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June 12, 2014

How to celebrate midsummer the Swedish way


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. 


Get outside

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

Don't forget your umbrella.


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.


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. 


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



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.


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 


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.  


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.


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.



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.


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. 


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!

June 05, 2014

How to create a midsummer picnic - the easy way


How to create a midsummer picnic - the easy way

Midsummer occurs at exactly the same time as the summer solstice. It’s a wonderful time of year where we have almost round-the-clock daylight and try to tap into as much of it as we can, preparing ourselves for the long dark winter days ahead.

In Sweden, 'midsommar' sort of means picnics. It also means midsummer maypoles, aquavit, dancing, fun and frolics, and maybe a sing-song or two. It means flowers in your hair, and it definitely means local food eating outdoors with friends and family.

If you want to try your hand at a typically Scandi midsummer picnic, here’s our easy guide to doing it yourself. And don't worry if you think you'll have problems getting some of the trickier ingredients - we've suggested alternatives throughout.

What to make and pack

The emphasis is on seasonality and authentic produce.


It’s just not Scandi unless there's herring, so don't be squeamish and give it a try. At midsummer, we enjoy Matjes herring in particular. A lot more delicate than the usual pickled herring, it goes very well with the season's new potatoes.

We usually have at least two types of herring, so try one with Swedish mustard dressing – ABBA’s Senaps Sill is great.

Some UK supermarkets do have Scandi brands of pickled herring, so go for those if you can as they have a sweeter brine. Matjes herring is available online from ScandiKitchen.co.uk and you can also get it at Ocado. Rollmop herring is easy to find, but it is rather sourer than what we have in Scandinavia, and we have it in chunks rather than rolled lengths - avoid unless there's nothing else.

New potatoes

A must-have. Get really good quality new potatoes, boil and cool down to bring along to the picnic. Some people like them very plain, some like them tossed in dill. We prefer them in a light dill dressing as follows:

Cook the potatoes as described above. You can use slightly warm potatoes for this, or cooled ones straight out of the fridge. The most important part is to dress them just before serving.

Prepare the dressing:

• 75ml sunflower oil or other light oil

• 25ml white wine vinegar

• 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

• 1 tbsp caster sugar

• 1 medium shallot, very finely chopped

• 1 bunch of dill, finely chopped

• Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk the liquids, mustard and sugar until the sugar has dissolved, then fold in the chopped shallot and dill. Pour the dressing over the potatoes and make sure each potato is coated.


Swedish sour cream. There's no direct British equivalent (due to the fat content), but if you mix half natural yoghurt to half crème fraîche, you'll get something very close. Make a small batch so you have enough to pour over the potatoes and Matjes herring as a dip or dressing. Add a handful of finely chopped chives to the mixture.  

We do sell Gräddfil at ScandiKitchen if you want to get hold of the real thing.

Beetroot salad

This makes an appearance at every festive season. It’s delicious and simple to make, but you can easily buy our own from ScandiKitchen or Ocado.

To make it yourself, drain a jar of Scandi pickled beetroot and lightly chop them. Mix with one chopped tart apple. Add enough crème fraîche and mayonnaise to create a light pink hue, then season with salt, pepper, a dash of balsamic and maybe a squeeze of lemon juice if needed. Leave to set. 

If you use British pickled beetroot, you may need to add sugar for a more authentically sweeter taste.


Of course. Did you think we could have a picnic with no meatballs? 

Make or buy. If you decide to make, do so a day in advance, as it takes quite a while to make a full batch. If you buy, we highly recommend either Per i Viken or Mamma Scans. Either way, eat them cold.


We love salmon, but it can be a bit difficult to sit and eat on a picnic. We suggest making a cured salmon salad with new potatoes. You can omit the potatoes if you don’t want to double up on spuds for your picnic.

  • 300g cooked, cooled new potatoes, halved
  • 200g cured salmon (or smoked salmon, if you prefer)
  • 100g green beans, blanched, cut into 3-4 cm pieces
  • 150g green asparagus, blanched, cooled, cut into 3-4 cm pieces
  • 100g green peas, blanched, cooled
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • A handful of crunchy green leaves (from iceberg to frisée – whatever you prefer)
  • 1/3 cucumber, cubed
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives 
  • Sprigs of dill to decorate

Fold together and dress lightly with gravlax sauce, which is a dill and mustard dressing. We stock it, as do some supermarkets. 

Green salad

Nobody will eat it, but it’s pretty and looks like you've make a massive effort. Optional, of course.


Go for a lump of lovely Swedish Västerbotten or Prast. Don’t forget the cheese slicer.

If you want to show off, make a Väststerbottenpaj. It's a cheese quiche made with Västerbotten and full-fat cream. The dressing for the quiche is easy: a small jar of red lumpfish roe mixed with 100ml of crème fraîche. Or just buy a cheese quiche and smile sweetly.


This bit is important. You have to have crispbread, of course. Go for Leksands or Pyramid, both are very nice. Crusty bread is also common - get a baguette or some seeded rolls, whatever you fancy. Just don't forget the butter. 

Sweet stuff

Midsummer is all about the humble strawberry, and you’ll need to incorporate strawberries into your picnic somehow. If you're having it in your garden, you could make a jordgubbstårta – a strawberry layer cake – but that would be hard to bring along to a picnic. Instead, we suggest a few punnets of strawberries with a bit of cream and you’re done. If you want to bake, make a delicious Swedish sticky chocolate cake called a kladdkaka the day before. Chill it and slice before you leave (it's slightly under-baked and sticky, so you can only cut it while cold).

Serve with the cream and strawberries. Here's the recipe for kladdkaka.


Aquavit, cider and beers. You can add wine or champagne, but be careful of mixing aquavit and wine. We recommend a bottle of Skåne aquavit or Hallands Fläder, both are nice and summery. Only ever drink very cold, and as shots. For beers, go for Tuborg or Pistonhead. Rekordelig or Kopperberg are good cider options and probably the easiest thing on your shopping list to obtain. 

If you can't get aquavit, try flavouring a bottle of vodka. Google "make your own Swedish aquavit" for ideas.


Once you crack open the aquavit, the desire to sing will become evident. Prepare some good old Swedish ‘snapsvisor’, aka drinking songs. If you don’t speak Swedish, just pretend to be the Swedish Chef from The Muppets for a few minutes. More aquavit helps with that. Please be aware that after two shots of the strong stuff, you are likely to be fluent in Swedish, just by default.

Midsummer maypole etiquette

If there is a maypole, you need to dance around it. Not on your own, but with other people. Let them take the lead if you are unsure (and you will be unsure, so let them take the lead). If you find yourself pretending to be a little frog, this is quite normal. More aquavit helps with that.

Dress code

Well, there's not a dress code as such (although UK midsummer celebrations probably should include an anorak and umbrella). Women tend to wear white clothing, with wild flowers in their hair. This is of course optional, especially when it comes to keeping tidy during a picnic, although the floral hair arrangements can get quite competitive. Men tend to wear stuff that makes them look even more Swedish. Like tight trousers, maybe even yellow ones. We don't really advise either, if we're honest.

And that's it. Just have a lovely day whatever you do. 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'.



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.



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.



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.



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


(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.



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.


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.



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.



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



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



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').



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.



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.


Utepils Photo Richard Sagen 


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. 



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.

  Snow baby skiing


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



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.


April 17, 2014

Easy Easter Smorgasbord - a guide

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A traditional smörgåsbord doesn’t have to be complicated. It is, in essence, the Nordic version of a buffet, so as long as you follow a few traditional rules and know when to eat which bit, you won’t go wrong. We basically have the same smörgåsbord for every high season, with a few seasonal dish changes.

This version is designed so that you can shop and put it together in a morning, provided you’re organised about the whole thing. For this reason, we have provided UK supermarket equivalents for some ingredients, but if you do have time, pop by our shop and pick up the authentic Nordic essentials or make everything from scratch if you want to impress.

The basics

How to serve and arrange a smörgåsbord.

Laying the table: Arrange in the middle of the table or, if serving for many people, at a side serving table. Served as a lunch and should take around 2-3 hours to eat. The focus here is on slow eating and drinking, with much talking and being together.

Drinks: Lagers such as Tuborg and Carlsberg will provide authenticity – but any good bottled lager is fine. Wine is fine, but less traditional (wine really doesn’t go with herring and shots of aquavit).

Aquavit (aka snaps): We recommend shots of a good, super-chilled OP Andersson or Ålborg. Crisp and strong, they’re perfect partners for pickled herring. If you can’t get hold of aquavit, you can use chilled Absolut Vodka. Leave the bottle in the freezer for a good few hours before serving in shot glasses.

How to arrange the dishes

If arranging on a separate buffet table (recommended for 15 people or more), always arrange the fish at one end, starting with the herring, followed by any other fish dishes. Follow it with cold meats, then warm meats, side dishes and finally bread and butter. Cheese can be placed by the bread section or served separately at the end as a cheese board. Dessert is not brought out until the main smörgåsbord has been eaten. If arranging the food where people are sitting around a table, add all fish dishes first, then cold meats. Bring out any warm dishes as needed. The main thing is to let your guests know that they have to:

1) Always start with herring and aquavit (butter some rye bread or crisp bread, add a few slices of herring on top, eat with a knife and fork, drink a shot of aquavit, and everybody cheers together).

2) Once the herring is eaten, enjoy any other cold fish dishes – from prawns to salmon, egg with roe, and so on. Make your own little open sandwiches on the plate, but always use knife and fork. Never hands!

3) Sliced meats are next, and so on. Then repeat.

4) Warm dishes come next!

5) Replenish as you see fit throughout. We graze for hours, going back to our favourite sections again and again.

Plate arrangement

Arrange each seating with a large plate for main part of the meal and one small plate on top, for herring only. Herring has a very strong flavour, so once everybody’s done with it, the first plates are usually collected so the rest of the meal isn’t herring-flavoured. If you hate washing up or simply just love meatballs that taste of herring, knock yourself out.


We do like to sing a few songs as we drink our snaps. These are called ‘Snaps-visor’. After a couple of shots of aquavit, it is generally accepted that most people speak fluent Danish, even if they come from Middlesbrough and the closest they have been to Copenhagen is watching The Killing. Plenty of songs to be found on the internet. If you don’t fancy trying real Nordic songs, just pretend to be the Swedish Chef from the Muppets.

Every family has they own version and way to make a smörgåsbord. This is our version – make changes as you see fit. There is no smörgåsbord police (there might be smörgåsbord police in Sweden, actually).

ScandiKitchen’s Easy Easter Smörgåsbord for six people

Two kinds of herring

  • 1 jar of ABBA Mustard herring
  • 1 jar of ABBA Onion herring

Waitrose and Ocado have good versions of pickled herring, but don’t go for rollmops, as those are too sour.

Prawns and boiled eggs

6 hard boiled eggs, halved, placed on a serving dish. Add a bit of mayonnaise on each egg half and top with good quality prawns

Smoked salmon with lemon

Arrange about 60-70g of smoked salmon per person on a serving tray. Decorate with lemon wedges and a bit of fresh dill

Gravadlax Salad

Fold together in a bowl the following:

  • 200g gravlax cured salmon cut into bite size pieces
  • 150g cooked, cooled, sliced new potatoes
  • 100g blanched asparagus cut in pieces
  • A handful of green peas
  • 100g cooked, cooled green beans
  • 8-10 halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1-2 tablespoons of dill and mustard sauce

Arranged on a serving tray, top with chopped chives

Dill & mustard sauce:

You can make your own or get it at our place.

Most UK supermarkets have some form of it too these days.

Sliced and cold meats tray

6 slices of good quality ham

12 slices of Danish salami (or whichever you prefer)

Pork liver pâté – we love Stryhn’s or Per I Viken, but you can go for a good quality UK version too – just keep it smooth.

Warm dishes

Meatballs. Always meatballs.

Make your own, or use a ‘Swedish Meatball’ variety from the supermarket to keep it simple

In Sweden, we also eat a lot of ‘prinskorv’ mini sausages (heated).

We stock these, but you can get frankfurters in supermarket and cut to smaller pieces and serve alongside the meatballs

Where’s the lamb?

We actually don’t eat much lamb on the Easter buffet table. We agree that this does seem like a bit of an oversight. If you want lamb, have lamb. Make a small lamb roast and serve alongside the warm dishes. Lamb goes well with Jansson’s Temptation

Additional Side dishes

Choose as many of these to make as you fancy… (you do not need to make them all)

Beetroot Salad

  • 300g jar of drained beetroot, chopped
  • Mix with mayonnaise and crème fraîche until you have a pink creamy mixture.
  • Add salt, pepper, lemon juice (and sugar, if too tart). Leave to set.

Cheat: Ocado sells real ScandiKitchen Beetroot Salad. As do we in the shop

New potato salad

  • 500g of new potatoes, cooked and cooled.
  • Mix with a simple vinaigrette and chopped red onion.

Cheat: Buy a potato salad, but not the type drenched in mayonnaise

Jansson’s Temptation (warm)

A potato and cream gratin made with Swedish Grebbestads Ansjovis

(NEVER anchovies - this is one dish where no alternatives will suffice) and cream

(approx. 1 hour prep time)

Cheat: Get a potato gratin at the supermarket. Add small amount of chopped Grebbestads Ansjovis before baking

Västerbotten Paj (warm)

Swedish cheese quiche (1 hour prep time plus pasty making)

Cheat: Buy a good quality cheese quiche

Skagenröra (Swedish seafood salad)

  • 200g prawns and 200g crayfish trails, mix with chopped chives and chopped dill
  • Add a gentle helping of mayonnaise
  • Salt, pepper, finely chopped shallot. Combine.
  • Cheat: Add some chives and seasoning to a prawn mayonnaise.

Gubbröra (Egg and fish salad)

  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • Finely chopped shallot onion
  • 6 chopped fillets of Swedish Grebbestads Ansjovis
  • OR chopped matjes herring (as preferred)
  • Chopped chives, pepper.

Mix together. Serve in a bowl.

If you prefer a creamier version, add a dollop of crème fraîche.

Egg & Roe 

Arranged sliced, boiled eggs on a serving tray. Top with either Kalle’s Kaviar (creamed cod roe, in a tube, available in the shop or at Ocado)


Dollops of lumpfish roe kaviar and finely chopped shallot onion.

Sauces, pickles, dressings (As needed).

Bowls of pickled cucumber, sliced pickled beetroot, Mustards, mayonnaises, remoulade. And whatever condiments you fancy.


  • Selection of crisp bread (we love Leksands and Pyramid from the shop)
  • Selection of sliced rye bread
  • Crusty white bread
  • Butter

Cheese selection

Our ideal cheese selection would be:

  • Västerbotten cheese (Our place, Waitrose, Ocado)
  • Norwegian Brown Cheese (our place, Ocado)
  • Riberhus Danish cheese (our place)

A good quality blue cheese

Cheat: Get whatever cheese you like.

Dessert (optional)

Cloudberry Mess

Arrange in each serving glass:

  • 1 lightly crushed meringue nest
  • 1 dollop of whipped cream
  • 1 scoop of good vanilla ice cream
  • Heat up some cloudberry jam – and pour 1 tbsp. hot jam on top just before serving.

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. 

November 29, 2013

Recipe: Lussebullar (Lucia Saffron buns)

No December in Sweden and Norway is complete without the delicious Lussebullar - a soft saffron bun. Perfect with Glogg mulled wine.

There are many, many different ways to make these buns. Some people add Kesella or quark to the mixture (it makes a more moist bun) - if you choose to do this, replace half the milk with quark or Kesella and follow the recipe as normal, except you add the quark when adding the soft butter.

Note: Our recipe uses ground saffron powder. It can be hard to get hold of in the UK - so if you use strands, gently grind them in a pestle & mortar and infuse them in the warm milk before using. 

Click here to download the pdf of the recipe 



November 21, 2013

Nordic Christmas Markets 2013 - this weekend 22, 23, 24 November


This week and weekend is on of the biggest in the Nordic ex-pat calendar. It’s the week of the Christmas Fairs.

We support these fairs wholeheartedly and we absolutely love going along and help if we can. The different organisation and Churches play a very important role to all Nordic ex-pats both for general support, religious support, as a meeting point, cultural centres and just simply nice places to be and visit.

Here’s the low down for this weekend’s markets in London:

Swedish Church Christmas Fair - Marylebone

A really wonderful and warm welcome to all at the Swedish Church in Harcourt Street. Open Thursday till 20:00 and all day Saturday and Sunday. We specifically recommend the traditional Glögg mulled wine, a secret recipe by The Reverend Mikael Persson, the Swedish Priest. Heavenly (Excuse the pun). We went to the pre-view yesterday and got our hands on Pippi Longstocking umbrellas and fancy knitted kid's strawberry hats!

Swedish Church is on Harcourt Street W1 - directions here www.swedishchurch.com

Norwegian Church Christmas Fair - Rotherhide

Everything from waffles to lompe, mulled wine and a lot of Norwegian ‘Jule’ cheer. The Norwegian Church in Rotherhide is a huge cultural centre for all things Norwegian – and Norwegian people and friends of Norway. The food market is huge and bulging with goodies.

ScandiKitchen will have a stand right outside the Norwegian Church where we will be serving hot mulled wine.

Sjømannskirkens Julebasar is on 22-24 November 10:00-18:00

How to get to the Norwegian Church (nearest tube Rotherhide) click here

Danish KFUK YMCA Christmas Bazaar – Hampstead

This event is a pilgrimage for a lot of ex pat Danes every year. It’s extremely busy and packed but worth a trip – they have everything from hotdogs to Christmas beers and real Danish ‘hygge’ feelings. They do a lot of decorations too – from calendar advent candles to ceramics so you can pick up a few prezzie.

Dansk KFUK’s Julebazar is on 23/24 November 10-17.  Find the Danish Bazar here

The Finnish Church in London Christmas Market

A warm welcome and genuine Christmas cheer awaits you at the Finnish Church in Rotherhide – everything from ‘squeaky cheese’ and Rye pastries with egg (Karelian Pies) and cinnamon buns as well as a huge food market. Open all this week until Sunday at 17:00.

ScandiKitchen will be there as we are part of the Scandi Christmas Market taking place between the Norwegian and Finnish church – so pop over and see us.

Nearest tube is Rotherhide; here’s a map Click here

Scandinavian Christmas Market 2013

Scan Events are doing the Scandi Christmas Market again this year in Rotherhide, outside the Finnish and Norwegian Churches.  Open Fri, Sat and Sun all day – pop by and say hello to us, we’ll also be there, selling hotdogs and warm mulled wine. Say hi to our team: Marte, Linnea, Jonas, Little Jonas, Torben and Kaisla.

More about Scandinavian Christmas Market here



November 06, 2013

J-Day at ScandiKitchen 2013 - 15th November 18:00


Tradition in Denmark is to have a bit of a do when the annual Christmas Beer from Tuborg is released. 

So, we thought we'd have a it of a do too when our stash gets into store on the 15th November.

We're a few weeks behind the Danish event, but it does take a while for the delivery to come over... Still, better later than never, we say.

The soiree is an invite only thing - but you can get your name on the list by e-mailing bronte@scandikitchen.co.uk

There will be Julebryg beers, glogg, aebleskiver snacks, Danish hotdogs and of course some really awful Danish Christmas music.

We can only accomodate a certain number of people so get your name downon that list, pronto.


The Kitchen People x

Juleweb Tuborg Julebryg Daaser



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 21, 2013

Kransekage / Kransekake - the traditional Nordic celebration cake

Kransekage / Kransekake literally means ‘ring cake’. It’s a traditional Norwegian and Danish celebration cake (Weddings, Christenings, New Year’s Eve and National Days… ) made from baked marzipan, shaped into rings and then stacked as high as required. It’s very rich so not much is needed (it’s usually served at the Coffee course – a bit as a petit four).

As you can imagine, a real kransekage is made from pure almond paste (nothing like the cheap stuff used for normal cake decorating). It’s a hard cake to make, taking many hours of shaping, baking and decorating.

We don’t make these at Scandikitchen – but we get asked about these cakes a lot and we recommend our good friend Karen from Karen’s Kitchen.

You can contact Karen’s Kitchen via her facebook page right here or ping her an e-mail.  She's vry nice and super skilled in this department. In fact, she makes great cakes for all occasions. Tell her we said 'Hi'.

If you're thinking of making your own, this is the type of marzipan you need to make the real deal: Click here to buy Anton Berg 60% 'ren rå' marzipan 

July 30, 2013

Kräftskiva 2013 - Crayfish Party at home

A crayfish party by the river. We found this photo on t'internet, sorry, it had no credit. If it is yours, let us know and we'll credit your photo. Thanks. 

We love this time of year. Time to seek out some friends and invite them round your gaff for some serious crayfish eating - and probably enough schnapps drinking to keep you wobbly until Christmas (we recommend any of these babies to keep you merry CLICK HERE).

If you want to host a crayfish party at your house, you can order the entire menu from us and just pick it up on the day. Then all you have to do is call your friends and find someone who doesn't mind clearing up afterwards while you yourself spend time dancing on your coffee table (on one leg) whilst singing "Helan går".

Crayfish buffet

at your house

Freshwater crayfish (around 600 grams per person)   

Romsås, Dillsås and mayonnaise  

Selection of pickled mustard herring and onion pickled herrings  

Västerbotten paj (Swedish mature cheese quiche)

New Potato salad with dill vinaigrette

Vine tomato, baby spinach and feta cheese salad

A selection of Scandinavian cheeses (Västerbotten and Greve)

Freshly baked crusty bread & crispbread

Sticky Swedish chocolate cake (Kladdkaka) with Daim Cream

Price per person only


See the whole menu here and download it CLICK HERE

July 23, 2013

New Swedish School in London (weekend classes for kids)


We got this info about the new Saturday School for Swedish speaking kids in North London.

They have spaces - please contact below.



March 13, 2013

Wanna be in an advert? Are you Scandi and between 17-21 years old?

A lady called Georgia (working for HSI Agency) is scouting for some people to be (potentially) in the new Coca Cola advert.

From Scandinavia, they are looking for 10 people from Sweden, Norway and Denmark - who must speak the language fluently (mother tongue level).

The filming of the advert will take place in London 2-6 April but any potentials will need to be filmed this week and next to show to the director (Just a very short clip so he can pick the ones who will make it to the real shoot).

You do not need to know how to act - but you need to be between 17-21 years old (if you are older you need to look younger to fit into the age bracket). It is paid work.

Contact Georgia on 07701090411 for more info 

March 06, 2013

Danish School in London - OPEN DAY 9th March 2013

The new Danish primary school in London - Dania School - has an open day this Saturday at 9th March 2013.

If you are looking for a Danish language school in London for your child, then do pop along and chat to them.  The school is based in Clerkenwell, Central London, and follows the Danish school system. 

This is a great initiative - a school set up by parents who are passionate about being able to provide schooling that fits with their culture and language. Please do help spread the word amongst the Danes in London who may be interested in this by sharing this post on your facebook or twitter.


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



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



November 22, 2012

Disney Channel looking for new Nordic talent


Disney Channel Nordic is looking for new talent.

If you are living in London or the surrounding area and speak fluent Swedish, Danish or Norwegian, you could audition to appear on Disney Channel.  If it's good enough for Britney and Justin...

Disney Channel is looking for talented teens and young adults with loads of energy and confidence for our future TV productions. If this is you or someone you know please get in touch with them.

Make a video and tell them about yourself in your native language. Let them know why you would make a great personality on Disney Channel.

E-mail it with a short letter and photo to the address below. They will call successful applicants to an audition. If you are cast in a production you would get paid for the job.

Amount of work will depend on the programme’s size and the role cast. If you are under 16 please ask your parent to contact us on your behalf.

Please send your video and info by January 2 2013 to: matthew.eriksson@disney.com

November 10, 2012

Recipe for Lussebullar - Sankta Lucia’s saffron buns


Sankta Lucia is an important part of Swedish Christmas, with festivities centred around 13th December, when the saint and her crown of light arrives as a sign of hope for the long winter ahead. These delightful buns are also symbolic of Lucia’s light, containing very un-Swedish ingredient of saffron.

Note: This recipe makes 40 buns.  You have half it if need be - or freeze some for later use.  


- 50g fresh yeast

- 150g butter

- 500ml whole milk

- 250g natural yoghurt

- 1g ground saffron (usually 2 packets - make sure it is ground and not strands for the right result.  If you can only get hold of strands, you need to grind them in a pestle and mortar)

- ½ tsp salt

- 150g sugar

- 1500-1700ml plain bread flour (measured in millilitres, NOT grams. Measure it out in a jug. It’s not possible to give a precise quantity, but a minimum will usually be 1500ml to give a good dough)

- 50g raisins

- 1 egg for brushing 


 - Melt the butter and leave to cool to room temperature.

- Heat the milk to between 36-42°C. Pour into a mixing bowl, add the fresh yeast and whisk. Add the melted butter.

- Add the sugar and whisk again.

- Add some of the flour, and all the salt, saffron and natural yoghurt. If you prefer a super airy dough, add a few drops of lemon juice as well, as it will react with the yeast and yoghurt. Mix well together - use a dough hook if you have a Kitchen Aid or similar.

- Keep adding the flour, bit by bit, until you have a dough that’s firm to the touch, not too sticky, but not dry, either. Saffron can dry out baked goods, so take care not to add too much flour or you’ll end up with very dry buns.

- Keep kneading the dough for about 10 minutes, then leave it for about 40 minutes. It’s going to be a lovely yellow colour, thanks to the saffron.

- Flour your surface and knead the dough until it’s not too stick, not too dry.

- Divide it into around 40 small, even pieces. Roll each piece into a short cylinder, then shape it into an ‘S’.

- Add a raisin into the centre of the ‘S’ curves at each end of the bun (i.e. 2 raisins per bun).

- Place each bun on a baking sheet, but not too close to each other. Leave to prove under a cloth for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 220°C.

- Brush each bun with beaten egg and bake for about 8-10 minutes. Keep an eye on the buns, as sweet yeast dough can burn quickly if left too long.

- Serve the buns warm, or leave to cool and store in plastic bags. The buns also freeze well, just defrost thoroughly. To warm again, a few seconds in a microwave or a few minutes in the oven will be fine.


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 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 

June 19, 2012

19th June GLAD MIDSOMMAR special newsletter

Here you go, a special Midsummer Newsletter for you to read.

Go on, have a read. Just click right here 


January 26, 2012

WIN some semla buns (to share, or not)

We're going to be celebrating the start of the semlor season on Wednesday 1st February with a few free semlor for a few nice people.

To be in with a chance to win 4 x semlor to bring back to your office, just answer this simple questions and ping us an e-mail.

We pick the winner from all correct entries and we'll mail you a voucher if you're a winner.  Easy peasy.  You can pick up your semlor between 1st Feb and 21st February.

The spice used to flavour the Swedish lenten buns is:

  1. chilli powder
  2. cinnamon
  3. cardamom
  4. Licourice powder

Ping your answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk by Tuesday 31st Janaury.

Usual competition rules apply.








January 23, 2012

Danish school in London?

A group of Danish ex-pats in London are considering setting up a school.  As in, a Danish or maybe Scandinavian school.  They need help in getting feedback from Danes to find out what people what.

Here's a link to their survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KL78NLK

You can mail the group on this e-mail also dendanskeskole@hotmail.co.uk

November 15, 2011

Annual Christmas Fair at the Danish YMCA in London 2011

This years Christmas Bazaar  for the Danish community will take place on

Saturday 26th November from 12 - 17
Sunday 27th November from 12 - 16

Admission £ 1

Address: 43 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, London NW3 5TF

Please feel free to bring your family and friends for this great Danish Christmas Extravaganza.

Nearest tubes: Hampstead (Northern Line) or Finchley Road (Jubilee or Metropolitan Line)

Free car parking on Maresfield Gardens and surrounding streets on Saturday after 1.30 pm and all day Sunday.



Annual Christmas fair at the Norwegian Church in London 2011

This year's Christmas Fair for the Norwegian Church will be held from 18th-20th November.

Waffles and brunost, anyone?  And loads and loads fo other Norwegian goodies to buy.

Opening hours:

Friday 18th November 11am-6pm
Saturday 19th November 10am-5pm
Sunday 20th November 12.30pm-5pm (Service at 11am)

Admission: £1 (Children under 12 free)

Adress: 1 St Olav's Square, Rotherhithe, London SE16 7JB
Tube: Jubilee line, Bermondsey and Canada Water stations (check before you travel)
Bus: 188, 381, 47, C10 stop Southwark Park


Annual Christmas Fair at the Finnish Church in London 2011

This weekend and next week is also the annual Christmas fair at the Finnish Church in London (in Rotherhide).

Pop by and stock up on Finnish goodies.

pe 18.11.2011 - 26.11.2011 klo 12:00, Lontoon merimieskirkko
Lontoon merimieskirkon perinteiset joulumyyjaiset pidetaan seuraavina paivina:

Traditional Finnish Church Christmas Fair will be held on following dates:

Fr 18/11 12-20
Sa 19/11 10-18
Su 20/11 10-18

We 23/11 12-20
Th 24/11 12-20
Fr 25/11 12-20
Sa 26/11 10-18

Here's how to find the Finnish Church in Rotherhide.  


November 14, 2011

Swedish Church in London Christmas Market 2011

This coming weekend sees the annual Swedish Church Christmas Fair.   It takes place at the Swedish Church in Harcourt Street, Marylebone.

Go along, it is for a good cause and they need your support.


October 28, 2011

Finnish school in Wales

Perhaps Wales is not the first place you think of if you think of big ex pat Finnish communities - but indeed, there is one and it now even has its own school.

The Suomi-koulu (Finnish School) is based in Cardiff.  It helps ex pat kids connect with the Finnish language - and offers a good opportunity for cultural stuff too.  

The Suomi-koulu of Wales says that they don't just aim to connect with Finns and other nationalities are also welcome.  So, if you are living in Wales and feel that Welsh is just not that big a challenge to learn, then why not pop along to the Suomi-koulu and really stretch your linguistic talents a bit more?

Read more about the new Finnish School in Cardiff here


October 18, 2011

Danes, come get your stuff

We just got a Danish delivery in.  This means Stryhns leverpostej, more labre larver than you can shake a stick at, piratos, Klovborg cheese, gamle ole, Kim's skruer, flaeskesvaer, amo rugbroeds mix and much, much more.

For best shelf life, order today for delivery tomorrow.  Orders in before 14:00 get shipped today.

Start shopping here www.scandikitchen.co.uk 


June 20, 2011

Swedish Teachers Wanted

We have had a message from the North London Swedish School - a weekend school aimed at kids where at least one of the parents speak Swedish.  The school is non-profit and is run on Saturdays in Marylebone. 

Do forward this message on if you know someone who might just be perfect for this.



North London Swedish School is a non-profit parent-run Saturday school for children with at least one Swedish parent and with Swedish actively spoken in the family. The children study Swedish language and culture, learning about songs, traditions, geography, history, literature etc.

We are looking for teachers for two hours per week Saturday mornings 10.15am-12.15pm at the Swedish Church in Marylebone during term time. Job sharing is possible, alternating with another teacher to work every other Saturday.

We are looking for teachers for pre-school and primary school who are native Swedish speakers, but candidates with equivalent experience of teaching in Swedish are welcome to apply.

The salary is planned to be £55 per session depending on previous experience.

We are also looking for teaching assistants and people interested in working with creative projects with children – all Swedish speakers of course!

Please contact Mari West with your CV: e-mail: northlondonswedishschool@yahoo.co.uk  

June 17, 2011

Scandinavian nannies / au pairs wanted (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish...)

As you know we don't usually do job stuff on here for other people, but we had a chat to the ultra lovely Mary (who is our lovely Seb's better half) - and she works for a top level London agency called www.littleoneslondon.co.uk - they specialise in bilingual nannies.

At the moment, she is searching the land for amazing Scandinavian nannies and experienced au pairs - so, if you are looking to work as a nanny, mother's help or au pair in London, have a chat with Mary as she might be able to land you a super duper placement.  The main thing in short supply at the moment are child carers who can prove 3 years + of experience.

Once you have registered with Mary and the agency, she is there to help you through the maze of getting to London, give you advise, encouragement, support and help you settle into your new job.

The jobs can be both live in and live out. 

Mary can be contacted on 0207 580 3113 - or ping her your Cv mary@littleoneslondon.co.uk




Midsummer 2011 - London

Midsommar in London:  Always a cause for huge celebration.  This year, it seems, lots of people are jumping on the band wagon and celebrating with the Scandi community.

If you want to jump around a pole, pretending to be a little frog... (Swedish)

- Hyde Park 12-16 on Saturday 25th is your best bet.  Great for everyone (BYO) - although if you have smaller kids, try the...

- Swedish Church Midsumer Event at Southwark Park SE16 from 15-18 on 25th June - this is a fantastic day out for kids and adults alike - very family orientated and helps support the Swedish Church in London.  Everyone more than welcome.  Bring your own picnic etc.

If you want to watch the witches burn... (Danish)

- Danish St Hans celebration on 23rd June - add your name to the list for this free event here http://www.kfuk.co.uk

- At the Danish Church in Regent's Park on 25th June at 19:00 - beers, hot dogs and pimms and a nice bonfire.  Free.

If you want to feel hot and see fires... (Finnish)

The Finnish Church is hosting a day event on 25th from 16-19 with sauna, food and drinks.  No food and drink in the sauna, silly.  If you want to run around naked in a rye field, as is tradition, we recommend you don't do it in London.  it's just not done.  NO, the Tesco car park down the road is NOT a rye field.  So, please don't run around naked in the Tesco car park, they don't like it. Thanks.

A night on the town for the younger crowd... (Boogie)

...as in, those over 18. 

Club Okend is hosting a night at Bonds in Kingly Street

We hear rumours there is something Scandi going on at Amika... Fancy that, eh?

If you want to buy Scandinavian food for the day's celebration - try us.  We're on 61 Great Titchfield Street. 





May 25, 2011

Midsummer (Midsommar) in London 2011

Is it Midsummer already?  Yeps.  Time to build a pole, decorate it with flowers and dance around it, pretending to be a little frog with no ears and no tail.

Midsummer the Scandi Way in London is always fun.  While the Danes prefer to burn witches on top of bonfires while they sing songs about how much they love Denmark (click here for the Danish YMCA's webpage for more info).  It's all Shu-bi-du-a and holding hands.  Very nice.  This happens on 23rd June.

The Swedes and most of the Finns much prefer to celebrate it on the Friday 24th and Saturday 25th.  For these celebrations, you bring out the matjes herring, the new potatoes and some chilled aquavit.  Then there's the singing....And the dancing...

There is the official informal gathering of people in Hyde Park, as per usual, on Saturday 25th June from 12-16.  Bring your own food and drink and enjoy meeting Scandies and Scandophiles.  We'll be there, for sure, enjoying ourselves and wearing flowers in our hair.

Having your own Midsummer party?  Well, well - we can help you cater for this one - click here for our Midsummer Menu 2011 (although be warned, we're already pretty booked, so best get in there soon).

Watch this space for our Midsommar PicNic Baskets as well - coming soon. We will also offer on-line ordering of everything you need for both your party at home or the trip tot he park - and have it ready and packed for you to pick up on your way.  Read more on the shop site www.scandikitchen.co.uk/shop




May 15, 2011

New Swedish Mum's Meet-up group (Central London)

A lovely lady called Mia have asked us to make Swedish ex pat Mums aware of her new meet-up group, so if you fancy joining up with other Swedish Mums, feel free to get in touch.

Her contact details can be found here

There is a meet up this coming Thursday 19th May 2011 at Regent's Park - and still spots to join in.  Click on the link and join the group and meet some nice new friends.



March 13, 2011

Hallelujah and sing along - in Danish

Did you know there was a Danish gospel Choir in London?  Nor did we until last week - but they are Gospel Wrokshops at the Danish Church in London - and how about popping along to see them in action too?

You can join the group here on the Facebook page



December 05, 2010



Just checking in to see if we're open?  Oh yes we are - from 11 till 17.  And yes, we have glogg (Blossa mulled wine) and yes we have hams, julebrus, julmust, remoulade, flaeskesteg, aebleskiver, risengrod, cherry sauce...  Everything.

Today we'll be doing a special Sunday Menu of Christmas Platters (choose from Danish or Swedish) for £9.95.  

Desserts today are Ris a la mandes with cherry sauce, Kladdkaka, lussekatter, cinnamon buns, cranberry and orange cake with spiced drizzle, seasonal tart and our amazing banana cake.

See you at the shop soon.  Don't be late.

Oh, and yes, so far, there are still parking spaces just outside the shop.  So get in that car pronto.

Rebekka, Bronte, Astrid and Lovely Emilia xxx


September 01, 2010

Ex-Pat kids learning Swedish through music and singing...

Cecilia is an amazing singer - she sings all over london in jazz clubs and stuff.  A while back she realised that loads of kids born to one or two Swedish parents in London were not catching on to the Swedish language at that crucial time when they learn to communicate.   So, she started sing-song groups specifically aimed at ensuring these kids got a head start with their language skills.

Now Cecilia is looking to set up some groups in West London and we're helping her find out how much interest there is. 

These groups are specifically aimed at using songs and games to get the kids - usually between 18 months to 3-4 years - to learn better Swedish.  Most of the kids have either one parent or two parents who are Swedish speakers.

Cecilia is looking to host some of these new groups in the Kensal Rise/Kensal Green area (but can do other areas if the need is there).  The groups will cost around £35 per child and last 5 weeks in a row and groups are around 10 kids in size.  Basically, you sign up for 5 consecutive weeks at the time and the groups are 1 hour per week.  The groups differ from normal "Mummy Meet Up Groups" in that it is only Swedish speaking and it is absolutely about getting the kids to communicate back in Swedish.  Another plus point is that you'll meet like minded parents and your kids will meet Kids their ages who are also learning Swedish.

If you think you may be interested in this, mail Cecilia for more details. 

Groups start as soon as they are full, so register your interest.  Even if you feel you may be interested at some point in the future, do let her know as she keeps a register and can get back to you when the time is right.

You can read more about Cecilia Stalin here







August 25, 2010

KIKK the ball around - fancy playing some footie?

Did you know our Anna is a super duper footie player?  Well, she is.  She played much higher level than all of our guys here put together.   In fact, most of our gals at SK are into football, which is why we were so happy to find out that there is, in fact, a Scandinavian Women's Football Team here in London.  They are called KIKK and they are looking for players.

So, if you are of the Scandinavian female kind and you enjoy kicking a ball around (and you're good at it too), get in touch with them.  For all of you who just fancy joining in the support, get in touch also:  it is much nicer to play with people on the sidelines cheering you on.

You can read much more about the ladies here


August 24, 2010

Our crayfish came in Best in Test - again.

Third year running, the crayfish we get in have come tops in the Swedish Crayfish Test.

For those of you who do not know about a crayfish test, this has nothing to do with the poor crustaceans level of knowledge, but simply part of the Swedish obsession with ranking the quality of everything you can buy in Sweden (from corkscrews to toilet paper, to bread and crayfish - if you get best in test, you beat the rest).

Here's the write up (in Swedish)


5 fyrar
Kräftor Jumbo (kinesiska, Seacold)
Antal kräftor: 17-22 stycken
Kommentarer: Klart bäst! Stor kräfta med stora klor. Lätt att skala. Massor av kött. Perfekt balanserad smak. Stor krispig stjärt. Gott smör. Fin eftersmak. Luktar som en kräfta ska lukta.

So, if you have not yet reserved, feel free to do so now.  Just pop us a mil to iwantfood@scandikitchen.co.uk and we'll pop whatever you need aside for you.


June 23, 2010

North London Swedish School looking for a new teacher (weekends only)

We received this advert from the lovely people at the Swedish Saturday School:

North London Swedish School – teachers wanted

North London Swedish School will started in March 2010. We are a non-profit parent run school society to promote and teach Swedish as an additional language for children with at least one Swedish parent and with an active use of the Swedish language in the family setting, in accordance with the guidelines stipulated by the Swedish School Board.

The children will study the Swedish language and focus on their Swedish cultural heritage, by learning about songs, traditions, geography, history, literature, nature, culture and society, to gain knowledge about Sweden.

We are looking to appoint teachers for two hours a week, Saturdays 10.15am-12.15pm at our venue at The Swedish Church, 6 Harcourt Street, London W1H 4AG, during approximately 34 weeks per year parallel with the British term times.

Primarily, we are looking for Swedish speaking qualified teachers for Swedish nursery, primary and secondary school, but those in teacher training or with the relevant experience or equivalent international qualification might also apply.

The preliminary salary is expected to be set at £45 per weekly session.

Please contact Mari West with your CV and a statement on how you would contribute to the activities at our school. E-mail: northlondonswedishschool@yahoo.co.uk


Midsummer delights?


As you can probably guess, Midsummer is not one of our quieter times.  However, this year we have called in the cavalry and are ready to rock'n'roll big time:  Lots of stock, lots of nice people to tend to our needs and Bronte's been forced back in the kitchen to help the Kitchen Angels make extra cakes and yummy food.

So, here's the lowdown on specials and offers and everything in between:

Smorgåstårta.  Ahhh, that traditional Swedish calorie bomb of a sandwich cake.  Laden with a mountain of mayonnaise (full fat only), layer upon layer of seafood and salmon amongst sliced bread of the non-healthy kind.  Are we selling it to you?  Well, admittedly, if you are Swedish you probably either love it or hate it.  

If you love it, you're in luck:  our Bronte doesn't like to advertise that we make these to order as they are tricky to get right, tricky to transport and pricey because they are stuffed with seafood and salmon.  But this year, she has agreed.  Pre-order only, you MUST get the order in before end of Thursday.

Smorgåstårta with Crayfish, Scandinavian prawns and smoked salmon £4.50 a slice (minimum 10 people)

We will also be serving a very limited amount of smorgåstårta in the shop on Saturday - but when it is gone, it's gone.

Jordgubstårta - Light sponge layer cake with custard and cream filling, topped with whipped vanilla cream and loads of British strawberries (last orders Friday noon) £19.50 (serves around 12 people)

Homemade Mustard herring - Nice and tangy mustard, chive and dill dressing with succulent pieces of herring fillets.  Perfect if you like your mustard herring a bit more gourmet than your usual jar of ABBA'S.  £3.25 for 200g (serves 2 Swedes or 4 non-Scandies)

We're also continuing our Midsummer Madness Special offers:

Matjes herring - a must for Midsummer celebration  2 for £5

We have lots of gradfil in stock (Swedish creme fraiche - lighter, with sour notes) - £1.75 a pot

All cheeseis still 10% off - stock up on Vasterbotten, Riberhus, Gamle Ole and Havarti.

For those of you cooking a feat at home:  New potatoes are on sale now, as are bunches of dill and chives (£1 a bunch)

Just a little footnote to everyone:  we're not offering pre-ordered picnics this year - but we'll have lunch up early on Saturday (by 11 am) so pop by and choose your own mix to take to the park.  We'll have chilled beers and snaps available on request too - and some nice cakes. 


 Bronte's secret smorgastartor.  They are so secret we had to take this photo on our mobile phone, hence the general crappiness of the picture.  It looked nicer in real life.  Tasted amazing.  The one in the picture served 21 people.

Come on, Japan... Move. You're in our way.

Cue the army of "Roligans" (They're still called that, really?).  Cue crates of Tuborg, pallets of hot dogs and cue abuse of your wife's lipstick used to paint flags on your cheeks:  Now is the time to stand and be counted.  Denmark needs a win in South Africa in order to continue in the World Cup.

Tomorrow, 24th June at 19:30, Denmark will take on the mighty Japan.  Will they buckle under the pressure and perform a bit like Wayne Rooney on a wet Wednesday?  Or will we finally be able to stop talking about glory days of 1992, Schmeichel and the Laudrup Bros?

Here are some match statistics for you:

  • Last time we met - and the only time - was in 1971. Denmark won 3-2.
  • Japan has scored only 9 goals in 12 WC games
  • Denmark is currently ranked world no 36, Japan no 45. Don't worry, this means very little: England is currently ranked as number 8. Well, they are.

The Danish press is surprisingly low on banter for this game, choosing instead to focus on Wozniacki who's the Dane at Wimbledon.  Well, it rarely happens we're any good at Tennis. Or football.  Or skiing.  Actually, we're only really good at handball when it boils down to it.

Watch the game tomorrow at the Sports Bar in Haymarket (Tickets are £5 and for that you get a spot in the bar as well as a Carlsberg).  You can also watch it with the other Danes at Zoo Bar via www.scandinavianparty.com - buy tickets online.

Yes, we stock flags, Tuborg and hotdogs.  Buckets of encouragement is added free with any purchase.


May 05, 2010

Swedish Church in London is 300 years old

Well, well: that's a happy birthday indeed.  This Saturday 8th May, the Swedish church in London celebrates 300 years and there's lots and lots of stuff going on.

You can find all the details of the big party at Fulham Palace right here on their website There'l be food, music, sing songs and everything inbetween.

Tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for children over 6 (under 6's are free).  You can buy tickets on the site too.

Do pop along and support the Swedish Church at the event: they work tirelessly all throughout the year to make sure Swedes who come to live in the UK not only have a place to go to church, but also to make sure the whole community has a focul point, a place to meet and feel at home.  From Au Pairs and nannies who have just arrived and feel a bit lonely they have social clubs, they put on film evenings, Swedish classes, kids events, Xmas markets - you name it, they are a very active part of the Swedish community in the UK.

Swedish church

February 03, 2010

Time to dress up, play Danish pinata and eat cream buns

You'd not usually associate Scandinavia with celebrating the days before the start of Lent, but indeed, we do.  In Sweden, lush cardamom buns are served filled with marzipan and whipped cream.  In Finland, similar buns are served, although with jam in the middle.  In Denmark, the tradition is for a more pastry based bun but in all countries the reason is the same:  to fatten up before the faste (Lent).

Except now most of us don't faste at all, so it's just an excuse to eat cream cakes. As if we needed an excuse in the first place.

Denmark also celebrates Ash Monday by having a carnival.  The kids dress up and play a game called "slaa katten af toenden" which literally means "Beat the cr*p out of the cat".  In the olden days (eh, until about 1900's) it was believed that black cats were evil and they actually put a live cat in the barrel and beat the evil out of it.  Not so nice.  Today the barrel is filled with candy.  Phew.

Fat Tuesday (or Shrove Tuesday, as you guys call it) is the day for eating the cream buns.  Especially in Sweden is this tradition huge.  It used to be that you'd eat a semla bun on Fat tuesday, but now you start eating them in January and don't stop till end of february, at which point you've gained 6 pounds and can no longer fit through the door at the bakers.

This year, Fat Tuesday is the 16th February and we're planning a day of semlor-madness (last year there was a queue out the door most of the day, just to buy buns).  You can get your semla-fix in store now as we bake them every day, but if you want buns on the 16th, we do recommend that you order them to avoid dissapointment. 



Love, The Fat Kitchen People x

January 29, 2010

Our semlor contain no calories*


*this is a lie.

But man, are they worth every last calorie.

We bake fresh semlor every day until FAT TUESDAY (mid Feb this year) and they are usually ready by 12:30 and most afternoon (although when they are gone, they are gone).  if you want to PRE-ORDER, you can do so by mailing iwantfood@scandikitchen.co.uk.

Can we deliver?  Yes we can - although delivery is charged at cost (we use an external courier service).  or big orders, please do order in advance so we can make sure we bake enough.

Can you reserve?  Yes.  Again, mail us and we'll sort something out.

Price for our home baked, marzipan and vanilla cream filled cardamom buns is £2.25 for t/a and £2.75 for eating in.

We also stock all the ingrdients you need in order to bake some buns at home if you prefer to do things that way.

Now, where did I put the scales?  Sod it.  Time for another semle bulle...


January 27, 2010

Free spaces at the North London Swedish School

A while back we told you about the new North London Swedish School that is opening on the weekends.  They have filled most spaces but a few remain for the over 6's and just a very few for thew under 6's, so if interested, get onto Mari on northlondonswedishschool@yahoo.co.uk.

The first term will be taking place in Marylebone at the Swedish Church Hall.



December 09, 2009

North London Swedish School - they need your help

A group of London based Swedish parents are setting up a weekend school for Swedish speaking kids and really needs others to join and help support this excellent venture.

We received the mail below:

Norra Londons Svenska Skola – The North London Swedish School

We are a Swedish parent group in the process of setting up a non-profit Swedish Saturday or Sunday morning school in North London. The aim of the school is to keep the Swedish traditions and the language alive and allow it to grow through play, song and fun activities, as well as learning about Swedish history, geography and children’s literature.   

We are looking for Swedish parents of school age children to add to the parents who have already expressed an interest for their children to attend our school.  We are planning to start in February 2010, so please contact Mari West for further details and information: ainamariwest@hotmail.com

If this is of interest to you, do get in touch with Mari as soon as possible - the group needs to know the demand is out there for this kind of activity,

3.Logotyp - uggla


August 21, 2009

Do you speak Danish and want to work for LEGO?

We don't usually do job adverts - but we quite like the people at LEGO, they are cool.  And they are looking for some Danish speaking people at the moment - and they asked us if maybe any of our lovely customers knows someone who might be perfect for this job?

The role is in their Customer Service team - and applicants must be fluent in both Danish and English, spoken and written.



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