European Adventure: The Food Supplement

So much of this trip was spent eating and drinking, so here’s a few of the highlights; apologies for repetition, though this has a little more detail, for people who are interested in their eats.

In Brussels, we began the day with waffles (of course) – those with ice cream were particularly good. We then found a quite traditional brasserie where we ate steak tartare, moules mariniere and beef carbonnade. All pretty good, though the carbonnade was particularly hearty.

Brussels main course

After a selection of delicious Belgian beers on the high-speed train, as well as some tasty Ardennes paté, in Cologne we went for the carnival meal of choice: a pint of Kölsch and a bratwurst generously doused in senf.

Köln Bratwurst Time

In Copenhagen for breakfast the following morning we could only really go for cinnamon buns, which were delicious. The Swedish element of the menu wasn’t taken in Stockholm but on the ferry as we left, with lamb, game and guinea fowl accompanied by winter vegetables.

Viking Line Game Pan: surprisingly delicious

In Turku, we realised that we had been deprived of green vegetables for quite a while, so our visit to the Logomo gallery was preceded by some huge (and much appreciated) plates of salad in the cool Brigit Riley-esque café.

Salad, with confusing monochrome furniture

The wilderness lunch near the Russian border the day before the wedding involved salmon cooked in front of a fire, followed by a dessert of cheese with jam, which was surprisingly good.

Salmon roasting on an open fire...

The wedding meal itself at Ruka was outstanding: a starter of venison carpaccio with beetroot, salmon pastrami and cod roe with cream cheese and chopped red onion; the main course was two cuts of reindeer – shank and fillet – with a potato cake; and dessert was a wonderful squidgy cheesecake or mousse.

The Wedding Meal

Finally, the warming sensation provided by a cup of hot chocolate was always welcome when on the slopes. Wonderful.


Published in: on March 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. Wow. Great photos. I am soooo jealous of you!! I’m always on the hunt for good food. Strangely enough I like most European food. However, French food is not doing it for me.
    The food you had looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    • No probs, it was delicious from start to finish!

  2. The salmon roasting over the fire looks amazing! Was that in Turku? Also a huge fan of bratwurst mit senf! Nice pic from Cologne – really evokes the atmosphere there.


    • That was actually in the wilderness somewhere near the Arctic Circle by the Russian border. We’d just had a reindeer sled ride and tried out tandem skiing so the feast was very much appreciated.

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