Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Danish, Danish (and only Danish) Music Day!

Tomorrow, 27 October 2016, is the last Thursday of the month of October which means that it is - selvf√łlgelig! - “Spil Dansk” (Play Danish Music) Day! ūüôā

So don't be suprised if the only music you hear on Danish state radio is by Danish groups (some of which also sing in English), Danish songwriters, Danish producers. Anything that has even remotely been touched by the red and white flag counts! But if you’re interested in Hit Lists and what you’d normally expect to hear around these parts – and what people actually buy and add to their collections – then take a look at Hitlisten.nu where you’ll find every official Danish list. There are the usual American artists, as you would expect, but also Danish artists like Lukas Graham, Volbeat and Rasmus Seebach are still in there. On a side note, Hitlisten's info on the increasing number of vinyl records sold is rather interesting for an old, nostalgic lady like myself ;-)

One of the more avant garde and original Danish artists right now is Bisse, who has taken the reviewers and the indie fans by storm. In Denmark, albums are given marks (or hearts) out of six. Here's his own song, where he gives, "Seks hjerter til livet" - "Six hearts to Life".  Check out his album "H√łjlandet" which got 5/6 stars across the board from Danish reviewers. Bisse sings in Danish and you can hear him on soundcloud here.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBXcEhzlYn4]

And what do I currently have on my turntable? Agnes Obel. I've never really been a huge fan of her, but I love, love, love her latest album, "Citizen of Glass"! Agnes sings in English - here's the song "Familiar" from the new album. And, although she has been settled in Germany for a few years, it's kind of cool that she was born around the corner from us and was a former pupil at my DD14's school (dear daughter, aged 14)...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32kYH6XZrIo]

But while we're at it...let's not forget one of our old favourites from Marvelous Mosell (with a teeny bit of help from Chic and Sister Sledge...) which contains the immortal lyrics:

Der var både bajere og hash,


men jeg sagde: Stik mig bare en


kærnemælk i et snavset glas


med et suger√łr i


og g√łr det i en fart, for jeg er s√łrme t√łrstig!”


“There was beer and hash


but I said: Give me some


buttermilk in a dirty glass


with a straw, and do it nifty


‘cos I’m really thirsty” ūüėČ


What's not to love?!
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXTs1_wUonA]

Happy ‘Spil Dansk‘ Day! Put on those dancing shoes and remember to turn it up to 11! But don't forget to get out and hear music live... Like Johan, from my very favourite Danish band Magtens Korridorer, you'll probably be swept off your feet! ;-)

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Diane ūüôā

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

I heart Danish comfort food! (Part twelve - Burning Love - Brændende Kærlighed)

Dear Readers

There's no turning back! Despite a good fight by the Indian Summer the last couple of weeks, autumn is well and truly here. I'm now wearing my gloves on my morning bike rides because it is so darn ch-ch-chilly! But, hey ho, I'm a seasoned winterbather so I've learned to just suck it up and enjoy the small things...here I am this morning after my skinny dip, with some seaweed in my hair! ;-) (Air temp 8c/46f , sea temp still fairly 'high' at 12c/53f)



But every (soggy, rain-filled) cloud has a silver lining so the onslaught of the autumnal weather means the excuse to turn up the 'hygge' on, get snuggly indoors and enjoy some fantastic Danish comfort food. I can't fathom that I've been blogging here for five years, have written an eleven-part series on comfort food, but have not yet mentioned...Burning Love - Brændende Kærlighed! ;-)

Like most Danish comfort food, it isn't healthy. Nor is it pretty. So you are forewarned!

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Fry up a lot of bacon until it is good and crispy and crunchy. The more, the merrier. I usually buy a whole piece and chop it up myself into little strips.

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Remove the bacon from the pan and fry up a whole lot of onions. I also added a carrot or two (just to get some extra veggies in). Just get the onions nice and soft. You don't want them too brown and you don't want them to get crunchy.

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Next you are going to make up your mashed potato. Now, if you are going the whole hog, you can boil/mash/add butter/salt. But last night I used the cheat's version and went with a packet as we didn't have much time. Did you know that there are several types of mash mix...check the label. Some have extra oils and chemicals added. Others are basically just cooked dehydrated flakes of real potato which you then rehydrate. (A fun fact which I learned in my heydays working at the European Court of Justice in the 1990s...yes, we had a case about the ingredients, and what should be listed as ingredients, in mashed potato! Case C-144/93 Pfanni Werke)

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But, as usual, I digress! Potato, potahto...you decide what kind of mash you want to use! ;-) Put your mash in a large dish, top with the soft onions, pour the crunchy bacon on top of that. You can, selvf√łlgelig, add some chives or parsley on the top for a green garnish. But as my DS16 (dear son, aged 16), once said when he was about 5 years old, "Mummy, why do you put grass on top of our food?" Ha! :D But I would suggest that you finish off the dish with some freshly ground black pepper and serve it with lots of pickled beetroot...

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Then dig in!

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After that you are free to go lie down on the sofa and hygge to your heart's content...

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Diane :-)