Noma: No wonder it’s the best in the world

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It’s been on my bucket list for some time and last night, as a surprise birthday present from my husband, I found myself there. Noma was everything I’d hoped for and more.

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Beef tartar and ANTS

22 delectable, and at times strange, courses and some interesting wines to boot. The dishes included ants and beef tartar, caramelised milk and monkfish liver, white cabbage and samphire and two completely whole ducks (to feed the six of us).

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Squid and broccoli, fennel and parsley

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Smoked and pickled quail egg

Now I know what many of you will be thinking – this Nordic cuisine is not to your taste. And it’s true that eating some of these dishes took courage and a lot of trust. I admit I wasn’t so keen on the sea urchin with duck but everything else, including the ants, was delicious.

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Shrimp and nasturtium, radish and yeast

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Potato and plum

The staff were also fantastic – attentive, knowledgeable and very patient with a group of Brits who’d never tried anything like it before. They even gave me a signed copy of the menu as well as a rather unusual cake that tasted like chocolate but wasn’t made of chocolate. No wonder this restaurant has two michelin stars (although I’m still unsure why it hasn’t been granted a third) and has yet again been voted the best in the world.

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Cutting my chocolate cakes without the chocolate.

So would I go again? Absolutely – as long as someone else picked up the bill. This is an expensive evening but I can honestly say it was worth every penny.

 

We Will Remember Them

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The British Ambassador unveiling the memorial plaque

Attending a Remembrance Sunday service in the UK is always something my family and I like to do. And so we were very grateful to be able to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, at a church in Copenhagen.

Britons, Danes, and numerous other nationalities including ambassadors, packed into Saint Alban’s this morning, the Anglican Church at Churchillparken in Denmark’s capital. It was a beautiful and poignant service as we remembered the 16 million people killed in the Great War and the 20 million wounded.

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Outside Saint Alban’s Church, Copenhagen

After the service, a memorial plaque was unveiled in Churchillparken by the British Ambassador. It’s in honour of the 175 men, from 11 countries, who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery in the war. Among those who received Britain’s highest award for valour were two Danes.

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My son outside Saint Alban’s

It may all seem a long time ago. But as British troops finally leave Afghanistan and other soldiers find themselves back in Iraq, the dangers of conflict never seem far away. Today was a day to remember – and to say thank you to all those who’ve given their lives for our freedom.