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A new Nordic take on Christmas dishes

We have asked Brian Mark Hansen, the head chef of Christiansholm Castle, who recently won Game dish of year 2012, to come up some New Nordic versions of traditional Danish Christmas dishes. Before coming to Christiansholm Brian was the sous-chef at Søllerød Kro and Kong Hans.

New nordic porridge 


Christmas porridge of spelt with nuts and dried fruit

200 gr spelt flakes electricity coarse oat flakes
2 DL water
½ cup whole milk
25 gr sugar
5 gr of salt
Zest of 1 lemon
50 gr butter
Chopped nuts, such as hazel-nuts
Dried fruits and berries

Boil the spelt flakes until tender in water and milk; add sugar, salt zest and butter.
When serving stir in the dried fruits and sprinkle with chopped nuts.

In many Danish families the traditional rice pudding (risengrød) is served as starter for Christmas, and like this new Nordic take on porridge, it can be served as the main course as well by adding some finely sliced and blanched fennel or other greens of the season.


Christmas herring with apple compote

A traditional Danish Christmas lunch isn’t the same without the rich marinated Winter herring.

Christmas herring 
8 pcs double herring fillets
Fish Mustard
Rye flour
Butter for frying
Vinegar marinade
5 DL vinegar
200 gr sugar
20 peppercorns
1 onion
4 cloves
1 star
1 stick of cinnamon

Boil up the ingredients and leave to cool down. The fish is smeared with mustard and folded together, then breaded in rye flour and fried in butter. They are then placed in the marinade and left there refrigerated for preferably a week.


Apple compote

200 gr cooking apples
35 gr sugar
50 gr of apple vinegar
5 dried green pepper corns
5 sprigs of thyme
½ shallot
30 gr duck fat

Sauté the sliced onion and thyme in duck fat, add the peeled and coarsely diced apples and the rest of the ingredients and let the compote simmer until the apples are tender. The compote is served warm with herring and good bread.


New Nordic Diet - Better for the climate

According to a new study from OPUS, the New Nordic Diet is better for the environment than the food Danes normally eat.

If Danes practised the principles of the New Nordic Diet, it would have great potential to minimise the negative effects of our current eating habits. The results of the study show that greenhouse gas emissions are at least 6% lower with the New Nordic Diet. In fact emissions could potentially be reduced by as much as 27% compared to the food most Danes eat. The results from OPUS have been published in the prestigious Stanford-based journal Climatic Change.