My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar - 21 December

Welcome to My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar! Join me every day in opening a new door. 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!

21 DECEMBER

Today is the last working day for offices, banks and councils. Supermarkets and shops will be open tomorrow and Sunday, but otherwise we are truly counting down to the Big Day on Monday. And that means we can officially open the Christmas snaps and have some great lunches!

Snaps - anno 2007 - skål!

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

Sild

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.

Leverpostej

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

Rullepølse

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

Tarteletter

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

Sylte - potted head cheese!

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…

Konfekt and other goodies!

Velbekomme! And skål! And don’t forget to check back here tomorrow when we open the next door!

Diane :)

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