Need An Excuse To Throw A Summer Party? Here's A Very Good One

28 July 2014 by

GALLERY: 8 RULES FOR THROWING A CRAYFISH PARTY

1. COOK UP SOME CRAYFISH

Crayfish 1kg box, £12.95 at [a target="_blank" href="http://www.ocado.com/webshop/product/Pandalus-Crayfish-in-Dill-Brine/97800011?from=search&tags&param=crayfish&parentContainer=SEARCHcrayfish_SHELFVIEW">Ocado[/a]

2. WEAR A BIB

Bibs £2.25 for 4 at [a target="_blank" href="http://www.scandikitchen.co.uk/?product=hedlund-krafthaklapp-4-pack">Scandi kitchen[/a]

3. CUT TO THE CHASE

Crayfish knives set of 4 by Hackman £19 at [a target="_blank" href="http://www.skandium.com/what-s-new/crayfish-knives">Skandium[/a]

4. WIPE THOSE HANDS

Napkins £2.95 for 20 at [a target="_blank" href="http://www.scandikitchen.co.uk/?product=hedlund-kraftservietter-20-pack">Scandi Kitchen[/a]

5. BUY THE BOOK

Scandilicious by Signe Johansen has all the Scandinavian recipes you could need from Crayfish soup to Valhalla brownies. Delish!

£20 from [a target="_blank" href="http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/signe+johansen/secrets+of+scandinavian+cooking+-/7982455/">Waterstones[/a].

6. SERVE UP SOME SIDES

Tasty side dishes from [a target="_blank" href="http://www.scandikitchen.co.uk/?product_cat=fresh&showall=1">Scandi Kitchen [/a]starting from £1.95.

7. SAY SKOL!

Aquavit from [a target="_blank" href="http://www.scandikitchen.co.uk/?orderby=price&product_cat=aquavit-spirits-and-liqueurs&showall=1">Skandi Kitchen[/a] starting at £28.50.

8. PUT A LID ON IT

Hats £2.25 for 4 at [a target="_blank" href="http://www.scandikitchen.co.uk/?product=hedlund-krafthattar-4-pack">Scandi Kitchen.[/a]

So how are you celebrating Kräftskiva this summer? The crayfish party ('Kräftskiva' in Swedish) is an age old tradition marking the end of the Summer, and one that all scandinavians love to celebrate. Basically it's an excuse to have a humdinger of a party, which is maybe the reason why it seems to be gaining popularity in the UK, with establishments such as Ikea even starting to sell crayfish party packs and hold parties in their restaurants around the country. Commonly held in the month of August Kräftskiva is a good excuse to enjoy some choice crustaceans and lots (and lots) of liquor. Crayfish are usually accompanied by Västerbotten cheese, Knäckebröd (crispbreads) and Rodbetssallad (beetroot salad). All of this is washed down with lashings of beer and some glasses of Aquavit, an alcoholic scandinavian shot, with a few songs being sung along the way. Kitsch paper hats, paper tablecloths and bibs are regulation attire.


Two people who know how to throw the best crayfish party in town are Bronte (Danish) and her husband Jonas (Swedish) above. In 2006, having found no foodie treats from their home countries, they opened London's first Scandinavian Deli called the Scandi Kitchen just off Oxford Street. Scandi Kitchen is now one of the UK’s leading Scandinavian food outlets, providing freshly made food and groceries from Scandinavia. Jonas tells us, 'Aquavit, the traditional Scandinavian liquor, is made from distilled grains and often flavoured with caraway, dill and fennel – this of course makes it a fine match for pickled, cured or otherwise salty seafood. Crayfish cooked with dill in a salty brine is no exception. Like other nations, Swedes and Finns struggle to drink in moderation when given the opportunity not to (same goes for skinny dipping) - and Swedes especially struggle to drink without singing!' With August fast approaching we caught up with Bronte and Jonas for their 8 rules on how to throw a cracking crustacean party.....scandi-style.

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