Friday, April 06, 2012

Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking

To further the pleasure in reading Scandinavian crime fiction, why not surround yourself with authentic food at the same time....

The new Hodder catalogue lists Scandilicious Baking by Signe Johansen, out 5 July 2012:

Discover the secrets of great baking with Scandilicious flair...Scandinavian baking is among the best in the world. Deeply ingrained in the culture, it is a distinctive part of the Nordic identity, history and well-being. Welcome to a place where cakes made with real butter are celebrated rather than feared, where entire festivals are dedicated to baking and where it is believed there is nothing quite like the thrill of making one's own bread, Christmas biscuits or cardamom buns. Signe Johansen shares with us a mouth-watering selection of traditional and modern baked treats. Think moreish muesli bread hot from the oven; pumpkin, cheese and sage muffins that pack a real flavour punch; and irresistible redcurrant mazarin tart or upside-down blueberry cake - perfect for summer entertaining.

which is a sequel to last year's Scandilicious:

We've long looked south for our food inspiration - but what about our neighbours to the north? We share a climate, a history (those Vikings got everywhere) and a love of cool, from sleek Nordic design to clear frosty November mornings. We also share our love of the outdoors - bracing autumn days, bright spring mornings, lazy summers by the water and long winter walks - and the pleasure of sharing good food with friends around the kitchen table. Discover the secrets of Scandinavian cooking - from delicious healthy breakfasts and leisurely brunches to tasty suppers and plenty of stress-free crowd-pleaser puddings. Learn the knack of putting together the perfect smorrebrod for a speedy Scandi lunch, and discover some very more-ish cakes and biscuits to accompany your afternoon cuppa. From cinnamon chestnut bread, cardamom cream buns and home-made gravadlax to soups, salads, smoothies and much more, Signe Johansen, a young cook steeped in the traditions of Scandinavia and trained by the best British chefs, shows us that it's not all herrings and meatballs...although you will find them in here too. Fresh, light, surprisingly indulgent, this is food to lift your spirits - it's quite simply Scandilicious!


Maxine said...

Interesting, so now I can (if I want!) make something out of ligonberries, as all the female characters in Swedish novels seem to do by instinct.

Jean said...

Oh, those cardamon cream buns. I lived in Gothenburg for a while some years ago and can still remember them but could never manage to like the lutefisk despite many Swedes telling me how good it is. Alwys tasted like hot cotton wool!