Archive for February, 2010

Lunch with René Redzepi and Landbrug & Fødevarer

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I’m basically in Copenhagen every week lately and one of few days in Stockholm I was invited to a lunch arranged by Landrug & Fødevarer, earlier called Danish Meat Association. They had a PR lunch here in Stockholm and had invited René Redzepi, co-owner and chef of Noma, to cook the food. At Noma they focus on food and local ingredients from the Nordic countries, and as René said during his presentation you would for example never find mango on the menu but instead something local. René and his crew prepared 4 dishes for us. All with Danish pork and all very tasty.

First we had savoury aebleskiver. I guess you can easiest describe aebleskiver as doughnut holes or fluffy round pancakes. They are normally served sweet, like this recipe that I’ve posted earlier. These however were filled with pork rilettes and dusted with some kind of vinegar powder instead of the custom confectioner’s sugar.

The second starter was very danish: flaeskesvaer, crispy pork rinds. They had a “Noma” touch and were powdered with lingonberry powder. To this we got a lovely smoked cheese dip.

Next was pickled vegetables and bone marrow served with a very tasty sauce made of roasted ribs. All vegetables were pickled in different marinades. For example the yellow beets were pickled in elderflower marinade.

The last thing we got was slow roasted ribs glazed with hazelnut and mustard seeds. René encouraged us to let out our inner child and eat it with our hands. However I think I and Anne were the only ones doing so :-) The ribs were absolutely the best dish and I had to text my husband saying that I’m now converted. Yes, because I wasn’t that fond of ribs earlier, but these were amazing!

It was an extremely nice lunch, the food was delicious and René was very friendly and had a very nice presentation on Noma and Nordic food. There was also a short presentation by Landbrug & Fødevarer. I still haven’t been able to book a table for dinner at Noma, but hopefully I’ll be lucky one day and until then this lunch will be remembered as a small teaser and preview.

Homegrown watermelons

Monday, February 15th, 2010

As a contrast to last time’s snow post I thought it would be fun to show you my watermelons that I planted and grew last year. The plants were planted in large pots on the terrace and I pollinated the flowers with a small brush. Both varieties seen on the photos, Sweet Sibirian and Cream of Saskatchewan were supposed to have a final weight of 4.5 kg but ended up very small yet still extremely tasty. It’s quite unusual to grow watermelons in Sweden, especially if you don’t have any greenhouse. It’s hard to say if it was worth the effort since the harvest only resulted in 4-5 tiny watermelons but it was indeed a treat to eat them.