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14 May 2013

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Mini-Pavlovas

Mini-pavlova copyBeing half-Australian, I have a lot of fond and hazy memories of pavlovas, though most of them are from Denmark. They were these festive and monstrous meringue disks with piles of whipped cream, passion fruit and kiwi-slices on top. (Growing up in the 80s will do that to you either way, though possibly with more mini-umbrellas.) Anyway, they were also one of the things that made my Australian mother exotic back in the days when the cream of Danish youth had yet to go backpacking up and down the East coast of Australia. And when phenomena like Vegemite and smoko were still reserved to our family home and our trips Down Under. I still remember how we huddled around the phone for the Christmas call to my grand parents, each of us trying to strike up meaningful conversation with the minute price of 5 Danish kroner (about 65 cent €) looming over our heads.

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5 Nov 2012

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Dried Apple Rings

In the realm of parenting, there is one phenomenon I’ve always found very repulsive: The concept of “healthy candy” or “sundt slik” in Danish. It’s one of those oxymorons that should never have been allowed into existence. While I appreciate parents’ attempt to sneak something nutricious under their son’s or daughter’s radar, it’s just too sacrilegious to glue a word of wonder to one that is essentially a word of horror to a child. And who are you kidding anyway? Have you ever known a child in their right mind entering a room without instantly scanning it for sweets? Whose ears aren’t fine-tuned to the sound of crackling candy paper even if it unfolds on a different floor of the building? I know the kind as that used to be me (and still is to a certain extent). So why parents think they can fool their children through mere semantics is beyond my comprehension. It’s like expecting 007 to be fooled by the hat-and-blue-glasses-disguise.

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25 May 2012

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The Yoghurt of Champions

Bored with my usual porridge and enamoured with making my own semi-dried tomatoes I recently walked down the vegetable aisle at the supermarket unaware that in a matter of moments I would have an epiphany. One that would change, if not my life, then my breakfast menu for ever.

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26 Sep 2011

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Orange and Almond Cake (plus bonus celebrity)

(Pretty cake sign in the background courtesy of Simone)

It’s like ra-i-ain on your wedding day

It’s a free ri-hi-de when you’ve already paid

It’s arri-i-ving at the cake competition

When they announce the win-nerrr.

That’s what happened and I feel only Alanis would understand.

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18 Jul 2011

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Honeydew Melon Cocktail

Do you ever use a melon-baller? Well I do. It’s this fantastic thingamajig that makes the most pleasing little balls for your salad. The best thing is that you release whatever you’re carving from its original shape and render it open to reinterpretation – to the extent that when I served a melon/cucumber ball salad with chopped coriander last Friday, someone thought I had discovered a freakishly round kind of miniature potato. Anyhoot, the bad thing is, that you only get 20 odd balls from one whole melon (in this case a honeydew melon), leaving you with a good chunk of oddly shaped fruit leftovers to deal with afterwards. That’s when I got this brilliant idea:

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2 Jun 2011

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Danish Delights: Rødgrød med fløde [roygroy ma flyrr]

I must be the last person in Denmark, who hasn’t understood that we live in dangerous times. While I was in Utrecht last week, there had been some cases of killer cucumbers in Germany (infested with e-coli bacteria) which made every single vegetable and piece of fruit coming from either Germany or Spain (that part I didn’t quite catch) seem very ominous. Suddenly all of our good intentions concerning a proper green-filled diet had been turned into a game of Russian roulette.

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