lovely candles.

Use the code SCANDI25 at check out.

   Horse    Skh_print  

July 05, 2013

We're 6 years old. Yes, really. Happy Birthday to us.

It started off as a chat over a glass of wine. Or four. It became an idea, a passion. 'Let's open a deli' we said. Then we chucked in our day jobs and made it happen.

Six years ago Jonas & Bronte opened the doors to ScandiKitchen for the first time. Since then, we've grown from being a team of a few to teams of many and we now have a big Warehouse (called 'StockHome') and a web shop and we have a wholesales team too.  

We're so very proud to be here and to be able to serve our daily Smorgasbord of open sandwiches and supply the Scandi community and scandophiles with Nordic foods.  We love what we do and we love you for supporting us and continuing to help make it all happen. 

Pop by on Wednesday for a piece of cake or something. We're gonna celebrate. Feel free to sing Happy Birthday if you feel like it. 

Here are some photos from the old days - the days just before we opened and the day after.  Did you know we opened our doors and had a baby the same day? Yes - Jonas and Bronte's daughter Astrid will also be turning six years old. She'd hoping for a One Direction poster, a purple pony and a really fancy colouring book. 

Lots of Scandi Love

Jonas, Bronte and the whole lovely team at SK (see them all here)



February 15, 2013

WIN tickets to see Doktor Glas in London


Doktor Glas, the great play by Hjalmer Söderberg, is coming to London's West End in April and May 2013.

Krister Henriksson, who is best known as Wallander in Henning Mankell’s widely praised Swedish TV series is making his West End debut in Doktor Glas, which transfers to London following its acclaimed run in Sweden.  

Doktor Glas tells the story of a 19th century physician who falls madly in love with the beautiful young wife of a corrupt clergyman. When she confides in him that her marriage is making her miserable, he agrees to help in whatever way he can. Soon Doktor Glas finds himself torn between his passion and his morality, and drives the play towards its shocking climax.

Doktor Glas will run at Wyndhams Theatre, a Delfont Macintosh Theatre, from 16 April to 11 May 2013.

We've got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner.  These tickets will be valid on 16th April until 21st April (excluding the 18th), so you need to be available to go on one of those days.

Here's the question to answer:

Kurt Wallander has a pet dog.  What is it's name?

a)    Jussi

b)    Bussi

c)    Frank

Answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Thursday 21st Feb 2013. Winner will be drawn at random from correct entries.

One winner. One prize. No cash alternative. No alternative dates. No cheating. No nonsense. All usual competition rules apply. 

February 08, 2013

Win (another) box of Semlor cream buns

Last week's competition was so very popular we thought we'd do it again and help spread some more bun-joy around the place.

So, if you didn't win last week but want to have another go, you can.

To be in with a chance to win, answer this easy peasy question:

Scandinavian Lent buns are traditionally flavoured with what spice:

a)    Cardamom

b)    Paprika

c)    Saffron

Answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Monday (11th Feb 2013) at noon.  Winner will get one box of Semlor (10 buns) - but must be able to pick them up from the cafe (we cannot send these out, sorry to all of you who happen to be outside London - these buns really don't travel well).

Usual terms apply. One winner only, chosen at random, no alternative prize, no cash alternative, no cheating and prize must be booked in for pick up before 18th February by the winner.

February 01, 2013

Want to win a box of Semlor?


We've got a box of freshly made Semlor (Swedish lent buns) for one lucky person to win. Perfect way to make a lot of friends in the office (if you share, that is).

To be in with a chance to win, answer this easy peasy question:

Scandinavian Lent buns are traditionally eaten on which day:

a)    Skinny Wednesday

b)    Pudgy Friday

c)    Fat Tuesday

Answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Monday (4th Feb 2013) at noon.  Winner will get one box of Semlor (10 buns) - but must be able to pick them up from the cafe (we cannot send these out, sorry to all of you who happen to be outside London - these buns really don't travel well).

Usual terms apply. One winner only, chosen at random, no alternative prize, no cash alternative, no cheating and prize must be booked in for pick up before 18th February by the winner.

January 28, 2013

The Danish School in London - Open Day

This is a fantastic initiative: Finally, A Danish school in London.

It opens next school year and will start by taking in students from age group 4-7

The school is based in Clerkenwell EC1.

More info here www.daniaschool.com



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


December 11, 2012

Christmas Opening Hours 2012


The last chance to order for online Xmas delivery is 14th December (FRIDAY) at midday.  

The early web shop shut down is owning to an unprecedented amount of orders which means we're running quite a few days behind with orders going out.  

Please have your orders in before Friday 14th at midday or else your order will not ship until 3rd Janaury.   

Opening hours for the London store (61 Great Titchfield Street)

22nd and 23rd December   9:00-18:00

24th December CLOSED (this is our Christmas day)

25th Dec until 2nd Jan - CLOSED

Open again as per usual from 3rd Jan 2013.

GOD JUL you lovely people


The Kitchen People


November 30, 2012

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


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. 


WIN 2 tickets to see THE HUNT w Q&A Thomas Vinterberg (via Skype) tonight FRIDAY 30th Nov

Wanna go out tonight?


Perfect Date Night competition for you:

Win TWO TICKETS for the screening of THE HUNT tonight starring Mads Mikkelsen (yes, him). 

It's on at The Curzon Soho London tonight Friday 30th Nov 2012 at 18:15 and not only do you get to see this amazing film you also get to take part in a Skype Q&A with Thomas Vinterberg the Danish Director and co-founder of the Dogme Movement.  

To be in with a chance to win, answer this easy peasy question and SEND IT TO US BEFORE 13:00 today, please (winner will be notified by 13:30).

What was Mads Mikkelsel's character name in Casino Royale?

a) Le Chiffre

b) James Bond

c) Vesper Lynd

Answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before 13:00 today Friday, please.

Winner chosen at random.

No alternative prize. Usual rules apply.


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

A lovely evening with Trine, Signe, Emma and Patrick

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We had a lovely evening of book signing yesterday at Scandi Kitchen.  Lots of mulled wine, great chat and nice biscuits. Bronte drank too much mulled wine and lit up the whole place with her beacon red ears. 

Trine Hahnemann was there, advising on cooking traditonal Scandinavian Christmas food.  Signe 'Scandilicious' Johansen mingled and advised on baking.

The lovely Emma Kennedy showed us all her knitted Sarah Lund doll - and we all got so envious that we're planning to learn how to knit our own.  Patrick Kingsley of the Guardian shared his tips on How to Be Danish.

Thanks to you all for turning up and for being part of it - and thank you most of all to our great authors for being there and signing many, many books.

You can buy all the books here 

If you want signed copies, you can also pop by the cafe on Great Titchfield Street 

Emma and Sarah
Emma Kennedy and Sarah Lund (the smaller of the two).

November 13, 2012

Meet the Authors - Thursday 15th November 2012 at Scandi Kitchen

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Thursday 15th November, 6-8pm


Scandinavian Kitchen hosts an evening with four brilliant authors.

Trine Hahnemann, Signe Johansen, Emma Kennedy and Patrick Kingsley

Join us for an evening of great chat, mulled wine and book signings.

- Trine Hahnemann, celebrated Danish cookery writer, author of Scandinavian Christmas, Nordic Diet and The Scandinavian Cookbook. Trine is hugely popular both in the UK, Scandinavia as well as in the US and features regularly in cookery magazines across the globe. 

- Signe Johansen, London-based Norwegian author of ‘Scandilicious’ and ‘Scandilicious Baking’, her recipes are traditional and have proven a masive hit with the public.  Signe features regularly in the media both via recipes published in the major food magazines as well as Tv apperances and her extremely popular blog.  

 - Emma Kennedy, actress, writer and TV host – has just published The Killing Handbook, a brilliant guide to the The Killing, Sarah Lund's jumpers, and all things Danish.  

 - Patrick Kingsley, superb Guardian journalist and author of How To Be Danish – a look at modern Danish life.  This is Patrick’s first book - and there’s already plans for more guides to different countries.

All four authors will be signing books on the night.  The event starts at 6pm – simply turn up and join in.

Hope to see lots of you there.


The Kitchen People x

Scandinavian Kitchen - Good food with love from Scandinavia

61 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PP

‘Phone 020 7580 7161


November 10, 2012

Meet Trine Hahnemann & Signe Johansen at Scandi Kitchen on Thu 15th Nov 2012


UPDATE 13th NOVEMBER:  This event will also be attended by the wonderful Patrick Kingsley, author of the book "How to be Danish'.  Patrick will be on hand to sign books, chit chat about Denmark and his thoughts on what makes people Danish.

We adore both Trine and Signe's books and we have stocked all of their books for years.  From the first Scandilicious book to the The Scandinavian Cookbook and The Nordic Diet, we have read and loved them all.

We're super pleased to be able to invite you all to an evening of Meet the Authors at the cafe on Great Titchfield Street.

When:            Thursday 15th november 2012

Time:            18:00 (for a few hours)

What:         Signing of books, mugs of mulled wine, all your questions about Scandinavian cooking and baking answered by the experts. 

Cost:        Free.  

Bye for now

The Kitchen People

PS - Signed copies of some books available now in store and online 




November 08, 2012

WIN TICKETS: Danish hip hop act Nik & Jay coming to London

Nik&Jay flyer v.4

Danish hip hop artists Nik & Jay have sold more than 1 million albums and singles in Denmark and are still, ten years into their career, the leading Danish pop act. 

In December they will be doing a one-off performance in London.

The event takes place Tuesday 11th December 2012.

Venue: The Garage - 20-22 Highbury Corner, N5 1RD London

Tickets: £22.50
 Doors: 7pm

Tickets are on sale from these places 

Since 2002, the pop/hip-hop duo Nik & Jay have forever altered the landscape of the Danish music industry, pushing the envelope with every song written and album released. The duo have won several Music Awards, have had 19 major hit singles in a row and have dominated sales charts, airplay charts and club charts for the past decade. Nik & Jay have put out four acclaimed albums with the legendary producer team, Jon & Jules, with whom they own the production company and label Nexus Music Ltd.

We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky person.

To be in with a chance to win, just answer this easy peasy question:

What’s the second largest city in Denmark?

1)            Aarhus

2)            Esbjerg

3)            Middelfart

Answers to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before 20th November, please. 

Usual competition rules apply. No prize alternative. No cheating.  

November 05, 2012

Trine Hahnemann's Scandi Christmas courses

As you know, we love Trine.  She's ace.  

We're super excited to be able to help spread the word about her Scandi Christmas Cooking Courses at Food52 in Islington - she is hosting both Scandi Baking and Christmas entertaining.

There's also a course that offers parents a chance to bake with their children - a really wonderful idea and the perfect pre-Christmas gift.

More info right here

Quote Scandi Kitchen when you book and get 20% off the course price.

Trine will also be at Scandi Kitchen on 15th November to sign books and have a chit chat if you fancy popping along.  We'll put the glogg on.


October 31, 2012

WIN: Scandinavian Christmas by Trine Hahnemann


Ah, the lovely Trine, our good friend and fab cookery cook writer.  Her new book, Scandinavian Christmas, is out and it is super. Learn how to make everything from lussekatter to aebleskiver and roast pork with crackling.

Trine is going to be popping by our place on 15th November to sign lots of books and be available for chat, advise and general recipe sharing. We'll post more about this event soon.

Until then, how about getting your hands on one of the books?

We've got one signed copy to give away - just answer this easy peasy questions to be in with a chance of winning:

Lucia buns are traditionally flavoured with what spice?

a)    Cinnamon

b)    All spice

c)    Saffron

Answers to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Sunday 4th November at midnight. Usual rules apply which is mainly all about no cheating, no alternative prize and no cash alternative.  

Trine's Christmas book is out now - signed copies available in the shop.


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.  

How to be Danish

October 16, 2012

New Swedish School in West London (Saturdays only)

There's a new mini Swedish school in London and this one is located in West London.  

Every Saturday, the school will host classes for the following:

09.45-10.30 – Tussilago – Children 1-2 years old

10.45-11.45 – Vitsippor – Children 3-4 years old

12.00-13.15 – Blåklockor – Children 4-9 years old

The price is £100 for a term (13 Saturdays) for the youngest group, £130 for the middle group and £150 for the eldest group.

For more info, have a peek here 

October 11, 2012

Swedish Chefs wins at Culinary Olympics


Hurdy Gurdy they all said.  

And then they won.

The Swedish chef team at the Culinary Olympics in Germany won gold this week in one of the biggest cooking competitions in the world.

The team cooked red deer and blackened ling.  Yum.

Congratulations to the chefs - not a muppet in sight here.


September 14, 2012

That song from The Bridge...

Choir of Young Believers wrote and performed that haunting, beautiful song from The Bridge (Broen) TV series.  Remember it?  Listen to it below.

The band is going to perform in East London on 29th September 2012 at 19:00 - the event is free (yes, really:   FREE), but do get there early as organisers are expecting it to fill up quickly.  

The details:

Rough Trade East
Old Truman Brewery, 
91 Brick Lane E1 6QL 
London, UK

More details here 

June 25, 2012

Free on Thursday 28th June for an hour or so?

Looking for people for our Scandi food focus group this THURSDAY 28th June from 18:00-19:30 at 
Scandi Kitchen.  In return for coming and giving us your opinions about some herring, some crisp bread 
and other yummy bits ("do you like this one better than this one?" type questions) you get a voucher 
for free lunch.

We prefer non-Scandies for this session.

Mail bronte@scandikitchen.co.uk if interested.


June 23, 2012

Swedish "Snapsvisor" - drinking songs for Midsummer

Here you go.  It's really simple:  Click on the link below and you get a pdf of the lyrics for some Swedish drinking songs for your Midsummer picnic today.

You're welcome.

Download 1206 Snapsvisor A4


June 11, 2012

Desperately seeking Swedish men

This is not a lonely hearts advert, but a call for Swedish men aged 25-40ish to be cast in a 
TV series filming in Kent in June.  It's a show called Call the Midwife.

Bascially, you have to fullfil the following criteria: 
1) be Swedish 
2) be male 
3) look a bit stereotypical Swedish (read: blonde to dark blonde) 
4) not mind getting a short haircut 
5) want to be on telly.

Here's the blurb from the agency:

Ray Knight Casting are looking for Swedish men aged 18 to 45-ish to take part in a period 
drama as background artistes. 

Please email Rachel urgently on ra@rayknight.co.uk, with a photo if interested.  
Short back and sides (haircut) required.  

Interested participants need to look Swedish and will be singing in Swedish. 
Filming in London and Kent in June.

Interested? Get that photo downloaded of your facebook page and contact them as soon 
as possible.


Stero typing? Oh yes.   


May 22, 2012

Delicato cakes special offer: 4 multi packs for £10


Do you know the Swedish brand Delicato?  We think you should.  amazing cakes perfect for a cup of coffee.

Kokosboll - coconut mocha truffle type cake (good explanation, huh?) - very moorish.  

Mazarin - almond tart

Punchrulle - also known as "hoovers" - green marcipan covered rum truffle.

Skumraket - literally, foam rocket (!) is mallow covered in a super thin layer of chocolate and coconut (also gluten free by the way).

and more types too...

We're currently doing a special offer of 4 packs for just a tenner.  

Yeps, time to stock up.  Get your mitts on these yummy treats from our website.




May 18, 2012

WIN a DVD box set of "Broen/Bron" (The Bridge)

To celebrate the release of teh DVD Box set of THe Bridge on Monday, we've been lucky and got our hands on one of these to give to one lukcy winner.

To enter the competiton, click in on our facebook page right here http://www.facebook.com/scandikitchen before midday today Friday 18/5/2012 and answer an stupidly easy question.

Bridge_DVD 3D packshot

May 16, 2012

Danish school in London / Dansk Skole i London

There's a lot of talk about setting up a Danish school in London and we're happy to pass on the info in case others are interested in taking part in this.  If you are interested in hearing more about this Danish School you shoudl attend the meeting on 26th June - read on for details.

The school is modelled on the New Model School concept (google Maple Walk for a good example of such a school) - and it will follow the Danish curriculum.  It is fee paying, but minimum fees and non profit.

If you are interested in attending the first meeting about this school, you can sign up by e-mailing dendanskeskole@hotmail.co.uk.

Here's all the info you need - direct from the people who are working on setting this school up:


We would like to invite you to the inaugural meeting for the Danish School in London

The meeting will take place at 7.30 on the 26th of June at the Danish YMCA:

Dansk KFUK
43 Maresfield Gardens 
London NW3 5TF

Who are we?

 ·Eva Lunderskov Papesch, Danish born Doctor, permanently based in the South East for the last 10 years, has lived in London for a total of 14 years.

·Michael Papesch, New Zealand born Doctor, permanently based in London for the last 16 years

·We are married and have two bilingual children. We are missing a bilingual fulltime primary and secondary education option in London and are passionate about making our vision of a Danish-English school a reality

Rationale: Why do we need this school?

·We conducted a survey of parents of 150 Danish children who are predominantly permanently based in London. The results of a survey of the Danish community in the southeast of England, showed an overwhelming interest for the establishment of a school with a Danish Ethos

·This is not a business venture, we are doing this because we have a vision to provide fulltime bilingual education to Danish speaking children in London

Meeting agenda

· Presentation of our initial proposal of a bilingual Danish/English fulltime Primary and Secondary school in North London

· Appointment of a start up group assisting with the next steps of the process, including fundraising, networking, legal and business input

And in Danish:

Kære Forældre

Tusinde tak for jeres positive respons til vores spørgeskema angående en danskfolkeskole i London. Interessen har været overvældende positiv og vi har nu etableret en model for den skole vi håber at starte i efteråret 2013 eller 2014. Vi håber at kunne optage reception/børnehaveklasse elever, men hvis interessen er der, er der eventuelt mulighed for også at optage year 1 elever, når vi starter.

Hvem er vi?


Vi er Eva og Mike Papesch. Vi er begge øre-næse-hals læger og arbejder henholdsvis halv og heltid for NHS. Eva er oprindeligt fra København, men har været bosat i London og the Southeast, i over 14 år. Mike er oprindeligt fra New Zealand, og har været bosat i England i 16 år. Vi har selv to børn og det er vores ambition at give dem en integreret to-sproget opvækst.



Vi har nu fastsat en dato for vores længe afventede opstartsmøde:

Tid: 26. Juni 2012 kl 19.30

Sted:     Dansk KFUK
              43 Maresfield Gardens 
              London NW3 5TF

Sprog: Der vil blive talt dansk og engelsk

Svar udbedes.

Skole model

Efter mange overvejelser og besøg til andre nationalitets skoler og privat skole, har vi bestemt os for at forsøge at oprette en skole der i særdeleshed henvender sig tildansk talende familier, der er langtids bosat i Sydøst England. Vi forventer at tilbyde et independent engelsk curriculum og desuden undervisning på folkeskole niveau i dansk. I en del fag vil der desunden blive undervist på dansk, inklusiv idræt, musik og billedkunst. Grunden til at vi har taget denne beslutning er, at vi ønsker at tiltrække elever der forventer at blive på skolen i mange år. Denne model giver desuden mulighed for,  at elever kan blive optaget på eller forlade skolen, fra eller til det engelske skole system. Dette er specielt relevant ved skole skift omkring det tidspunkt der svarer til engelsk secondary og  efter niende klasse/ GCSE. Skolen vil naturligvis også være åben for dansk talende børn der er bosat i London i kortere tid.  Se desuden vores vedhæftede dokument om vores vision og handlings plan. En mere detaljeret gennemgang vil finde sted den 26. juni.

Blive medlem af opstarts gruppen

Vi leder pt efter personer der er interesserede i at hjælpe med opstarten af dendanske skole. Specifikt leder vi efter personer med erfaring inden for jura, undervisning, skoleopstart, danske ministerier, fundraising, marketing, webdesign, investering- og entrepenuering, byggeplanlægning, arkitektur, regnskabsføring og forældreskab . Hvis du eller din partner har en af de nævnte kompetancer og I er interesserede i at hjælpe med opstarten, er du meget velkommen til at kontakte os via email, eller blot snakke med os den 26/6.

May 14, 2012

Do you care enough to free someone you've never met?

We adore this experiment / advert from the Swedish Armed Forces.   Here, explained in English.

May 03, 2012

17 Mai 2012 - Norwegian National Day London


Think St Patrick’s Day is cool?  Then you’ll also enjoy Norwegian National Day, except everything is blue, red and white instead.  Oh, and less Guinness.  Possibly a bit more aquavit instead.  And waffles.

Norwegian constitution day is celebrated on 17th May every year and Norwegians across the world come out of the wood work, adorn their national costumes and get together to celebrate.

In London, these celebrations take place all over – but start in Southwark Park at 9:00 with the hoisting of the Norwegian flag.  There’s dancing, there’s music, there’s hotdogs and there are sure to be an abundance of waffles with or without brown cheese.

You can find the whole programme for 17th May (17. Mai i London 2012) right here

At our Great Titchfield Store we’ll be celebrating Norway too – with flags, cakes and tasters – so pop on down to see us.

We’re expecting our full Norway National Day delivery on 10th May so that is when you need to get ordering via our online shop www.scandikitchen.co.uk/shop to ensure your stash in time for the celebrations.


April 30, 2012

FRIA Gluten Free bread wins Best BREAD category

Fria 2

We love Fria.  They make amazing bread.  That it is gluen free (and mostly dairy free) is a bonus.

A few weeks back FRIA won the category for Best Bread at the Free From awards.  This is a big deal.

If you are gluten intolerent and you want to eat bread that taste like real bread but contains no gluten, then get yourself down to our shop and pick up some Fria.  

You will find it in the Freezer section.  Along with Fria chocolate cake, Fria cinnamon buns and muffins.  Yes, all gluten free.

The product that won the awards is the Fria Wholemeal loaf - it is gluten free, dairy free, nut free and egg free.  And it tastes amazing.




April 27, 2012

Scandinavian Kitchen sessions w/ JANICE LONG

Ahhh, we love Janice.  She's uber cool.  So, when she asked if her and her gang could record some music sessions at our gaff, we said yes.  That lady has an excellent taste in music - and friends.

You can find the details of the Janice Long Scandi Kitchen sessions right here on the website:



April 24, 2012

Let's get married.... In IKEA?

A couple in America decided to get married where they met:  at an IKEA store.

And yes, they had meatballs for dinner.  

Word fail us.

More here 



Let's get married.... In IKEA?

A couple in America decided to get married where they met:  at an IKEA store.

And yes, they had meatballs for dinner.  

Word fail us.

More here 



April 22, 2012

Title music from The Bridge (Broen / Bron) on BBC

Did you watch episode 1 and 2 of The Bridge, the new Scandi crime series showing on BBC last night?  

Fantastic, isn't it?

Oh, and have you been wondering every since why your head in haunted by this beautiful title track and you can't seem to find out who on earth it is?

We're here to help.

The band is Choir of Young Believers and the track is called Hollow Talk.  

Here's the opening clip

April 03, 2012

Scary Norway tow-truck fall. Shudder.

This footage reminds us just how dangerous the roads in Norway are.  Note the driver of the tow truck's amazing escape (sadly the driver of the actual truck had to go to hospital, but his condition is said to be stable).


March 27, 2012

A Sarah Lund jumper for Camilla

Camilla and Charles are visiting Denmark - and they made a wee trip out to see Sarah Lund and crew (currently filming series 3 of The Killing).

Guess who got a real Sarah Lund  jumper?  Oh yes.  Camilla did.  Doesn't she look happy?  

The lady on the right is the Danish Crown Princess Mary.  She's got 31 jumpers already so she didn't get any.  Probably.

Photo from Daily Mail - read article by clicking photo.

New photo of Swedish Princess Estelle

A new photo of the lovely Princess Estelle and her mother, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, was released today.

All say awwwww now.


March 15, 2012

How Norwegian Labour MPs spend their spare time...


....starring in music videos.

Labour MP Jette F. Christensen from Norway is one of the stars of this new music video called "Big Girls".

We think Ms Widdecombe or Ms Harman should take a leaf out of Jette's book and star in the new One Direction video.

If you've got it, flaunt it, we say.


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