The Cinnamon Bun Day 2016 – Where to buy Cinnamon buns in London!

by Scandinavian mum

Freshly baked cinnamon buns
The official Cinnamon Bun Day is fast approaching and we thought we’d share where you can get hold of your sticky and oh’so delicious treats in London! We will be celebrating the cinnamon roll on Tuesday 4th of October, so make sure you check out our top ten list of delicious cinnamon buns in London.
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Easy recipe for tasty gluten free flatbread by Nordic Bakery

by Scandinavian mum

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Dating back to the Vikings, flatbread is a Nordic speciality, with recipes being handed down through generations. It comes in different variations and is best enjoyed alongside soups, stews or cured meat. The gluten free flatbread recipe from Miisa Mink (co-owner and Nordic Bakery Cookbook author) is straightforward and very tasty! Read more

Family Activities for Half Term in London – Scandinavian Style

by Scandinavian mum

Half Term is only a couple of weeks away and we’ve gathered a few ideas on activities, Scandinavian Style of course!

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Visit your nearest London City Farm
Bring the countryside to the city! Head down to one of London’s city farms and say hello to the animals and experience a slice of rural life without having to leave London.
As well as farmyard animals, many city farms offer gardens, children’s play areas and a farm shop where you can pick up fresh farm produce.
When: Check your nearest City Farm opening and animal feeding times here

Writing Hut talks at the Roald Dahl Museum
81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0AL
Roald Dahl wrote all of his children’s stories in a writing hut build in his garden. Now this is your chance! For all ages: head to our replica of Roald Dahl’s Writing Hut in the Story Centre to learn about Roald Dahl’s writing routine and some of the quirky objects he kept near his special writing chair. The event is free for Museum visitors.
When: Monday 29 to Wednesday 31 October, 11am, 1pm and 3pm each day.

Swedish Fika in the UK at Nordic Bakery London
Nordic Bakery Soho, 14a Golden Square, London W1F 9JG
Fika is a Swedish word that means to have a coffee and cake break. Why not take the family and go fika during half term? Nordic Bakery is a cozy Scandinavian-style café right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of London. Try their open rye bread sandwiches, hearty cinnamon buns and freshly baked cakes, served with coffee or hot chocolate! PS Did you know that Sweden has a National Cinnamon Bun day?
When: Mon – Fri 8am – 8pm Sat 9am – 7pm Sun 10am – 7pm

Family fun i fresh air, Country Walk near London
Dress practical with thermals and waterproofs. Bring packed lunch and a hot drink and take your family out for a day in fresh air and beautiful surroundings.
There are a variety of walks to choose from. We recommend the Time Out Book of Country Walks Volume 1 containing 53 walks near London.
When: The Countryside is open all days!

Discover the Northern Light through photography Halsnøy Tales
Great Eastern Bear Gallery, 8A Great Eastern Street , London EC2A 3NT
The magic of the Northern lights, the marks of the rain, the wind constantly battering the land. This is what fine art photographer Brijesh Patel recalls from his time as an artist in residence at the Halsnøy island in Norway, 2011. Lost in the vast fjords of southern Norway, the tiny island of Halsnoy is crisscrossed by slim roads and dirt tracks. The show is part of the East London Photo Month festival.
When: 18 to 28 October 2012 Thursday 3-9 pm Friday/Saturday/Sunday 11-6 pm

Outdoor fun with Ice Skating in London at the Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD
The stunning Natural History Museum provides the backdrop for this 1,000-metre-square outdoor ice rink, featuring a Christmas tree at its centre, and a smaller separate rink for young children. With a rinkside fairground carousel, a balcony café bar serving hot chocolate and the surrounding trees decked with thousands of fairy lights this is a unique festive family night out.
Tickets: Adult £13.50 Children £9 Family £38 (off-peak £11.50/£8/£31)
When: From Friday 2 November

Most of all, leave a day or two without any planned activity. It’s good for the children to have some down time as well and perhaps only play in and around the house and at the playground nearby. And on the grey days during Half Term we’ve made a list of ideas on What to do with kids on a rainy day.

If you have any excellent ideas on Half Term fun activities, why not share it by leaving a comment on this post!

Nordic bakery cookbook

by Scandinavian mum

The London based cafe Nordic Bakery opened in Soho 2007 and rapidly became popular for its delicious rye breads and sandwiches, cakes and excellent coffee. It provides a heaven of peace in the middle of the busy capital.
They’ve also opened up a Marylebone Branch since then. We love visiting the Nordic Bakery and was very pleased when we discovered the cookbook from Nordic bakery in our local bookshop. Bread, buns, biscuits, sweet and savoury tarts, cakes.
Their famous cinnamon buns is a reason good enough to get this book!
This cookbook, published April 2011, is excellent present for anyone who is interested in honest baking and sweet treats. The author Miisa Mink is Finnish, and the book do have a Finnish take on the various recipes. Nevertheless this is the book to buy as a present, to friends or why not -yourself. Remember children often loves baking (and messing about with flour) and this book will probably inspire you to cook with children. Get it in your local bookshop or online at Amazon.co.uk


We just bought it yesterday, as Little A’s teaching assistant is leaving school after 10 years of hard work. She’s one of the most kind and caring teachers both girls have had in school. And when Little A told me that she loved to bake bread, what better present to give her from the two Little Scandinavians than a Nordic Bakery cookbook?