• Fast 5-ingredients dishes,  Sauces, dips, butters

    Béarnaise style herb butter

    Whatever you are throwing on you BBQ these days, it will only get better with this béarnaise style herb butter on top. That is a promise. And even better, for everyone who loves béarnaise as much as I, this is way faster and easier to make than the classic sauce. What better way to pamper yourself and your steak, fish, veggies or potatoes, or simply plain baguette? You can even make a good big batch and freeze some to keep for days when you feel really lazy, but still get that craving. Or, simply make it a day or two ahead if you’re having people over for dinner. Why not…

  • Cauliflower steaks with shrimp skewers and chimichurri
    Dinner,  Low-carb,  Pescetarian

    ‘Green’ surf and turf with chimichurri

    It’s a hot and humid summer in Toronto. So easy, lazy, tasty dinners are in high demand in our house these days. I came up with the idea for these cauliflower steaks with grilled shrimp skewers and chimichurri last week when I needed a fast, healthy dinner that left me feel less guilty than devouring a beef steak with herb butter and fried potatoes. As some of you may know, I love using cauliflower when I cook. Not only does it taste amazing, it’s also a wonderful substitution for carbs. First time I came across the term ‘cauliflower steaks’, I must admit I thought it was a bit of an…

  • Danish strawberry cake. The ultimate Danish cake classic shortcrust and remonce base, rich chocolate, vanilla mousse cream and fresh strawberries
    Cakes and desserts

    Danish strawberry cake… yum, yum, yum, yum, yum

    After a long hiatus we’re back on the blog! What more fitting way to start off than with one of the very best and most classic cakes from our little kingdom? Of course I am talking about Danish strawberry cake with vanilla cream and chocolate. Honestly, I can’t come up with a single reason not to like this cake. Imagine this: a sweet cake base with a crunchy crust, a soft middle and a layer of rich dark chocolate. On top of this you add a smooth vanilla cream and finish off with a generous layer of fresh strawberries. Hungry to try? A Danish baker who fails to have one…

  • Nordic carpaccio with horseradish cream, radish, rye bread croutons and fresh herbs
    Low-carb,  Starters and appetizers

    Nordic carpaccio

    This dish is for everyone who, like me, loves raw meat. Maybe it is the Viking in me that it appeals to. Even as a kid I loved beef tartare. And as soon as sushi appeared in Denmark, I was hooked on raw fish as well. The quality of course has to be outstanding, and perhaps that is part of the reason why I love raw meat and fish so much. Because it is really honest food. What you see is what you get, and you can’t disguise bad quality meat or fish in sushi or dishes like beef tartare or carpaccio. This Nordic carpaccio is my Scandinavian take on…

  • Hazelnut nougat and almond crunch
    Cakes and desserts,  Snacks

    Nougat praline and almond crunch

    Of all the sweet treat temptations you might offer me, there is only one I’ve never ever been able to resist: hazelnut nougat praline filled chocolate. And of all my favorite nougat filled chocolates (and there are oh so many good ones), this nougat praline crunch remains at the very top of my list. Hazelnut nougat praline is different from white hazelnut nougat, which contains egg whites, is kind of chewy and originates in southern Europe. By contrast, hazelnut nougat praline contains no egg whites, has a very high content of hazelnuts (over 30 percent) and is more rich and less sweet. Now, this is the type of nougat you…

  • Pescetarian,  Starters and appetizers

    Gravlax…gravad lax…gravet laks…gravlox…

    Gravlax with dill. It can hardly get more Nordic. It’s a lunch classic throughout Scandinavia, but not surprisingly it has also become a popular delicacy around the world. It’s really very easy to make, and I promise you the homemade gravlax beats any good quality store bought gravlax you can find. It’s equally delicious for lunch and as a starter, or as an palatable buffet feature. The idea of preparing the fish in this manner goes back to the Middle Ages when fishermen in Scandinavia came up with this ingenious method for curing and fermenting salmon in order for it to keep longer yet still be fresh and edible while…

  • Red pepper paprika pasta and creamy sauce
    Dinner

    Red pepper paprika pasta

    This past weekend we continued to stay on the no meat track, and I decided to make an old favorite of mine: Red pepper paprika pasta. I used to make this a lot when I was at university, not only because it tastes awesome, it is also very very easy to make and great if you’re on a slightly tight food budget. Preparation and cooking time is less than 30 minutes, so it’s also a great go-to recipe on busy weekdays when you have a house full of hangry family members. If you’re in a tight spot and want to cut down on the time spent chopping the veggies, you…

  • Salads,  Side dishes

    Zesty Brussel sprouts salad

    We started off 2020 trying to eat a little more green. I don’t see us going completely vegan any time in the near future, but we would like to live just a little more plant based, if not only for the planet, then also for our general overall health and well-being. And if we lose a couple of pounds in the process, that’s okay too. We already like almost any vegetable, and generally keep to a fairly green diet, but it was an interesting challenge to make dishes that complete leave out meat, and where in fact you don’t really miss meat, even if you are an ardent carnivore. I…

  • Drinks

    Canadian Old Fashioned

    It’s a rainy cold day in Toronto, which makes it the perfect occasion for this Canadian Old Fashioned. A classic Old Fashioned is served with bourbon, bitter, a bit of simple syrup and maybe, if you’re daring, a bit of orange peel. So, there is a bit of a freestyle twist here, and conservative fans of the classic Old Fashioned might see this as nothing less than heresy. However, I recommend trying it first, and then making your judgement. At least, eat the bacon. My Canadian Old Fashioned here draws on a cocktail we had in a restaurant in Quebec City back in November. Like today, it was a cold…

  • Sauces, dips, butters

    Festive port wine sauce

    It’s no secret the Danes really like sauce. I mean really, really like sauce to the point where it can (almost) ruin an entire dinner if there’s no sauce! Personally, I think a good roast or nice piece of meat deserves nothing less than a killer sauce, and would never dream of serving a classic dinner with meat, potatoes, or some other kind of starch, and a side of nice veggies without a delicious sauce. For a lot of people though, the thought of producing a good sauce triggers bouts of anxiety. Because how do you nail a sauce that will be that killer accompaniment that leaves your dinner guests…