Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Forårskriller - Spring Tickles - Koldskål!

Not only has the sun finally made more than a fleeting appearance in Denmark this week – but it seems as though the grumpy old evening frost has gone for good and that temperatures are slowly but surely crawling their way up, woo hoo! :)

Which, as usual, basically mean winter coats and gloves in the morning on the way to school. [Umm, or actually not on the way to school - because our kids' teachers are still locked out from school for the third week running = no lessons!] Try again…winter coats, boots and gloves in the morning on the way to work. Then take them all off in the afternoon and grab an icecream on the way home.

But if you want something that is quintessentially Danish to soothe those forårskriller – ‘spring tickles’ – then what better than a bowl of koldskål? Don’t know what that is? Here’s my post about it from last April, when the temperatures were even higher… Velbekomme!

A taste of Danish summer

(first published 27 April 2012)


The Danish weather gods are on a roll! For the past week we’ve had sun, blue skies and temperatures of around 20 degrees celcius. Shorts and sandals (and bare legs – eek!) have been brought out of hiding. We’ve been eating lunch and dinner in the garden. And fighting over the seats in the shade. Out on the street you can’t move for bikes, skateboards, scooters and rollerblades. And the best part? According to the Danish Meteorological Institute, it looks like the fabulous weather is going to continue. At least for another 3 or 4 days, yay! :)
And with our first taste of summer weather comes…our first ‘taste’ of summer – koldskål!
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The Danes have been eating koldskål for over a hundred years. Personally, I love the name. Kold = Cold. Skål = Bowl. Koldskål = Cold bowl!

It’s traditionally made with buttermilk, raw eggs, sugar, vanilla and lemon. Today you buy it readymade from the supermarket. And the Danes buy lots of it. Millions and millions of liters of it during the summer months. When the temperatures start to rise, so do the sales of koldskål… And what does it taste like? Hmm, even though I’m a ‘Dairy Queen’ (pass the cream, please, and yes, I’ll have a little bread with my butter), koldskål is definitely an aquired taste. A weird mixture of sweet and sour. But a very ‘fresh’ taste. It looks like thin yoghurt and you normally serve it in a bowl and throw a handful of little crispy biscuits called Kammerjunkere (available from the supermarket or bakers) over the top. Or a few strawberries.

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You can eat it for lunch or dinner. Or as a mid-morning or afternoon snack. Or drop the kammerjunkere and just drink it straight out of a glass. Some people even eat it for breakfast. In our house we usually eat it after dinner, for dessert.

My kids aged 9 and 11 are addicted to it – we’re already on our second carton this week. But hey, when the weather is this good, who’s counting?

Velbekomme! :D

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