• Cakes and desserts

    Mozart’s little shooting stars

    Mozart chocolate balls are these old school chocolates from Vienna that used to be the ultimate luxury when I was growing up. I remember how friends and family would often buy them if they visited Austria or southern Germany, and they were quite expensive, almost like good quality Belgian chocolates these days. You can still get them of course, but as with many other chocolate brands, the quality has unfortunately gone downhill, often leaving you with a overly sweet product with way too much sugar and hardly any real almonds in the marzipan or hazelnuts in the nougat. The good news is, it is very very easy to make your…

  • Vanilla butter cookies - classic Danish Christmas cookies
    Bread and baked goods,  Cakes and desserts

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

    Last week we shared our recipe for brown Christmas spice cookies – Danish ‘brunkager’. Here’s another wonderful recipe for Christmas cookies, this time straight from my great grandmother Inger’s old recipe book. I guess most people are familiar with the Danish vanilla butter cookies that you can buy in typically blue tins, often with photos of famous Danish places on them. Whether these mass produces cookies leave a positive or negative impression of Danish baking on those who try them, is not for me to judge, but these homemade ones are definitely a much more interesting taste experience, and I think far more worth the calories. And they are super…

  • Oysters Rockefeller - for a Roaring '20s - Gatsby themes New Year's
    Starters and appetizers

    Roaring Rockefeller oysters

    I know New Year’s is still a bit away, but as is our custom, this is the time for Karen-Anne, my fellow blogger, and I to start planning our New Year’s dinner. We’re so lucky that we get to celebrate it together again this year, and that really calls for one knock-out dinner. To tell you the truth, we actually started planning this dinner back in July, and we decided to make it a themed evening inspired by The Great Gatsby and the Roaring ’20s. Can it get more festive, indulgent and decadent? We immediately knew that we were going to do Oysters Rockefeller, so we start off by sharing…

  • Spicy Christmas cookies - Danish brunkager
    Bread and baked goods,  Cakes and desserts

    Spicy Christmas cookies

    It’s time to start planning which Christmas cookies to bake this year! Danish ‘brunkager’, literally ‘brown cakes’, have always been my favorite Christmas cookies. With all their warm aromas from cinnamon, cloves, ginger, all spice and nuts, these wonderful little treats smell and taste like real Christmas to me. Just wait till you put them in the oven, and you’ll see what I mean. There are tons of variations of these cookies, and you can find cousins of these all over Scandinavia and northern Germany. But since this recipe for these spicy Christmas cookies comes from my ancestors, of course I think it’s the best. A ‘brunkage’ is also a…

  • French meatballs with leeks, apples, lentils, thyme and creamy Dijon mustard sauce
    Dinner,  Low-carb

    French meatballs

    So why call this recipe French meatballs? Honestly, I can’t really claim this recipe to be authentically French, nor did I ever have anything like this in France. In truth, the recipe actually draws on a very delicious ready made, just pop-in-the-oven, meal I once bought in a little shop in torvehallerne in Copenhagen, an upscale street food market in the middle of the city. Pricy and quite hipster, it is honestly a great place to visit if you get the chance to visit the capital of Denmark. I’m not sure the shop still exists and I forget the name of it, otherwise I would surely have given a referral.…

  • Apple and macaroon muffins
    Bread and baked goods

    Marvellous apple and macaroon muffins

    Crunchy on the outside and moist and fluffy on the inside, these apple and macaroon muffins always satisfy my cake cravings. Like most muffins they are quick and easy to make, and a wonderful way to use apples. The recipe grew out of an old recipe for macaroon cakes that I found in one of my granny’s old food magazines, and since I have a general hankering for apple recipes, I thought, why not combine the two? I decided to make these again the other day because my eight-year-old son suddenly found that green apples, having been his favorite apples for as long as I can remember, were no longer…

  • Fast 5-ingredients dishes,  Snacks

    (Almost) guilt-free snack

    A couple of weeks ago we posted a recipe for traditional Danish rye bread with lots of seeds. Here is a great recipe for rye bread chips, a fabulous way of making use of any dry leftover rye bread, while at the same time making yourself one good and really quite healthy snack. If you’re familiar with a typical Scandinavian diet you probably know that people in Denmark, Norway and Sweden have an almost religious relationship with rye bread. It’s definitely an integral part of our diet and it’s something most of us miss terribly when we are abroad. Maybe that’s why in recent years it’s become quite popular to…

  • Autumn gnocchi with Parma ham, sage, zucchini and almonds
    Dinner

    Autumn gnocchi

    The flavors of sage, Parma ham and gnocchi go really well together. In this autumn gnocchi recipe we’ve added some green zucchini and chopped almonds on top for a bit of crunch. These are wonderful autumn flavors! Of course you can go the extra mile and make your own gnocchi, but in well-stocked stores they usually carry ready made good quality gnocchi. Also, the bonus if you use the ready made kind is that you’ll have your autumn gnocchi dinner ready in less that 30 min. This time of year when it’s dark and gloomy outside when you come home in the afternoon, it’s vital that making dinner is not…

  • Dinner,  Pescetarian,  Starters and appetizers

    Killer soup? Well, it is Halloween

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween out there! I’m getting ready with my Halloween menu and thought we might warm up with this creamy pumpkin soup with scallops. In my book, this is a real killer soup: creamy, sweet, spicy with a hint of citrus, garlic and finished off elegantly with pan-seared scallops. What is not to like? Serve it before or after you go out there trick or treating with the little ones, either way it will surely make you feel warm and guard you against the chill. Without a doubt the chili and garlic will keep any monsters or vampires that might be lurking out there…

  • Rye bread with beer - classic Danish recipe without sourdough or yeast
    Bread and baked goods

    Rye bread with beer

    In my top three of foods I miss the most from Denmark, you will definitely find rye bread, or ‘rugbrød’ in Danish. Since moving to Canada almost three years ago, I’ve not yet been able to find any type of bread that comes even close to resembling classic Danish rye bread. I did once buy a rye bread from an Danish bakery store here in Toronto, but I have to say even that, despite its original recipe, was rather a disappointment. Luckily, I dug up this old recipe for rye bread with beer in one of my grandma’s old collections of recipes. It’s heavenly and it just tastes like home!…