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Editor’s note! It’s that time of the year again! Hurrah! For the 2013 edition of Nordic Design’s Christmas magazine, I’ve gathered for you loads of inspiring ideas and collected them all in about 80 pages of holiday goodness. You will discover dozens of gifts ideas, décor inspiration, advent calendars, gift-wrapping, and much more! This year, I’ve reached out to Soffía Theódóra from Nordic Style Magazine to collaborate on an eight-page fashion spread for you to find a festive outfit this season. In the food section, Daytona Strong from Outside Oslo celebrates family traditions, as well as one of her Norwegian grandmother’s recipes. You’ll also be tempted to try two classic Finnish recipes from Maria Laitinen from Scandi Home, a Scandinavian glogg, and the delicious salmon sauce created by the grandmother of Swedish architect Johan Oscarson. How nice is that? I’m pretty enthusiastic about this year’s Christmas magazine, and I hope you’ll like it as much as I do! I wish you lots of love, joy and peace in the coming weeks. Enjoy the good times, great food, and the precious company of your treasured friends and family.   Cheers!

Catherine Lazure-Guinard Founder and Editor in Chief catherine@nordicdesign.ca

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Contributors! Soffía Theódóra!

Nordicstylemag.com Soffía Theódóra has a masters degree in business and strategic management and studied fashion merchandising management at FIT, New York. She loves fashion, traveling, learning new things and working on her magazine. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the free online magazine Nordic Style Magazine, which focuses on introducing Nordic talents within fashion, design and culture to the global market. See her feature on p.

Daytona Strong! Outside-oslo.com

Daytona Strong is a freelance food writer who specializes in Scandinavian cooking. She is the voice of Outside Oslo, a blog exploring her Norwegian heritage and love of great food. See her feature on p.

Maria Laitinen!

Scandifoodie.blogspot.ca

Maria is originally from Lapland, Finland, but has been living in Sydney, Australia since 2005. Her food philosophy is heavily influenced by her Scandinavian background and she specialises in healthy, feel-good food. Don’t miss her blog Scandi Home. See her feature on p.

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Content! Gifts ideas… For her For him For kids

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The Christmas of… Kristina Krogh Trine Andersen Richard Lindvall Holly from Huset Deepfling

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Décor inspiration… Winter whites Neon Black & white Natural simplicity

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Catherine’s holiday decorations

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Celebrate with… Advent wreaths Another kind of tree Advent calendars

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Gift wrapping inspiration

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What to wear… Glamorous outfits for her Chic holiday styles for him Festive outfits for kids Cute looks for babies

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Delicious traditional recipes... Norwegian cookies Finnish prune tarts Cranberry toffee Scandinavian glogg Gravlax sauce

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Knot print, 50x70 cm, on 190 g. textured Hahnem端hle art paper. Limited edition of 200. Signed and numbered by Kristina Krogh.

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 3illow with plywood print, How Are You * 2. The More The Merrier candleholder, Muuto * 3. Frangrance, Byredo * 4. Espresso cup and saucer, Georg Jensen * 5. Notebook, Base212 * 6. Wooden puffin, Kay Bojesen * 7. Laptop bag, Nic & Mel * 8. On The Rocks tumbler, Orrefors * 9. Cufflinks, Skultuna 10. Copenhagen poster, Jacob Sneum * 11. V-Solid Wool scarf, Becksöndergaard * 12. Shelf system, String * 13.Arezzo uomo bracelet, Sif Jacobs * 14. LOOP cushion, FURNid * 15. Straight Twill blanket, Tina Ratzer * 16. Friluft Forest 35 bag, Fjäll Räven * 17. Flip Around Table, 0HQX * 18. Office tools, Thomas Wagner * 19. Storage unit, Normann Copenhagen * 20. Kin tea light holders, CKR for Skultuna * 21. Lamp, Iittala

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Playtype x MISMO 15� laptop cover made of durable PVC material in army/black. Cotton lined. Pocket inside. Leather strap. High quality zipper. Typed in The Wave Demi Bold.

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1. Marble tray, HAY * 2. Elevated vase, Thomas Bentzen for Muuto * 3. Flower pot lamp VP4, Verner Panton * 4. Eppu backpack, Marimekko * 5. Koppel 417 chrono watch, Georg Jensen * 6. Boreal Forest scented candle, Skandinavisk * 7. Copper bowl with marble lid, Base212 * 8. Reindeer hide, Black Sheep White Light * 9. No 8 Chair, Sibast * 10. Patches and Solid pillows, Georg Jensen * 11. Bunad Blanket, Andreas Engesvik * 12. Laundry basket, Vipp * 13. Grow mini greenhouse, Design House Stockholm * 14. Rings Aalto jakkara 60 stool, Artek * 15. Hortus glass pot, Svenskt Tenn * 16. Gloves, Maya * 17. Scented candle, Byredo * 18. Weather Diary salad platter, Marimekko * 19.Bestlite desk lamp, Gubi * 20. Pillow, Place de Bleu * 21. Painting, Bjørn Agertved Nordic Design Christmas 2013 | 20


Re-Turned bird collection by Lars Beller Fjetland for Discipline. Made from 100% recycled wood.

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The ! Christmas of…!


The Christmas of !

Kristina Krogh! Kristina Krogh is a talented Danish graphic designer and artist based in Copenhagen. She makes beautiful posters, and she recently collaborated with ferm LIVING. She loves geometrics, and contrasts in colors and textures. Q: How do you usually celebrate the holiday season? A: I celebrate it with my family in my hometown. For me Christmas is one of the best times of the year. Christmas is all about being with the people you love, having a great time, eating a lot of great food, relaxing under a warm blanket and fill the living room with a lot of candles. It’s the time of year where I actually love the weather to be cold and dark. Q: What does the perfect Christmas tree looks like? A: It’s a big compact tree with a lot of memories on. Memories from my childhood with my sister, my parents and my grandparents. Christmas decorations we have made together and which are over two decades old. It doesn’t matter if the things and decorations are old or damaged (caused by the life of 20-30 years in a box up in the attic) or a little weird - because the memories hides in these little things. Every year at Christmas Eve, my mom, sister and I decorate our Christmas tree. We think we haven't missed a single year without decorating our tree together. In fact I would be quite disappointed if my mom had decorated it without me or my sister. Yes. We care a lot about Christmas and our family traditions. Q: Which song(s) is guaranteed to be on the playlist during the Holidays? A: “Driving Home For Christmas” by Chris Rea. My dad loves this song and it reminds me of him. My family lives about 70 miles from Copenhagen and this song is always playing very loud in our car on our way home for Christmas.

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Q: How do you like to decorate your home at Christmas? A: I like to keep it simple and with things from the nature that smells good. Christmas has its own scent, which is a mixture of all kinds of things that I associate with Christmas. The scent of Christmas for me is cinnamon, fresh fir tree, pine cones, cloves and oranges. My home is simple decorated, but I think it would be slightly more decorated if we had children. I remember how fascinating I think our home was at Christmas and how excited I was when my mom picked down the Christmas boxes from the attic every year in December. Q: What is your favorite Christmas memory or tradition? A: Every year in the beginning of December my mom, sister and I bake a whole bunch of traditionally Danish Christmas cookies to the sound of an old mixed tape with old Christmas songs. Something just don’t change and I love that.

Christmas is all about being with the people you love, having a great time, eating a lot of great food, relaxing under a warm blanket and fill the living room with a lot of candles.

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…and her wish list! Earrings Maria Black Table Egon Eiermann

Bestlite BL2 desk lamp! Gubi

Long knitted cardigan! Acne

Freddie bag! Ally Capellino

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Trine Andersen! Trine Andersen is the creative mind behind the Danish brand ferm LIVING. Her home décor collection is fun, clever, modern and often with graphic and bold patterns. Q: How do you usually celebrate the holiday season?% A: We decorate our home in beginning of December and we bake Christmas cakes and other goodies – sometimes we arrange a Sunday together with our neighbors where we make homemade paper decorations and candles. Also we love to go to markets – both at creative craft markets, but also to go and have a look at the beautiful Christmas decoration in TIVOLI. The weekends in December are often quite busy – we love to go to to the theatre, to ice skate or to spend a weekend in the summer house with the fireplace, tea and blankets. We normally spend Christmas eve at my or my husband’s parent’s house. We celebrate Christmas on the evening of the 24th. For dinner we eat the traditional duck roast, and when it is put in the oven, we all go to church. For dessert we have “risalamande” – also a traditional Danish rice porridge pudding. When we are done with the dinner, we are singing and dancing around the Christmas tree, we spend a couple of hours opening gifts and drinking coffee before we go to bed. The rest of the Christmas days we visit family and friends – it all includes a lot of eating and drinking! Q: What does the perfect Christmas tree looks like?% A: To me the perfect Christmas tree is the imperfect one. I like it when it is unbalanced, long and lanky and not looking as if produced in a factory, but shaped by wind and weather. The last years we have had cedars (like in our catalog) - but at home with my parents, it is "plain" nice, neat and traditional tree called “Norman fir”. Q: Which song(s) is guaranteed to be on the playlist during the Holidays?% A: I prefer old Christmas classics as for example the Nat King Coles Christmas Album and White Christmas by Bing Crosby 27 | Nordic Design Christmas 2013

Q: What is your favorite Christmas memory or tradition?% A: My parents have a couple of fields with Norman firs – and a few days before Christmas we all go and pick out the Christmas tree. I always cross my fingers for snow so we can bring a sledge. Q: How do you like to decorate your home at Christmas?% A: On the first of December we put up a calendar (see p. 56). There is small gifts for each day until Christmas eve. It is much easier to get my son August out of bed in December due to these small gifts J We have a tradition with an advent wreath where we light a candle every Sunday for advent – but we of course use use our candleholder sting (see p. 48). In general we use a lot of candles during the Christmas months. We have a quite calm and Scandinavian look for our Christmas decoration and do not use a lot of red, Santa Clauses, gold or glitter. It is mostly kept in black, white and soft pastels and, of course, some of the cute and more colorful things August brings home from kindergarten.   I like to make small arrangements of objects and vases with branches and fir twigs decorated with Christmas ornaments – and a mistletoe is obligatory…


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‘Cave’ ring Georg Jensen

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The Christmas of !

Richard Lindvall! With a passion for everything creative, Swede Richard Lindvall designs furniture and interiors, and he is also a great photographer and graphic designer. We love his work for some of the trendiest restaurants and bars in Stockholm; Nazdrowje, Museet and Snickarbacken 7, among others. Q: How do you usually celebrate the holiday season?% A: During my childhood Christmas looked more or less the same every year. Traditional Swedish Christmas food, dancing around the Christmas tree and unwrapping gifts in the evening. Nowadays I try to do something different every Christmas, last year I celebrated with my girlfriend eating a lot of seafood, and this year we are going to Mexico. Sweden is very beautiful during the winter, but it can also be quite cold. Q: How do you like to decorate your home at Christmas?% A: Since we do not have a natural place for a Christmas tree, we instead hang a large branch in the ceiling which we decorate with Christmas baubles. To get the typical Christmas scent we put pine branches in a vase, and in every window we hang large white Christmas stars.  Q: Which song(s) is guaranteed to be on the playlist during the Holidays?% A: For Christmas I prefer older music such as Ella Fitzgerald and other relaxing jazz tones.

Q: What is your favorite Christmas memory or tradition?% A: My family has a beautiful country house outside Stockholm from the 1600's. Every year the day before Christmas Eve they invite all relatives to have homemade Christmas porridge. The traditional Swedish environment with open fireplaces and historical atmosphere makes this a nice break from the more commercial side of Christmas. Another fond memory is when my mother and I prepared the house for Christmas. It was nearly a sacred moment which we both took very seriously and my mother is one reason that I work with interior design today. 

like rich, dark Christmas trees with a lot of white “ I baubles in it. I do not over decorate. Less is more!

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…and his wish list! Boots Hunter

Demi light Desgign House Stockholm

Leather laptop case Tigerklo

Salt & Pepper mills Peugeot

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Holly from Huset! Holly is the founder and owner of Huset, a one-stop shop for the best of modern Scandinavian design. She loves travelling to the Nordic countries and finding unique products to add to her store. Here, she shares a few of her family holiday traditions and wish list for this Christmas! Q: How do you usually celebrate the holiday season?" A: Christmas is really the highlight of the year for our family. It’s about being with the people that really matter to you, relaxing and enjoying both the company and the food. It’s a culmination of sights, sounds, smells and tastes that can only be experienced during the Christmas holiday. We have a lot of family and friends from Sweden that usually make the trip to California to stay with us for the holidays, so our house is always full of great conversations, laughter and love at that time of the year - Nothing could be better! Q: How do you like to decorate your home at Christmas?" A: There is something really wonderful about bringing out all the decoration boxes at Christmas. Traditional Swedish Christmas decorations is a favorite at our home, and I like a great blend of nostalgic and modern touches. And it is very heartwarming to see my children’s additions to our collection scattered throughout the house, you see that only during the holidays! And even though we live in California, we use a lot of candles to make the feeling very “mysigt” (cozy). Q: Which song(s) is guaranteed to be on your playlist? " A: Everything from Otis Redding’s Merry Christmas Baby, to Coldplay’s Christmas Lights, with everything in between. For our family, it’s more about the festive feeling these songs give and the ones we can sing along at the top of our voices that really matter!

Q: What is your favorite Christmas memory or tradition?" A: Without a doubt, it’s the night we decorate the tree. The anticipation the kids have when we put out all the boxes with the tree decorations… We play both traditional and contemporary Christmas music, we dance, we sing, we laugh - It’s the perfect moment of togetherness. We have Scandinavian Glögg simmering on the stove top and, even if it’s not a chilly night in L.A., we will light a fire in the fireplace! Q: How does the perfect Christmas tree looks like?" A: I love a tree that touches the ceiling of our living room! I love white twinkle lights and, as I’m a little bit of a sentimentalist, our tree is filled with items that are from my childhood or my husband’s, as well as our children’s additions. In the 13 years together, we’ve collected quite a collection of memories for our tree. We do however like to buy one special new ornament (or two) for our tree each year, something to remind us of the year we’ve shared.

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DĂŠcor ! & celebrations !


DĂŠcor inspiration!

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1. Facet votive, Tine K Home * 2. Straight Twill blanket, Tina Ratzer * 3. Gran Pillow, Fine Little Day * 4. Door mat, Bloomingville * 5. Metallic garland, Tine K Home * 6. Oversized sock, by nord * 7. Cones stuffed ornaments, ferm LIVING * 8. Decorative wooden houses, Bloomingville * 9. Christmas star in felt wool, Pia Wallen * 10. Reindeer hide, Black Sheep White Light * 11. Pom Pom, Bloomingville * 12. Teema mug, Iittala * 13. Star tree topper, Stjernestunder.dk * 14. Danish flag, set of 6, Maileg * 15. Maribowl in grey, Iittala * 16. Vintage marquee lights, House Doctor * 17. Pine cone wreath, House Doctor * 18. Handmade wooden tree, House Doctor * 19. Cassis candle, Byredo * 20. Pine cone & acorn ornaments, by nord

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Celebrate with!

Advent wreaths!

This traditional centerpieces apparently originated in Scandinavia. During the shortest days of the year, people lighted candles on a wheel and prayed to the god of light that he would turn the wheel of the earth’s orbit to the sun again and lengthen the days. Today, an advent wreath mostly sets the mood: One candle is lit each Sunday before Christmas, as a countdown to the celebrations. Here’s a selection of contemporary candleholders you could decorate with pine cones, branches of evergreen, baubles and other ornaments to create a festive advent wreath.

Glow Maria Bernsten for Georg Jensen

Kubus By Lassen

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Gloria Norway Says for Muuto

Allas Andreas Engesvik for Iittala

Ribbons Alken & Bengtsson for Georg Jensen

Karen Blixen Rosendahl

String Ferm LIVING

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Advent calendars!

This holiday tradition is a fun way to celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas, and it is a great DIY project! As you’ll see in the following examples, all you need is a bundle of bags, boxes or cardboard, 24 small gifts, toys, chocolates, candies or pictures, and some creativity!

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Earrings! Maria Black

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Mask! H&M

Lipstick! Gosh

Purse! Hunkydory

Dress! Freebird Dress! Julie Brandt

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What to wear!

Chic holiday styles! By Soffía Theódóra Tryggvadóttir from Nordic Style Magazine Sweater! Bruuns Bazaar

Coat! Acne!

Cufflinks! Marlín Birna

Shirt! Bruun & Stengade! Belt! SAND!

Shoes! Jack & Jones!

Watch! Triwa!

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Blazer! Tiger of Sweden

Scarf! Farmers market Shirt! Tiger of Sweden Pants! Filippa K Belt! Hope

Shoes! Royal Republiq

Watch! Bruvik

Socks Filippa K

Bow tie! Amanda Christensen

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What to wear!

Festive outfits for kids!

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Cardigan Little Pieces

Stockings MINI A TURE

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Shirt Wheat Sweater Didriksons

Bow tie Mini Rodini Sneakers ECCO

Khakis Lindex

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What to wear!

Cute looks for babies! By Soffía Theódóra Tryggvadóttir from Nordic Style Magazine

Dress Ígló & Indí

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Mittens! Noa Noa Baby

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Delicious ! traditional ! recipes!

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Tried & true traditions!

Delicious recipes!

By Daytona Strong from Outside Oslo

Give your kitchen a cozy touch this holiday season with recipes that go back generations! With all the innovations happening in the world of food today, the Christmas holiday brings with it a yearning for something close, something familiar. And what’s better than a grandmother’s recipe? In this food section, we’re celebrating the family recipes and traditions that have stood the test of time and embracing all the festivity and warmth that come along with them. Here are a few ideas for you as you plan your own Nordicinspired Christmas celebrations.

A Kitchen Tradition: Syv Slags, or Seven Sorts of Christmas Cookies I love the traditions that come along with this time of year. Sipping hot cider while picking out a Christmas tree on a chilly December day, braving the crowds for some last-minute shopping, and of course plenty of baking. Coming from a Norwegian-American family, Christmastime has always meant plenty of cookies: krumkaker, spritz, sandbakkelse, and many, many more. Though my family never referred to the cookie assortment by name, it appears that we were enjoying an important part of Norwegian holiday hospitality: the syv slags kaker, or seven sorts of cookies that are a mandatory part of Christmastime. Countless pounds of butter passed through my grandmothers’ kitchens throughout the years as the women creamed together butter and sugar, then mixed in eggs, flavorings, and flour to create any number of different types of cookies. They wouldn’t sit down—at least until it was time to usher the family to the holiday feast. The feast at my paternal grandparents’ home always featured a traditional Norwegian menu of roast pork, spicy and fatty meatballs called medisterkaker, a type of Norwegian sauerkraut known as surkål, and rice cream with raspberry sauce. The adults would drink coffee, and Grandma Agny would bring out the cookies. One of her specialties was a traditional Scandinavian butter cookie that she had reimagined into a parallelogram decorated with horizontal lines formed by the tines of a fork. I loved those cookies, and since I never found out the name of them, I’ve been baking my way through Scandinavian recipes trying to recreate her recipe.

Of all the times of the year, this season carries with it one of our biggest connections to family. Whether it’s a literal return home for the holidays or a nostalgic craving for the festive foods we grew up eating, we find ourselves seeking out the warmth and connection that happen so uniquely through food.

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On the other side of my family, sandbakkelse were a mandatory part of the Christmas season. Delicate cookies formed in little tins, sandbakkelse require each cookie to be shaped patiently by hand. They were a staple in Grandma Adeline’s kitchen as I was growing up, and now the 94-year-old woman bakes them at my home, teaching me the tricks to forming the thinnest shell possible. Though daunting at first, there’s a rhythm to the process. My grandmother, mom, and I sit at the table together, pinching off little bits of dough and rolling them into balls between our palms before pressing them into the bottom of the tins. Cradling the tins in our fingers, we rotate them around and around as our thumbs coax the dough across the interior surface.   We talk and drink wine as we form the cookies, and before long the cookies are formed, just needing to be baked. The experience proves that the process isn’t really about the cookies. It’s about family, togetherness, and creating memories. As with all the traditions I love during the holidays—trimming the tree, going out shopping for presents, and decorating the house—the activities themselves are just an excuse to set aside time to share sharing special times with loved ones.

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Adeline Midstokke-Halvarson’s Sandbakkelse By Daytona Strong from Outside Oslo Sandbakkelse can be served in a number of ways. Some people treat them as tarts, filling the cookies with sweetened whipped cream and fruit preserves, while other families—including my own—serve them plain. In either case, these delicate cookies offer a decorative touch to any cookie tray. Some people swear by the vintage sandbakkelse tins, saying they’re the easiest to work with. I have a variety of new and old tins, and prefer the age and history that come with the ones from my great-grandmother. In any case, you can find sandbakkelse tins at Scandinavian stores and online. Finally, a note about recipe origins: Grandma kept handwritten recipes collected in a spiral notebook and on recipe cards. I can’t tell you how far back this particular recipe goes or how much it’s been altered from the original. But I can tell you that it’s authentic and that the instructions are directly based on what I’ve learned from baking with Grandma.

Photo credits: Daytona Strong

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Photo credits: Daytona Strong

1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon salt 1. Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and almond extracts and stir until combined. Add flour and salt and mix until incorporated and the dough comes together. Gather the dough together, flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic, and chill for 15 minutes. 2. Now comes the fun part: shaping the cookies. To start, pinch off a little dough and roll into a ball about 3/4 of an inch in diameter. Place into the center of the mold, using your thumbs to flatten the dough into the mold. Rotating the mold as you go, work the dough out from the center of the mold and up the sides. You’ll want the dough on the bottom to be as thin as it can be while still holding up when baked. As you work, take special care at the ridge where the bottom connects to the side. Dough tends to collect here, and it’s easy to let this part be too thick. Delicately continue to work the dough from this ring up the sides. Using your hand, scrape off the excess dough from the top of the mold, and set aside while you form the rest of the cookies.   3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.   4. Arrange the tins on a cookie sheet (if you’re using different shapes of tins, try to keep the like tins together in a batch so they cook evenly) and place in the oven. Watch closely as the cookies bake, as they quickly go from done to overdone. When they’re just starting to take on a slightly golden hue, remove from the oven and take the molds off the cookie sheet to cool.   5. Allow the cookies to cool for a while, and then carefully remove from the tins. This can be done by inverting the molds onto your work surface and giving a little tap. The cookies should pop right out. Yield: About 5 dozen cookies, depending on size of tins. Nordic Design Christmas 2013 | 7


Photo credits: Maria Laitinen

Finnish Prune Tarts By Maria Laitinen from Scandi Home Traditional Finnish Christmas tarts are a great addition to anyone's repertoire this holiday season. Made with puff pastry (home-made is best, but you can cheat with a shop-bought one if you must) and filled with prune jam, they are not overly sweet, and thus often favored by the more matured crowd (especially if flavored with a little cognac). They are a little laborsome to make, but definitely worth the effort! Prune Jam: 250g pitted prunes 2 tablespoons sugar 250-300ml water Christmas tarts: 250g butter, slightly softened 250g plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 100ml cold water 1-2 tablespoons cognac (optional) 1 egg, for brushing 1. Start by making the prune jam. Add all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to boil and let simmer until the prunes are completely soft. Use a hand mixer to purĂŠe the mixture into a smooth jam. Set aside. 2. Add butter, flour and baking powder to a large mixing bowl. Use your finger tips to massage the butter and flour into a crumbly mixture. Add water (and cognac, if using). Form into a smooth dough, but avoid kneading. Refrigerate for half an hour. 3. Roll the dough into a square and fold the top and the bottom half in the middle. Turn the dough (so it looks like a book), then roll again. Repeat three times. Wrap the dough in cling and refrigerate for about 2 hours or overnight. 4. To make the tarts, roll the dough into a large square (1/2 centimeter thick) and cut into about 7 x 7 cm squares. Make a diagonal cut in each corner of each square, add about a teaspoon of prune jam in the middle, then fold every other 'point' into the middle. Pinch the points to 'glue' them together, then transfer the tarts on a baking tray and refrigerate before baking. 5. Preheat the oven to 225C. 6. Brush the tarts with egg before baking. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack. These can be frozen. 77 | Nordic Design Christmas 2013


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tasty, homemade and super easy! “TheSweet, perfect thank-you gift for the holiday host!

Photo credits: Maria Laitinen

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Cranberry toffee By Maria Laitinen from Scandi Home Homemade toffee makes a wonderful gift or a special treat for yourself for the holidays. Add cranberries for a seasonal twist and wrap individual toffees in baking paper for easier serving. Just remember to keep them cool and if you live in the Southern hemisphere, take them out only just before serving 200ml cream 160g sugar 2 tablespoons dark treacle 1-2 tablespoons butter About 80g dried cranberries 1. Add cream, sugar and treacle in to a saucepan. Turn on the heat and let bubble for about 20-30 minutes or until the mixture has reached a temperature of 120C. Keep stirring every now and then to avoid over-boiling.  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in butter and cranberries. Pour the mixture in to a square dish (15 x 20cm), lined with greased baking paper. Refrigerate for a few hours before cutting into small squares. This will keep for about 2 weeks in the fridge.

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Scandinavian glogg By Kari Diehl Not only does this recipe make a superior glogg, but the fruit used in its preparation is perfect for use in a holiday glogg cake or, when diced fine and warmed, as a compote topping for pancakes or ice cream. 2 seedless oranges, washed well and quartered (rind on) 1 lemon, quartered with seeds removed 1 cup dried figs 1 cup pitted prunes 1 cup raisins 2 cinnamon sticks 6 cardamom pods, roughly cracked open 6 cloves 20 whole almonds 1 25-ounce bottle dry red wine (the better the wine, the better the glogg!) 3/4 cup brandy (ditto) 10 sugar cubes (-or- 1/2 cup sugar)

1. Place oranges, lemon, dried fruit, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, cloves, and almonds into a large stainless steel or ceramic pot (not aluminum). Pour in enough wine to almost, but not quite, cover (about 1 cup); over medium-high heat, bring to a low boil but then immediately reduce heat to a simmer on medium-low. Cover pot and allow to simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 2. After 30 minutes, stir the rest of the wine and the brandy into the fruit. Bring mixture to a low boil, and then immediately remove pot from the heat. 3. Place sugar cubes (or sugar) in a finely meshed metal sieve (preferably one with a long handle). Dip the sieve into the wine to moisten sugar. Very carefully, ignite the surface of the glogg with a match, then continue dipping the sieve into the burning mixture until the sugar has dissolved. Cover pot with lid to extinguish the flame. 4. Strain the glogg immediately into small cups and serve (Scandinavians typically drop in a few raisins and blanched almonds as well). The glogg can also be refrigerated, then warmed to serve. Yield: 7-8 servings glogg. Recipe can be doubled by adding another bottle of wine and brandy to taste (no additional fruit is necessary).

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Gravlax sauce This the recipe of architect Johan Oscarson’s grandmother – An essential element of the classic Swedish salmon dish, Gravad lax. 4 tsp Swedish mild mustard 1 tsp French mustard, Dijon type 1 egg yolk 2 tbs white sugar 2 tbs white vinegar 2 dl Swedish rapeseed oil 20 g Chopped dill Salt and white pepper to taste   Just mix all ingredients except for the dill which goes in seconds before serving.

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“champagne A glass of or

sparkling wine will pair nicely with the salmon’s slightly sweet mustard sauce. Cheers!

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