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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