Arvingerne

Coming soon to Sky Arts – The Legacy!

A family drama from the makers of The Killing and Borgen, The Legacy charts the death of an acclaimed artist and her children’s relationships as they await what is going to be revealed in her will.

This sounds like a gripping series (well if it’s from the people who brought us The Killing..) and I was also interested to read it touches on the 68ers and the radical ideas of that generation and how that has affected the four children.

The Legacy starts on Sky Arts on 26th November

See the Sky Arts trailer and read lots more on the new series at the links below:

http://www.sky.com/tv/show/the-legacy/video/trailer

http://www.sky.com/tv/show/the-legacy

http://blogs.denmark.dk/diane/2014/01/08/arvingerne-the-legacy/

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2013/dec/06/legacy-danish-tv-drama-bbc-borgen

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Tiger

Last month, I had an appointment in Cambridge and decided to head to a shop I loved in Copenhagen which has recently hit our shores – Tiger!

If you aren’t aware of Tiger, it is, well, a little hard to explain. There isn’t really a British shop which can be compared directly with these shops. They sell stationery, homewares, greeting cards, cleaning products, toys, sweets, arts and craft supplies, Danish juice, candles… in quirky designs and at clear, affordable prices. Of course this shop was a breath of fresh air on travels in Scandinavia (where you are braced for everything to be expensive) and it was a lot of fun to browse around in Cambridge too.

A few of my finds:

Jolly whale bathroom hooks

Hooks in the shape of whales in blue, pink and green for £1 each

Every kitchen needs a carrot sharpener:Carrot sharpener, a giant orange sharpener for your vegetables

Want to send secret messages to your spy friends? For only £1 you can get a handy UV secret message pen:Spy pen, pen with UV light, £1 each

There was also some stylish stationery:Bluen and white polka dot notebooks with orange and green spines in a variety of sizes

We enjoyed shopping in Tiger so much we went round twice in case we missed anything! There was a huge array of products in store at really reasonable prices. It’s a great place to go for some gifts or interesting home decor and many products have a Nordic edge and sense of humour to the design. The Danish packaging also adds to the ‘looking round a supermarket when on holiday’ vibes, and it’s fun to recognise a few words too after many years of Nordic culture-watching and Swedish lessons. Can’t wait to pop in and see what they have next time I’m in the area!

Do you live near a Tiger store? Have you been in and found some interesting products?

Tiger online: http://www.tigerstores.co.uk/

More Scandi stores in the UK: https://nordicinfluence.wordpress.com/nordic-directory/


How to bake the perfect cinnamon buns

The Guardian has been making Scandi treats this week and searching for the perfect cinnamon bun recipe: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2014/may/22/how-to-bake-perfect-cinnamon-buns

I haven’t tried this version yet – but it is a little different from how I would bake a batch. I have never, ever, had good results with fast action yeast sachets (what am I doing wrong?!) and I would make rather smaller buns – one cake of seven seems a slightly US take on these, they must be huge! Have you tried this ‘perfect’ recipe?

My favourite recipe is the one in Sju Sorters Sommarkakor by Cecilia Vikhblad (the Swedish Mary Berry, she even judges the Swedish version of Bake Off).

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But if I want to read a recipe in English I use the one by the awesome Scandinavian Kitchen:  http://scandikitchen.typepad.com/scandikitchen/2011/05/by-popular-demand-swedish-cinnamon-buns-recipe-kanelbullar.html  I have always had success with these recipes and made lovely soft kanelbullar. Scandinavian Kitchen also sells all the ingredients you could need to create your bullar.

If you are a little too far from London to do your Scandinavian grocery shopping there, do not fear as you can buy/improvise almost everything:

– Ground cardamom for the dough – yes it is a little difficult to find. As well as grinding some cardamom pods with your pestle and mortar/ rolling pin and chopping board/ blender/ hammer and chisel, you can also buy ready ground cardamom at some health food shops or international groceries (I found it on a local market stall which sold vegan products, herbs and spices, and it was only about 65p!).

– Pearl sugar – you could just swap out this (for me, essential) topping for regular sugar (or miss it out altogether I suppose) but I’ve found a handful of crushed up sugar pearls http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/decorations/sainsburys-cake-decorations–white-sugar-pearls-80g looks the part and they add a satisfying crunch. Apparently jam sugar can also work.

– Fresh yeast – available at most local bakeries, it can also be found in the in-store bakeries at Sainsbury’s and Tesco. As mentioned before, I just can’t get fast-action to work!

Do you have any tips on Scandinavian baking at home? Or tips for the perfect kanelbullar?


Scandinavian Specialities at Lidl

From tomorrow, Lidl are selling a variety of Scandinavian specialities, including knäckebröd, köttbullar and sill (crisp bread, meatballs and pickled herring). The selection includes Swedish almond torte, Norwegian cheese and Finnish mustard. Danish pork scratchings are on the menu, too  (though I didn’t realise they were a Danish speciality..?) And liquorice lovers are in luck as there a couple of strong Nordic varieties on offer.

Will you be rushing out to Lidl tomorrow? On my list are cinnamon buns, crisp breads and maybe some biscuits. What will you be picking up?

See the full selection of Scandinavian treats here: http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/SID-6EEBA499-E85B3532/www_lidl_uk/hs.xsl/5235.htm


Charles Augustus Magnussen

Lars Mikkelsen as Charles Augustus Magnussen

 

There is a treat for any fans of The Killing tonight as Lars Mikkelsen (TROELS!!) is starring as blackmailer Charles Augustus Magnussen in tonight’s Sherlock.

According to reports online he is “utterly terrifying” and had to ham up his Scandinavian accent for the role. I’m curious to find out how much of Scandinavia we’ll see. A shot of his super-stylish Danish evil lair? Will he be snacking on cinnamon buns and sipping strong coffee as he plots? Creating LEGO models of the crime scene? Or cycling from victim to victim?

Well hopefully it won’t get too ridiculous but I can’t wait to see where they’re going with this. Will he make it to series 4?

Digital Spy story: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s129/sherlock/news/a542723/sherlock-lars-mikkelsen-terrifying-as-new-villain-says-steven-moffat.html

Have you spotted any of your favourite Nordic actors in UK/US shows? Did they bring some Scandi style?


‘Copenhagen’ furniture at Sainsbury’s

A Nordic-inspired coffee table caught my eye while flicking through GoodHomes magazine at the hairdresser’s this week.

'Copenhagen' oak coffee table with shelf

Turns out it was the aptly-named ‘Copenhagen’ model by Sainsbury’s. It is part of a range which also includes a console table, media storage, shelving and some very cool nesting tables with a 60s/70s vibe.

'Copenhagen' nesting tables

The range starts at £149 so would definitely come under the ‘investment’ price bracket for me (and the £738 oak bookcase can be added to my ‘dream Swedish flat’ moodboard). The items seem well-built and solid and the two reviews online are very positive.

Sainsbury’s ‘Copenhagen’ living room furniture range

What are your favourite items from the range?