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The Danish Girl with Sildesalat

The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl

The Movie: The Danish Girl

A beautiful and poignant film, based on the true story of Lili Elbe, an artist in the early 1900’s and the first person to undergo transgender surgery, a revolutionary procedure in that age. There is no doubt – it is a love story, with incredibly tender moments, superbly acted by its stars, Eddie Redmayne (Einer and Lili) and Alicia Vikander (Gerda), who are husband and wife until a model fails to turn up for a sitting.

Sexually liberated Gerda, persuades husband Einar (Redmayne) to dress as a woman and sit for her. The scenes between the two are magic – the backdrop of their apartment is stunning as the slow but sexual tension and discovery begins to happen. Slowly but surely, both of their inner souls are revealed – Einar becomes awakened as a woman and realises that this had been latent for a long time, whilst Gerda seems to take this transformation in her stride.

The paper hankies need to be out when watching this film, which is absorbing as the characters unravel.

Available on: YouTube, and Netflix (DVD only)



The Menu: Sildesalat

Smoked herring, boiled potatoes, beets, and mustard make a refreshing salad. Serve on dark rye as part of a Danish-style smørrebrød platter with crisp gherkins.

Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 very large or 2 medium sized potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 8oz smoked herring, finely chopped
  • 6oz boiled beets, finely chopped
  • 1tbsp good quality mayonnaise
  • 2tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Boil potatoes until tender, approximately 15 minutes (do not let them overcook).
  2. Drain and leave to cool. Finely chop and then tip into a large bowl, along with herring, beets, onion, salt, and pepper.
  3. Mix together the mayo and mustard in a bowl. Spoon onto the salad mix and toss around so that all the ingredients are combined.
  4. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

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