Summer recipe: Easy rhubarb cake

It’s that time of year again - rhubarb is in season and the beautiful red stalks with the giant leaves can be found on every market and in many supermarkets as well. I have resorted to frozen rhubarb before, which wasn’t bad at all to make a compote. But why buy the frozen stuff when you can have the real deal? And rhubarb just smells so amazing when you wash, peel and cut it…

So yesterday, I was desperately craving some pie or cake, but I also didn’t want to make a huge fuss. This easy recipe came just right. It’s whipped up really quickly and the smell as it bakes is incredible, not to mention the taste… we couldn’t wait for it to cool down, so we indulged in the first piece as it was still warm from the oven, and served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream - yum!


Easy rhubarb cake

(adapted from Kari’s Kitchen)


for a 28cm baking form

1 pound fresh rhubarb, diced

1 cup sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup skyr (or greek yoghurt)

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 tsp. baking powder

2 tbsp. milk

a pinch of salt

butter or grease for the baking form

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Pre-heat the oven to 165 degrees Celsius. Wash the rhubarb stalks, peel them and cut them into small dices. In a small bowl, beat the eggs with a fork until combined. In a large bowl. mix sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs and skyr. Since skyr is quite stable, the mixture can be very thick. You can add a bit of milk to make it a little smoother. Fold in most of the rhubarb and transfer to baking form, topping off with the remainder of the rhubarb cubes. Bake for 40-45mins. I highly recommend to serve this cake warm with whipped cream or some vanilla ice cream!


Week 22: 5 things to do in Copenhagen this weekend

Wow, these last couple of days have gone by fast, and a lot has happened!

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Top left: I went to an amazing rosé wine and chocolate tasting on Tuesday - longer review coming up!

Top right: Amazing dinner at LêLê Street Kitchen in Østerbro - elected Copenhagen’s best takeout in 2013

Bottom left: Wednesday’s soccer match between Denmark and Sweden - I wrote about it on

Bottom right: Yesterday I ventured into Christiania for the first time ever and I had a blast with wine in the sun and a crazy concert at Loppen. Great burgers, too!


But now, the weekend is approaching fast, so here’s my list of things to do if you’re in Copenhagen!

It’s Lagersalg season!

What - Shopping, shopping, shopping! Lots of brands have clearance sales going on right now - for example Samsøe & Samsøe, Acne or Dryberg/Kern

Why - Because you can definitely get a bargain!

Where - all around Copenhagen

When - different days for different brands

How much - strongly depends on what you take home with you!

More information - AOK’s big lagersalg roundup


Øresundsfestival in Malmö

What - A music festival, mostly featuring lesser-known artists from Denmark and Sweden, but also e.g. Nabiha and Mads Langer

Why - Because it’s a great reason to take a trip over the bridge to Malmö and listen to some cool tunes

Where - different venues across Malmö

When - 30.+31. May, 17h - open end

How much - 1 day ticket 290 DKK, 2 day ticket 500 DKK (includes train tickets and admission to clubs after the festival)

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More music: All-day house festival “Free Your Mind”

Source: Festival page

What - An all-day event with house music of all sorts, on Refshaløen

Why - Go there, grab a drink and chill in the sun! The music will be more chill during the day and pick up the pace towards the night

Where - Halvandet on Refshaløen

When - 31. May, 12h - midnight

How much - free admission

More information - on the festival’s Facebook page


A different city walking tour - Lucifertour

What - An open city walking tour focusing on the spooky and occult, “following the devil’s footsteps”. The tour only takes place when there’s a full moon, or on other significant dates. Attention: the tours are in Danish unless otherwise stated, but English tours can be requested.

Why - Because it’s a different way of seeing the city - guaranteed!

Where - meeting point is at the Absalon statue on Højbroplads, tour ends at Vor Frue Kirke

When - 31. May, 20h

How much - 100 DKK, registration online

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More shopping - Flea market at Nørrebrohallen

What - A large flea market

Why - Because browsing is always fun, and you might find hidden treasures! Afterwards, take a stroll through sunny Nørrebro

Where - Nørrebrohallen

When - 1. June, 10-16h

How much - entrance fee is 30 DKK

More information - event’s Facebook page



Green Copenhagen - three sustainability initiatives

Copenhagen has a reputation of being very eco-friendly and “green”, not least because of all the biking going on. And it’s true, there are a lot of initiatives that focus on sustainability, environment protection and eco-friendliness. Copenhageners prefer to cycle or use public transportation (or both!) to taking a car, but they also pay a lot of attention to buying “økologisk” food and taking their old paper and glass bottles to the “genbrugsstation”. And there are a number of initiatives and projects driven by the state or the “kommune”, and I’m listing three here. These are all part of the larger, ambitious plan of making Copenhagen carbon-neutral by 2025.


Electric and hybrid busses

Electric bus; source: Movia

On my way to and from work, I often take bus line 14, which is currently served by two or three brand new hybrid busses, among others. These are subsidized by the Danish transportation authority, which has done a number of tests and projects on electric and hybrid busses together with the transit company, Movia. One good example is the city bus line 11A, which goes from Kongens Nytorv to Islands Brygge and is served exclusively with smaller electric busses. Recent tests with new, fully electric busses were very successful as well.


Grønne og blå områder

Frederiksberg Have; source:

Translation: “green and blue areas”, meaning green spaces such as parks or woods, as well as water areas such as the beach or a “havnebad“. Copenhagen is already full of them, with a study showing that in 2011, 63% of Copenhagen’s citizens had access to a green or blue space within a 15min walking distance. However, this wasn’t enough for the ambitious planners at Københavns Kommune, and they set the target that this number should be increased to a whopping 90% by 2015! To me, this is one of the key features why Copenhagen is so attractive: no matter where you go, you will never be far from the next water or park, and the city is doing an amazing job in integrating these green and blue areas into the central parts as well, for example with the harbor baths in Islands Brygge and Fisketorvet (dubbed “Copencabana”), but also the super centrally located Frederiksberg Gardens, which combine green spaces (even some wooded areas) with water, plus they have a castle smack in the middle (Frederiksberg Slot) AND border on the zoo!


Rooftop gardens

Green roof; source: Københavns Kommune

They have become a trend in major cities all across the world, and here as well. Rooftop gardening is a favorite pastime for urban city moms and hipsters, but they also offer great spaces to relax and forget the world around. Especially in a city like Copenhagen, where buildings aren’t generally high enough to steal each other’s shade, sitting on a rooftop among flowers and plants to enjoy the sun is great. The goal is to have 150,000sqm of green roofs by 2015. You can find a full list and some examples (including Sluseholmen, where I live!) on the website of Københavns Kommune. A full publication on the topic is available for download here.


Do you know about any other great, green initiatives in Copenhagen? How about the city you live in?

5 things to do in Copenhagen this weekend

Do you live in Copenhagen, or are you planning on being here this weekend? Great! Here are five things you might want to do!


Fredagsrock with Burhan G

What - Open air concert with one of Denmark’s most popular pop singers, Burhan G

Why - If you’re planning a visit to Tivoli gardens anyway, you might want to stay for the concert (at no extra cost) on the big stage in the middle of the gardens

Where - Tivoli Gardens

When - Friday 23rd May, 22h

How much - normal admission to Tivoli Gardens (99 DKK)

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Design your own ice cream with Magnum


What - Magnum ice cream is turning 25 and opened its “Magnum Pleasure Store” where you can create your own ice cream

Why - Do I really have to explain why making your own ice cream is awesome?!

Where - Companys Original, Frederiksberggade 24

When - from 21st May to 10th June, 10-19h

How much - 30 DKK per ice cream

More information - here


14th Copenhagen Beer Festival

What - Beer. Lots of it!

Why - Denmark is famous for beer, and here you’ll get the opportunity to taste a variety of different brews, including specialty and rare brews from Denmark and abroad

Where - Tap1, old Carlsberg brewery, Ny Carlsbergvej 91

When - 23rd and 24th May, 13-23h

How much - tickets from 125 DKK (admission only, not including tasting tokens)

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Norwegian frigate anchoring in Copenhagen


What - On the occasion of the 200 year anniversary of the Norwegian constitution, the royal frigate “KNM Helge Ingstad” is anchoring in Copenhagen

Why - How often do you get the chance to go aboard a royal ship?! Exactly.

Where - Copenhagen Harbor, Langelinie

When - 23rd and 24th May, open for public from 11-14h

How much - free

More information - website of the Norwegian Embassy


“Mellemrum” festival in Sydhavn

What - An urban performance festival, moving around in Copenhagens quarters every other year

Why - Because you probably normally wouldn’t go to the Sydhavn area, and this might be a great way to get to know it!

Where - Sydhavn/ Kongens Enghave area

When - 15th May - 1st June, tickets available for 25th May (performances at 13h, 14h, 15:30h)

How much - 100 DKK

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