• 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…

  • Pickled mini onions recipe
    Side dishes

    Pickled mini onions

    Pickled mini onions are a perfect little side dish for roasts, cheese boards, lunch, patés, sandwiches… The list goes on and on. They are so easy to make, and first time I made them I felt really stupid for having paid a lot of money for similar pickled onions in the stores. I started making these as a garnish for a our extravagant veal tenderloin dish, but found they are wonderful in so many other ways. Make them one or a couple of days in advance or on the same day you want to use them, either way, they’ll be yummy little extras. They’ll easily keep for at least two…

  • Extravagant veal tenderloin with trimming. Festive and beautiful dinner recipe perfect for New Year's
    Dinner,  Low-carb

    Extravagant veal tenderloin

    This recipe for veal tenderloin with trimmings is one of the most beautiful dinner dishes in my book, which is why I call it extravagant veal tenderloin. The combination of colors from the roast veal, red currants and thyme make it a feast not only for both your eyes and your palate, yet, it is not a very complicated dish. I usually make the pickled onions the day before or in the morning, and the meat can be done in less than 30 minuttes. The first time Karen-Anne and I made this was for New Year’s eve, and it really is a festive dish. It looks quite decadent and opulent,…

  • Pescetarian,  Starters and appetizers

    Divinely decadent shrimp appetizer

    Here is our second appetizer for our Roaring ‘20s Gatsby themed New Year’s dinner. We started out with oysters, or what we called Roaring Rockefeller oysters, and we thought that a natural next step is a fresh little bite with shrimp and herb cream with a touch of lemon and watercress. We recommend you use a very small type of shrimp, as we thought this would be one in a row of appetizers, and small shrimp will make this dish look very elegant and delicate. North Atlantic shrimp are great, or maybe you can even get your hands on a batch of Danish ‘fjordrejer’ (frozen as the fresh ones are…