Sunday, 24 February 2013

Mamma Mia!

Having visited and loved The Nordic bakery in London, I was keen to buy the cookbook of the same name but when I read the reviews on Amazon they weren't that great. The general opinion seemed to be that the recipes, although sounding interesting and innovative, weren't that reliable... but I went ahead and bought it anyway! 
 
 
Our neighbouring village holds a community supper every few months or so. Different people organise it, there is always a theme, tickets are sold and money is raised for charity. A friend and I have been toying with the idea of doing a Scandinavian supper and so it seemed a good excuse to invite her and her husband over for supper to give some of the Nordic recipes a trial run... and to see what might be possible to scale up for 40 or so people!

 
After digging out an old Abba CD to set the mood, I made Rye bread and Gravadlax to start but the bread was not a huge success. It tasted okay but didn't look so great... hence you've not beeen treated to a photo! We had Swedish meatballs and celeriac mash as our main course... and then some baking from my new book to finish. A blueberry tart with rye pastry... not bad!

 
As well as a toffee topped Tosca cake, which was delicious... so I've decided I rather like my new Nordic Baking Book! And of course we are now all set with plenty of ideas for our community Scandinavian supper. Although I think I'll need to eat a little less cake if I'm entertaining the idea of dressing up in a jumpsuit and platform boots!

12 comments:

  1. Well the food looks great, you just need to get your hairbrush out and practice your Dancing Queen now! ;)
    V xxx

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  2. You can keep your meatballs, and I'm not even sure what Gravadlax is, but I'd happily settle for a large portion of each dessert! Did Stewart grow a full beard and wear lurex?

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  3. Gravadlax is always good and those desserts look delicious. I'd buy a ticket for your community supper if only I lived near enough.

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  4. The Blueberry tart looks gorgeous, I'm not sure about rye pastry but I do like Gradvalax. I won't even think about the other pudding, Iwould just have to eat it all

    Annya

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  5. Read the reviews and buy it anyway - love it!

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  6. Your baking looks delicious and I must put The Nordic Bakery on my list of places to visit next time I'm in London. I love Scandinavian style - so calm and uncluttered.

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  7. Sigh...takes me back to when I lived in Sweden, I loved it there. I must look out my Scandi cookbook. Let me know if you need more ideas on Scandi recipes.

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  8. Well, if you're going to be dressing up, I do hope you'll treat us to a picture! Your desserts look mouth-wateringly good!

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  9. oohh that cakes look scrummy! Just wanted to say I am so sorry for the loss of your poor chicken, I just read that post :-( Poor thing :-( I don't think people realise how lovely chickens can be x

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  10. Lots of catching up going on here after a week off the air - courtesy of Telstra having a breakdown!! I have no idea what gravadlax is either - must google it, but the desserts look soooo yummy. Can't wait to see photos of you in your jumpsuit and platform boots - have you still got those? Cheers

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  11. This post was guaranteed to get me going. It all looks amazing. One can only dream...

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  12. Oh they look delicious! You must stop showing me all this amazing food or I will quickly regain the 4 stone that I have managed to lose! ;o) xx

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