The weekend in pictures

Friday - Girls night


Strawberry Margaritas


Can never go wrong with Baileys


Awesome cat napkins

Saturday - Dinner guests

Dessert, adapted from one of my favorite Danish magazines, “Mad & Bolig” (

White chocolate mousse with lime, fresh berries

White chocolate mousse with lime, fresh berries

Weekend flowers


White tulips for a splash of green in these icy white times

Sunday - Icy Copenhagen

Frozen canals in Sluseholmen

Frozen canals in Sluseholmen

Hope you had a nice weekend, all! And if you’re in Copenhagen, stay warm!

A foreigner’s perspective: Danish health care

I’ve lived in Denmark for about one and a half years now, and during this time, I’ve made some observations about things I dislike (not to be repetitive, but COLD!) and of course also about things I like – the beaches, bakery goods, Christmas traditions, language, cuisine, and so much more. Today I’d like to share some thoughts and observations about the Danish health care system that, unfortunately, I’ve had more contact with than I would have hoped – although most of it was actually quite positive.

First of all, when you get officially registered as an “immigrant”, and get your CPR number (the central persons registry), you also choose your “egen læge” (own doctor, basically your primary physician or “Hausarzt”, in German). That struck me as quite odd, because I was shown a list of doctors who had practices closest to my address, and no further information (other than their age and gender, interestingly) and was then told to choose one. I had no idea if the doctors were competent or nice, so I had to base my choice purely on location. I did select a practice with multiple doctors, both male and female, so I’d at least have a chance to switch between them if I didn’t like the first one. This “egen læge” is then also named on your health insurance card.

Sundhedskort - health insurance card

To make an appointment, you call the practice, so that’s quite normal. Lots of doctors and practices have “akut tid”, which means that you can call early in the morning and they have a couple of hours set aside each day for emergency patients, e.g. when you just contracted the flu and need some medication asap. Many doctors (including mine) also have a website with a central booking system that lets you choose the doctor, shows availabilities for the desired date, and also lets you book your appointment right away. This is the public system, mind you, not some snobby private clinic! If you then go to the doctor and get medication prescribed, you don’t get a printed out prescription that you have to carry to the pharmacy (I have lost many of those in bottomless purses over the years!). In most cases, my doctors just ordered the medication via a central server, and then I just went to any pharmacy, identified myself with the health insurance card, and they could see what pills were prescribed to me and with which dosage etc. Easy, you say? It gets even easier! All this information is stored on my doctor’s online “self service” site, so whenever I need a refill of painkillers, I can simply log on to the system, see all medication that’s been prescribed so far, and click “renew” – then the practice will send me an email or text message confirmation of the renewal, and I can pick up the medication without any hassle. That’s what I call forward-thinking and efficient, especially if you’re on a longer-term medication therapy!



One time, I also needed to get a blood sample taken and analysed. In Germany, the people working with the doctors in their practices are a mix of nurses and secretaries – they do the scheduling and answer the phone, but they also do smaller nurse duties like taking blood or measuring blood pressure. Not in Denmark. Instead, my doctor ordered a blood test for me, again via the almighty server, and specified exactly what values the lab should test for. Then I had to go to one of the labs (there’s a whole business behind this called Københavns Laboratorier, with several locations to choose from). You pick the one closest to you and just show up there during opening hours. Then you draw a number (the Danes LOVE that number-drawing system, you find it virtually everywhere, it’s so orderly and fair!) and wait for one of the nurses to call you. The entire procedure takes about 2 minutes, and it would be quicker if only your stupid blood could flow out of your arm a little faster! I felt a little uneasy in that lab – it basically consisted of one large room full of randomly (un)arranged chairs, five or six cabins for the actual blood-taking (separated with curtains) and a counter for registration. Even though I arrived a couple of minutes before the afternoon opening time, there were already about 20 people in line ahead of me. “Great”, I thought, “I’ll be here the entire afternoon!” But in reality, I was out of there in about half an hour. Very efficient, but not very “customer friendly”… What was really nice, though, was that I got my results via email, with a note from the doctor saying that everything was fine, so I didn’t even have to come in again to get the results (of course, I could have made an appointment, if desired).



All in all, I think the level of efficiency and digitalization is quite impressive, forward-thinking and tailored to people’s needs. I can hardly remember any German doctor I’ve been to actually using a computer – making appointments online, getting information via email, unthinkable! I am fully aware that this perception is very subjective, and that I’m not discussing the Danish health care system as a whole in terms of effectiveness, costs, etc. This is merely my perception of the elements I’ve come in contact with, and I’ve been pretty impressed by them so far!

Around Copenhagen: Café 8Tallet, Ørestad

After my little rant recently about the weather here in Copenhagen, I thought I’d share a positive experience for a change - after all, I do like the city (even though I’m still not over this horrible cold, windy weather.. but I’m drifting off) and I like food and so what better to do on a dreary Satuday than to go for a nice lunch? We had a “Smartbox” lying around for a lunch anyway, so we decided to go somewhere we hadn’t been before. It was quite a discussion, but in the end I convinced the viking boyfriend to pick a place that did NOT exclusively offer burgers!

And so we ended up picking café 8Tallet (see here or here), which lies on the remote corner of Ørestad, the newly built part of the city out towards the airport, but looked to have a nice location looking out on the water. It was quite a journey to get there, even though we don’t live too far, because the walk from the nearest metro station (Vestamager) is still further than we had expected, and weather conditions were unfavorable, to say the least… when we finally walked through the door we were completely wet and frozen to the bone! Time for a nice lunch!!

Perhaps surprising choice of warm-up drink

Mz perhaps somewhat surprising choice of warm-up drink…


Since we had the Smartbox we wanted to use, we had a limited selection (Caesar’s Salad, Club Sandwich, a smoked salmon sandwich and a barbecue burger), but other people were ordering plates of smørrebrød and mixed Bornholm specialties that looked really appetizing as well.

I chose the Caesar’s salad and a glass of white wine, while the viking went for the Club Sandwich (even though there was a burger option!).

Caesar's Salad

Caesar’s Salad

I’ve had many a Caesar’s Salad in my day, and I normally consider it a safe choice, but unfortunately, I was not conviced of this version. It contained roasted peppers that tasted quite nice on their own, but didn’t really fit the rest of the dish. There were two large chunks of chicken on top, and the meat was a little chewy, as if it had originally been cold and then just heated up again (my boyfriend’s sandwich had very similar-looking chicken, so maybe it was the same batch?). The croutons were great and there was a good amount of yummy parmesan and some crispy serrano as well, which fit quite nice. After I had eaten about half the salad, I found a huge blob of dressing that I hadn’t seen under the chicken, a bit too thick and mayonnaise-ish for me. All in all, I wouldn’t get that salad there again. The presentation (see picture above) was beautiful, though!

Club Sandwich

Club Sandwich

Above is the club sandwich, which was also presented beautifully, and came with homemade fries and a sort of chili mayo dip on the side. My boyfriend was happy with his choice, and the only thing I would criticize is that the bite I got was a bit heavy on the chicken side. But the bread and sauces were really nice, and again they used crispy serrano (is this becoming a sort of fancy bacon now?). The fries were really nice and crispy (I stole quite a few) and the mayo dip was delicious!


Our new friend, the duck

Our new friend, the duck


All in all, it was a really nice and cozy atmosphere. Café 8Tallet managed to strike a good balance between modern interiors and a certain coziness and warmth that makes you want to stay there and have another cup of coffee on a cold and windy Saturday in January! We even made a new friend: the cute little duck must have been freezing, because he kept waddling along the windowfront, and at some point one of the waitresses went out and gave him a few bread crumbs. Adorable.

Maybe a word on my choice of drinks: I decided to have a glass of white wine with lunch (pictured above), and found it very pleasant. Fruity, but still fresh - nothing too special, but good to go along with a light lunch.

Yum yum caffeine!

Yum yum caffeine!

We finished off with a nice espresso, bracing ourselves and headed back out intothe Copenhagen January cold, hoping we’d make it all the way back home without losing a toe or two…

In summary, I really liked the location and atmosphere of Café 8Tallet, and even though I was not blown away by my own choice of food, I would definitely go back there (maybe in spring or summer, when it’s possible to go outside), but I’d try the smørrebrød or brunch.

Winter in Copenhagen

Aaah, yes. It is winter. And me, personally, I’m pretty much done with winter after Christmas, okay, maybe New Year. But from January 2nd, I’m ready for spring! Sunshine, flowers, birds singing, warm air, … but no. Denmark is not having any of it. After all, the Danish winter only really kicks of in January and February. And this week, it really showed me what it can do.

On Monday, the first snow fell, and with it came some pretty nasty wind. Well, it’s always kinda windy in CPH - whoever came up with the nickname “windy city” for Chicago has obviously never been to Copenhagen! - but in combination with the snow, it gets downright unpleasant. No matter how many layers you wear, the icy wind will make sure the cold creeps all the way through wool, cotton or whatever fabric you chose to wear. There is no escape!

Average day in Copenhagen


Especially near the water (where I live and also where my workplace is) it can get pretty bad. Seriously, some mornings it’s nearly impossible to make your way up the street against the wind at Tuborg Havn!

Standard morning at Tuborg Havn


But then, we also got some snow, and people got all excited (I say people, not me, because, again, I am done with anything winter-y after Christmas!). One of my coworkers described the Danish winter to me as follows: “It gets really cold, and then it rains a lot, and the rain freezes as it hits the ground, but it almost NEVER snows!”

So when it actually did snow, people were super-happy and started dreaming about ski vacations, snowmen and igloos in their front yards, only to realize that pretty much nothing actually remained on the ground. So people got all like

SNOOOOW!!! And it’s gone! (via


On this note, I have to say that the “When You Live in Copenhagen” Tumblr has some very truthful and hilarious facts, so do stop by there! There’s another one called “When You Live in Denmark“, which is also quite fun.

So basically, the weekend will be spent at home, cuddled up and drinking tea or hot chocolate (with Baileys!). I still have a couple of books I haven’t read yet, so maybe this is the time…

I hope the weather is more pleasant wherever you are!

Something healthy for a change: Veggie Quiche

Yay, it’s Wednesday - that means only two more days until the weekend!

And to celebrate this very special occasion, I thought it was time for something completely new: a healthy recipe!

After writing about cookies, chocolate and other sweet delights, I felt like it was time to share something savory and healthy for a change: a vegetable quiche! I made this last night for dinner, and even the Viking liked it – I should mention here that he isn’t the biggest fan of “green stuff”, which can be understood as a synonym for vegetables, although there are some that he likes (e.g. peas, but I mean, how can you not like peas? They rock!). I’ll admit that I did put some pieces of bacon on his half of the quiche, though – a true Viking doesn’t go meat-less!

The nice thing about this recipe is that you can basically use any veggie you are particularly fond of. I would refrain from tomatoes, though, as they are quite watery and would probably prevent the egg from stiffening. I’m posting below the recipe as I prepared it, and it turned out quite yummy! But I could also imagine mushrooms, onions or corn to be a tasty addition to this dish. I also have a killer recipe for a quiche with salmon and spinach, but that’s for another time :)




Veggie quiche

1 pre-made Tarte dough (in the refrigerated section) – if you want to make your own dough, here’s a recipe)

5 eggs

300g crème fraiche (5% fat)

50g grated cheese (I used a fat-reduced mozzarella)

2 medium carrots

1 red bell pepper

1 yellow bell pepper

1 cup peas, frozen (I don’t have exact measurements, just use as much as you feel like, about 2 handfuls or so)

optional: bacon (cubes)

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Peel the carrots, rinse the bell peppers and cut into small cubes. In a large bowl, stir together eggs and crème fraiche. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add chopped vegetables and frozen peas. Stir in grated cheese and bacon cubes (if you want them in the entire quiche). Grease a tarte or pie baking form and put in the pre-made dough. Transfer egg-veggie mixture into the form and spread evenly. If you, like me, only want the bacon on half of the pie, put it on top now. Bake for about 45mins or until a knife inserted in the middle of the pie comes out clean. Serve with a green salad on the side.