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Category: Scandinavia

The Spice Trader Dinner with Allison Johnson – Wed. Sept. 14, 7.00pm

As the summer heat waves come to an end, we’ll be waving back by spicing up September. Allison Johnson owner of The Spice Trader Toronto’s first organic spice shop will be our guest speaker and guide for an intimate, informative and delicious evening focused on the spices often used in Scandinavian cuisine. Global Supremacy Wasn’t Always […]

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Hooray Hooray The First Of May: A Brief History of May Day

May 1st, 2016Categories: Culture, Scandinavia

May 1st, often called May Day, is many different holidays to many different people. It’s a celebration of Spring. It’s a day of political protests. It’s a neopagan festival. It’s a saint’s feast day. And it’s a day for organized labor. In over 90 countries, it is a national holiday. Origins as a Pagan spring feast […]

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Fika Part 8: Princess Cake

April 28th, 2016Categories: Culture, Dessert, Fika, Scandinavia

The princess cake is the defining cake of Sweden. This beauty can be found colouring the window displays of bakeries throughout the country. Appearing to defy the laws of physics, the princess cake or (prinsesstårta) makes quite a statement. A relatively recent addition to Sweden’s culinary history, the princess cake debuted in the 1920s, courtesy […]

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Fika Part 6: Saffron Cake

April 20th, 2016Categories: Dessert, Fika, Scandinavia

One thing that surprises many North Americans when they first come into the kitchen is the use of spices, particularly in the desserts case. There is a great tradition for the use of spice all throughout Scandinavia and the Baltics, and if you think about the Vikings as the first spice traders–traveling everywhere, bringing spices […]

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Fika Part 4: Black Fig Jelly Roll

April 14th, 2016Categories: Dessert, Fika, Menu, Scandinavia

It’s worth noting at this point that all the sweet treats in this month’s Fika Files are all made in-house at Karelia Kitchen. We have some staples in the case (things you are likely to find regularly) but we also have a pretty big repertoire of special/seasonal items that come and go according to our […]

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jelly roll

Fika Part 3: Dobos Torte

April 11th, 2016Categories: Culture, Dessert, Eating, Fika, History, Scandinavia

As with many classic European cakes, this one takes it name from its inventor, Jozsef Dobos. The Dobos torte was first introduced in 1885; Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria and his Empress Elisabeth were among the first to taste it. It quickly became a favourite throughout Europe and remains so to this day. Here […]

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Fika Part 2: Coffee

April 8th, 2016Categories: Dessert, Eating, Fika, History, Menu, Scandinavia

With Starbucks culture on the rise and our enduring love of our own Tim Hortons, it’s hard to believe that Canadians aren’t right near the top when it comes to world-wide coffee consumption. Truth is we do o.k., coming in 12th. The Scandinavian countries dominate a few lists – gender equality, happiness, and (drumroll) annual […]

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French Pressed Coffee

The Nordic Fog (and more about Fika!)

April 4th, 2016Categories: Eating, Fika, Menu, Scandinavia

The Nordic Fog (yes, it’s a twist on the classic London Fog, which is Earl Grey with steamed milk) was created when we noticed one day that we had a lot of black currant tea kicking about. Tea doesn’t weigh much so a couple of pounds is a fair bit. It had previously been a […]

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We’ve got Semlor! (and a word about Fika)

March 30th, 2016Categories: Culture, Eating, Fika, Menu, Scandinavia

It’s that season! Every year, sometime between Shrove Tuesday and Easter Scandinavians, (the Swedes in particular) indulge in Semlor, a small cardamom-flavoured pastry filled with whipped cream and almond paste. It has its roots in getting around some of the stricter observances of Lent (as is explained in this feature from Sweden.se). We’d be remiss […]

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Pick a Drink, Any Drink, Part 1: The Akvavit Caesar

November 4th, 2015Categories: Eating, Menu, Scandinavia

This cocktail is a true north favourite with a Scandi twist. A generous 2 oz shot of Taffel Akvavit is beautifully complimented by all natural @waltercaesar Caesar Mix. Add a smoked celery salt rim for zest, fresh horseradish and our own in-house “very hot sauce” for a kick. Top with an heirloom carrot for fun and a light […]

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