Mussels Cooked in Beer

When living in Denmark  you are never far from the sea. The Danes like to cook just about everything in beer. The dish is finished with cream, another popular product of  Denmark. How to clean mussels As soon as you get  mussels home, put them in a large bowl to begin cleaning the shells. If there are […]

Salted Cured Duck Breast and Jerusalem Artichokes Salad

Salting is an old conserving’ s method, which has used for many years to preserve meat and fish in a safe and flavorful way . The salt and the sugar draws  moisture out and bacteria die.The more salt you use, the more difficult it is for bacteria to grow.  At the same time transforming the […]

How to Make Gravlax-Cured Salmon and Smørrebrød with Gravlax

Gravlax in Danish literally means salmon in a grave. During the middle ages, fishermen would salt salmon and let it ferment by burying it in a hole above high-tide line. Today, the salmon cures in the refrigerator over several days, during which the salt and sugar will draw the moisture out of the salmon.      Gravlax […]

Crab Claws with Dill Sauce and Toast

Living close to the sea, I often buy crabs. They can be bought living or already cooked. It is a fun appetizer to serve for guests.                               Crab Claws with Dill Sauce 2 lb. crab claws 1 tbsp. salt 1 lemon […]

Sautéed Scallops in Mustard Cream with Blackberries

Right now many Danes are combing the fields and forrest for wild mushrooms and berries. I just happen to be one of the lucky ones who has wild blackberries within my reach. Berries and meat, fish and salads are an excellent combination and not only give a beautiful color to any dish, but they taste […]

Sautéed Scallops with Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette

Scallops are expensive and make an impressive appetizer. It is a shame it they get burned.  If you use clarified butter, you can fry the scallops at a very high heat with less risk of burning. You can make a large container and keep it in the refrigerator indefinitely and you will always have it […]

Courgette Fritters – A Summer Delicacy

Deep fried courgette flowers are one of the  best delicacy of the Danish summer. They may be hard to get a hold of, but if you order them at your local framers’ market when they are in season, they are a treat. Female courgette flowers are supposed to be the best. Female flowers are the […]

Tuna and Salmon Tartare with Lemon Mayonnaise and Horseradish

Raw fish is a popular appetizer. Use only absolutely fresh tuna and salmon. Don’t add the vinaigrette until the last minute because the acid in the vinaigrette will “cook” the fish, turning it opaque and milky-colored.                           Salmon and TunaTartare with Lemon Mayonnaise […]

Midsummer Night Picnic – Pate with Minced Pork, Ham and Bacon

I married my husband five years ago this month, the 23rd of June, Midsummer Night, the longest day of the year. I choose this day because all of Denmark is celebrating the long summer days and the short nights. Danes, old and young alike, flock to the beachs and parks to see a straw witch […]

Grilled Norway Lobster with Parsley and Dill Cream

Like so many other wonderful foods, the season for Norway lobster, also known as Dublin bay prawn, is short. When you see them at the fishmonger, buy them because next time you come, they may not be there.  Cook them the day before or early in the day and then grill them with parsley for […]

Grilled Shrimp Salad with Caramelized Garlic, Feta and Olives

When I first came to Denmark many years ago, the Danes where not grilling. After a while, they started to grill but would take their food indoors. Now, almost everyone in Denmark owns a grill and when the weather is right, all the meals are both prepared outdoors and eaten outdoors. Grill is a good way […]

Cold Cucumber Soup with Flowers

Anyone, who can chop vegetables, can make a delicious and filling soup in just a few minutes without using more work than opening  a can or bag of soup. This soup doesn’t even need to be cooked. If you decorate the soup with flowers, a ribbon of cucumber and a drizzle of oil, you have  […]

Salmon Tartare with Arugula and Sour Cream Dressing

I have a soft spot for salmon and serve it as often as I can. It may have been my first love when I came to Denmark. It is easy to work with and filled with all kinds of good things,. It can be cooked, baked, used in sushi, and both cold and warm røget. I […]

Mussels with White Wine, Leeks and Cream

Here is another hyggelig summer dish where you sit outdoors (in your own backyard) enjoying the good weather and hygge with family and friends. After a mild winter in Denmark, mussels can be gather in the low waters of mange coasts. Denmark has very small waves and lots of low waters, so it is pretty easy to find […]

Hygge with Shrimps with Garlic Mayonnaise and Dill Sour Creme

It is so hyggelig to peel your own shrimps. It is summer in a few days here in Denmark; the days are long and the nights are short. Many Danes invite family and friends over for dinner and start with a huge bowl of shrimps, one or two dips, lots of bread and cool white wine, […]

Green Pea Soup Horseradish Cream and Bacon

This pea soup is good appetizer at a dinner party and it is the perfect spring soup.  Use fresh peas that are popping up at the supermarkets and farmers markets right now. They taste fantastic. If you don’t want to make horseradish cream, a large spoon of sour cream can be used. No bacon, different […]

Raw Salmon with Lime, Horseradish and Ramsons

As I have written so many times before, the Danes eat Salmon in all kinds of versions. This one is good as an appetizer. It is raw with a dressing of lime, horseradish and ramsons.  If you don’t have ramsons, chives or another herb can be used. Don’t let the dressing stay to long on the […]

Lemon Marinated Salmon with Horseradish Dressing

We eat a lot of salmon here in the north. One of my favorite ways to make salmon is marinated with lemons. The acid in the lemon “cooks” the fish, giving  it a nice taste and changes the color and the texture. It is like the south American ceviche. It is a very easy appetizer and it […]

Easter Tartelets with Creamed Shrimps and Asparagus

Most believe that Easter is the historic day of Jesus’ resurrection but why the name Easter? Is it because of a goddess named Eostre, who represents spring and fertility or does the word come from the German word which comes from an old latin word for dawn? In Spring, dawns mark the beginning of the days that […]

Smørrebrød as a Canapé

Many of the Danish smørrebrød make scrumptious canapies and  are good to serve with a glas of white wine or a cocktail. Here are three suggestions. If you want, just scroll down the open-face sandwiches or appetizers to find more suggestions.  The first two are so easy. If you like, you can use others found here on my […]