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SWEDEN A summer escape with the richest rewards

Sweden’s southern Skåne region is far more than a dramatic backdrop for dark misdeeds in Nordic Noir dramas – chefs in the region have played a key part in shaping contemporary Nordic cuisine. Guy Dimond discovers outstanding cooking and a coffee-and-pastry tradition we’d do well to adopt
BRIDGE OF SIGHS Öresund Bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen

My first impression of Sweden was formed by Summer with Monika, an art-house film by Ingmar Bergman that captures the balmy Swedish summer and long, sun-kissed days and evenings of the Baltic coastline at its best. Discovering Sweden’s dark side, as portrayed in Nordic Noir crime fiction, only fuelled my interest. Novelist Henning Mankell set his Kurt Wallander crime stories in Skåne, the country’s southernmost region. The TV series captures the promontory beautifully, with its rolling countryside and big skies reflected in the surrounding seas. Malmö, Skåne’s capital, is the setting for many a dark deed in Wallander’s tales – and in grisly Scandinavian crime drama series The Bridge.

Tour guide Lena
PHOTOGRAPHS: JONAS NYHAV, ANDERS WIESLANDER, MIRIAM PRIES, BRIAN SWEENEY, CHRISTIAN GUSTAVSSON, DAVID MAGNUSSON, GUY DIMOND, SUSAN LOW

Malmö is a quick commute from Denmark, just half an hour across the bridge in question, Öresund; flying into Copenhagen Airport, then taking a train over the road and rail bridge, is the easiest way to get there. I’ve made the crossing several times and I'm pleased to say I've yet to come across a dead body.

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The August issue of delicious. is bursting with summer goodness: find three beautiful burgers (one’s vegetarian), a dreamy menu from Provence, the best tomato recipes, favourite seaside dishes re-invented and the hottest (and coolest) puds. Dan Doherty tries out his brunch recipes, Francesco Mazzei and José Pizarro create a feast with their chef friends and Meera Sodha cooks lighter vegetarian meals. We’ve also squeezed in Allan Pickett’s duck rillettes, an array of speedy midweek meals and much more…
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