March 15, 2012

Skandinavian Airlines Design Competition – Vote for My Cup!

by Anders Arhoj

Remember when I designed the Umamimart travel mug back in 2010? Well, this spring Scandinavian Airlines (SAS as we call it in Denmark) called for submissions from designers to redesign their cardboard cups for tea and coffee, during air travel across the globe. They serve 70,000 customers in the air every day (!). You see, when I’m […]

February 29, 2012

Skankynavia: Moroccan Munchies

by Anders Arhoj

Confession: I’m kinda tired of Asian food. Maybe because I eat it every day. So when my Mile High Dining Club friend declared he wanted to throw a Moroccan inspired dinner I was totally there. Moroccan, African and Arabian are probably the less trendy food cultures compared to the Italian, French and Japanese kitchens these […]

January 25, 2012

Skankynavia: Vigorious Rice Mix

by Anders Arhoj

The other day at my local Asian market — which is usually not very well equipped since importing food from Asia to an unsignificant little island kingdom like Denmark is incredibly pricey — I found these bags of grains. And I remembered the many crazy versions of rice I often came across when living in […]

January 4, 2012

Skankynavia: Surprise New Year’s in Stockholm

by Anders Arhoj

Five minutes. That’s litterally how much time I had to decide whether I was going to accept the out of the blue New Year’s Eve dinner party invitation from my friends in Stockholm at 12:30 in the afternoon on Dec 31, 2011. That’s all the time I had including packing my socks/curlers/laptop/night cream, locking up […]

December 14, 2011

Skankynavia XXXmas Special: Messy Confections Delish

by Anders Arhoj

There’s a big financial crisis pillaging through the poor, run down viking villages of Denmark. It’s the revisiting ghost from 2008. Even though we’re still doing better than many of the South European countries, a lot of people are being laid off work and therefore no one’s shopping. At all. All my self-employed friends who […]

December 13, 2011

Skankynavia XXXmas Special: Glögg aka Devil’s Blood

by Anders Arhoj

It’s Christmas in a minute or two, and from my windows overlooking the big lakes of Copenhagen I watch people rushing back and forth in the typical December rain. They’re probably leaving one Christmas party to go to the next. This month is not only about stressful giftshopping or Christmas Eve preparations or even killing […]

November 30, 2011

Skankynavia: Bacon Udon

by Anders Arhoj

Enjoying the early winter so far? I know I am. I’m a cave bear and enjoy spending the long Scandinavian winter evenings in my studio or couch, working, crafting or watching Daria. In fact, since it is so windy, wet and utterly, depressively dark, I feel less bad about not hanging out on the beach, […]

November 23, 2011

Skankynavia: Bitchin’ Brownies

by Anders Arhoj

Brownies come many a kind — I like these particular ones because they’re very light and discrete in flavour which means you can eat the whole cake and not feel overstuffed (even though you most certainly will be). To me, brownies should be heavy, soggy, small bricks of chocolate. This is a recipe I’ve been playing […]

October 19, 2011

Skankynavia: Icelandic Nammi

by Anders Arhoj

As I’ve written in a post some years ago, Iceland is a nation of candy addicts. Especially if the candy is chocolate mixed with liquorice. It’s crazy how much candy the Icelandic people eat – but since there’s no fresh ice cream tradition like in Italy or warm, salty pretzels like in Germany – I […]

October 12, 2011

Skankynavia: Pumpkin Ravioli Party

by Anders Arhoj

I can’t believe I just spent another weekend in a kolonihus (colony house). But that’s how the Scandinavians roll and who can say no to a pumpkin ravioli punch? My Icelandic friend’s friend has a cute little cottage in Copenhagen which she visits regularly on weekends and slowly tries to repair and build into a fabulous little […]