This weekend my mother and I had to come up with some food that was “typical danish”. I’m never sure what to mention as an example when asked about what I consider typical danish food. Potatoes, creamy sauce and meat is what is considered “good, old fashioned food”. But it’s not really like we eat that constantly.
I think that danish people like to cook at home. We like to learn to how to do dishes from other cultures and we like to get inspired and mix them together. There’s a new movement exploring the raw materials present in Scandinavia (famously spearheaded by Noma) and how to create new dishes inspired by those but that’s not traditional. Anything but. Truth is, or so I believe, that “traditional” or “typical” danish food is, in itself, really boring. Solid food. Good for when you work hard in a cold climate. An anachronism.
Still. When pressed we can come up with some interesting ideas. This is a slice of rye bread with a salad mixed of beet leaves, ruccola and spinach leaves. A fried flounder on top. Further on top of that we have some mayonaise, shrimp and parsley. Before eating it you pour juice from the lemon slice onto the fish.