Once a year we are invited for Smørrebrød (smœrəbrœd/, [ˈsmɶɐ̯ɐˌb̥ʁœðˀ]) at our next door neighbour. Smørrebrød is best described as an open sandwich, a special cuisine of Scandinavia – especially in Denmark and Sweden. A few days before the event, she asks us to fill in an order form for what kind of smørrebrød we would like. That is how you do it, ordering from a list – also on the special smørrebrød restaurants.
With smørrebrød, you drink beer and snaps! The rye bread, roastbeef, eggs, prawns, and fish fillets topped with lots of mayonnaise, remoulade is best digested with alcohol. You simply cannot drink a coke or another sweet drink to this. If you do not drink alcohol, I recommend an alcohol free beer, a tonic or grapefruit drink. The bitterness goes perfectly to the meat and fatty ingredients. The remoulade is of course the special Danish version, with cabbage.
We had a wonderful evening, the talk went on and on all evening, with plenty of funny stories. Around 1 am we decided to call it a day (evening) and went home. Next morning we were all up early. We have all reached that age that our inner clock doesn’t switch on to weekend time any longer. One went deer hunting, one was chopping wood and another was working on his new driveway. We were cleaning up the garden and taking all the flower pots inside in the orangery.
We all know that physical work is good when you are a bit hungover!