Happiest of Happy Thanksgivings, friends!
Spent this week gearing up for American Thanksgiving; it made me remember that there is so much to be thankful for. It’s incredible to think that so many nations don’t have a national day of thanks, and though it’s easy to get caught up in the holiday bustle, the real essence of the day is time shared with family and friends over a warm meal. It’s basic and lovely; and completely taken for granted (by myself included). So I personally wanted to give you a very short list of the things I am thankful for this year (and again it couldn’t possibly be in it’s entirety):
- Family, friends and people who make me smile at work
- Health and Happiness of those said people
- How excited my dog ALWAYS gets to see me when I have been away for the day
- Taste Buds– these babies are totally under thanked
- Freshly ground coffee and early mornings
- Laundry when it comes out of the dryer
THE DINNER: I am also thankful for the Danes. Turns out they invented the picnic! They are all about the crudite and the petite fours. Pastries are a huge deal in Denmark (DUHHHH, guys, think about it. Danishes!) so it’s no surprise that they love to snack for their meals. One of the biggest thing is sandwiches. These are open-faced and typically not vegetarian. They call these sandwiches “smørrebrød” which is where we get the English word “smorgasbord” which refers to “lots of options to choose from”. That’s precisely what the Danes gave us— zillions of options and all of them were scrumptious. We decided that after turkey palooza, it would be nice to have a light soup and sandwich night for Denmark’s Sunday adventure.
The two open-faced smørrebrød that we picked were polar opposites– one was salmon to celebrate the Nordic influence to the Danish cuisine and the other was beef tenderloin to celebrate the German influence. The soup we picked was a traditional potato soup that was ham and cream based and it definitely reminded me of New England Clam Chowder without the clams, substitute the ham instead. It had cabbage in it too, which we all decided was absolutely brilliant.
Smørrebrød Sandwich Recipe: http://globetrotterdiaries.com/recipes/foodbuzz-24×24-smorrebrod-open-faced-sandwiches-eating-denmark
Danish Potato Soup Recipe: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/danish-potato-soup
OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:
Ease of prep and cooking: TWO (ish) STARS out of five for this Dinner.
It wasn’t that this one was difficult, per say, it was more a matter of “too much of a good thing” makes for a jam packed kitchen. It was a lot to take on, but it was worth it. I think doing two sandwiches and a soup was crazy, but crazy like the fox that gets to eat all the deliciousness that ensues type of crazy. It was not that any component of any of the dishes was extreme. Scrambled eggs, brazed tenderloin, chopped veggies and soup bones. All ever elementary, but again a lot at once. Individually, they all got around a one out of five stars, but collectively, our hair was on fire for ten minutes in there. Again, worth it. We’d do it again.
Best dish of all time scale: FIVE and out of five for the Dinner.
I always knew I was a fan of Danish food. I have loved their pastries with a furor that would Pablo Neruda blush, but let’s be real, their actual food-food is incredible!! The pickled onions on top of the tenderloin with the horseradish mayo? Brilliant. The cream cheese in the scrabbled eggs with locks and dill? Phenomenal. The soup with ham and potatoes and cabbage and cream and (add lovely ingredient here from the long list)? Sensational. IT WAS ALL AMAZING. Individually and together, soup and sandwich night to Denmark was a raving success. All the Brovsky’s in Brovskyland gave it the Five star salute.
Next week we make the journey to Asia to visit our foodie friends in Thailand! We are looking forward to the challenge!
– L & K