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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.

November 22, 2013

WIN tickets for 'You & Me Forever' closing gala at Nordic Film Festival


The Nordic Film Festival opens in London on 25th Nov and is on until 4th December 2013.

We've got a pair of tickets to give away to the closing night London premiere gala screening of new Danish drama YOU & ME FOREVER (directed by Kaspar Munk, Denmark 2012) on 4th December at 8.20pm, Cine Lumiere (South Kensington). The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the three lead actresses from the film. 

More information on the film can be found right here.

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

Director Lars von Trier is from which Scandinavian country:

a) Denmark

b) Norway

c) Sweden

Answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Monday at noon (Mon 25th Nov), winner will be drawn from all correct entries. No cheating. Usual rules apply. No alternative prize. Winner must be able to attend event on 4th December.

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)



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 23, 2012

Scandinavian Christmas Markets 2012 - (23,24,25 Nov 2012)

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It's the weeked for ALL the Scandi Christmas Markets in London

(23rd, 24th and 25th November 2012)

Swedish Church, Harcourt Street, London - Sat and Sun 11-6 (sat), 12-5 (sun) LINK HERE

Norwegian Church, St Olav's Square, Rotherhide 11-5 (Fri), 10-6 (Sat), 12-4 (Sun) LINK HERE

Finnish Church in London LONTOON SUOMALAINEN MERIMIESKIRKKO, Rotherhide 12-8 (Fri), 10-6 (Sat), 11-5 (Sun) - also continues through out next week LINK HERE

Danish YMCA Julemarked 43 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, 11-5 (Sat), 10-4 (Sun) LINK HERE

The Scandinavian Christmas Market - Outdoor market with loads of Scandi stalls, foods, presents, krims krams and nice hyggelige people  - Rotherhide, outside Finnish and Norwegian Church (yes, we're there, selling mulled wine and gingrbread dough, biscuits, delicato and more) LINK HERE

All a bit too much?  Pop by our shop. We'll put the coffee on, save you a piece of cake and always have time for a few hugs.  We're open as normal 10-18 Saturday and 10-17 Sunday.

God Jul x



February 01, 2012

And the survey says....

How did we really do?

It always makes us nervous to ask “how do you think we’re doing”.  What if the answer is that you’d much prefer us to serve kebabs with extra chilli sauce?  Or that we should be less friendly?  Or that Seb needs to shave all his hair off again like he did in 2008? 

We love what we do and we hope it shows.  We get up in the morning, ready to make open sandwiches and ready to try and untangle the logistical puzzle that is importing from several countries at the same time.  We love it and we’ve been doing it for almost five years and we want to do it for many more to come.

Thanks for taking the time to those of you who did – literally hundreds and hundreds of people filled in our questionnaire.

We can’t print every single reply, but we can print a small snapshot of the comments that made us giggle, listen up and some of the ones that made us blush in the nicest way.  It’s only fair to share,  isn’t it?

What’s the best thing about Scandinavian Kitchen?

This bit made us blush.  A lot.  Thank you.  The fact that so many of you said “the hugs” and heaps of you told us that we make you feel less homesick means a lot.

What is the least good thing?

We learnt a lot here.  Some good points that we’re already working on.  Some comments such as “That there’s only one of you and you are not in Scotland” made us want to go open another cafe straight away.   We know we get too busy sometimes and we’re working on a solution for that which does not involved Sebastian becoming a bouncer and people having to wear proper trousers to gain access.

What would make you pop back and see us more often?

The majority of you answered this question with “if you opened a store in Edmonton/Glasgow/Tunbridge Wells/Surbiton etc”

Over 98% of you rated the quality of our food as “Very good” or “Exellent”. 

98,6% rated our Quality of Service as “very good” or “excellent”. 

86% of you said our Grocery Selection of products was either “Very Good” or Excellent”.  We got a great list of suggestions from you on new products as well, thank you.

From the “feel free to rant and rave here” section, these were our favourites:

  • There's the total absence of beautiful Scandinavian women in Shipston-on-Stour 
  • I eat too many smorbukk
  • I'm going to the gymnastics olympics test event tomorrow and I am excited!
  • I don't have my own Swede to play with :(
  • Please don't ever change!  (we won’t, don’t worry)

So, for the winners…  Camilla put on a sequined outfit and smiled, Seb put on a game shot hat (what IS a game show hat, anyway?), we put lots of names into the hat and out popped a bunny as well as a list of people whose lives will be greatly improved in the way of free stuff:

Free lunch for two at Scandi Kitchen: 

  • Gwen Larsen 
  • Alan Cox  

Voucher for £50 to spend in our on-line store

  • Mrs P Wells

A bottle of snaps

  • Erik Bolvin

Thanks again, lovely people:  We look forward to the fun year ahead.

Bye for now

The Kitchen People



January 31, 2012

Fria: Swedish for Gluten Free


FRIA gluten-free bakery has been baking gluten and milk free products since 1996.  Their tagline "You can't tell the difference" really does hold true:  these are amazing gluten free products that tastes just like "normal" bread.  Hailed by many people who suffer from Coeliac disease and other allergies as a "true taste winner".

All FRIA breads come frozen:  Just remove what you need from your freezer, leave to defrost at room temperature - and then enjoy it.  

For the past year, Fria has been making a big impact on the UK market.  By an immense public demand, the products are now more and more readily available.  And now, throughout the whole month of February, you can get your FRIA gluten free breads at three-for-two at Scandinavian Kitchen.  

At the Great Titchfield Store (www.scandikitchen.co.uk), you can now get your hands on:

Grova: A best-seller among gluten-free breads. A fiber-rich, dark sliced sandwich loaf enriched with linseed and a hint of caraway seeds. 
500g. Approximately 16 slices.

Grov Minibaguette: Dark roll, fiber-enriched with sunflower seeds, linseeds and buckwheat flakes. 
280g. 4 per pack

Pizza: Pre-made, half-baked pizza base. Create your own, personal pizza with your favorite toppings, bake it in the oven and enjoy.
350g. 2 per pack.

Kanelbulle:  Wonderfully rich and sweet cinnamon buns. Ideal with coffee, tea, hot chocolate or a glass of juice.   230g. 4 per pack.

Kladdkaka:  This Swedish style chocolate brownie cake has a rich chocolate taste with a hint of vanilla. Serve as it is, or top with whipped cream and fresh berries - it's a guaranteed success at parties for children of all ages. 400g. 1 per pack.

We'll add more products throughout the month - but for now, pop along and try these ones out for yourself.   

Don't take our word for it:  Have a look at this video from the 2011 Olympia show and see people's reaction for yourself.  

FRIA at the Allergy & Gluten Free Show, Olympia 2011 from Fria Gluten Free on Vimeo.

Read more about FRIA here - and follow them on Facebook too.


September 21, 2011

The Swedish Bicycle Air-Bag Helmet

Trust the Scandies to finally solve the problem of having Boris-Hair every time you've been on your bike.

Introducing the HOVDING bike helmet:  you wear it around your neck but in the event of an accident, it blows up around your head and protects the sensitive head nut from damage.  Best thing (aside from saving your brain):  You can't see it.  You can still have wind in your hair...

Very, very smart, we think.

See their website here

Now you don't see it...

Now you see it.

April 15, 2011

Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine

We love a bit of royal chit chat, this is no secret.  Still, we can't help but question the latest naming of the Danish royal twins:  Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

447495-royal-christening They say that all children grow into their names and we're sure this is true of these little nippers too.  Still, having twins in a family, you'd think that the names might "fit"  a bit together.  But who are we to judge?  When our Bronte had her babies, she wanted to name  them Elvis: it was a close call that she only had girls.

The Royal Twins, child no 3 and 4 to the Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess "throw another shrimp on the barbie" Mary, were christened yesterday.

Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander is the full name of the little boy - we especially love the addition of a Greenlandic name (Minik).

Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda is the name of the little girl - the name Ivalo being from Greenland.

The name Vincent means 'Conquering', where as the name Josephine means "The Lord increases".

Still, it could have been worse:  the could have called the poor kid Valiant.  And her Rapunzel.  But they did not, which is a good thing. 

Although we did root for Bent and Bente. 

420525-denmark-christening_ l to r: princess Isabella, Prince Christian the break dancer,

Princess Mary holding one twin, Crown Princess Frederik holding the other one.



December 07, 2010

SKYR - an Icelandic obsession (well, it is...)


Anyone in Iceland will tell you about the wonders of SKYR, a 1000-year old recipe yogurt type product.  Just like the Vikings used to make it, pretty much.

Sometimes, we get inundated with enquiries for SKYR, sometimes, it is just a steady trickle.  Initially, we were quite surprised that a country of less than 300,000 could create such a demand when most of them are actually still IN Iceland.  Then we realised that those crafty Icelandics have gotten loads of people addicted to the stuff.

While we cannot import fresh goods from Iceland (simply not logistically possible), we have found a little Danish diary that produces SKYR, using the traditional recipe.  This is the SKYR you can buy at Scandi Kitchen.

The shelf life on this product is not the best, guys, so we only get in what we need.  Usually, it is weekly, but at times it may be every two weeks.  Therefore, it may be a bit hit and miss if we have any in stock.  Therefore, we now have a SKYR APPRECIATION LIST.  Send a mail to bronte@scandikitchen.co.uk to be added - and she'll inform you of when the next delivery comes in.

Which this time, incidentially, is today Tuesday 7th December at 17:30.

Skyr til www





November 24, 2010

Trafalgar Square Tree - a Norwegian Export

Every year, Norway donates a very large tree to the City of London. 

Here are som tree facts:

  • The tree giving started in 1947 as a thank you from the City fo Oslo for Britain's assistance during the way
  • The tree is lit the first Thursday in December and the big event is attended by The Lord Mayor of Westminster.  Her name is Judith.  There is a chance Boris might turn up too:  you never know with him.  Fickle.
  • The tree is decorated in traditional Norwegian style and has 500 lights and quite a few flags.
  • Morten Harket is usually there dressed as an elf*

*maybe a bit of a white lie


October 28, 2010

Julebryg 2010 from Tuborg: Merry Christmas and Happy New Beer

J-Day (not Jonas Day, but Julebryg Day - the day of the Danish Christmas Beer) will this year be at Scandi Kitchen around 7-8th November.

We will keep you posted on prices, events, special offers and more as time progresses.

Tuborg Julebryg is a bottom-fermented, wiener beer brewed on lager, münchener and caramel malt with English liquorice. The beer is dark-golden with a fresh aroma of caramel, grain, liquorice and blackcurrant. It's excellent with traditional Christmas recipes, smoked fish, grilled/fried herring, smoked ham with curly kale, roast pork and duck.  Actually, the stuff we eat for Christmas.  Clever clogs, those Tuborg people.

May we also use this opportunity to tell you that YES, we shall be getting in a huge shipment of BLOSSA mulled wines (Glogg) - several kinds, different sizes and we'll also be doing our own mulled wine spices again this year, like every year.  Yahoo.


September 01, 2010

David Bray - our favourite illustrator dude, like, ever

We have amazing customers.  Some, over the year, pop round so often we wonder if they want to move in. 

One of such lovelies is Dave.  Dave "can I have a laaaaartey" Bray is an illustrator and he did some drawings for us a while back - they hang our walls in the cafe and we love them. 

You can see more of Dave's work here

In response to many, many enquiries, yes it IS possible to buy prints of these - the prints are numbered from 1-100 and cost £50 for one and £85 for two.  Nobody has ever asked what 3 cost, but I'm sure there is a deal to be made if you want both Odin, Thor and Freya on your bedroom wall.


June 23, 2010

Special treatment for the Swedes? Typical.


On second thoughts: let them have it.

The EU laws are there for a reason, you know.  Bananas are not supposed to be bendy, cucumbers must be uniform and straight or else they cannot fulfil their purpose in life.  That is so because the people of Brussels have spoken and said so.  So. There. You. Go.

Except, there are exceptions and lately, some of us Danes and Norwegians at SK and realising it is always the Swedes who have to be difficult and different and get special treatment.

First up, SNUS:

Snus is basically tobacco compressed into little pouches that look at bit like teabags that you stuff up under your top lip instead of smoking a cigarette.  if you are hardcore you get the "loose" snus which is the same thing but without the bag around it.  Either way, until you get the hang of it, you look like you have a fat lip.

The EU banned Snus quite a few years ago, but Sweden got an exception to this because of tradition.  So far, so good.

But NOW we're learning that the EU also gave special permission to Sweden for fermented herring.  A-ha!  Yes, Surstromming contains a seriously high level of dioxins, which are not very good for you at all, really.  So, the Brussels people banned it in 2002 but gave Sweden exception.  See?  There they go again, always wanting to be different, getting special treatment.

The exception runs out in 2011 and currently, Sweden's agriculture minister Eskil Erlandsson is pleading with the EU to extend the permission to eat rotten herring that smells really, really bad.

EU commissioner John Dalli, who has been dealing with the case, was asked if he'd actually tried the delicacy and said he had been recommended not to go near it due to the awful smell. 


Sexy Swedish Snus Man


May 05, 2010

5th May 1945: Liberation of Denmark

Okay, yes, we know it:  lots of other places were liberated too in May 1945 by the British... But being Scandies, we get a little nostalgic around this time of year and often cast our minds back to our grandfathers and grandmothers who all fought, in their own way, during those dark years.   Under the watchful eye of General Bernard Montgomery, Denmark was liberated on 5th May (actually, 4th in the evening- Except Bornholm, a small beautiful island south of Sweden, that was still occupied for a while after that).  Today, 5th of May, is the 65th anniversary of the Liberation of Denmark.  Neighbours Norway were liberated on 8th May.

Every year on the 4th May in the evening, the Danes pop a whole load of candles in the window to signal the end of the Nazi occupation: to celebrate the light and to celebrate freedom.  It's very pretty.

War is a nasty, nasty thing.  Sometimes, however, looking back is not about remember only the bad stuff, but remembering stuff we learnt and the price we had to pay for freedom, whether from personal expereinces or learning from the stories our grandparents told us. 


January 27, 2010

The way the Danish news reports...

We saw this on the national Danish news report earlier today:


And a few hours later they corrected the item:

Oh, so that's the end of that story, then?!

January 19, 2010

Nordic Diet by Trina Hahnemann


Our boys and Trina (with some jars of red cabbage in the background)

We love Trina, she writes really nice books about Scandinavian food.  This instantly makes her one of our favourite people, seeing as we're all about spreading the herring-word around the planet.

Her first book, Scandinavian Cookbook, was lush - and the photos by Lars Ranek were amazing.  Her new book, just published this month by Quadrille, is all about the Nordic Diet and how to follow it and maybe, just maybe, end up looking a bit like Helena Christensen (maybe, only maybe).

Trina popped by on Monday to say hello to us and to sign a few books.  The Scandi Kitchen guys were all very pleased, as you can see.

To be in with the chance of winning a SIGNED copy of the NORDIC DIET book, answer the following question:

The infamous 80's rock band Europe had a poodle haired lead singer.  What was his name?

A: Joey Tribiani

B: Joey Tempest

C: Joey the Pink Poodle

Send your answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Friday this week and we'll enter you into the competition.  The usual rules apply (no cheating, no cash alternative, only one winner, no you can't swap your prize for an evening out with Henrik, although he will sign the book as well if you request it).

If you fancy seeing Trina in action, she is hosting a cooking event at the most excellent Divertimenti on 30th January - it is only £40 a head www.Divertimenti.co.uk


November 17, 2009

Blossa glögg and all the trimmings...


The glogg has arrived. Yahoo.  Blossa glogg is the most popular mulled wine from Sweden - a wine ready to heat with spices such as cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and dried seville orange.

Bottles start at £8.95 for the normal Blossa Glogg - we also stock the stronger versions and those flavoured with cognac and rum.

We do recommend that you reserve yours as we will most likely start to run out at some point towards the festive season - so mail usyourorder to iwantfood@scandikitchen.co.uk

We are also selling the very popular mulled wine spices.  Our friend Annika in Gothenburg makes the most amazing mulled wine and she has shared her recipe with us.  Every year, people flock to her house to sample her mulled wine and ginger biscuits over a chit chat about this and that.  IT's really easy to make your own glogg - just add a bag of her spices to some red wine, add a bit of sugar and off you go. Easy peasy.

Love, The Kitchen People x

October 20, 2009

Norway is the best place to live. Must be the Bamsemums.

Norway has once again been voted the best place to live in the world.  Is it the food?  Is it the weather? The jumpers? Whatever is may be, it has come top in the UN pole once again.

You can read the full article right here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8290550.stm

The rest of the Scandinavian countries featured 3rd (Iceland), 7th (Sweden), 12th (Finland), 16th (Denmark).  Niger and Afghanistan came bottom of the list out of 182 countries.


September 16, 2009

And the Swedish version...

...and some stuff from the Danish papers...  http://politiken.dk/newsinenglish/article788087.ece

Danish woman seeking father of child.... Clever or stupid?

This video has been revealed to be the product of a Danish tourist campaign and not the "who's the daddy" video some thought it was.  Clever or just plain stupid?  Who are we to judge - but feel free to add your comments here on our blog, we'd love to hear what you think.  Is this really the way to entice tourists to visit Wonderful Copenhagen?  Is "hygge" all about drinks and frolics?

Note - of for any reason you cannot watch the clips, due to the Danish media being totally up in arms about this, they keep being removed from You Tube, so just go in and search on "Danish Mother seeks father" and you should find a link.

Snus - the debate rages on...

Snus is a very Swedish thing.  Basically, for those of you not in the know, it is moist tobacco packed tightly together and "left" to infuse under the top lip of the user.  Basically, a cigarette with no harm to others and no smoke at all.

While we do not think nicotine is a wonderful thing at the best of time, we do think that people should be able to do what they want if it does not affect people around them.  Currently, the EU has a ban on Snus across Europe except Scandinavia (where the use of Snus is considered "traditional" and is therefore legal to sell). 

This means that nobody in the UK is allowed to sell SNUS - although it is perfectly legal to import own use and to use it. 

You can read more here about the current debate - feel free to add your comments on the blog.



August 26, 2009

Nothing ever happens in Rydsgård...Or Hong..

Ever wondered why some of us left?  These are some of the highlights from our local areas newspapers this week:

Henrik’s Rydsgård: Thieves broke into a ticket machine at the train station for the second time in a row – and didn't even steal the cash, that’s how bored they are there: http://www.ystadsallehanda.se/article/20090826/SKURUP/19073669/1365/&/Nytt-inbrott-i-biljettautomat

Bronte’s Hong – local person vigorously denies sowing hemp plants and blames the local birds for sprading the seeds to the 40 plants found in his garden. http://www.sn.dk/artikel/13471:Kalundborg----Fuglene-maa-have-saaet-hampplanterne

World record attempt in pumpkin growing was aborted at last minute in Ystad http://www.ystadsallehanda.se/article/20090826/SKURUP/931850365/1365/&/Nytt-rekord-trots-misslyckande

Got any better ones?  Please do send us some links.


Honestly, Officer, the birds did it...


August 12, 2009

Poor Norwegian Ram

This is the most unsettling animal picture we saw this week.  Thanks for sending it in to us (from The Guardian).


July 27, 2009

Snogging party takes place in Malmo

Kissing is so, so nice and it is nice to know that if you don't have anyone to kiss right now, yhou can always go to the annual snogging party in Malmo.

Yes, that is right:  many love sick Swedes turned up last Saturday to take part on the event that was all about spreading love and presumably also a few colds.  Orgasnisers hailed the event as a success, with categoeries for both "men-women", "men-men", girl-girl" and "Don't care".

You can read more about the event here http://www.thelocal.se/20918/20090726/

We'd like to remind you that our Henrik is from this wonderful inventive place that is Malmo, although sadly, he did not take part in this year's snog event but may well be up for taking part in any spontaneus events of similar nature (taking part after the 5th pint on Friday evening outside the Crown & Sceptre pub).  Maybe.


June 18, 2009

CORRECTION - Earl of Camden MIDSOMMAR party

Hi all

Correction - the Earl fo Camden pub Midsummer party is on FRIDAY (i.e. toorrow) and NOT Saturday. 


The Kitchen People

June 16, 2009

Ms. Ramsay and her boys

Ms Ramsay pops in to see us most mornings for her strong filter coffee to keep her going. When she's not busy being here, she's busy being with her horses - and today her horse Valentino Rossi is running at Ascot.  Here is the lady herself in all her Ascot glory waiting to go to the races - and posing with her favoured Scandi boys (although we think Sebastian may be her favourite).

Here are the odds for today http://horses.sportinglife.com/Racecards/0,12495,314633,00.html

We do not encourage betting and we do think that if you do choose to bet your pocket money, you should do so carefully and responsibly, like with only 25 pence stakes at the time and only ever bet on Norway to win Eurovision.  However, if you do choose to bet on Ms Ramsay's horse it is your own choice and has nothing to do with us.  Good luck ayway, to both you, Ms Ramsay and Valentino.


May 26, 2009

Hardeep's warming words

It's nice when you get compliments, especially from really lovely people like Hardeep Singh Kohli, the funny Scottish TV presenter.  This is what he wrote about us in his column for Scotland on Sunday:

"There are very few cafes that you leave with a takeaway coffee and a smile. There's a wee place called the Scandinavian Kitchen in Great Titchfield Street, London W1, that does exactly that. Before you even enter the place the board outside offers a heart-warming message: "hugs help but kisses never misses". Inside the greeting is warm and welcoming – and true to its word. One of the staff offered me a free hug with my Americano. I took him up on his offer and left smiling and embraced. Scandinavia might be cold but the people aren't."

Thanks, Hardeep.  Here's the full column:



April 06, 2009

"Suddenly Sibulla" star robbed in Sweden

A Japenese popstar by the name of Hideki Kaji was apparently robbed last week in Sweden whilst guarding camera eqipment worth thousands.  At the time Mr. Kaji was dressed as a pineapple.

Kaji has recorded his such as "Ramlosa "and "Suddenly Sibylla" 

We were dubious to the factual elements of this story, but you can read the whole story here

Visit the offical website of Kaji here

April 03, 2009

New hotdog eating champions at SK

This is Henry and Tim - they are our reigning hotdog eating champions at Scandi Kitchen.

The other day they popped by to try for 6 hotdogs each - and succeeded.

Here's the proof - and yes, we did check up on them.  Let us know when you are ready to try for 7, guys...


April 01, 2009

Hello again, Mamma

We were famous last week: a whole three times.  Wowsa, it felt good and it almost went to our head and we've spent days blowing our own trumpets.

You can read the articles here:

Stina Backer writes for The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/nordic-delights-the-scandinavian-diet-is-among-the-healthiest-and-most-delicious-in-the-world-1654155.html

Luke Leitch writes for The Times http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/article5982948.ece

We were in London Lite too - the link to that is coming later.

March 03, 2009

Young love...

Everybody say AWW: Swedish Crown Princess Victoria has finally got engaged to her boyfriend, Daniel.  The Swedish press is not so happy about a "commoner" marrying the future Queen of Sweden, but we think it is just fantastic.  So what if he is a middle class gym owner from the back end of Northern Sweden?  Haven't they ever read any fairy tales? 


February 09, 2009

Cows, hold that fart, please.

The Danish government has always been good at finding ways of taxing people.  Their latest proposal is to tax animals as they burp and fart.

You can read the whole article in English here


Photo kindly borrowed from Politiken.dk (thanks, we hope you don't mind)

February 06, 2009

Trumpet time...

They say good things come in threes.  Well, we'd been quite happy with one of these, but three in one day was also very nice, thank you.

The Evening Standard wrote about our meatballs and winter warmer dishes in London.  The London Lite wrote about breakfasts and we were the Scandinavian entry.

Time Out did a Nordic Special where they features both us and also our wonderful friends at KIDSEN - a Scandi style kids shop in Kensal Rise as well as lots of our other Nordic friends in London.   Read the whole article  here



February 02, 2009

Time for a re-think, Finland?

Hmmm...  Watch all the pre-selected 12 songs from Finland here as see if you can decide on a winner...  Come back, Lordi, all is forgiven.  Look out in particular for this chap called Rem sort of mid-way through.

We even import the weather...

Just in case you are wondering if Scandi Kitchen will be open today despite the heavy snow in London:  well, of course we will. 

So wrap up warm, pop by and join us for a nice mug of hot chocolate and a moan about the weather.

And a hug, if you so prefer.


The Kitchen People (who LOVE snow)


What Kensal Green looked like when some of us left this morning at 6 am...

January 19, 2009

Good service in Scandinavia?

We were in the Guardian on Saturday, commenting a bit about consumer service in both Denmark and Britain.  Afterwards at Scandi Kitchen we had a little chat about the little things that are very different between Scandinavia and Britain in terms of consumer service.  How the British are amazing at queueing.  How you get 200 Kronor if your bus is more than twenty minutes late in Sweden and how major Danish supermarkets do not accept international credit cards.

Feel free to add your comments - a link ot the article is here

January 13, 2009

And the survey says...

To be magically transported to the survey page CLICK HERE

Usually, we do the talking. Now it’s time for you to tell us what is what – we feel we don’t ask as often as we should: We’d really love it if you told us a few truths. Over the next few weeks we’ll be asking both in the shop and on line: what do you think of us? You can win great prizes too – from bottles of the finest Scandinavian aquavit, free lunches and a signed photo of Sebastian*

Thanks so much for your help.

Last entry is 20th Janaury. 


January 06, 2009

Thor scares off burglar

We love Thor.  Not only does he do thunder very well, he also scares off burglars in Scotland.

Full link here


Back to normal

We're back after a well earned break, loaded with a bunch of New Years resolutions:

  • Elisabeth has vowed never to let drunk people cut her hair in 2009
  • Jonas vows not to grow a moustache this year
  • Henrik would like a girlfriend
  • Sara is learning Geordie (aye aye mann)
  • Bronte's resolution was not to spill drinks on people on New Year's Eve (completed)
  • Seb promises himself to buy more stuff he doesn't need (he never buys himself anything, apparently) and to be more cheerful in the mornings

See you in the shop soon.  Opening hours are back to normal.  Do pop by and see a fresh faced moustache free Jonas.

The Kitchen People

December 13, 2008

We're on the telly (hi Mum)

Some nice people from Danish TV DR1 (TV Avisen , go'aften) popped over to London last week and came in to chat to us about the falling pound. 

We all had a lovely chit chat, although Bronte is slightly concerned that she sounds like linguistically confused Dane when she speaks.  We're expecting Mrs Blomhoj to call up to correct her grammar any day soon now

Pop forward to 16:43 minutes.

click here

December 09, 2008

WIN the new Finnish movie The Christmas Story

Win the new festive Finnish Movie called The Christmas Story. The touching story of how Santa Claus came to be Santa.

To be in with a chance to win, answer the following question:

What is “Father Christmas” in Finnish?

a. Tomte

b. Yule Goat

c. Joulupukki

d. Sinterklaas

Answers by e-mail, please to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before next Friday.  Usual rules apply.

A bit about the film: 

Hundreds of years ago the world’s greatest story was born…
In a remote village in Lapland, young Nikolas loses his family in an accident. The villagers decide to look after the orphaned boy together. Each family will take care of Nikolas for one year. At the end of each year, -on Christmas Day-, Nikolas has to move to a new home. To show his gratitude to the villagers, Nikolas decides to make toys for children of the families as good-bye presents. Over the years, Nikolas’ former adoptive families become many and soon almost every house has presents on its doorstep on Christmas morning.
When the village suffers a food shortage, the villagers have to send Nikolas to work as an apprentice for the hermit carpenter Iisakki. Under the cruel tutelage of Iisakki, Nikolas develops skills that enable him to create even better presents and to work even faster. The child-hating Iisakki, however, forbids Nikolas from making presents. The Christmas present tradition is in danger of coming to an end.

More details:



November 13, 2008

New stuff just in...

The Christmas deliveries are starting to come in... Some of the new stuff added this week includes:

  • Gløgg spices

  • Vortmix

  • æbleskiver

  • Brunkager

  • Pebernødder

  • Klejner

  • Swedish Chrsitmas beer and Swedish Chrsitmas aquavit

  • Brunekager  Pebbernoedder

November 11, 2008

Scandinavian Christmas Fairs in London

Every year there are several organisations that hold Christmas fairs for both the Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish communities in London.  These are really great events for all the ex-pats living in the UK and for a non-Scandi to attend it's a real cultural introduction.

Here's the low-down of this year's fairs and when they are taking place (this list will be updated as we find out more)

Finnish Church Christmas Fair            21-23 Nov and 26-29 click here

Danish YMCA &Church Christmas Fair  29-30 November click here

Swedish Church Christmas Fair           20, 22, 23 November click here

Norwegian Church Christmas Fair        21-22 November click here

These events tend to get rather busy but are really good fun and is a great way to not only met Scandinavians but also to support the community organisations that work so very hard all year round making sure people who come to the UK are not left alone and provide excellent fascilities ofr mother's groups, au pairs, elderly people and so on.  Do pop over and have a look and pick up some goodies.

Other Fairs to note:  This year the Danish Club in Dover Street will be holding a fair on the 18th of November - this is a fantastic opportunity to pop down to the club and meet old friends or indeed if you've never been, this is an open event and you can pop over and just have a nosy round to see if being a member is something you feel like doing. 

At this fair you will be able to buy lots of Danish food and goodies - from herring to remoulade to sweets - there'll even be hampers full of Danish food click here to be Danish - we'll be there and you can order stuff for Christmas or buy on the day.

There's also a fantastic Swedish Christmas fair in Barnes this year on 22nd November click here - we'll be exhibiting there and you can buy all the stuff you need or Christmas (if we run out, you can place orders).

November 09, 2008

Want to know a secret?

We'll be doing mail order very soon.  So if you live outside London, get your Christmas wish list ready...

Watch this space for news - should be in a week or so...

Love from The Kitchen People

November 03, 2008

Win a funky set of mugs

We've been using Normann Copenhagen's fancy pansy Famiglia mugs in our cafe since we started and we love them.  And this week, the lovely people at Normanns thought you might like a mug or two as well.  And if not you could always give them to Auntie Kirsten at Christmas.

To enter our competition to win a set of cups, answer the following question:

Which country is furtherst North?

a)    Sweden

b)    Norway

c)    Finland

Email your answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk.  Usual rules and regulations apply and if we don't follow them, you can call the competition police in on us.  If indeed there is such a thing. 



Scandinavian Shopping Day in Barnes 22nd November

Saturday the 22nd of November 2008, from 10am to 3.30 pm at Kitson Hall in Barnes (South West London) there will be a veritable smorgasbord of Scandinavian treats on sale.

Ideal for the homesick Scandi or anyone who wants a new take on Christmas shopping. Swedish baby and kids shoes and clothing, arts and crafts, wallpaper, women fashion - high quality designer gifts and contemporary accessories for you and your home - typical Swedish food and delicacies.... and lots more. Address: The Kitson Hall Kitson Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9HJ

We'll be doing the food - and yes, we'll be selling all the usual suspects of grocery goods too.  We'll also be taking orders for Christmas food and deliveries.  So do pop by for your filmjolk, prinskorv and maybe a hug or two if you're lucky.

read more here

October 29, 2008

STERLING airlines have gone bust...

If you've booked your ticket home to Denmark this Christmas with Sterling Airways, best go book a new one soon as they have gone bust.  Bah humbug, indeed. 


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