October 7, 2015
I have to say that the sensory aspects of efterår (fall) are among my favorite. The smell of pumpkin spice and wood burning from the occasional bål (bonfire), feeling the crisp air and seeing the changing leaves is something I will never get tired of.
What makes this time of year so special? I’ve thought long and hard about that lately, and I think it’s because autumn brilliance is so fleeting. After all it is the shortest of all seasons. Blink and you just may miss it. Although spring may invoke anticipation and excitement for what lies ahead, the fall conjures up relaxation, coziness and contentment – hyggelit. There is so much beauty in the fall that its brilliance nearly lasts all the way through winter…nearly.
Last week during my weekly visit to see Mormor we decided to take a walk around her neighborhood to admire the changing season. It was so nice to enjoy each other’s company with such a gorgeous backdrop. As it often does, our conversation quickly focused on stories of her life growing up in Denmark, something I’m always completely fascinated hearing about.
Back in the day (like her mother and oldemor before her) Mormor was an amazing cook. She loved preparing traditional culinary creations for the family each Sunday, and no holiday was complete without her homemade Nordic dishes. I’m sure that is one of her most favorite parts about living at The Danish Home, having her favorite traditional meals, such as Medisterpolse (Danish sausage) and Frikadeller, now cooked for her. It’ definitely one of the many perks!
As much as I practice and beg Mormor to tell me the secret to her exquisite brun sovs (brown sauce), or how to perfect the pandekager (Danish pancakes) like she has (I just can never get them right!), it just doesn’t taste like hers. Maybe it’s that hers has an extra helping of love and nostalgia that just cannot be replicated. Her sauce, along with so many of her traditional Danish dishes, is unlike any other. I guess that is why food is such an important part of our culture. It nourishes the soul as much as it does the appetite.
Each season of the year brings with it the recipes and traditions that weave the tapestry of our lives, and the autumn is no different. Are you looking for a traditional Danish recipe, such as pandekager or pumpkin spice bread to liven up Sunday brunch? Or maybe you’re in search of that unique apple-maple-bourbon cocktail for your dinner party? Visit our Pinterest page for loads of seasonal Scandinavian recipes to try!
Speaking of brunch, The Women’s Auxiliary of The Danish Home will hold their annual fall brunch this Saturday, October 10th. Gentlemen, friends and family are welcome! For more information please call (773) 775-7383.
Are you looking for a new place to enjoy the comforts of amazing Scandinavian food? Enter this month’s drawing for a chance to win $100 to spend at Tre Kronor Restaurant here in Chicago. By using fresh ingredients and age-old recipes handed down for generations the folks at Tre Kronor have mastered traditional Scandinavian dishes. Your visit will leave you longing for Danske mad (Danish food) long after you leave! Enter below