The meaning and importance of Christmas in 2014

Is Christmas really a shopping galore and a 10 step process to a successful holiday we can tick off before embarking on another year? Would more material things and luxury goods, foods and drinks really be what we need to be able to celebrate the holiday. With changing times, is this really what Christmas is all about in 2014? You don't have to go long back before Christmas was not only a...

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A Scandinavian Advent Home – Interior Inspiration

© Vakre Hjem I read an article yesterday in Evening Standard with the tag line 'Bring back Advent', that by celebrating Christmas throughout December the actual day becomes less special. In Scandinavia Advent is still a special time, where we prepare and wait for the holiday to come. It's also reflected in how we decorate our home for Advent. Yes, we do tend to love all things white, from...

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Smoked Salmon Pâté, easy to make luxurious snack

© Little ScandinavianWith some smoked salmon from the Hansen & Lydersen smokehouse left in the fridge I was tempted to experiment with recipe ideas for a perfect starter. With the rich and tasty smoked salmon as the main ingredient it was all done in a few minutes. Guess what's on the menu when we have dinner guests tonight!? Ingredients 250g Smoked salmon 100g Mascarpone White pepper Lemon...

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Norwegian Layered Gateau

We wish all readers of little Scandinavian a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2012! Thank you for supporting us and we hope you'll follow our little blog's journey in the new year too. With love, The Little Scandinavian family. Norwegian Layered Gateau presented by Ginette Mathiot from the wonderful collection of recipes in 'The Art of French Baking'. Layered cake is a festive tradition in...

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Warm walnut bread for breakfast

Having warm freshly baked bread for breakfast is great, and a bread filled with rich tasty walnuts makes it even better. Ever since I grew up, has bread been an important part of the daily meals. In most parts of Scandinavia are the breakfast still considered the most important meal of the day, and families tend to sit down together around the kitchen table to start the day with a few slices of...

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Basic sourdough bread

Baking is something which has always fascinated me, ever since we had cooking lessons in school and when baking christmas cakes at home. Making pizza has always been a favorite and a hit with the girls, while bread making has been more of an occasional habit, until earlier this year when we started making sourdough based bread. It is something more real about bread made without any artificial...

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What’s in season; Beetroot

So beetroot is in season? What to do with a bunch of muddy dark red vegetables? We have made pickled beetroot, for use in salads, as sides for meat and on top of rye cracker with paté. Pick your own at a Pick your own farm or buy fresh ones at your local farmers marked. Here's our easy recipe for Pickled Beetroot: Cooking time: 2 hours Ingredients 1kg beetroot 5 dl vinegar 100g sugar 2 tbsp...

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Rhubarb soup with Panna cotta and Strawberries

© Photos by Little Scandinavian After a long, dark winter, spring and summer is eagerly greeted in Scandinavia. Rhubarb is a clear sign of early summer and many children would eat it peeled and dip it in a cup of sugar. The Scandinavians makes the most out of what they have and rhubarb grows in nearly every Scandinavian garden. A traditional preparation of this fruit in the Scandinavian Kitchen...

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What’s in season; Mackerel

It's nothing quite like being served fresh mackerel. Mackerel is in season and are easy to find and reasonably priced at the moment. Mackerel are round oily sea fish with it's rich taste and dark flesh with a high content of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids -and we think it's absolutely best when served together with cucumber salad. Cucumber salad 1 cucumber, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon sugar 2...

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Cinnamon Buns

My grandmother makes the best cinnamon buns, without doubt. I don't know what her secret is, as I have the recipe but they never turn out just quite like hers. Inspired by baking bread with sourdough I searched for the best cinnamon bun recipe with sourdough and found it on one of my favorite sources for baking inspiration, on the Swedish blog www.brodpassion.se To be shared with you! I followed...

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