Danish people are very particular about what they eat, in what order and with what accompanying condiments. Apparently, it’s a mortal sin to eat shrimp on rye bread (white bread only!), or to use remoulade with it instead of mayonaise. I suspect careers have been destroyed by this.
Thus, every time I post about food, I’ll be wondering what Danish rules I’m violating – and who I might offend with each post.
In any case, our trip to the bakery yesterday yielded a fantastic treasure – some unknown new years treat that looked like an L-shaped cake or pastry, and the trip to the Føtex the other day found us bringing home a new years marzipan cake/stick.
Unfortunately, we had no idea how much of each a serving size was – and our first serving of the stick was to split the package into 4, and each take a chunk along with a mug of tea. It was a decadent snack, to say the least… and the marzipan stick is exquisite! However, we’ve since learned that we each ate 4 servings – a stick is supposed to be enough to feed 6-8 people! Undoubtedly overindulgence on this scale violates at least one Danish law – and, if not, most likely requires paying a tax on the amount of calories eaten.
However, to compound the sin of over eating, this morning, we divvied up the cake, cutting it in to 4 and each taking a piece for breakfast (leaving 2 for later). I’m relatively sure that that cake should be enough to feed an entire office, and that this was likely the most gluttonous pastry eating act that the country has ever seen. What laws or rules were broken, I have no idea.
But to mitigate this crime against the Danish pastry sensibilities, we have spent the day cleaning the house and will be taking a long walk this afternoon to burn off the calories – dragging the poor dog with us. The dog, to her great regret, has not overindulged on this scale.
Danish pastries beware – the Canadians are here and express no remorse when eating excessive quantities of unbelievably good treats!