A breakfast feast in Copenhagen
I’m sorry for the break. You know how it is getting ready for a trip abroad. Really had no time in the kitchen.
Now, I’m in Copenhagen, and I do.
I landed in the capital of Denmark last week, and did not expect to spend much time in the kitchen, given that I was covering the high-energy chaos of the climate summit in a new city.
I love the feel of a new city, the struggle to get my bearings, understand the systems and make my way around. Copenhagen is one of the easiest to get used to: It’s super organised and the people are super friendly.
I’ve leased a flat for eight days (there was no hotel room available). It’s got a living room, bedroom, bathroom and, yes, a kitchen.
My landlord, a young digital designer called Andre Knudsen, offered to keep a few essentials in the fridge: Ham, cheese, bread, milk and eggs. He outdid himself. I found three types of ham, all the abovementioned foodstuff, oranges and apples, cheese spreads (like our normal cubes, except these have herbs, prawns, ham etc etc), a Danish dessert (I don’t eat dessert, but this was delicious; sorry I can’t pronounce it, and I didn’t get the name), pancakes, and I’m sure I’m missing some things.
It took me two days to figure out how to start the gas. So, until I did, I was stuffing ham onto cold pancakes or on toast.
On Monday, I felt finally settled, and at 7 am on a freezing day (The maximum temperature predicted for today is 1 degree C), I decided I could do better than this.
You can see what emerged in the photo above.
1. Salad: I bought some wonderfully green, clean salad the previous night, in preparation for the dinner I promised Andre. I broke 3 leaves, chopped three cherry tomatoes and dressed it with a dash of fish sauce that I found in the fridge, some olive oil and fresh pepper.
2. Fried egg on pancake: I was heating the pancake when I got this idea, a la egg on appam. I cracked open a lovely, brown egg and dropped some butter and torn pieces of ham. Lathered on some mustard after it was done.
3. Toast and cheese spread.
4. Milk and orange juice.
Well, I’m happy, and ready for a bracing Copenhagen morning.