We ended our 2 week vacation in Denmark, with a lunch at Hansens Familiehave (on Pile Alle- Frederiksberg) – my pseudo belated birthday and farewell lunch with the family. We were flying off the very next day back to Singapore. I agreed with my husband, that I preferred a typical Danish lunch in your old fashioned , traditional Danish restaurant. So I got my wish. Nice!
Danish lunch is very much all about open sandwiches, various toppings on rye bread. I however, opted for a ‘herresfrokost’ or “a gentleman’s lunch”. My choice raised a few eyebrows in the family.. but they were quite impressed I could chow down most of it. So what did a ‘gentleman’s lunch’ consists of?
– marinated herrings (spiced)
– biksemad with a fried egg (chopped potatoes, fried with onions, pork cubes, bacon) – see photo above.
Famous as a merchant sailors’ dish after their night duty. It is just what ever was left over all chucked together.
– old cheese with rum and sylte (head cheese or brawn without the meat, just the stock, jelled up)
with slices of rye bread!
I will admit that lunch was definitely fit for a man! I couldn’t eat dinner that night, not after the cakes we had later on. It was yummy though, the taste of bacon and pork cubes, nicely fried with bits from the pan, as it was quite salty, fitted excellently with the fried egg. You then have the preserved beetroot slices which were sour/sweet complimented and balanced the saltiness of the dish.
What did the others have? Equally yummy toppings – marinated herrings, smoked salmon, etc.
After lunch it was nice languid walk to ease the tummy ! We headed back to my parents in laws place for coffee and cake. Little did my niece and nephew know what was in store for them.
My niece and nephew had s’mores at the barbeque at the summerhouse in Enoe… and they really got all worked up about marshmallows – so my attempt to surprise them by making a Rocky Road ‘cake’ for my birthday tea, was a success. I know it is after all my birthday – but to give it the ‘bragh bragh’ for the children, was more fun !
They thought it was awesome – I heard only their squeals of delight when they saw their 2 best candies slapped together , marshmallows and chocolate and they even got permission from their parents to goof it down that afternoon!
My mother in law made a strawberry layer cake for the adults so that everyone’s taste was catered for! It was a yummy for the tummy day for all of us . A great lunch and a solid sweet ending !
Rocky Road Recipe
- 550 g dark chocolate
- 150 ml double cream
- about 15 large marshmallows cut into half
- 100 g unsalted butter
- chopped nuts or maraschino cherries (optional)
I used a cling film, lined over a quiche or pie (20-23 cm diameter) greased dish. This makes it easier to loosen the solid rocky road out of the pie dish once it has hardened.
I placed pieces of Marie biscuits as the base in the pie dish. You can choose to add some coarsely chopped hazelnuts or almonds if desired as the next layer , on top of the Marie biscuits. Then followed by the marshmallow pieces. In between the gaps, if you have some maraschino cherries, you can fill those gaps with them.
Bring the cream to boil first, then add the chocolate pieces (break them easier to melt). Do this in a bowl over a pot of simmering hot water. Add the butter. Stir until they become a smooth paste not grainy. If it becomes grainy the chocolate has overheated. Pour the chocolate ganache over the marshmallows/biscuit. Give the pie dish a gentle shake and 3-4 knocks/taps to get the chocolate ganache in between the cracks and down at the bottom under the biscuits. Place the dish into the fridge , let it set in there for at least 5 hours.
Take the Rocky Road out, turn over and peel out the cling wrap bottom. Turn it right side up and on a chopping board, cut slices of the Rocky Road out. Serve them immediately.