Archive for the 'Food Events IRL' Category

Hötorgshallen is celebrating 50 years

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Hötorgshallen, one of the indoor food markets in Stockholm, is celebrating 50 years. Yesterday evening was the opening for the celebrations that will be ongoing from October 2nd until October 4th. There was a lot of people present last evening, mingling and trying out different goodies from the sellers: fresh oysters, sushi, Finnish boeuf Bourgignon, meze, and so much more. More information about the coming days, in Swedish, can be found here.

An early Norwegian Christmas lunch and Aquavit

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Gravlaks, rakfisk, gammelost and other Norwegian specialites.

Christmas comes earlier every year and this year as early as September 17th when I was invited to a Christmas lunch at the Norwegian embassy, hosted by Arcus that is a Norwegian producer and supplier of wines and spritits. First we listened to an interesting seminar about Norwegian food and aquavit, and then we tried their specialites and some newly released aquavits. I’ve never been a fan of aquavit, but these ones were tasty and are perfect to Scandinavian food. Or in this case Norwegian, as wine don’t match the food at all. The main difference to Swedish aquavit is that most of the Norwegian ones mature in oak casks. The food we tried would be considered as very exotic by many of you readers, an interesting and a fun experience!

Multekrem (whipped cream, cloudberries and sugar), a grain pudding with whipped cream and berry compote.

Food blogger brunch

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Courtney and Anne.

One of the best parts of being a food blogger is all the people that you get to know from all over the world. And it’s extra fun when you actually get to meet them in person. I havn’t met that many food bloggers yet, but I meet Anne at a regular basis and I’ve met Pille and Kristina. Last Sunday I had the opportunity to meet Courtney from Coco Cooks, who was visiting Sweden. We went for a brunch together with Anne and Courtney’s host Britt-Helene. The weather was lovely and we had a wonderful time at Hasselbacken, where we sat on the terrace eating brunch and talking about all sorts of things, but of course with a big focus on food. I hope to see lovely Courtney soon again and of course other food bloggers! Wouldn’t it be fabulous to have a huge international food blogger meeting somewhere?

(more photos from the brunch can be seen at the end of Courtney’s post about her Sweden visit).

A part of the dessert table.


Menu for Hope 4 – last day!

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Don’t miss a chance to win a Moomin baking parcel with lots of Moomin cookie cutters, prize code EU15

Today is the last day to participate in Menu for Hope 4, don’t miss this opportunity to donate money at the same time as you have a chance to win fabulous prizes. Up until this very moment we’ve collected $64,165.00 and we still have one day left!

Important message from Stinky

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Menu for hope 4: Win fabulous Moomin molds and cookie cutters!

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Moomin baking collection, prize code EU15

It’s December and for the fourth year in a row food bloggers from all over the world are raising money to the United Nations World Food Programme by offering wonderful culinary prizes to tempt people to donate money. For every US$10, the donor receives a virtual raffle ticket toward a prize of their choice. Last year we collected the incredible sum of $60,925.12!!! This year once again, all money will go to the UN World Food Programme. However this year the money are earmarked to a school’s feeding program in Lesotho. We chose to support the school lunch program because providing food for the children not only keeps them alive, but helps them stay in school so that they learn the skills to feed themselves in the future.

To read more about Menu for Hope 4, who benefits from it, what percentage of the funds actually goes to those we help etc, go to this link on Chez Pim.

So what does A Cat in the Kitchen do to contribute to Menu for Hope 4? Well, I’m donating a very special prize to the raffle, to tempt my dear readers. My prize for Menu for Hope 4 is a baking collection for all Moomin lovers! It’s Moomin Mania, a special irresistible baking collection for all Moomin lovers (prize code EU15) that consists of:

1 Moomintroll cake mold
1 Moomintroll cookie cutter
1 Moominmamma cookie cutter
1 Moominpappa cookie cutter
1 Lilla My cookie cutter
1 Snork maiden cookie cutter
1 Groke cookie cutter
1 Snufkin cookie cutter
1 Hattifatteners cookie cutter
1 Grooke cookie cutter
1 Stinky cookie cutter
3 popsicle molds with Stinky, Snufkin and Moomintroll
Moomin band aid (if you get hurt in the kitchen while cooking)

Everything is brand new in their original packages and I’ve been struggling really hard to prepare this prize. I’ve been searching everywhere for the cookie cutters and luckily I had to go for an unplanned business trip to Helsinki last month where I was finally able to buy the cookie cutters and the cake mold in the official Moomin shop in Helsinki, Finland. The popsicle molds were bought in a small shop in Gothenburg and the band aid was bought in a Swedish pharmacy.

The 9 different cookies come out beautifully with outlines and people just love them. You can make any cut-out cookies with the cutters and decorate them as you wish. The cake mold holds 400 ml and results in a cute Moomin cake. The popsicle molds can be filled with juice, yoghurt or ice cream batter and produces cute Moomin popsicles.

The cute cookie cutters are hard to find outside Finland and occassionally I’ve seen them for very high prices on Ebay, last time I saw them a seller wanted $20 + shipping for a package of 3 cookie cutters. Here you are able to win 9 different cookie cutters, a mold, band aid and 3 popsicle molds!!! I will ship the prize anywhere in the world.

    Donation and raffle ticket buying instructions:

    1. Choose a prize or prizes of your choice from our Menu for Hope at Chez Pim. Every $10 gives you a raffle ticket.

    2. Go to the donation site at Firstgiving and make a donation.

    3. Please specify which prize you’d like in the ‘Personal Message’ section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per prize, and please use the prize code. The prize code for my Moomin parcel is EU15. IMPORTANT: Please use the following convention when specifying your prize choices in the Personal Message section: “number of tickets” x “prize code” (for example: 3xUE01, 2xAP06).

    4. For US donors: If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.

    5. Important: Please check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we can contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

    Check back on Chez Pim on Wednesday, January 9 for the results of the raffle.

    If you’re feeling a bit insecure, the regional host Fanny at Food Beam has a step by step instruction here.

Good luck in the raffle and remember that this is for a very good cause. Thank you for your participation!

An example of what you can bake with the Moomin cookie cutters.

A food blogger meeting in Tallinn

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

From left to right: Me, Kristina from Clivia’s Cusine, Anne from Anne’s food and Pille from Nami-nami.

On Monday evening I, Anne from Anne’s food and Kristina from Clivia’s cuisine took the ferry from Stockholm to Tallinn in Estonia to meet Pille from Nami-nami. The monday evening and night was spent on the ferry and on Tuesday morning we arrived in Tallinn.

We first went for a morning coffee at Double Coffee in the shopping mall Viru Keskus where I enjoyed a banana latte, with whipped cream and banana liquer, which wasn’t quite what I had expected but it was really good. Maybe not the ideal breakfast though :-)

Pille, Kristina and Anne at Kuldse Notsu Kõrts.

After some strolling in the shops it was finally time to meet up with Pille at the Town Hall. It was so nice to finally meet sweet Pille and she directly took us for lunch at Kuldse Notsu Kõrts, a restaurant with traditional Estonian food, where we first exchanged gifts and then had a lovely lunch. We got Estonian recipes and a nice soap that smells like tar (!) which will be perfect when I’ll go for a sauna with Fredrik to the bath house the next time. Kristina and Anne received marzipan figures while I got a cute clay cat as I had already received a marzipan frog with the blogging for post parcel that Pille sent me before summer. And we gave Pille cups from Höganäs to match with her teapot.

Meat in jelly with potatos and a very hot tasty Estonian mustard.

For starters we shared meat in jelly with potato and a very hot Estonian mustard, which I really liked. Pille told us that the dish is very typical in Estonia especially for special occasions; just as in Poland. For main I had a great casserole with chicken liver and mashed potoates which was very nice. Liver is underestimated and really tasty.

Chicken liver casserole.

I enjoyed the food very much at Kuldse Notsu Kõrts, it was hearty and delicious. Instead of eating dessert at Kuldse Notsu Kõrts, Pille showed us beautiful Tallinn and we then went to Chocolats de Pierre where we had lovely chocolates and desserts together with coffee. I loved the interior and I wish that we had a place like this in Stockholm. After the coffee we had some more sightseeing and shopping and then it was finally time to get back to the ferry again. Thank you so much kind Pille for our lovely day and that you took your time with us. Thank you for the lunch, the gifts and for showing us Tallinn! And a big thanks to Anne and Kristina for the great travel company.

Coffee, cake and chocolates at Chocolats de Pierre.

The cosy interior at Chocolats de Pierre.

A view over beautiful Tallinn.

Spiced almonds outside Olde Hansa. My husband loved these and luckily Pille has a good recipe on her site.

Smaka på Stockholm 1-6 June 2007

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

Overcrowded with an annoying amount of people Smaka på Stockholm, or “Taste Stockholm”, is on again. It’s an annual food event in Kungsträdgården in Stockholm. 27 of of Stockholm’s restaurants offer different dishes starting from 25 SEK and of course a lot of beer, cider and wine. There are competitions, entertainment and wine tastings. The event started on June 1st and will end on June 6th, so you still have time to visit. We passed by yesterday and even if we were curious on some of the dishes being sold we decided to go to a restaurant instead as we didn’t want to stand in queue for ever and then have to eat standing due to all people occupying all tables. For more info on Smaka på Stockholm in English, look here .