My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar – 23 December (Lunch)

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!

23 DECEMBER

One sleep to go!  It’s Tuesday morning – 23 December – which means it’s Lille Juleaften (“Little Christmas Eve”) here in Denmark.  Last day of school for our kids.  And the last shopping day – tomorrow all the shops in our village will be closed, and won’t reopen until Saturday.  Luckily all our presents are wrapped and ready to go under the (count’ em) two trees!  Yep, the trees have been brought into the house and are both decorated… 🙂

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Our fridge/freezer and cupboards are bursting at the seams with supplies.  So, whilst I’m having breakfast with my Scottish family, I’ve put the rice on to cook in prep for tomorrow’s traditional ris à l’amande dessert.

One of the best parts about Christmas in Denmark is all the yummy julefrokoster (lunches)…rugbrød (ryebread) with all the different toppings.  Over the next few days, we’ll be tucking into this little lot:

  • marinerede sild (this year’s homemade marinated herringwith egg mayo),  karry sild (curried herring) and tomat sild (tomato herring)

  • fiskefileter med remoulade (hot crumbed fish fillets with remoulade sauce)
  • rejer (prawns) and gravad laks (smoked salmon with dill)
  • varmt leverpostej med champignon og bacon (hot liverpâté with mushrooms and bacon)

  • frikadeller (Danish meatballs)
  • ost (cheese)

All washed down with (whats left of the) beer from the Beer Advent Calendar!  Skål!

One sleep to go – the sooner you get to bed, the sooner Christmas will be here! 😉

Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow when we open the very last door!

Diane :)


My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar – 22 December

Welcome back to My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar!  Join me every day in opening a new door.  Just like last year, 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!

22 DECEMBER

Sunday morning and the sun is finally shining – hooray!  So it’s time to open that Christmas snaps, get out the julebryg (Danish Christmas beer) and enjoy a great Danish Christmas lunch!

So what do we traditionally eat at a full-blown Danish Christmas lunch?  Ummm, lots of things!  We always start with sild (herring).  My favourite is the plain, pickled herring.  Topped with homemade æggesalat (egg mayo).

Then we would usually move on to prawns.  And then change the ‘fishy’ plates for new clean plates before serving up some hot, homemade leverpostej (liverpâté) with mushrooms and bacon.

Then it’s usually on to my homemade rullepølse (rolled, pressed pork).

And then another of my personal favourites…tarteletter.  Warm pastry tart cases filled with creamy chicken and asparagus.

How about some sylte?  Potted head cheese.  I like to eat mine with a bit of mustard and lots of mini gherkins…

You might also see flæskesteg (roast pork) on the table.  And some really old smelly danablu blue cheese (which you can douse with alcohol or honey).  We’ll also be having medister (a round sausage) and fiskefileter fried fish fillets.  After all that lovely grub, there isn’t dessert at the end of a Danish lunch.  Just cups of strong coffee and a plate of konfekt (homemade sweets) and other goodies…

Two sleeps to go!  Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow when we open the next door!

Diane :)