Mormor’s Melboller

FIRST IN AN ONGOING SERIES  – We’re taking a page from Grethe’s (cook)book, so look to “Mormor’s Melboller” as the place to find our Danish recipe posts. Next up will be the mediesterpølse recipe from our recent sausage-making class. Let us know in the comments if there are any recipes in particular you’d like us to research and share.


 

Grethe Petersen

Grethe Petersen

Grethe Petersen delighted our Onsdag Frokost crowd this month by recreating the meal she prepared and shared with Mo Rocca for her recent episode on the Cooking Channel’s show “My Grandmother’s Ravioli.”

The menu was the same as featured the show: clear chicken soup with dumplings and meatballs, curry pickled herring, mustard pickled herring, and mazarin cake. A record breaking 96 people enjoyed this traditional Danish fare. Scroll on to see highlights from one of the DAC’s most popular events, “Onsdag Frokost.”

Klar suppe med boller

Klar suppe med boller

Master of Ceremonies Erik Bruun and Accordion Master Svend Petersen

Master of Ceremonies Erik Bruun and Accordion Master Svend Petersen liven up this lunch with anecdotes and music

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Grethe’s recipes can be found on the Cooking Channel website:

Grethe, hard at work in the newly remodeled DAC kitchen

Grethe, hard at work in the newly remodeled DAC kitchen

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A look inside the Danish Christmas room at ASI

The 2014 Christmas Rooms at the American Swedish Institute celebrate “Christmas By Design” with a look at how design plays a role in creating holiday traditions, and how these traditions influence modern design.

The 2014 Danish Christmas room in ASI's Turnblad Mansion

The 2014 Danish Christmas room in ASI’s Turnblad Mansion

Danish designers emphasize the qualities of the materials they use. They do not use overly ornament nor do they disguise the materials. Wood warms a room. Natural materials, like rush woven seats, are homey. These evoke hyggelig (coziness), which is associated with holiday traditions in Denmark.

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In many homes the tree is  decorated with traditional Danish flags and woven heart baskets, and on Christmas Eve is pulled out to the middle of the room so everyone could dance around it singing songs.

On the tabletop: "Ole" porcelain designed by Ole Jensen, Royal Copenhagen (1997),  Arne Jacobsen flatware (1957), "Kubus" Candleholder designed by Mogens Lassen (1962) By Lassen, Copenhagen  "Cylinda-line" salad bowl by Arne Jacobsen (1972)

On the tabletop:
“Ole” porcelain designed by Ole Jensen, Royal Copenhagen (1997), Arne Jacobsen flatware (1957), “Kubus” Candleholder designed by Mogens Lassen (1962) By Lassen, Copenhagen “Cylinda-line” salad bowl by Arne Jacobsen (1972)

Arne Jacobsen Chairs

Arne Jacobsen Chairs on Display in the Danish Room at ASI. Front row, from right: Black “Swan Chair™ ” (1958), Wood “Series 7 Chair™” with swivel base (1955), Black 3 leg “Ant Chair™ (1952)

Arne Jacobsen's Purple "Pot Chair™ (1959)

Arne Jacobsen Chair: Purple “Pot Chair™ (1959)

The Danish American Center selected Arne Jacobsen as the featured designer for this year’s ASI Christmas room exhibit.

Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) was an architect and designer. He was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and, in addition to his private practice, was a professor at the Academy from 1956-65. He had great influence over the generation that followed him.

As a designer, Jacobsen made prototypes for furniture, textiles, wallpaper, and silverware among other things. Among his most famous designs are The Ant™ (designed for Novo Nordisk canteen) (1952), Series 7™ (1955), The Egg™ and The Swan™ (1958), and the tableware Cylinda-Line (1967).

The Swan™ as well as the Egg™ were designed for the lobby and lounge areas at the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The commission to design every element of the hotel building as well as the furniture was Jacobsen’s grand opportunity to put his theories of integrated design and architecture into practice. In 1958 the Swan was a technologically innovative chair: No straight lines – only curves.

"Cylinda-line" tray & coffee pot by Stelton, designed by Arne Jacobsen (1967)

“Cylinda-line” tray & coffee pot by Stelton, designed by Arne Jacobsen (1967)

Jacobsen personifies Danish Modern style. His work is classic and has stood the test of time still looking elegant 60 years later. He employed innovative construction techniques like steamed bent wood in his series 7 chair, and seamless stainless steel cylinders in his Cylinda line of tableware for Stelton. Stanley Kubrick chose his flatware to use in his futuristic film 2001, A Space Odyssey.

The Christmas Rooms Exhibit at ASI runs through January 11, 2015.

ASI is located at 2600 Park Avenue in Minneapolis. Call 612-871-4907 for hours and admission. 

2 rocking chairs designed by Hans J. Wegner, 1944

2 rocking chairs designed by Hans J. Wegner, 1944

Velkommen

Imagine all the stories all these people have.

Imagine all the stories all these people have to tell

The Danish American Center’s printed newsletter, DANews, does a wonderful job of keeping us up to date on events and activities but it does not have room to present longer articles and we have many more stories to tell. To address this need, DAC is adding to our ways of communicating with you by launching this blog. The blog allows us to tell stories in more depth and illustrate them with color photos. It will be linked from our website homepage or you can bookmark this page to come directly here. Find links on the right sidebar for our first stories: an insider’s view of the Danish Room at the American Swedish Institute decorated for the holidays, and the premier of “Mormor’s Melboller.” Check back next month for some jul-goodies. And coming in January will be an in depth article by the DAC Heritage Committee on Crown Prince Frederik’s visit to Minnesota 76 years ago.