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JULY NEWSLETTER

Almost through July and soon entering August, the summer of 2020 has offered unseasonably warm weather in June, both in Hong Kong and Sweden. People have taken the opportunity to enjoy the sun, celebrated midsummer and devoted time with family and friends a little bit extra this summer, in light of a challenging year.

It is always a great idea to spend quality time with family and friends over good food and drinks, however, when we are no longer able to come together as before, we have to look for other alternatives. Zoom or Skype dinners with a little bit of imagination have allowed people to enjoy the best of food and drinks and at the same time adhere to social distancing guidelines. We wish that people can enjoy more of Swedish summer food, therefore, we have selected a few Nordic products that we think will work great to the crayfish party this summer to be enjoyed out in the sun with family and friends!

For this month we are featuring the news that Västerbottens cheese is now available at Feather & Bone in Hong Kong – the very popular cheese with a distinct favour. 

Stay safe and stay healthy and enjoy the rest of the summer!

Cheers, Per


Västerbottensost® has been one of Sweden’s most popular cheeses for centuries, it is a recurring cheese in many recipes and can be used in pies, tarts, pizza and on hard bread. With its distinct flavor and powerful aromatic aroma, Västerbottensost® has proven to be a highly successful concept both in Sweden and worldwide. We are therefore happy to announce that this cheese is now available at Feather & Bone in Hong Kong.
You may find the address to all three locations on their webpage, to read more about about the cheese, visit our webpage READ MORE >


PRODUCT OF THE MONTH

– Tex Mex series from Santa Maria –

Swedish practice of “fredagsmys”, or cosy-Friday, has become something of a mandatory event of the week. The taco kits from Santa Maria are delicious and convenient to fill with different ingredients such as corn, salad, onion and heavily spiced ground beef. To top it up, a mix of chips and nachos, to be eaten straight up or baked in the oven with cheese and toppings such as jalapeños, onions and black olives will satisfy even the picky eater! Everyone gets to have the fun of mixing and matching their tacos with whichever topping they prefer, leaving everyone totally satisfied!

When it comes to dips and sauces, these come in a wide range of flavours and spices to top up the taco. Santa Maria Spice Mix is available in different essences to go with Fajita, Enchiladas, Chicken or Fish Taco. In addition, salsa, green jalapeño and guacamole are other examples of sauces to spice up any Taco, Tortilla or Pizza. Enjoy!


CRAYFISH SEASON STARTINGFROM OUR KITCHEN
Do not forget the accessories to the crayfish party! A real crayfish party is nothing without party hats, gaily coloured paper lanterns and ribbons. Tablecloths and colourful plates are also necessary to get into the right vibe. In other words, the party becomes a little bit more fun when you drink snaps in funny hats in the shapes of cones with colorful print. You may find all your accessories at Sverigeshoppen, stop by and visit us at
Unit 523, 5/F, Star House, No.3 Salisbury Road Tsim Sha Tsui! Let the feast begin!
VISIT SVERIGESHOPPEN’S CRAYFISH WEBSITE>
Impress your party guests with homemade guacamole to go with the Taco – delicious and healthy!
We will provide you with an easy and quick recipe. Gently mash 2 avocados and mix with half a jar of Santa Maria Taco Sauce (hot, medium or mild). Add Santa Maria Dip Mix Guacamole. For extra spice, add 1-2 garlic cloves. Cover the guacamole and let it set for 5-10 minutes. To make the guacamole extra creamy, add 150 ml creme fresh or sour cream.
Enjoy!

ALL YOU NEED TO YOUR CRAYFISH PARTY

August month is synonymous with the crayfish season in Sweden. Every year on the first Wednesday in August, Swedes get together with family or friends to celebrate. However, crayfish parties have become so popular that it is now celebrated throughout the month and many times. It is a unique traditional holiday that occurs over multiple weeks, rather than on a dedicated day. Friends and family come together to look back at summer memories and enjoy the summer’s final heatwave that August brings!

To get into the right feeling, gather your friends, decorate your space with lanterns and ribbons, pour the snaps and indulge in freshly dill-seasoned crayfish.
We don’t think that living abroad should stop you from throwing a traditional crayfish party, therefore, we have collected everything you need for your crayfish party this summer.

First and foremost, the most important ingredient on the table is, of course, crayfish. Feldts Crayfish 1 Kg is cooked in water, crown dill, salt and sugar, for the absolute best taste, let it thaw in the refrigerator for 36-48 hours. You may find Feldts crayfish at Mr Meatball, you can choose to shop directly online and have it delivered to your door or stop by and visit us at 105 Ki Lung Street, Prince Edward. Enjoy! SHOP HERE> 

When it comes to drinks on the table, the classic snaps is a must to the crayfish party! O.P. Anderson Aquavit is one of the oldest Swedish Aquavit brands, established in 1891. This Aquavit is flavoured with caraway, aniseed and fennel, the spices are distilled to capture the flavours and the distillate is matured for eight months in oak barrels. READ MORE HERE>

Add some Västerbottensostpaj (Västerbotten cheese pie) to the table to make the food more filling! Västerbottenost® is served all year-round, but it is especially popular at crayfish parties. You can add different ingredients to your pie, either you keep it sim ple and fill the pie with Västerbotten cheese which adds a very distinct character to the pie or you may add chanterelles and top it up with Kalix Löjrom.

Keep yourself hydrated throughout the evening with Åre Water. Åre Water is a supremium mineral water from Åre and has been given a seal of approval labelled ”Superior”, meaning very low content of nitrates. The landscape and environment in northern Sweden create an ideal place where nature naturally filters the water, producing top quality mineral water.


MR MEATBALL – A NEW SWEDISH STORE IN TOWN

After almost one year of hard work, planning, renovation and purchasing the first store, we have finally opened the doors to Mr Meatball in Prince Edward on 105 Ki Lung Street, 太子,基隆街105號,地下.

Mr Meatball is first and foremost an e-commerce store, that offers the best of Swedish quality food and brands, with a focus on raw materials and ready-made food of the highest quality, including plant-based products, food from the sea and meat products.

With some of the most prominent brands in the Swedish food industry, such as SIA Ice Cream, Gorbys, Aviko, Feldts, Garant, Lindströms, Felix, Eldorado, Dafgards, Frödinge, Guldfågeln, SCAN and Kronfågel, Mr Meatball strives to capture the culinary creativity of the Hong Kong food consumers. VISIT MR MEATBALL’S WEBSITE>


If you require any further information about our brands, please do not hesitate to contact us. Have a lovely summer ahead!

JANUARY NEWSLETTER

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

The Chinese New Year is fast approaching and it is always a great time to spend quality time with family and friends over good food and drinks. We have selected a few Nordic products that we think would work great to put a tasty Nordic twist to your Chinese New Year gathering!

This year is the Year of the Rat and the rat represents great strength, agility and adaptability to getting what needs to be done necessary to accomplish your goals.

One of those goals that should never be compromised is the upkeep of our teeth and oral hygiene. For this month we are featuring another fantastic brand we bring in to Hong Kong – the Humble Brush. Find out how they offer so much more than just keeping you teeth healthy and clean.

Hope you all will enjoy the celebrations, stay healthy and have a wonderful Chinese New Year!

Cheers
Per


CELEBRATE THIS CHINESE YEAR WITH A NORDIC DIFFERENCE

The Chinese New Year is a time where family and close friends usually gather together over delicious meals to mark the end of year and a wonderful start to the new year. Why not mix in some Nordic flavours to make this traditional festival more fun?

Västerbotten Cheese has a well-loved cheese in Europe with its distinctive balance taste of salty, fruity and sour flavours. It is versatile and can be easily served on a platter with aperitifs before the CNY banquet or cooked in some of the festive dishes such as Cheese baked lobsters and Oyster Rockefeller.


Kyrö Koskue is a unique Finnish gin that comes in a dark golden colour. The rye is matured in American white oak casks and fine-tuned with freshly distilled orange peel and black pepper that complement the vanilla from the barrel. Best to enjoy enjoy with plenty of ice and cloudy apple juice, garnished with a slice of apple and fresh vanilla.

No celebrations is done without bubbles! And the Sav Sparkling Reserve 2012 made using Swedish birch sap, first fermented for nine months then on the lees in the bottles for seven years. The bubbles are delicate that has a slight aromatic flavour with hints of birch sap, honey, green banana, citrus peel and macadamia nuts, perfect to be enjoyed with seafood.

The Stockholm Bränneri Pink Gin tastes as good as it looks. The award-winning gin is infused with rose petals and rhubarb that is slightly floral and fruity, but still tastes dry. Perfect to be enjoyed neat on ice or mixed with tonic water for a lovely glass of G&T.

Blossa releases its limited edition bottle of glögg at the end of every year and the 2019 edition drew inspirations from Hawaii. The tropical sweetness derives from passion fruit and hibiscus flower, with a slightly chocolaty vanilla aftertaste. Best enjoyed over a cheese platter and salted almonds.

Hugo & Celine produces complete meals and snacks according to scientific findings of what is best for dogs. Feeding them the right food can allow for significant improvement and cure some of their common health problems! Keeping your pooches health, fit and happy!

Why not add a touch of Tex-Mex to the party this year? Santa Maria offers a crowd-winning range of tacos, sauce, seasonings that quickly helps you prep up a delicious meal. Everyone gets to have the fun of mixing and matching their tacos with whichever topping they prefer, and leaving their palates and stomachs totally satisfied!

Roslags Punsch is liquid gold blended with the finest batavia arrack, plums and acacia honey, it has notes of vanilla and citrus that is dry and not too sweet. Great to be enjoyed after the meal, served chilled with a slice of lime or with coffee.


PRODUCT OF THE MONTH – HUMBLE BRUSH

The Humble Brush may seem like any ordinary toothbrush but it offers much more than just keeping your teeth clean.

The entire concept and range of products have been conceived, designed and manufactured under the guidance and supervision of dentists. The products must be able to perform cleaning effectively, but also to execute social and environmental responsibilities.

It is estimated that more than 3.6 million plastic toothbrushes are consumed every year and most of them would end up in landfills and the oceans.

To try and combat against such gigantic plastic waste problems, the Humble Brush handle has been designed to use 100% biodegradable and sustainably grown bamboo, while the bristles is made of a strong, durable and hygienic synthetic material produced by Dupont that can be separated for recycling at the end of life of the toothbrush.

And in raising the importance of oral health onto a global scale, the Humble Smile Foundation has been setup to deliver professional and sustainable healthcare projects to educate children about oral hygiene in developing countries, which is directly funded by each Humble purchase. Multiple projects are currently underway in countries such as India, Ethiopia, Nepal, Mozambique and Cambodia to name a few.

Their other oral hygiene related products are available in Hong Kong, including natural toothpaste, dental floss, floss picks, chewing gum, cotton swabs and toothbrush stand.

The Humble Brush has recently launched a Pride version, available for purchase soon. Contact us for more details!


FROM OUR KITCHEN

Impress your party guests with some gorgeous sweet and raw goodness that is sugar-free yet packed with antioxidants and minerals!

Berry-Xylitol Berry Chocolate

1 dl cocoa butter
1/2 dl coconut oil
4 tbs Mettä Lingonberry Xylitol
1 dl raw cocoa powder
Dried berries for decorating

1/ Put the cocoa butter, coconut oil and Mettä Lingonberry-Xylitol into a heat resistant bowl. Heat in a water bath over low heat until the mixture has melted and combine. Set aside to cool and mix in the raw cocoa powder.

2/ Pour the mixture into chocolate moulds or a baking tray lined with baking paper. Let cool slightly and decorate with dried berries and Mettä Lingonberry-Xylitol.

3/ Place the chocolate into the fridge to set. Break into bite size pieces before serving. Enjoy!


If you require any further information about our brands, please do not hesitate to contact us. Have a lovely Chinese New Year of the Rat!