My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar – 4 December (Nisser)

Welcome to My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar!  Join me every day in opening a new door.  Once again I’ve got a host of goodies to share with you – traditional Danish Christmas recipes, traditions, songs, games, decorations, crafts and landscapes…  So sit back, relax and enjoy!4 DECEMBERLet's talk about nisser!Admittedly not one of my personal favourite… Continue reading My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar – 4 December (Nisser)

24 packages, tied up with string…

Pakkekalender!  A word to strike fear into the hearts of every Danish parent! Not only do the Danes exchange gifts (after dinner) on the evening of 24 December, many families also make a pakkekalender  - an advent calendar of small gifts, one for every day in December - for their children or grandchildren. When my… Continue reading 24 packages, tied up with string…

Remember to take all your belongings with you when you leave…

Whenever my Scottish family or my 'adopted' Danish family get together, all the old funny stories come out.  Nothing like a good laugh to get rid of the blahs!  One of my favourite stories involves my DDDMIL (Dearly-Departed-Danish-Mother-in-Law) who - like my DDH (Dear Danish Husband) - could be, let's say, a trifle 'distracted' at… Continue reading Remember to take all your belongings with you when you leave…

If you can't stand the heat in the Danish kitchen…

Y'all know that I ♥ Denmark and those crazy (but lovable) Danes.  But I can't help feeling that they got the wrong end of the stick (or should that be hot poker?) when it comes to designing items for removing hot dishes from hot ovens.I mean, really, why do the Danish public continue to put… Continue reading If you can't stand the heat in the Danish kitchen…

Danish Christmas Party? Check(list)!

It's Friday, yay!  Which means not only the start of the weekend and party time but - all through the month of November and December - Julefrokosten! The Danish office party!  (You'll remember that the first 'snow' fell last Friday - Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! - so the streets are… Continue reading Danish Christmas Party? Check(list)!

10 November? Duck for dinner!

My DDH (Dear Danish Husband) often accuses (is that the right word?!) me of being more Danish than the Danes.  You see, I ♥ traditions. And in Denmark there are just so many of the dang things - hooray - that I sometimes tend to go a bit overboard.  Take today, for example - 10… Continue reading 10 November? Duck for dinner!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow?

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow?  It may only be the start of November but today - Friday 7 November -  is the official start of Christmas in Denmark.  Tonight at 8.59pm precisely the first 'snow' will fall: the snow in question being wet but not exactly white, more of a pale… Continue reading Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow?

Halloween! And the Marsh Woman is brewing…

Woop, woop!  It's Friday and - for the kids and the young at heart - also Halloween!  The weather in Copenhagen is perfect for a spooky night: our clocks went back on Sunday so it's twilight by 5pm, there's a real chill in the air and it's not really raining but just damp. Yesterday morning… Continue reading Halloween! And the Marsh Woman is brewing…

Spunk?! Well, it doesn't mean vacuum cleaner…

Today's post will make you think I have a childish sense of humour (if you're British), or that I have an indepth knowledge of Danish sweets (rest of the world).  Here goes!  Have you seen Danish spunk?It comes in small, cellophane wrapped packets.  Available as wine gums or [blech!] salty liquorice flavour.  You will remember… Continue reading Spunk?! Well, it doesn't mean vacuum cleaner…

Read all about it! No more tomato, tomahto…

Several moons back, I told you that I have a tiny niggle about Danish libraries.  Now, to be honest, it was really only an incy wincy niggle - because, oh my word, how I love our Danish libraries!  You see, I thought it was reallyconfusing to have English language books split up into two different sections… Continue reading Read all about it! No more tomato, tomahto…

Elephants or Danish kids in your house?

Do you know those 'elephant' jokes?  You know, like, how many elephants can you fit into a Mini?  Two in the front, two in the back!  How do you know there are elephants in your house?  There's an empty Mini parked outside!  How do you know there are elephants in your fridge?  Footprints in the… Continue reading Elephants or Danish kids in your house?

You know you're in Denmark when… (Crocodiles)

You know you're in Denmark when...It's 10 am.  And there they are, a crocodile of Danish nursery kids.  You'll usually see them in 'troops' of 20 kids and 3 teachers. Yep, they're out and about.  Whatever the season, whatever the weather ("You know when you're in Denmark when...(No such thing as bad weather!)")Crocodiles of small… Continue reading You know you're in Denmark when… (Crocodiles)

Tee Hee Friday – Danes at work!

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling completely shattered today, Friday.  Not sure whether it's the after effects of the kids being back-at-school.  Or more likely the change in temperatures - it was positively wintry this morning as I biked down to the beach for my swim this morning, eek!  Don't tell my DDH… Continue reading Tee Hee Friday – Danes at work!

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken…lay a little poop (on Bornholm) for me!

We did some island-hopping for our summer holidays this year.  A week in Crete, Greece.  And several days on the Danish island of Bornholm, in the Baltic.  And we managed to do all the things you have to do when on Bornholm.Eat a (freshly caught) fish (and chips) lunch at one of the harbours. Lots of swimming… Continue reading Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken…lay a little poop (on Bornholm) for me!

You know you're in Denmark when… (Double beds)

You know you're in Denmark when...You check into a hotel, rent a summerhouse or stay with Danish family and the double bed has - not one - but two (count 'em) duvets!Now, is it just me, or don't two separate single duvets on one bed always look messy, no matter how you fold them or… Continue reading You know you're in Denmark when… (Double beds)