After weeks of (minor, luckily) health issues I made the decision that over Easter we would dive into lots of delicious and nutritious food to try and get back on track. And it worked (mostly). The boys are getting over their colds and except now having to battle a mild flu, I actually feel better. I think I need more yummy food. Trots off to Ocado…

I made a massive leg of lamb with roasted potatoes, honey glazed parsnips and salad. You can see pictures of this on my instagram feed.

But I also wanted us to try a few Scandinavian inspired lunch dishes. Holidays and seasonal celebrations are huge within the Nordic countries and probably ties in with our love of “hygge” and spending hours around a candlelit table eating and drinking. I didn’t quite get around to setting the colourful Easter table I have imagined, but with only the three of us around to enjoy it I chose to value sleep over beautiful decorations. I also bought a lot of things pre-made too – though I did rustle up a karrysalat (curry salad) to go with the herring. You’ll find the recipe further down this post.

With a traditional Easter lunch you’ll generally see an abundance of dishes. It’s food galore starting with the traditional herrings, other fish dishes, meats, cheese and something sweet to finish off. I only managed three. I’m sure that any Dane reading this is thinking that’s pathetic. But it proved enough and will give you a glimpse of what could be included.

The menu:

  • Marinated herring with rye bread and my homemade curry salad
  • Gravadlax with a traditional sweet mustard sauce and toast
  • Swedish meatballs served with pickled cucumber and rye bread




The herring comes marinated, I bought this one from Waitrose. Most Danes buy their rye bread these days, although you can of course make your own. The Euphorium Bakery does a delicious Scandinavian Bread if you are up for trying this Nordic specialty. It’s healthy and much more filling than traditional white bread.

I appreciate the herring is not to everyone’s taste. And even though Caspian will happily munch it down, getting Daddy Long Legs to try it proved a lot more difficult. With the Gravadlax also not being cooked, but simply marinated, I like to think of these as the sushi of the North.

The Gravadlax is served with what we call Raeve Sauce (Foxes’ Sauce). It’s a tangy yet sweet mustard sauce. For this dish I served toast rather than the rye bread. Which again I think Daddy Long Legs appreciated.

The Swedish meatballs many might recognise from a trip to IKEA. Though these I got online through Ocado. Again not too difficult to make yourself, but you can get away with buying them if you are in a hurry. Or just haven’t had any sleep for days due to your toddler being ill. In Sweden they would probably serve them with their famous red lingonberry sauce, where in Denmark we tend to eat them with either pickled beetroot or cucumber, like here.

If you are up for trying the marinated herring… go on… be brave! you might want to try the karrysalat to go with it. If so here’s how…

You’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of creme fraiche
  • 1/2 a large onion
  • 1 boiled egg
  • 1 teaspoon of capers
  • 1 teaspoon of curry powder (I recommend mild)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix the mayonnaise, creme fraiche and curry powder and put to one side.

Cut the onion finely, chop up the egg and capers and add all of it to the sauce.

Add salt and pepper to taste and that’s it.

Super easy!


Have you ever tried any traditional Scandinavian food? If so which ones and do you have any favourites?

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  1. This looks lovely! Have to admit, I’m also not a fan of herring, but I want to try curry salad!
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

  2. Glad to hear you are all on the mend. Sounds like you had a very yummy Easter. Can’t say I’ve every tried any Scandinavian food but I’m willing to give it a go if you can recommend a veggie alternative.

  3. It is nice to hear about other foodie traditions, although I’m sorry to say this doesn’t look like something I would enjoy. However, I have tried a Daim cake from Ikea, though I’m not sure this counts?
    Thank you for sharing on KCACOLS though, I do enjoy reading about other cultures and traditions.
    Amanda. #kcacols

  4. Ok, this looks delicious. We have family in Sweden and I always look forward to the food when we visit, now seeing all this yummy food has me longing for another visit- or maybe an attempt at making my own! #bigpinklink x

  5. Oooh, I’ve never tried traditional Scandinavian food, and didn’t know anything about what it consisted of at all! But it look delicious!! I love fish, and I love sushi, so the herring looks right up my street! I love Gravadlax too! And who doesn’t love meatballs?! I know my husband and children would eat meatballs, but they wouldn’t do any fish dishes, but I would definitely do t for myself!
    Thanks so much for sharing with #bigpinklink!

  6. Looks delicious! I don’t think I have had much Scandinavian food but I really like Gravadlax. Love ocado too! #bigpinklink

  7. It all looks so tasty! But, I am pretty sure the fish would be a hard sell to the kids and Hubster. I still really want to try making the sauce! Does it go well with anything else?

  8. Ooh, this all looks really tasty! I’ve never really tried any Scandinavian food, I’ll have to look into it 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday x

  9. Oh wow this looks utterly amazing! Wow! I have eaten a few of these delicacies but not together like this. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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