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  • FASTELAVNSboller – a tasting

    Anya Jensen 4th February 2018

    When Fastelavn* is approaching, the bakeries in Denmark start baking the popular “Fastelavnsboller”, easiest compared to a choux bun; pastry with whipped cream, custard or jam. These are wildly popular, and a bit of a culinary sweet treat. This year my daughter suggested we made a tasting, which entailed buying these ‘Fastelavnsboller’ from 5 different bakeries and scoring them on her handmade scorecards. We made sure the panel were all seasoned ‘Fastelavnsbolle’…

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  • MORMOR’s Fastelavnsboller

    Anya Jensen 10th February 2017

    We had such a lovely day when we tasted our way through 5 different types of Fastelavns boller from 5 different bakeries, but today we wondered if we could do it just as well by making homemade Fastelavns boller! We are fond of baking here in this house. It is a very hyggelig activity, and nothing tastes better than homemade food right? So I asked my Mormor (Grandmother) if she had ever baked…

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  • FASTELAVN – a Danish Tradition

    Anya Jensen 7th February 2017

    In the early Spring, we celebrate Fastelavn on the Sunday or Monday before Ash Wednesday and Lent begins.  Fastelavn is an old Danish tradition dating back to medieval times. The children dress up as anything the fancy, and they hit a barrel ’ Slå katten af tønden’ (hit the cat out of the barrel) ‘piñata style’, to ward off evil spirits. In the old days, a real cat was put inside the barrel (the cat representing…

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  • A visit to the pumpkin farm

    Anya Jensen 3rd September 2023

    >>> I just wanted to butt in – and give you a fresh update on the PUMPKIN scenario. Well, Halloween, has surpassed Fastelavn (see these posts) as we spoke about before, and this adopted tradition, has fast become a favourite of little kids and teenagers alike. I thought – that since the girls are now both teens, that they couldn’t be bothered anymore, but that’s not the case at all.…

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  • So is HALLOWEEN a thing now in Denmark?

    Anya Jensen 26th October 2018

    Have we celebrated Halloween here always? The short answer is NO. A mere 10 years ago, most Danes hadn’t even tasted a pumpkin, let alone handled one, but then Halloween happened upon us, and now (at least in Copenhagen and the surrounding boroughs) it is a B.I.G  thing. Now, lots of kids make Jack O’lanters, lots of kids dress up and go trick-or-treating, and lots of people participate by decorating their…

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