I’ve discovered the perfect family weekend ritual, Smorrebrod, this is going to make you so happy to be home! Snaps + Rye is London’s only Danish restaurant, situated on the Golborne Road and run by Danish husband and English wife team Kell and Jacqueline Skött. Spotting a gaping hole in the market and as keen foodies, they decided to turn their hairdressing salon into a cafe. Having sampled their amazing Smorrebrod, or open sandwiches, at Blogstock festival I ‘snapped’ up the chance to learn how to make them at their restaurant with the experts in Scandinavian travel, Best Served Scandinavia last week.
Snaps + Rye is also a shop, so you can take home food and other Danish homeware goodies. My parents loved Scandinavian style and we had an amazing holidays to Denmark, Sweden and Norway when I was growing up, there were always lots of Scandinavian influences about the house. My home style now is eclectic, but there is always a part of me that feels very at home with Scandinavian style. I love the white, red and birch wood of this cafe, the World Cup was on when I was in Denmark aged 7, so red and white will always be the colour of Danish Dynamite, the national football team.
I remember bringing home Christmas straw decorations and a beautiful wall hanging string instrument with little wooden balls on strings which jangled against the strings. There was so much joy and memory in those objects.
Interiors and shop at Snaps and Rye
Birch tree water is a new age health and energy drink and was a lovely start to our Smorrebrod making. This detoxing super food drink is meant to do many things, including flush out toxins and reduce cellulite. It’s light and refreshing, sweet but low in calories, I liked it, although not everyone liked the gentle pine aftertaste.
Next Kell demonstrated how to season a Salmon, including a fab hand drawn map of where the salmon came from, and why it is so good.
How to make Smorrebrod
We were given a huge range of ingredients to experiment with to build our Smorrebrod, I’m veggie but still had lots to play with including avocado, egg, alfalfa, radish, Danish cheese, herbs like chives and dill and flavoured mayonnaises. Traditionally Smorrebrod are piled high, but I wanted to try and create something my kids would enjoy and experimented with flowers and faces. My neighbour made a much more sensible version, so I will share that here, I love the beauty and fun you can have creating your Smorrebrod!
Snaps and Rye
Snaps is a Scandinavian word for a shot, we drank a shot of Akvavit with our sandwiches, a Scandinavian spirit distilled from grain or potato and spiced with caraway and other flavors like dill, anise, fennel, coriander and cardamom which helps to clear the palate so you really appreciate your food.
I think making open sandwiches together would be a lovely family weekend ritual don’t you? Kell says his mother always insisted he had three pieces of rye before he was allowed anything else, she said it’s was good for the stomach, and I agree! Smorrebrod was a wonderful taste sensation and really filling, and best of all, the possibilities are endless.
Fancy Living Danishly?
Best Served Scandinavia My afternoon had me eager to take my own kids to Scandinavia and retrace the holidays of my childhood – In Denmark, Legoland, Farup Somerland and biscuits called Bums! were particular highlights for my brother and me, but there was so much more.
From meeting Santa Claus in Lapland to the Northern Lights or the best ice and snow hotels, Scandinavian city breaks or cruises Best Served Scandinavia offer it all and can put together a tailor-made package. Take a self drive Viking trail from £725. Meet Santa in Lapland from £1,125 per person incl. flights or stay in some of Denmark’s finest boutique hotels on an eight-day tailor-made self-drive holiday from £880.
Snaps + Rye is located on 93 Golborne Road, Notting Hill W10 5NL, for veggies, lunch is straightforward just turn up, but for an evening meal I would recommend letting Snaps + Rye know you are vegetarian so Kell can prepare something extra special for you.