• Birthday buns - best home-baked buns!
    Bread and baked goods

    Bread, with lots of butter…

    Good bread is the no. 1 reason why I could never give up carbs entirely, and, really, nothing beats a freshly baked bun with lots of butter! Of course, kids know it too, and maybe that’s why classic birthday buns with butter are an essential part of kids’ birthday parties in Denmark. My Grandma Inger was the uncrowned queen of buns. For every birthday party I had as a kid she brought her home-baked birthday buns, and my mom would put them in the oven, just for a bit, so everyone could get a warm bun with what we Danes call “tooth butter”. Let me explain this phenomenon: “Tooth butter”…

  • Vanilla custard layer cake with chocolate frosting - also known as Othello cake
    Cakes and desserts

    Happy birthday cake

    Are you celebrating a birthday and want to make a really yummy festive cake? This vanilla custard layer cake with chocolate is my absolute favorite one and no birthday seems right without it. In Denmark birthdays and layer cake go hand in hand. For Danes a really good layer cake usually consists of mouse with thin layers of sponge cake and lots of whipped cream. The mouse may have added flavors or be plain vanilla. I normally don’t use a recipe when I make this type of cake for family and friends, but that is easy for me to say since I have made hundreds of these layer cakes over…

  • Spinach artichoke and cheese dip. Served with tortilla chips
    Starters and appetizers

    Addictive appetizer dip

    Just before guests arrive I’m always very busy making dinner ready. Of course my husband can entertain the guests until dinner is ready, but when coming to our house, our guests are used to not only lots of spirited conversations, but certainly also lots of treats for their tummies. This spinach, artichoke and cheese dip is the perfect treat to serve right when the guests arrive. With lots of fresh spinach, artichokes and no less than five cheeses, it’s sure to lay the foundations for a great evening of entertaining. As we all know, a happy belly is, after all, the foundation for relaxation, great thinking and overall wellbeing. Making…

  • Indian coleslaw - coleslaw with a twist, perfect with Indian food or barbecue
    Low-carb,  Salads,  Side dishes

    Coleslaw with a twist

    This ‘Indian’ coleslaw salad is inspired by my never ending attempts to lose some weight. If I summed up all the weight I have lost and then gained again it would be more than I weigh today, so I can’t say that I have been successful! However, my recent diet is all about not eating carbs, which is why some of our recipes are in the ‘low carb’ category. My family loves butter chicken and we eat it at least once a month, but butter chicken typically goes with basmati rice and that is a no-no on my diet, so I had to substitute it with something else. Here is…

  • Sauces, dips, butters

    Let’s nail that Béarnaise!

    If you are from Denmark, or have ever lived in Denmark, you will know that Danes love sauce. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Denmark came in first place on a list of most sauce eating nations in the world. (And béarnaise sauce would certainly be among the absolute favorites.) If you don’t believe me, try the cruel experiment of serving a good steak with no sauce to a Dane. I promise you the disappointment and disillusionment will be of unforgettable proportions. It’s hard to say exactly why béarnaise especially has such a dear place in the hearts and bellies of most Danes. But the strong craving for this…

  • Roasted salty almonds - perfect salty beer or wine snack
    Snacks

    The mysteriously disappearing salty snack

    These roasted salty almonds can be used as a snack to serve with a cold beer or nice drink, or you can use them in dishes where you want to add almonds with a bit of extra crunch. Store-bought roasted salty almonds are often expensive, but since it is so quick and easy to make them yourself, this recipe provides you with a way to save some money while not compromising with the taste. And I would of course say that it is nice for once to literally go nuts in the kitchen 🙂 If you prefer other nuts, or would simply like to mix it up a bit, you…

  • Slow-roasted leg of lamb with aromatic herbs and spices
    Dinner

    Take your time little lamb

    What to make for Easter? Need some inspiration? This slow-roasted leg of lamb is the most succulent and flavorful option if you want to make your Easter dinner a guaranteed success. In Denmark roasted leg of lamb is a must during the Easter days. Traditionally it is garnished with rosemary and garlic, and maybe a bit of mint for those who want to be adventurous. In this recipe we’ve turned up the volume on these traditional flavors and added some aromatic herbs and spices that work perfectly with lamb. Often, the biggest challenge when cooking a whole leg of lamb is that it might go dry. This is because the…

  • Flavorful citrus cheese cake for Easter
    Cakes and desserts

    Easter citrusy no-bake cheese cake

    I am spending this Easter in Canada visiting my fellow Gourmandine blogger, Dorthe. While I’m here, Dorthe has been kind enough to invite Andrea, one of her lovely Canadian friends, over for dinner. I find it only fitting to try and dazzle her with my cake skills to make a good impression, so I’ve decided to make an Easter version of this flavorful citrus cheese cake. Baking cakes takes time and precision and knowledge of the oven you are working with. Since I’m not in my own kitchen I want to make a cake that I am sure will be a success, because it doesn’t even have to go in…

  • Dinner,  Low-carb

    Moroccan (low-carb) lasagna

    This Moroccan style low-carb lasagna recipe is a twist on ordinary lasagna. With three kids still living at home, we tend to make a lot of lasagna in my household. Therefore it’s nice to mix it up a bit and bring in new flavors to the Italian classic. So here, we’ve fired up the aromatic spices typically found in the kitchens of the northern part of Africa. Furthermore, we’ve experimented with substituting pasta sheets with zucchini, making this a healthier, more low-carb and less heavy lasagna. Add a good green salad, and you’ve got an amazingly tasty, good for you dinner that’s entirely pasta guilt free. Making this Moroccan (low-carb)…

  • Classic Danish meatballs Grandma style (frikadeller)
    Dinner

    A tribute to grandma style cooking

    My mom…not only is she the best mom in the world. (Well, I guess everybody feels that way about their mom). She is also the best grandma to my kids. I could say she wins hearts by always being ready to take care of my kids when they are sick, or being the matriarch who cooks dinner for the whole family almost every Sunday. And this is no small feat as we are 11 people and my mom makes everything herself so the rest of us can relax. However, all of this is nothing compared to the love my family bestows on her because of her cooking. Actually she is…