Hi there! I’m Denise, and I’d like to tell you a bit about how this blog came about. Here’s how it happened: I recently moved from the U.S. (Boston, MA) to Copenhagen, Denmark. It was an unexpected move, to say the least.
It all started last year, when I fell in love with a fighter pilot. Shortly afterwards, he got sent to Copenhagen, Denmark on a diplomatic assignment. Oh, the tears! He proposed a few months later during one of my visits to Denmark. More tears—but the good kind! A couple of months later, he traveled to the U.S. and we got married by the Justice of the Peace.
Months later, after a mountain of paperwork and endless logistical hoops to jump through, I moved to Denmark where we were recently married in a church. Finally, we‘re together! Now I’m joining him with our diplomatic duties and am adjusting to life in a new country. It was quite a year and things are just getting started.
Copenhagen is a beautiful city and we have a nice apartment here. I’ve heard that the happiest people in the world live in Denmark. Now that I’m here, I can see how that might be true. Perhaps it’s the beautiful summers or the fact that Danes seem to have the work/life balance thing figured out. That’s one big difference between the U.S. and Denmark that I observed right away.
Other things are different, too: the pace, the language, the culture, the currency, the transportation, the food shopping, and the swarms of bikers with their own bike lanes – the bikes even have their own traffic lights! While things are different, what remains the same is that I’m still cooking and baking up a storm, which is what I love to do. Food availability is different here and food shopping is different, but that’s ok. Variety is the spice of life!
We have a small refrigerator, a tiny freezer, an odd kitchen layout, and my American Vitamix (blender on steroids) running on a transformer to make it work on European electricity. My current Danish vocabulary includes only a few food words. I can be found in the aisles of our small, local food markets Google translating everything, including how to spell “blueberries”, so I don’t come home with black currants instead.
I created this blog to share my very own gluten free, dairy-free, and corn-free recipes as well as my life experiences here. You can read all about why I cook gluten-free, dairy-free, and corn-free in the “About” section along with some other things about me, my thoughts on food and ingredients, and more about our diplomatic responsibilities. There’s never a dull moment and I’m looking forward to sharing the moments and the food with you!
Who is the Sulten Skat?
Sulten (Danish adjective) hungry
Skat (Danish noun) sweetheart, special treasure
My husband calls me “Skat” which is a term of endearment in Denmark, meaning “sweetheart” or “treasure”. When I’m hungry (which is often), he calls me “Sulten Skat”. I’m usually talking about food, making food or eating food.
“Skat” can also be translated as “tax”. However, I don’t think he would have married me if he thought of me as a tax. Although, I became a CPA a few years after college and quickly realized it wasn’t for me! I like to calculate things like gluten free flour ratios. That’s the extent of my counting now.