Sunday, April 15, 2012
Why Scandi women don't get fat
Yesterday's EatScandi brunch, run by my friend Signe Johansen, revealed the devious way Scandinavian women avoid putting on weight.
The answer is to start healthily - well quite healthily, if you opted for the non-alcoholic Bloody Mary*, but needless to say I didn't - followed by a 'Green Goddess'*, a bracing concoction of cucumber, mint, ginger and apple juice and a raspberry, vanilla and ginger smoothie*.
Even the Jarlsberg and fennel muffins* (above) had bee pollen in them.
There was homemade yoghurt* (delicious - never buy it ready-made again) with Queen's compote* - a tart, anti-oxidant-rich concoction of blueberries and raspberries.
And gravlaks* with beetroot salad and wafer thin, and I'm sure not the least calorific, sourdough crispbreads by which time we must have clocked up our five a day.
And then the descent into sinfulness: irresistible cinnamon buns.
Norwegian vanilla and sour cream waffles* (with more Queen's compote).
And indecently chocolatey chocolate and hazelnut brownies.
Fortunately for our waistlines the promised cardamom doughnuts didn't materialise. Sig said the dough had played up but I think she was merely taking pity on us.
So that's the Scandi diet, folks. Plenty of fruit and veg, a moderate amount of dairy and protein and a treat (or three) at the end of the meal. Oh, and probably a fair bit of wild-water swimming, cross-country skiing and other energetic Scandi pursuits and you too could look like Sig. Maybe.
If you want to experience the Scandi brunch - and Scandi suppers - for yourself you can check the dates on Sig's blog. You can find all the recipes marked * in her brilliant first book Scandilicious - and the brownies and more in her new book Scandilicious Baking which is out in July.