When we first arrived in Denmark, we were completely shocked by the limited selection of products at the local grocery store. There is no Loblaw's, Superstore, or Costco in Denmark. Instead, there are dozens of small stores (about the size of a Canadian convenience store). In our local Netto, there are four aisles, as well as a small cooler section, and some fruits and vegetables.
On our first shopping trip, we noticed the lack of peanut butter. There was also no frozen juice, pasta sauce, tortillas, or beans. We were unable to make many of our regular recipes. We went into almost every grocery store we passed, hoping to find these "staples.”
Our menu soon adapted to the limited choices. And, after much searching, we would eventually find the ingredient we were looking for, in one Copenhagen's many small, ethnic grocery stores. (When we found peanut butter, we bought 15 jars).
Still, Marieke will not be satisfied until we can make every meal we could back in Canada. Every time we head for Copenhagen, she has a new list of "common" ingredients we need to find. So far, we have found: garam masala, bok choy, balsamic vinegar, sesame oil, tahini, wasabi powder, coriander, tempeh, tofu, miso, poppy seeds, black beans, chick peas, rhubarb, whole wheat flower, real maple syrup (Canada no. 1, medium), rice noodles and basmati rice.