• Glögg - classic Danish mulled wine with red wine, rum, port wine and winter spices
    Drinks

    Something to keep you warm on a cold winter’s day

    As a Dane Glögg (mulled wine) is an absolute must-have in December. With all it’s warm winter spices, sweetness, red wine and alcohol there is simply no other drink than Danish mulled wine, or glögg, that will get you into the real Christmas spirit like this one. It’s the perfect drink for when you return after a walk in the cold and you need a little something to bring warmth and comfort back into your body and bones. This recipe was passed down to me from my grandmother who sent it to me in a real old school handwritten letter when I was 19 and had moved to London. Though I…

  • Beetroot salad with apples, crispy bacon and lots of parsley
    Low-carb,  Salads,  Side dishes

    Warm winter comfort salad

    For foodies like me the holiday season is truly a smorgasbord of culinary pleasures both to be cooked and to be enjoyed. So much so that while December is certainly a month when the foodlover in me revels in heavenly delight, it is also overwhelmingly easy to fill oneself with all the wonderful and sometimes fatty temptations that classic holiday cooking offers. This beetroot salad, however, is not only very tasty, it also counterbalances some of the very rich food you are, let’s face it, inevitably going to consume. Beets are an awesome and really very versatile, but often overlooked, veggie, and they are not only rich in fibre and…

  • Baked Brie with brandy pears, almonds and tarragon
    Cheese,  Starters and appetizers

    Nutty pears and a Brie

    This recipe for baked Brie with brandy pears, almonds and tarragon is truly a celebration of this wonderful cheese! Brie has been one of my favorite cheeses since I was a kid. I think I first discovered Brie when I was about 7 years old, and I was immediately won over by its deliciously soft and creamy texture. In fact so much so that I often found myself snacking on Brie to the point where I would eat up a whole one…sometimes in less than an afternoon. Oh, how I miss being a kid before I knew anything about calories! The good thing though about cheese, Brie included, is that…

  • Dinner

    A pot and a pumpkin

    The other day I bought three pumpkins at the local supermarket. I guess that’s a perfectly normal thing to do this time of year if it hadn’t been for the fact that our porch and front steps were already packed with little orange, green and yellow pumpkin faces. But I simply couldn’t resist buying just a few more of these gorgeous little veggie heads. And the great thing about pumpkins is that not only do they light up your home and mood on cold and dark days, they make for wonderful food too. Now, I’m not a big fan of winter, but one of my great consolations this time of…

  • Dinner

    Lasagna dressed for Halloween

    Last week we celebrated Halloween, and what a fun night for kids and adults alike! While the kids of course are mostly focused on all the candy and treats they are going to haul in, it’s nice if the adults can look forward to being treated to some nice comfort food as a consolation prize after following the little munchkins around the neighborhood in the cold and the rain. If the little people have any appetite left for real food after stuffing themselves with candy, I find that traditional lasagna is a great option, as you can make it in advance and just heat it up, giving you time to…

  • Cheese,  Dinner,  Starters and appetizers

    A little extra something for your cheese board

    Up for a cheese feast? In our family we love cheese, and having guests over is the perfect excuse to serve a cheese board. Whether it’s a substitute or a supplement for dessert or something you want to do for a casual Friday night get-together with friends, it’s fun and easy to put together. Well, maybe it’s not so easy to choose between all the great cheeses at your local cheese dealer?! Well, ask them if they’ll let you taste and then choose your favorites. If they all turn out to be favorites, another good pointer is to choose a variety of mild and mature cheeses, to include both soft…

  • Dinner,  Pescetarian,  Starters and appetizers

    Cod by a Frenchman

    Last week my oldest friend from Denmark came to visit me in Toronto, and I was excited to show her around and had just bought a great book about strolls in Toronto. To me walking through neighborhoods in a city is the best way really to get a feel of the diversity a city has to offer. I guess it’s a bit as with food, you have to smell it to really know it and enjoy it. When we got home from one of our walks, we were tired in that pleasant way where you are ready for a nice glass of wine and comfort food. None of us, however,…

  • Lox, or smoked salmon, with lemon-pickled fennel
    Low-carb,  Pescetarian,  Starters and appetizers

    The lox and the fennel

    Whenever I think of lox or smoked salmon as a starter it somehow brings me back to the ‘80s. Probably because growing up in the ‘80s I remember my parents would almost as a rule serve smoked salmon as a starter when they had guests over. Back then my parents were all for convenience, and it was a very easy, and still delicious, starter. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with a dish being easy and convenient, especially if you’re trying to juggle a homemade two- or three-course dinner. While you might grow a little bored with the smoked-salmon-served-on-bread-and-maybe-an-asparagus-on-top classic, lox or smoked salmon is still a great option: liked…

  • Roasted butternut squash salad with Parma ham and Burrata
    Low-carb,  Salads,  Starters and appetizers

    For the love of butternut squash!

    Fall is here, there’s no way around it. As the temperatures begin to drop and days in the sun become fewer why not celebrate all the colorful and magnificent seasonal vegetables and greens that start to appear in the grocery stores and farmers’ markets? Here’s a grilled butternut squash salad with Parma ham and Burrata that will do just that! With their funny and quirky shapes, pumpkins and winter squash have always had a strange appeal both to my eye and my stomach. In some way they seem to offer a needed comfort that though winter will be here soon, everything will be all right, and there will be loads…