Ava’s Nordic Lunch

Nordic Around the World Lunch

Ah, winter. This week I took inspiration from the chill in the air and went Nordic with Ava's Around the World Lunch (Nordic simply means the cultural part of Northern Europe that includes Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The Nordic menu is quite simple and can be assembled in about five minutes. For Ava's main meal, I went Danish: A few slices of dark rye bread smeared with a bit of butter are topped with a translucent slice of smoked salmon. Two smaller slices of … [Read more...]

22 Campfire & Scandinavian Recipes to celebrate Midsummer’s Night

Swedish girl wearing a Midsummer crown. Photo by Bengt Nyman.

Midsummer's Eve - the longest day of the year - is celebrated in dozens of countries with huge bonfires, maypole dancing, and glorious food. In Scandinavia, the sun never fully sets. But even if night falls where you live, you can still celebrate. To get into the spirit, simply drop out of big city chaos and into nature. This is a time to make flower crowns, swim in clear streams, sing hymns, and laugh more than is wise. Some say Midsummer is also a time for love. After long, … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Denmark


I'm not one to get manicures. I don't even wear gloves when washing dishes to keep my hands from drying out (do you?). But still, some days I just can't face getting my hands dirty. Like on days when I have to make meatballs. Here's how it plays out: I look at the bowl of deftly seasoned meat. The meat looks back at me. I blink a few times. Eventually, after a big sigh, I roll up my sleeves, dunk my hands into the cold, clammy mixture and get to work. Then I remember I forgot to … [Read more...]

Recipe: Danish Apple Cake (Æblekage)


Makes One 6" Cake Æblekage can be made any number of ways, but this recipe is super special because Anne A., one of our Danish readers, found it in her mother's recipe box.  We did a little tweaking and, voila... Global Table's Aeblekage, a little like Anne's mamma used to make. The texture is on the muffin-side of things; you'll love it with coffee or tea. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Danish Meatballs (Frikadeller)


Makes about 30 small meatballs I'm not usually a fan of meatballs, but these Frikadellers are Frikamazing. I added a slice of rye bread to give it a little something special. If you're making them for a party, hold them in a warm oven for a few minutes, until ready to serve. Thanks to Stephanie Holguin for letting me adapt her recipe (she got it from a real live Danish person, hurrah!). I went a little over the top by adding heavy cream and using rye bread instead of plain sandwich … [Read more...]

Recipe: Smoked Salmon Smørrebrød


Makes 12 canapés Throughout Scandinavia the smørrebrød, or open faced sandwich is the pretty way to eat lunch. I've turned them into dainty finger food, perfect for parties. Yum! Ingredients: 12 slices of dark rye bread or pumpernickel softened butter 1 package of smoked salmon 1/2 a cucumber, halved & sliced thinly thinly sliced red onion, to taste 1 lemon a few sprigs of fresh dill Method: Slice up all your ingredients so they are ready to go. Then, lay out … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Celebrate Christmas Like a Dane (with poll)


1. On Christmas Eve, drop an almond in a vat of rice pudding - this dish is called Risengrød or ris al'amande. Whoever gets the almond is said to be blessed with good luck. Sometimes the winner is also given a special gift. 2. Drink a steaming glass of Gløgg in sub zero weather while walking around an outdoor crafts fair or listening to carolers. The hot red wine will make your cheeks rosy, and the spices with invigorate you with holiday cheer. 3. Make mountains of cookies, including … [Read more...]

Recipe: Fabulous Mulled Wine (Gløgg)


Makes 1 1/2 quarts (6 cups) Bottoms up! The orange peel brightens up this warm holiday drink, while cinnamon gives it familiar festive flavor. NOTE: If you're making this for a potluck, just keep it warm in a crock pot! Ingredients: 1 cup water 3 slices fresh ginger the peel of one orange 3 cardamom pods 5 cloves 2-4 cinnamon sticks 1 bottle red wine (750 ml) 1/2 bottle port (375 ml) 1/4 cup sugar Garnish, for each glass: Raisins (to taste) Almonds, skinned (to … [Read more...]