Sunday, 9 October 2011


I've been meaning to post about a few things, but none of them were enough to warrant their own posts. So here's a round-up of a few bits and pieces.

Firefly Restaurant

(Ratatouille with Mushroom Polenta --- Chole Chaat)

When a new vege or vege friendly place opens up nearby I have to investigate. This place opened about a month ago. It's straight across the road from the new Torvehallerne (Food Markets) near Nørreport Station, so it's got a great location. It apparently turns into a 'night club' after the dinner service. This place seems to be the type of vege eatery that Denmark needs, with a modern, fairly minimalist interior & a menu that can appeal to both veges and non-veges alike. The food wasn't mind-blowing, but it was satisfying. I'll be going back soon to try out more of the menu and see how it's going after being open a little longer. I'm afraid I'm a little worse for wear after a late night so this is a pretty piss-weak review. Sorry.

Firefly - Frederiksborggade 26, 1360 Copenhagen K

International Vegetar Dag, Kbh

October first was International Vegetarian Day. The Danish Vegetarian Society, Aarstiderne, Naturli' and many other businesses and eateries took part. Sadly, I had a job trial to go to in the morning, which ended up lasting most of the day so I was only able to be around for the last hour. That meant that I missed out on a lot of the fun (food tastings). Free apples were to be had, as you can see. From other people's blogs (check Jens Drejer's post here) it seems like it was a charming affair so I'm pretty miffed that I couldn't be there earlier.

Aarstiderne Dogmekassen
While at International Vegetar Dag I (finally) signed up for an aarstiderne box. I went for the dogma box because we are not wusses in this house. I like to be challenged with some less common ingredients. So far I've been enjoying working out what to do with a romanesco from the first box. Aarstiderne (The Seasons) deliver organic produce directly to your door. They also include a recipe pamphlet each delivery.

Ekko Gourmet

I can't have yeast or sugar so that rules out most vege ready-meals for me. Urtekram products are what you most often find here in Denmark, and while I love them for plenty of things, I really hate them for adding yeast and sugars to a lot of their products. I bought these Ekko gourmet frozen vege nuggets & burgers on a trip to Malmö - they are free from yeast & sugar (except the à la Lindström burger), wheat free, soy free & vegan - and they are fantastic! Full of flavour, great texture, fairly cheap... I'm very anxiously awaiting their arrival in stores on the other side of the Øresund, but in the meantime I'm going to Malmö to stock up.

Der kommer en vegetar til middag

(A vegetarian's coming to dinner) ...or maybe not. Scariest cookbook I've ever seen. It sounded so promising from the description at the library. Its aim seems to be making cooking for a vegetarian less daunting for the average 80s Dane. Mission failed.

And who chops their cucumbers without a chopping board anyway?

Vegetarisk Kogebog (1918)

From a really bad vegetarian cookbook to a really amazing one. This is a DANISH vegetarian cookbook from 1918 (a revised edition, even), it even calls for the mind-blowing ingredient 'agar-agar' in several recipes. I promise to share more from this at a later date. Denmark has no history of vegetarianism say you? Sit on it, says I.


  1. Firefly sounds interesting. That cook book is hilarious. I would not want to go to his house for dinner, the man looks positively evil! Romanesco's are so beautiful aren't they. Wouldn't have a clue what to do with one apart from a cauli-cheese type recipe, let us know! Emma :)

  2. Yay for vegetarians! Wow, I can't believe there is a vegetarian cookbook from 1918. I would love to try Firefly but too bad I live across the ocean.

  3. Sorry, I'm such a shit for replying so late! :(

    Emma, we ended up making a warm lentil salad with the romanesco. We just steamed it and then broke the florets up really gently before serving. That way we still had the little xmas trees ;)

    Junaluska, Least of all in Danish! I bought it at an antique bookstore and the guy had no idea about this book, so I bought it for about a quarter of what it's actually worth. He said "I didn't know the word vegetarian existed in Danish back then". Are you in North America? I don't think you'll have much trouble finding great vege eateries there :)