Cookbook Book Club: Scandinavian Comfort Food

Cookbook Book Club  is my once a month most months “cooking from the same cookbook” meal with Jan and  Jenn, and this month we cooked from Trine Hahnemann’s Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge.

Hygge is more than anything the atmosphere created by hanging out. We love to hang out at each other’s houses for hours and eat, relax, eat again, talk – and it’s often dine to tune in and out of what is going on , like looking through the newspaper, or watching a football game in the background and it can go on for hours. NO rules. The only rule is that is has to feel good, it has to be hyggeligt.

~ Trine Hahnemann, Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge, p 86

Doesn’t that just sound like exactly what Cookbook Book Club is about? I know, right? Perfect! Scandinavian Comfort Food is a gorgeous book focussing on “how to have a relaxed, homely time with friends and family in over 130 recipes” featuring simple food made from fresh seasonal ingredients. The perfect way to welcome (almost) spring.

Jenn’s just back from Copenhagen, coincidentally, where she had a wonderful time and fell in love with everything from the design to the food (just like we did back in 2014!). She brought back some fabulous rye bread from Denmark which she used for our appetizer: Potato Sandwich with Lemon Mayo and Fried Leek.

Rye toast with lemony mayo, potatoes and fried leeks from Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe all adored this – though none of us had even had a potato sandwich before (despite the fact that we all love potato on pizza). this was fresh and light – the lemon mayo a bright note against the rye bread. So, so good!  Get the recipe for Potato Sandwiches with Lemon Mayo and Fried Leeks here.

I was on main course duty and couldn’t go past two classics – Summer Frikadeller (meatballs) and Classic Potato Salad.

Classic potato salad from Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe potato salad is a gorgeous mess of colours and bright flavours. The red onions and corn kernels were briefly simmered in a little vinegar to take the edge off the onions, there’s loads of dill and a tangy not-too-heavy-on-the-mayo dressing. I couldn’t find mustard leaves (there are a few ingredients in the book that might have North Americans scratching their heads about where to find them, to be honest) so I subbed arugula. This was very tasty and I love how colourful it was!

Get the recipe for Classic Potato Salad here.

Meatballs, yoghurt dip and potato salad from Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe meatballs were a huge success The recipe said it made enough for 6-8 people but they are so more-ish that I reckon it’s best to err on the side of “6 servings”.  A combination of pork and beef, these meatballs also contain nearly a cup of milk which, when I was mixing it in, I thought was very strange but it made for a very juicy end result (even re-heated the next day). I’ve got some of these in the freezer ready to cook which I am pretty excited about (yay, ready-made dinner!) and these will go on my roster of meals for sure. So easy, so tasty.

Get the recipe for Scandinavian Meatballs and Yoghurt Sauce here.

For dessert, Jan brought Walnut Kisses and a Lemon Mousse.

Walnut cookies and lemon mousse Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge on The walnut kisses were simply meringues with walnuts folded through – with a lovely melt-in-your-mouth soft consistency, these are also more-ish!

Get the recipe for Walnut Kisses here.

Lemon mousse Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe lemon mousse was a wonderful way to end the meal. So light and airy (cream, egg yolks and egg whites whipped separately then combined so it sounded a little fussy but worth the extra few steps because of how beautifully it turned out!) and a great way to end the meal. I never think to make lemon mousse but this recipe has me thinking again!

Get the recipe for Lemon Mousse here.

Overall, a wonderful meal, great company and good conversation. I’d say that’s pretty hygge, wouldn’t you?




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Interested in our Cookbook Book Club? So far we’ve enjoyed:

Dinner with Marcella,
Dinner with Nigella,
Dinner with Ottolenghi,
Dinner with Maria Speck,
Dinner with Naomi Duguid,
Lunch with Jamie Oliver,
A dessert party with Butter Baked Goods,
Dinner with Jacques Pépin,
Dinner with Smitten Kitchen,
Recipes from Rachel Khoo,
Brunch with Donna Hay,
Dinner with Mark Bittman,
A Gatherings-inspired baby shower brunch,
Dinner with Simple Bites,
Lunch from Food 52’s Genius Recipes,
Dinner from The Broad Fork,
A holiday “Food Gift Love” party,
Lunch with Mairlyn Smith,
Dinner with Seven Spoons
Lunch in David Lebovitz’ My Paris Kitchen.
Lunch with Ina Garten
Dinner with Ruth Reichl
Dinner from Food 52: A new way to dinner
Dessert with Edd Kimber
Dinner from Diana Henry’s Simple


Disclosure: Raincoast Books provided me with a copy of Scandinavian Comfort Food for review purposes. I was not obligated to write about the book, nor am I being compensated for doing so. All opinions 100% my own.












4 thoughts on “Cookbook Book Club: Scandinavian Comfort Food”

  1. Hey, I’ve heard about that book! Definitely a great intro to hygge, or so I’ve been told. I think the Dutch have a similar word, gezellig, that roughly translated, means cozy.

    Sounds like a delicious dinner, and I love the pics!

    As it happens, I also have a cookbook cook-a-long sort of thing, but I call it Cookbook Supperclub. Great minds, huh? 🙂


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