Necessity is the mother of invention. And of homemade koldskål.

As the Danes say, “Nød lærer nøgen kvinde at spinde”.  Necessity teaches the naked woman to spin.  And that’s exactly what I ended up doing on Wednesday.

Okay, so I wasn’t exactly sitting in my birthday suit, in the front parlour, at the wheel spinning a yarn.  No, I was forced to make koldskål from scratch.  To give you some background:  Tuesday was one of the hottest days of the year.  So when I opened the door of the dairy refrigerator at our local IRMA supermarket, the proverbial cupboard was bare.  What, no koldskål?!  Not even one measly carton of the addictive white stuff?  “Sorry,” said the friendly IRMA man, “just can’t keep up with demand.”  You will remember, dear readers, from my very first post about koldskål in 2011 that those crazy Danes are C.R.A.Z.Y. about the stuff.  Yep, there is a direct correlation between high temperatures and sales of koldskål.  Were we heading for koldskål shortages?  As we stood there chatting about the weather, guess what I spied behind him?  That dreaded (Danish) root of all evil –  lakrids (liquorice)– strikes again.  I mean, for heavens sake, liquorice salt?!  Blech and double blech! 😛

But, as usual, I digress!  I remembered something about making it yourself and – lo and behold – when I started checking out the different cartons of kærnemælk (buttermilk), there was a recipe on the back.  Saved!

The recipe was: “Beat 2 pasteurised egg yolks, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and the seeds from a vanilla pod (we used vanilla powder) until frothy.  Carefully stir in the buttermilk.  Add a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice if desired.  Serve with cornflakes, kammerjunker (little plain biscuits) or slices of fresh strawberry.”

So that’s what we did.  And – by jingo – it tastes just as good as the readymade stuff! And it’s – selvfølgelig – dang cheaper than the readymade stuff… [said the canny Scot] So we ate half of it, there and then, and poured the remains back in the kærnemælk carton, to keep it cool in the fridge for another time.

Fast forward to today, Friday.  DD12 and her friend have just biked home from school and have polished off the remains.  Hmm, time to get naked and start spinning! 😉

Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Diane 🙂


5 thoughts on “Necessity is the mother of invention. And of homemade koldskål.”

  1. That seems easy enough! Got some leftover buttermilk from a cake and I don't like drinking it, so I might just give that a try!
    And I agree with you, I do like plain lakrids but the Danes go completely overboard with it!

  2. Thank you! I will definitely have a go at making it myself sometime soon. It sounds like something I'd really enjoy for breakfast!

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  4. That appears to be sufficiently simple! Got some remaining buttermilk from a cake and I don't care for drinking it, so I may very well try that out! Check it out What's more, I concur with you, I do like plain lakrids yet the Danes run totally over the edge with it!

  5. The poor are creative say Russian. But what exactly is koldskål? Is it something like ice cream? We learnt how to do ice cream in the quarter system college. The link to the first post is dead unfortunately.

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