There’s serious emphasis on eating healthily and sustainably these days, and it’s certainly something to bear in mind when considering the menus for your next event. But what kind of cuisine should you go for if you want to impress people at the same time as providing healthy culinary fare?
Talk to your Windsor catering company about Nordic cuisine and see what they have to say in this regard. This is not entirely dissimilar to the Mediterranean diet, which often hits the headlines thanks to how healthy it is considered to be, full of plant-based food and lean protein like chicken and fish.
A Nordic diet consists of plant-based food as well, but with lots of fatty fish like salmon and herring, as well as root veggies like carrots and potatoes, berries, wholegrains, legumes, nuts and low-fat dairy. You’ll also need to steer clear of foods high in fat like bacon or sausage.
There is one key difference between the Nordic and Mediterranean diets, however, and that’s the kind of oil that is used. A Mediterranean diet stresses the importance of extra-virgin olive oil, whereas Nordic dishes are prepared using canola oil (or rapeseed oil).
Canola oil has high levels of unsaturated fats and low levels of saturated fatty acids, so could be a good substitute for whatever you use at the moment. It can also help to keep your cholesterol levels under control, compared to people following a Western diet which is typically higher in saturated fatty acids.
The good news is that if you’re keen to follow this kind of diet, it shouldn’t be particularly difficult to make the necessary lifestyle changes. Stock the fridge with the likes of beetroot, parsnip, carrot, turnip, seasonal fruits and berries, spinach, kale, broccoli and so on, as wel as nuts, eggs, fish, seeds, legumes, oats, wheat and barley.
Your breakfast, for example, could be something like oatmeal or porridge chock full of apples and walnuts, strawberries, blueberries and so on. And for lunch you could dine out on salmon with lentils and some asparagus.
But what about for your next event? We love the sound of klippfisk soup, a hearty dish that features salt cod soaked for 24 hours, rosemary, leek, onion, carrot, garlic, soured cream and milk.
Or what about something like seared salmon and creamed barley, savoy cabbage and horseradish? This is a Nordic-inspired barley risotto that comes topped with yummy pickled onions, cabbage and seared salmon – sure to impress friends, family and other guests at your next event, no matter what it is.
And for pudding, what about something like almond rice pudding with cherry compote, a traditional Scandinavian recipe that you often enjoy around Christmas time. And with the festive season really not that far away, this could be the perfect addition to any yuletide menu.