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Welcome to Simply Hygge ‘THE DANISH EDITION’ 6 - 7 CHASING HYGGE Northern Jutland 8 - 13 HYGGE FOOD Rugbrøds chips 14 - 15 Top Instagram spots in COPENHAGEN 16 - 21 Hyggelig WISHLIST 22 - 23 HYGGE FOOD Gammeldags Æblekage 24 - 25 A late summer picnic 26 - 27 Pick your Summer bouquet 28 - 31 CHASING HYGGE Mushroom picking 32 - 33 Tomatmad HYGGE FOOD 34 - 35 CHASING HYGGE Stevns Klint 36 - 39 HYGGE FOOD Chevy chocolate chip cookies 40 - 41 CHASING HYGGE Botanical gardens 42 - 43 Hyggelig WISHLIST for cool KIDS 44 - 45 CHASING HYGGE- Apple picking 46 - 49 Every season has a story 50 - 51 CHASING HYGGE Cisternerne 52 - 53 Danish words and what they (might) mean 54 - 55 CHASING HYGGE Visiting Ismageriet 56 -57 Thank you very much 58 - 60
Welcome to SIMPLY HYGGE Magazine T H E D A N I S H E D I T I O N Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the way you have received my last 3 editions of Simply Hygge Magazine. I am so proud that so many of you have shared, liked and read my magazines, and commented on how much you loved it - it truly means the world to me. September in Denmark!! It doesnâ€™t get any better than that. We still have some amazing warm and sunny days, and it is the perfect month to explore everything before it gets really cold, wet and windy. This little gem of a country is filled to the brim with amazing places to explore, culinary Danish delights, you name it - we have it. Because of my love for Denmark, I have decided to dedicate this issue of Simply Hygge Magazine to Denmark, and I will show you some of the best places to visit - all year round - so you too can enjoy some good old Danish H Y G G E in Denmark. So get comfy in your best chair with a coffe and have a good old read - thatâ€™s hyggeligt - right!!
Lots of love XOXO
A HYGGELIG TRIP TO NORTH JUTLAND 8
NORD JYLLAND “At rejse er at leve” Hans Christian Andersen
‘To travel is to live is’ is a quote from the World famous Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, and I couldn’t agree more. When we were children, my parents rented a house in beautiful SKAGEN and we went with the whole family, including all of our grandparents every year for a couple of years. I have also taken my own family to Skagen, and we loved it, simply because there is so much to explore. Skagen has soo much to offer. Amazing ports, seafood restaurants that serve the freshest produce, exciting museums, local shops, flea-markets, and then there are amazing white sandy beaches everywhere - rural and wild. The town of Skagen is well known for the signature yellow houses with the red roofs, and you’ll come across them everywhere. Skagen also hosts the Skagen museum, home to some of the famous painters that adored painting the beautiful quaint landscapes. The beaches are wild, with large sandy dunes and clean blue water - very cold water I might add. The harbour is a hustle and bustle of restaurants, bars, clubs and there is always something to see and do in town at night.
NORD JYLLAND Northern Jutland is one of the most beautiful places in Denmark. It has a wild and free rural landscape, small quaint villages, cool seaside towns, amazing restaurants, cool bars and miles of long white sandy beaches, I went to Nordjylland many times as a child, and have brought my own kids up here many summers.There is always something new to see, many touristy attractions that are well worth a visit even though they do attract a crowd. Some of the other places I recommend are : RUBJERG KNUDE FYR. An old lighthouse on the very tip of the beach. Every year the lighthouse moves even closer to the edge and by 2020 it will have disappeared entirely into the sea. So hurry along - it is a spectacle to say the least. LĂ˜KKEN beach is miles and miles of sand. You can drive your car onto the beach and overlook the 500 iconic small white beach huts.The town is quaint with many lovely fish restaurants. DEN TILSANDEDE KIRKE is a church next to Skagen. The only thing remaining is the tower of the church as the rest has been buried because of the sandrift - the congregation used to have to dig themselves in. The church closed in 1785. SO, what are you waiting for - come along, Nord Jylland is waiting for you...
Rugbrøds chips But not my Father. One day he came
If there is one food I recall from my
to our place with a huge bag full of
childhood, it is rye bread. In Den-
what he called ‘Rugbrøds chips’ –
mark, we are literally brought up on it from an early age.
Rye bread crisps. Basically, very thin
Rye bread is yummy. There I have
ive oil, a sprinkle of flaky salt, and
slices of rye bread drizzled with olthen slow roasted in the oven for 3
said it. I absolutely love the sour-
dough flavour, and to tell you the truth I am utterly delighted, if I get
These rye bread crisps are perfect.
to toast my rye bread, then add
Simply delicious, and a great way
(quite a bit) of butter, and a slice of cheese, – mmmm heavenly.
to minimize food waste. I have also
But to be honest, rye bread does get
es, as a healthy snack.
added these to the girls lunch box-
a bit difficult to digest if it gets a bit
They think it is a treat, and I know
old and dry. So people usually throw
that the treat they’re enjoying is
healthy and tasty – so what’s not to love!
You will need the following ingredients:
Place the ‘crisps’ on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Carefully drizzle your oil
Rye-bread – We tend to use the odds and ends.
onto the crisps, without soaking them.
Olive/Rapeseed oil Sea salt
Sprinkle some sea salt on there. I like mine salty, but if you have children, you should go
What you’ll need to do:
easy on the salt.
Slice the rye bread as finely as you can. My fa-
Turn on the oven, 100 degrees celsius. Put the
ther uses an oldfashioned meat carving machine,
crisps into the oven and bake for 3 hours.
but you can get equally good results with a very sharp knife.
Take them out, leave to cool. Store your crisps in a plastic bag, or container in a dry place.
Chop the sliced rye bread into ‘crisps’! Ours are around 4 x 3 cm.
THE MOST INSTAGRAM FRIENDLY PL
Copenhagen is wonderful. So wonderful that Danny Kaye even made a song about the city, called “Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen.” I moved away from here as a young woman as I needed to explore more, and felt that place was too small for me back then. As you might know I lived in London for 11 years, but returned with my family almost a decade ago. I never used to see what the fuss was all about, but I have since changed my mind entirely, and simply love everything this little city has to offer, and there is a lot. Copenhagen has it all. Cool design shops, yummy restaurants, funky bars, beaches close by, forests, beautiful scenery, fantastic music scene, museums to die for - I could go on. But because almost every single one of us has a phone attached to our hand for most of the day, and many of us seem to look through a camera lens more than the actual reality, I have compiled a list of the most INSTAGRAM Friendly places in Copenhagen. These places pop up on many cool Instagrammers feeds, and they’ll be perfect for you too should you visit Copenhagen
LACES IN COPENHAGEN
Come early if you want to place to yourself. Use your eyes before the lens - meaning have a look around and compose the picture where it looks best. Use the grid feature so you can follow the lines and get a symmetric image. Sometimes it is good to hang around a bit to get the best shot. Use only natural light - flash simply takes the life out of the photo.
MY TIPS AND ADVICE WHEN YOU ARE TAKING INSTAGRAM PICTURES
Try to play with different angles. You might get a completely different picture from above.Or below. When editing, keep it simple and try to use the same type of editing so you can get a coherent Instagrid. If you are using filters, make sure to use the same ones. HAVE FUN WITH IT - because that is really what it is all about - exploring and having a laugh!!!
The Botanical Gardens
The Central train station
The Round Tower
The Royal Stables
WISHLIST FOR EVERYONE
Well, well, well, what have we here.? A cool and trendy guide for the best seasonal musthaves - trust me - these really are musthaves that I have found all over the world:
POSTER ‘NEST’ // ILOVEMYTYPE
1.VASES //A SIMPLE MESS 2. ØRERING // PICO 3.DRINKING GLASSES// KÄHLER 4.DIFFUSER STICKS // MERAKI 5.CARD // PEOPLE I’VE LOVED 6.TEAPOT // SKAGERAK
7.CUSHION //MUUTO 8. MIST SPRAYER // HAWS 9.CHAMPAGNE GLASS // VETRO 10. KENYA BEADED CLUTCH // &COPENHAGEN 11.IPHONE COVER //RICHMOND & FINCH 12.SPLASH JAR COBRA //STUDIO ARHØJ 23
Gammeldag s Æblekage This recipe is one we have always used in my family, and one I always go back to. Proper ‘Old fashioned Danish apple cake’ is actually apple sauce - chunky or not - mixed with lots of yummy stuff.
Pop in the saucepan and simmer until the apples have dissolved and they become soft. Puree if you want and leave in the fridge to cool completely. For the Crumble: Butter - 3/4 cup
Basically our old fashioned Apple cake - is a no-bake version, and one I remember devouring as a kid (and now to be honest.) The ‘cake’ is so easy to do and you can whip it up in no time should you have people over for afternoon coffee .
1/2 cup of: Bread crumbs Sugar Oats Melt the butter and when browned, add the ingredients until the sugar starts to caramelize. Take of the heat, leave to cool, and with your f ingers ‘crumble’ until f ine and even.
YOU’L L D O:
Whip some cream, and start layering your apple sauce, then add the crum-
For the Apple sauce.
ble + add a generous amount of whipped
4 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
cream and repeat until your glass is full.
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
THE AUTUMN PICNIC
I first started really getting into picnicking when I lived in London. There was nothing better than popping into Marks & Spencers and stocking up on yummy crusty bread, charcuterie, fruit and the obligatory pink lemonade - or bottle of wine. I still love a good old picnic, and have become increasingly more fond of making a lovely picnic at home. Simply find a sunny spot, throw your rug down, a few cozy cushions and cozy blankets, french stick, yummy charcuterie - tapas style, berries, some olives and sit down and chill out with a loved one, or a good book. Napping is permitted. Ahhhhh it doesnâ€™t get any better than that......
STYLE YOUR SUMMER BOUQUET
FLOWER ARRANGING: MISS HOLLY // PHOTOGRAPHY & TEXT: ANYA NĂ˜DDEBO JENSEN
We found the most amazing flowerfield just outside Copenhagen - filled to the brim with wild flowers. This place literally took my breath away and I wanted to share the magic with you all. My girls loved walking around the field, taking it all in, and as the government has allowed you to pick a smal bouquet, we picked the most beautiful bouquet I have ever seen. The area is getting developed and will turn into the first city forest in Copenhagen next year. That is why the government planted all these flowers to prepare the soil for the trees. I have styled the bouquet with a little help from some small hands this time around and I simply L O V E the result.
the H O W T O -so you can make your own just follow along with the pictures...
MUSHROOM PICKING In the middle of autumn, there is noth-
ing cozier than to go to the woods,
er been prettier and we love go-
armed with buckets, and a mushroom
ing mushroom foraging. We have
book that tells you which ones are edi-
ble and which ones to avoid.
wild mushrooms, and it is all about
finding that special place no one It is very hyggeligt looking through your
else has found and pick your small
pickings and figuring out which ones to
keep and take home for dinner. Make sure you clean your mushrooms thor-
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR MUSH-
oughly, or you’ll get grits in your teeth.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING ON
Many people have said the only
YOUR MUSHROOM ADVENTURE.
way to clean mushrooms is with a damp cloth or a mushroom brush,
A small herb knife
but that could be rather time-consuming should you have many to
A mushroom book to keep you from picking
states “Mushrooms need a show-
the poisonous ones.
er, not a bath.” and that is how we clean ours.
A basket for your pickings - I like to line
We just give them a quick rinse
mine with some kitchen towel.
right before we plan to cook with them and dry the mushroom in a
Wellies - trust me on this one.
tea towel - making sure there is no soil or dirt on them. All there is left to say is “Bon Appetit” my friends.
t o m a t m a d One of the things the Danes are fond of is using fresh produce and making simple, but tasty food. We are well renowned for our Smørrebrød - you know the infamous Danish Open Sandwiches but it is also very popular to make smørrebrød at home and serve
Today I have chosen to share with you, one of the most eaten ‘smørrebrød’ for lunch in the summertime. It is a piece of toasted crusty rye bread with ripe, red and juicy tomatoes - on top a dash of mayonnaise and a sprinkle of sea salt. We also put some chopped chives or onions on top.
them for lunch.
That’s it. Simplicity makes my world go around, and I can almost guarantee that you are gonna love this little tasty bite. Best thing of all - to my knowledge - this meal can be described as being fairly healthy, and when something this easy, tastes that good, it is a win-win situation as far as I am concerned.
Most children in Denmark bring a packed lunch, and many packed lunches will contain rye bread.We are brought up on the stuff, and it is a stable part of our diet here. I love rye bread, and use it often.
You will need the following ingredients: Ryebread Butter Red, ripe and juicy tomatoes Onions or chives Mayo Sea salt and pepper What youâ€™ll need to do: Toast your rye bread and butter the bread Chop your tomatoes into slices Lay the slices onto the rye bread Add lashings of mayo Chop your chives or onions, andÂ add them to the top Sprinkle sea salt and pepper to taste Eat straight away and enjoy!!
stevns klint As you might have gathered by now, I am a bit of an explorer. Some might say I have ants in my pants, and to be honest it is probably true, and I am kinda proud about it.
The area is on the UNESCO world heritage list because the actual explanation for the extinction of the dinosaurs lies hidden in the cliff. Now that’s something else right?!!
You see, I try to teach the girls that if you see, or try something new every day, it is a day well spent, so that is the rule we live by. And yes they do walk as much as we do even though they are smaller, and yes, sometimes ice-cream is used as a bribe, but I do believe they love to explore, and often ask me where we are going next.
We went there, and fell in love. I haven’t been fond of heights since visiting Mexico’s great Mayan pyramids many years ago, but I faced my (serious) fears here, and ventured down the steepest staircase I have ever seen. Once we got to the bottom, it continued to be a great big balancing act, making sure everyone were safe - especially my youngest, who ran of like she was on solid ground.
This time we went to STEVNS KLINT - the stunning Limestone cliffs, and beautiful nature less that an hours drive from Copenhagen.
The place also has a stunning old church and a lighthouse, as well as a chalk quarry a few miles away. I can totally recommend coming here for a lovely day out, just remember to wear non-slip shoes, and grab a hold of your kids.
BE VIGILANT Make sure you watch your step - the cliffs are very steep and the drop could prove to be fatal. My youngest always scare the life out of me - but I had her in my hand all the most of the time..
STEVNS KLINT HÃ¸jerup Bygade 39, 4660 Store Heddinge 38
chocolate chip cookies When I was younger, if I were to choose
between a savory, or sweet dish I would
mouthfuls and something that I look
almost always pick something savory.
forward to sharing with people when I have baked these – just because they
Now I am not so sure. In fact, my taste
are better than the ones you can buy in
buds have changed, and the things I love
have changed too. Maybe it comes with age – the taste becomes more refined,
It is also fun baking these! And there
and perhaps you enjoy the ‘better’ things
isn’t a single person I have given these
in life. Good food rather than fast food
to, that has disliked them, on the con-
trary in fact! SO trust me – this is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in the
A sweet recipe that makes my mouth water even thinking about it though, is my good old chewy chocolate chip cookies.
world. – Almost guaranteed!
Ingredients: (makes 36 cookies)
500 g flour
* Prepare you baking tray with
* With a tablespoon, spoon the
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
parchment paper and turn the
dough onto the baking tray â€“ use
350 g butter / melted
oven to 175 degrees.
a full spoon, and remember to
400 g brown sugar
* Sift together the flour, bicar-
give the cookies space, as they
2 tbsp vanilla powder
bonate of soda, vanilla
will spread out (I say around 8 cm
* In a medium bowl, mix the
2 egg yolks
butter & brown sugar until
650 g chocolate chips
* Bake in the oven for 15-17
* Whisk in the egg and egg
minutes or until they are slightly
yolk until light and creamy.
* Whisk in the sifted ingredients until smooth. Spoon in the
*Cool on a baking tray.
ENJOY!! ! 41
COPENHAGEN BOTANICAL GARDENS
The Botanical gardens are one of my favourite places to go and explore. It is a haven for plant and flower lovers, and you’ll be spoilt for choice walking around the vast grounds taking it all in. The Palm house is a stunning great big greenhouse with the very infamous white spiral staircases that go all the way to the very top. You will also f ind many other greenhouses, with cacti and succulents, as well as stunning lakes and a lovely café. So do yourself a favour and go - especially this time of year is particularly stunning.
Botanisk Have Øster Farimagsgade 2C, 1353 København K
Mama, I just need this....
Musthaves FOR COOL KIDS The kids love a bit of fun - so I have found the coolest things on the Internet at the moment. - I call it virtual internet shopping - so you can go and do it for real have a look:
1.SATCHEL //EMILE ET IDA 2.UMBRELLA // BONTON 3.PARIS DECALS // OMY 4.GRANDE PIANO // JANOD 5. SKIRT // CHRISTINA ROHDE 5. TEE//INDEE
7.DIY BROCHES //LA DROGUERIE 8.PIRATE PUPPET //FABELAB 9.PEANUTS SNEAKERS // VANS 10.TULLE SKIRT /MARMAR COPENHAGEN 11. HOUSE BLACKBOARD // BLOOMINGVILLE 12.CHOCOLATE KIT // SMALLABLE 45
Apple A magic activity we love to do every single year is to go apple picking. We don’t have a garden filled to the brim with fruit trees, so we make a day out of it, and go to one of the many organic ‘pick-your-own’ fruit farms scattered all over Denmark. We love how the country has healthy fresh produce at your finger tips - all you have to do is know where to find the farms, and go there armed with baskets for a lovely and tranquil day out. A farm we keep coming back to is Frydenlund. The place is an old stately home and the grounds are utterly stunning. As is the fruit and there is a lot of it right now. You begin by tasting what fruit you prefer, and the helpful staff then guide you on your way. ALL I can say is - Go.Go.Go - it is apple picking season right now, and the trees are bursting with fresh fruit
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”
FRYDENLUND FRUGTPLANTAGE Frydenlunds Alle 7, 2950 Vedbæk
“Every season has a story”
CISTERNERNE SÃ¸ndermarken, 2000 Frederiksberg - look for the signs!!
The Cisterns are the long forgotten water reservoirs deep under the streets of Copenhagen, that once upon a time supplied the Danish capital with drinking water, and could hold as much as 16 million litres of clean water. The Cisterns were supplying Copenhagen for more than 70 years but were finally drained in 1981. In 1996 - where Copenhagen was the European city of culture, - the underground water reservoir was put to use as an exhibition space. The Cisterns are used today to host art exhibitions and other events, where the stunning architecture takes centre stage. The Cisterns are the only dripstone caves in Denmark and they are located in the area of Frederiksberg, under the park ‘Søndermarken’ directly opposite the Copenhagen Zoo.
When you enter the caves, the damp smell, and the humidity hits you as your eyes adjust. The entrance was candlelit, giving the place a stunning but ghostly look. It reminded me of ancient castles and parties from the olden days. The further you got in, the wetter, and darker it became. We were there for about 40 minutes. I could probably have spent some more time there taking photos, but the kids wanted daylight and icecream. I thoroughly recommend visiting The Cisterns for an interesting insight into the history of Copenhagen, and a look into a stunning Universe underground. I will be back for sure!
Danish words and what they (might) mean... The Danish language is a funny one. You see, many of the phrases we useÂ doesnâ€™t exactly mean what you might think. These are idioms or old proverbs, many of them are still used in today's world. I wanted to share some of the most common expressions you could come across if you ever visit Denmark.
“TAK FOR KAFFE”!! Well, it does actually mean “Thanks for the coffee” - but it is often used to express surprise like ‘Oh my God’ - if someone has done something you were surprised or miffed about - then you’d say “TAK for kaffe”! “INGEN KO PÅ ISEN”!! “No cow on the ice”!! Not really - it means I’ve got this - no problems, nothing is wrong. “UGLER I MOSEN”!! “Owls in the meadows” - the total opposite of the cows on the ice, meaning there is something dodgy going on - something not quite right. “HÅRET I POSTKASSEN”!!
“Your hair stuck in the mailbox”? It actually means you got yourself into trouble and now you are stuck (with your hair in the mailbox). “DET VAR DRÅBEN”!! “That was the drop”? Meaning it was the straw that broke the camels back - we just use it like ‘the drop that made the cup overflow - enough is enough - quite often said to kids... “DU ER IKKE TABT BAG EN VOGN”!! “You have not been dropped behind a cart ”. Basically, it means you are not stupid, and you managed to figure it out. “IKKE SE SKOVEN FOR BARE TRÆER”!! “Not see the forest for trees” - Meaning you can’t see the bigger picture - even if you keep staring at it. “KLAP LIGE HESTEN”!! “Go pet the horse”. It means for you to take a chill pill - to take it easy. “STIKKE FINGEREN I JORDEN”!! “Stick your finger in the soil” - doesn’t mean to go and dig a hole in the ground, but it means to take a moment to think about it before you jump into conclusions, decisions etc.
Our favourite Danish
ICE CREAM PARLOUR
ISMAGERIET If there is one thing we enjoy eating in our family it is ice cream. We are actual connoisseurs and probably consume far more ice-cream than we should. So even though it is actually Autumn weather now, it still makes sense for me to share our F A V O R I T E Copenhagen-based Icecream parlor with you because they serve the freshest ice-cream you’ll ever taste, and they use seasonal produce.
Ismageriet makes their own gelato inspired ice cream in the back of the store throughout the day, so you can be sure the ice-cream is fresh. Ismageriet opened their 2nd store in Søborg in 2016, and it is that shop we frequent often. The style in their stores reminds me of American diners, with a cool retro design, and the colors mint, cream, and Bordeaux - I couldn’t have chosen better myself.
Now you can get as hooked on Ice-cream as we are. We are fully aware that it is a tough job, but someone has to do it, and we are happy to oblige.
The ice cream is very rich, and when I have mine I often have a sorbet as well as a palate cleanser. In Denmark, we LOVE this thing we call GUF (basically whipped egg whites, sugar) and I have lashings on top - which I thoroughly recommend.
Oour recommendation for the BEST ice-cream in Copenhagen is:
I S M A G E R I E T
Ismageriet closed their original shop and opened a new one at Mikado house next to “DR byen”, so you have 2 lovely places to visit.
Ismageriet opened their first store in Amager spring 2006, and the shop was packed from the word go.
So what are you waiting for go go go.......
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