Behind this blog is me, Sofie, a 27 year old Copenhagen based food blogger with a great love of food from all over the world. I have travelled and lived abroad, and I love exploring new cuisines wherever I go. Whether it is tongue numbingly spicy Sichuan hot pot in China, freshly caught crayfish in New Zealand, classic afternoon tea in a fancy London hotel or a greasy cheeseburger in New York I absolutely love it. But, whenever I am stressed, tired or in need of real comfort, I always return to my Danish roots.
Danish, and indeed all Scandinavian food, is essentially peasant food. It is food with the main purpose of satisfying the hunger of farm workers and fishermen in our not always friendly climate. It is down to earth, simple and filing fare that does not make much of itself. Having said that, we do have lots of wonderful traditions and ingredients in Denmark. Being a coastal nation, we have lots of fresh fish and seafood all year round, lamb in spring, new potatoes and berries in abundance during summer, orchard fruits such as apples, pears and plums in late summer into autumn and healthy, sustaining root vegetables in winter.
The “New Nordic” food trend, with restaurants like Noma in Copenhagen and chefs such as Rene Redzepi at its vanguard, has placed Denmark and Scandinavia firmly on the world gastronomic map, which is wonderful. Scandinavian food is also much more than this. It can be easy, unassuming and simple and does not have to require fancy ingredients or difficult cooking techniques. Our food is really like us Scandinavians – a bit difficult to grasp at first glance, but once you begin to get under the skin of the culture and people, you will see it opening up and hopefully see its beauty.
In Denmark, we love sitting down together with friends and family to eat a good meal, drink beers and snaps (aquavit) and tell stories during the dark winter evenings. The long and light summer nights are spent with barbecues and bonfires on our beautiful beaches.
I grew up in a family where the evening meal was sacred. Both of my parents worked from home, my father especially worked and traveled a lot, but there was always time to sit down in the evening, eat a home cooked meal, talk about our days and discuss what had happened in the world. I can count on one hand the number of times growing up that we ate in front of the telly, and it somehow always felt wrong afterwards. The food did not taste as good, and the sense of family time was lost. This tradition of coming together around a meal is one that I prize beyond anything – especially in today’s hectic world.
The purpose of this blog is to convey this sense of Scandinavian and especially Danish food, family time, eating together and my love of our local produces and traditions. The emphasis will be on Danish food as this is what I grew up with, but I will occasionally turn to my Swedish and Norwegian neighbours and explore some of their wonderful traditions too.
If you wish to have a look at what I also cook then swing by my Danish blog Sofies Spisekammer – www.sofiesspisekammer.dk