Postcard from Iceland #1 | Reykjavik

Pete and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in Iceland this summer. Our visit was almost scuppered by Bárðarbunga, an Icelandic volcano that chose the time of our visit to get a little fractious. Luckily, no flights were cancelled, and although Bárðarbunga did let loose its lava during our holiday, its tantrum had very little ... Read more »

Bringing Iceland Home | Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Crunchy Onions & Remoulade

  Icelanders love their hot dogs! Who knew? Well, anyone who’s spent any time in Iceland, that’s who; recommendations to seek out Icelandic pylsa abound and I’m adding one more to the pile! An Icelandic pylsa is much like a hot dog anywhere in the world… with a few little touches that make it a ... Read more »

Norwegian Fish Soup Recipe

In December I was invited to a seafood cookery class hosted by my friend Signe Johansen (blogger, food writer and food anthropologist) on behalf of the Norwegian Seafood Council, to showcase the quality of Norwegian seafood and share some ideas for how to make the most of it. Having cooked several different dishes with the ... Read more »

Scandinavian Cooking with Trine at Food at 52

I’ve already attended a couple of cookery classes at Food at 52 – Flavours of Italy run by school founder John and Scandinavian Christmas Baking with Trine Hahnemann. Recently, I went back to attend another of Trine’s classes, Flavours of Scandinavia. The class focuses on the kind of simple, healthy cooking that Scandinavians enjoy at ... Read more »

A Scandinavian Christmas with Trine Hahnemann and Food at 52

Earlier this year, I had a great time reviewing the Italian cookery class at Food at 52. I loved how much we covered and that it was all hands on; I really appreciated class tutor John’s friendly, knowledgeable and encouraging approach and I loved the home-style feel of the basement classroom. I also had a ... Read more »

Ice Cream Wednesday: Scandilicious’ Banana & Cardamom Ice Cream

It would be easy to dismiss my friend Sig’s new book as jumping on the Scandi band wagon, but it’d be completely wrong to do so. Since June 2008 Sig has been sharing the joy’s of Scandinavian cooking via her blog, Scandilicious. Describing her heritage as Scandinavian-English-American-Irish-German-Jewish-Lithuanian (and born to a Norwegian father and English-American ... Read more »

The Scandinavian Kitchen: Swedish Cheese Tart

People often ask me about trends in food. And usually, I stutter and stall as panic shuts my brain down and all thoughts of the various fads, trends, infatuations, developments (call them what you will) that I’ve happily been discussing with fellow food-loving friends flee from my mind. But one thing that I’m pleased to ... Read more »

Snowflakes, Schnapps & Meatballs With Vodka

Snowflakes and Schnapps by Jane Lawson has a Scandinavian feel about it, focused as it is on hearty dishes with a winter theme. But actually, Australian-born Lawson covers a much wider swathe of Europe in this tome. The book’s blurb invites us to “Join Jane Lawson as she takes you on a culinary journey through ... Read more »

The Scandinavian Kitchen

Vacuum Cleaners, Cameras and Blodpudding at The Scandinavian Kitchen A short while ago I was invited to attend an inaugural food photography training session organised by Helen of aforkfulofspaghetti, run by Chris Windsor, a freelance professional photographer and hosted by the Scandinavian Kitchen, a shop, deli and café in Great Titchfield Street. I’ve been a ... Read more »