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the S P R I N G edition
The spring came suddenly, bursting upon the world, as a child bursts into a room, with a laugh and a shout and hands full of flowers”.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
SIMPLY HYGGE magazine
CONTRIBUTORS Editor in Chief Anya Nøddebo Jensen Art Director Pernille Boe Kaluzny Anya Nøddebo Jensen Photography Anya Nøddebo Jensen Søren Staun Tina Rud McGrade Bloomon
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* Welcome to Simply Hygge ‘THE SPRING EDITION’ 6 - 7 SPRING ‘a welcome guest’ 8 - 9 “CHASING HYGGE” Glyptoteket 10 - 13 DIY ‘Gækkebreve’ 14 - 17 Smørrebrød - Danish Open Sandwiches 18 - 21 A HYGGELIGT portrait - Tina Paradisco Productions 22 - 27 Copenhagen Fleamarket guide 28 - 31 Hyggelig WISHLIST 32 - 33 Bloomon - an interview 34 - 37 HYGGE food Blueberry & Lemon cookies 38 - 39 Start your own Urban Garden 40 - 41 Make an Easter flatlay 42 - 43 Hyggelig WISHLIST for cool KIDS - 44 - 45 DIY Marbled Easter Eggs 46 - 47 HYGGE food -Hipster Sausagerolls 48 - 49 Make a Spring bouquet - 50 - 53 “CHASING HYGGE” Cherry Blossom Lane 54 - 55 Spring has sprung 56 - 57 HYGGE food - Hindbærsnitter 58 - 59 The Big Freeze - a guide to all-year-swimming 60 - 61 “CHASING HYGGE” Easter lambs on the farm 62 - 63 Set the table for Easter 64 - 65 Thank you very much for reading - see you again soon 66 - 68
Welcome to SIMPLY HYGGE T H E S P R I N G E D I T I O N Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the way you have all embraced and received the last 2 editions of Simply Hygge Magazine. I am so proud that so many of you have shared, liked and read my magazine, and commented on how much you loved it - it truly means the world to me. March 20th was officially the first day of Spring. To be honest, it is not exactly spring weather here in Denmark yet, but rather cold to tell you the truth. After a long and sometimes grueling winter, I always feel somewhat optimistic when the leaves start appearing on the trees and branches, and small flowers start popping out of the ground. Creating hygge is about using natural elements in your decor. Bringing a bit of nature inside, and preparing for warmer days, sunnier skies, and longer nights. I canâ€™t wait. I always love spring. To me, it feels like a fresh start after a winter of withered plants, wilted flowers and naked trees. A favourite hyggelig pleasure of mine, is to wrap up, get a comfy chair outside, a warm woolly blanket, hot cup of tea - and sit and feel the warmth of the first few sun rays on my face. Pure bliss! In the Spring edition of Simply Hygge magazine, I have made sure you are going to get your dose of fresh and beautiful flowers, delicious food recipes, and shopping guides that will make your heart sing. We have also been out and about exploring - CHASING HYGGE - which is one of our favourite things to do. Hope you enjoy the spring edition, canâ€™t wait to share it all with you.
- a WELCOME GUEST
One of the simplest ways to update your interiors, and get that Spring feeling inside is to get some fresh branches and flowers from the garden, the florist or the market stall. It is always a sure sign in Denmark that Spring is here, when the tiny anemones start peeking out from the forest and turns everything white. This time of year is especially hyggelig, as it is a fresh new beginning, and because it is getting warmer â€“ people start going outside, and what could be more hyggeligt than a bouquet of flowers picked by your daughter! Or how about branches with the tiniest green buds on - about to burst open with green and freshness, or stunning pink cherry blossom branches, which adds a feminine touch to your room. Maybe even the utterly magnificent Magnolia, with the majestic flowers, that brings some luxury inside! And yet another spring favourite of mine is Forsythia branches, with their vibrant yellow colours, bound to make you happy and get a spring in your step. This list could go on forever. Hygge is simple pleasures, and buying flowers for your home (or getting someone to buy or pick them for you) is an easy and cheap way to create some hygge!
A HYGGELIG TRIP TO GLYPTOTEKET
GLYPTOTEKET “Sometimes getting a break from it all is the tonic we all need to make the heart beat just that little bit faster” We love spending time in museums, awakening the senses, and broading our horizons. Beauty as they say is in the eye of the beholder, and art is no different. I love how something can just move you and make your heart skip a few beats, and something else for others. There is no right or wrong when it comes to art, and we have always visited museums & galleries everywhere we go. The kids love the anticipation of going somewhere new, and seeing something they have never seen before. It is fun to hear their opinion on the subject, whether they liked it or not, what they enjoyed about it, what they didn’t and so on. Copenhagen has many great museums - and we are frequent visitors, but one of our firm favourites is the beautiful museum “GLYPTOTEKET.” The Glyptotek is a museum dedicated to the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean as well as Danish and French art from the 19th century. It was the aim of the founder, brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen, to enrich his fellow citizens with art of international stature.It was his conviction that works of art should not be arranged according to scientific systems, as in a museum, but that they should speak directly to the individual visitor. The settings at the Glyptotek are stunning, and impressive. You walk around almost speechless looking at artifacts and sculptures that are many hundreds of years old. We are BIG fans.
GÆKKEBREVE “A Danish Easter tradition” Text & diy: Anya Nøddebo Jensen// Images: Anya Nøddebo Jensen
“When Easter is approaching, Danish children make and send out Gækkebreve.” Traditionally these small letters always included a Vintergæk (Snowdrop/Galanthus) which is where the name stems from. It’s meant to be a letter to ‘tease’ (at drive gæk med) someone by making them guess who sent it. A small poem or verse is written in the middle of the paper. You can make up your own
poem or use one of the many traditional Gækkebreve poems out there. If the receiver can guess the identity of the sender, the sender gives him or her a chocolate egg. If not, the receiver has to give an egg to the sender. You usually give the receiver one week to figure it out and call you, so if you haven’t heard back from them, then you have to call and tell them that it was you who sent it, and that they owe you an Easter egg. It’s very common that if you send your letter to an adult, they will pretend they do not know who sent the letter, and therefore ensuring that the child gets their chocolate egg.
...Every year my girls make these beautiful Gækkebreve and send them to members of our close family. The papercuts get better and better every year, and the girls wait with bated breath to see if anyone guesses that it was them who sent the letter. It is a hyggelig tradition, and I am so pleased that this old tradition still has hold in today’s world, and that the kids are still eager to make the letters...
A gækkebrev is a fine paper cut-out letter made from a square piece of paper, folded 4 times, with shapes cut into the paper (hearts, squares, stripes, hexagons and triangles etc). When you unfold the paper, beautiful elaborate patterns appear. You write your poem in the middle, and you leave the letter unsigned. The only clue for the receiver is a dot for each letter of the sender’s name. You can use your full name or only your first name.
One of the things that Danes love to do when they “hygge” is to have a bite to eat. Most people have heard of the Danish open sandwich “smørrebrød”, but what exactly is smørrebrød?
Danish open sandwiches also known as
SMØRREBRØD SMØRREBRØD (means bread with butter really) was actually invented by working people who had to eat their lunch away from their home. They would use leftovers from last nights dinner, and pile it on top of their rye bread, so that they could keep the hunger at bay until dinner-time.
easy, and you can make them with everything you have at home, whilst others are actually layered with so much amazing stuff that it would require a bit of effort to replicate them. One general rule is to add a generous layer of butter (not margarine) and then start adding on top. When we celebrate Easter and Christmas we often have ‘luncheons’ where everyone brings homemade dishes, and we then pile meats, fish and seafood on top of rye bread. There is also a sequence of how you eat Smørrebrød: You would always start with your cold fish dishes, moving on to your warm meat dishes, and finishing with fruit salad (mainly for kids) and a vast cheeseboard.This is not fast but slow food, and we often linger over lunch for a long long time.
Pålæg (lay-on) is what you put on top. Smørrebrød is almost always made with sourdough rye bread - we love rye bread in Denmark - and meat, fish, cheese, or seafood as toppings. For your day to day lunch, you can eat your smørrebrød with your fingers, but what the Danes are renowned for, is the opulent open sandwich topped with all sorts of culinary delights. The idea is to completely cover the bread with your toppings, and these are almost always eaten with a knife and fork.
I have eaten lots of Smørrebrød since I was a child, and these are some of my favourites:
So is Smørrebrød easy to make? Yes and no really. Some of the sandwiches are so
ROASTBEEF Thinly sliced roastbeef, on rye bread, topped with a generous serving of homemade remoulade, thin finely grated horseradish, and possible picked cucumber salad.
FISKE-FILLET (fishfillet) Amazing moist fish fillet, served on rye bread with a generous offering of remoulade, and a twig of dill - some also have scrimps on top. KARRY SILD (curried herring) Curried marinated herring, served on rye with raw red onions, capers and sometimes a boiled egg.
FRIKADELLE (pork meatballs) Sliced Frikadelle, served on rye bread, with pickled red cabbage, and a slice of orange on top.
REJEMAD (scrimps) Fresh prawns on white loaf, served with fresh mayonnaise, lemon, a sprig of dill, and possibly a tiny dollop of caviar.
HØNSESALAT (chicken salad) Chopped up chicken, with mustardmayo, apple, celery, roasted chicken skin and LEVERPOSTEJ (liverpaté) Warm liverpaté on rye, served with panfried mushrooms, bacon, and pickled beetroot and cornichons.
FLÆSKESTEG (roast pork) Slices of roasted back of pork, with crispy crackling, served on rye bread with pickled red cabbage and gherkins.
So where can you get yours?!?! There are many more ‘Smørrebrød’ to choose from, and I strongly recommend visiting one of our many Smørrebrøds Restaurants should you ever visit Copenhagen. Some of my favourites are:
Ida Davidsen Aamanns Royal Smushi Café Schønnemanns Restaurant Palægade
RĂ… -HYGGE W H A T D O E S H Y G G E M E A N T O M E? A PORTRAIT - TINA RUD MCGRADE, Designer & Owner PARADISCO PRODUCTIONS
I met Tina a few years ago, and not only did I love her art; - but it was truly her personality that won me over. - As a person - I like to surround myself with inspirational people. I am drawn to people who have a kind, and vibrant personality. - perhaps people like myself
Tina called her company Paradisco from a colour she once came across once she was designing clothes, and the name fits perfect with her stylish, metallic, glittery universe. Tina creates stunning, raw and edgy art & posters you can purchase on her Paradisco Productions webshop right here.
Tina is kind, funny, beautiful and one of the young people I know who has managed to create her own incredible signatur style. I can spot her designs everywhere - and I LOVE it.
I asked Tina what she does to create hygge at work and at home and this is what she had to say :
Hygge is a concept every Danish person
I moved to London to study fashion in my twenties, and I was very surprised to see how people decorated their homes in the UK at that time. For me, light sources are vital for comfy settings, and that didn’t seem to be of importance to a lot of people. Most homes had fluorescent lamps in both kitchens and living rooms, - which to me is the ultimate hygge-killer!
has grown up with, its part of our childhood and we pass it on to our kids. It is very important to me, it’s what we do and how we know to relax together – making a setting that’s comforting and homely for ourselves. I grew up in a very picturesque and homely place in Århus, the second biggest city in Denmark. My parents, my sister and I took over my grandparents 200 year old manor house, with a beautiful fireplace and 3 dogs, so the setting was perfect for complete and utter hygge.
After living abroad in both the UK and Spain, I was very excited when I had to decorate my own flat in Copenhagen, making it equally hyggelig - and with a raw and edgy feel. I wanted it to be Scandinavian with an international touch, combining all the beautiful elements from my travels.
My mum was always been very good at creating hygge around us with tea, biscuits and Ribena in the evening.We loved it and it became a vital part of my childhood. 24
Working with both fashion and interior décor, I surround myself with lots of textures, surfaces and light. To me, light is essential for creating a hyggelig home and work place. I am so lucky that my studio captures all of my favourite elements of beautiful light, raw materials, glass and comforting textures. Whenever I want to hygge, relax and paint, I cannot do it unless I have cleaned up first. My colleagues and husband laugh at me sometimes, but in order for me to be fully relaxed and ready for hygge, I have to put things in their right place and clean down the space. Then I’m ready. Grey and black candles, hot coffee from my favourite metal-looking coffee mug, 70’s inspired tunes on Spotify and we are rolling. I love to hygge around my colleagues, lighting a candle on their table and bringing them chocolates. When I draw, I also get in the hygge-zone as it relaxes me. At home in the evening, putting on my sheepskin slippers, pyjamas, a big jumper and with lots of blankets; - my husband and I can fully hygge when its 9 o’clock movie time. . . . .
COPENHAGEN FLE Spring means the kick start of all the cool and fantastic outdoor fleamarkets in and around Copenhagen. Visiting fleamarkets has been a passion of mine for a long time, and now my daughters are getting involved as well. The girls tend to look for 2nd hand preloved toys, accessories, and clothes - they are already very specific in their style, and they know what works. I mainly look for props - for styling and photography. I am particularly fond of wooden boxes, old kitchen cutlery, ceramics, cool glassware, marble, brass and anything quirky and unusual. I somehow always manage to find something of interest whenever I go. I truly believe that recycling and using preloved stuff is good for the environment, and goes well with our sense of â€˜being greenâ€™ and looking after the planet. In my opinion, it is also fun owning stuff that had a previous life, and I always tend to imagine where it belonged before, and who owned it.
MY TIPS AND ADVICE WHEN YOU ARE AT THE FLEA-MARKET: Come early for the best stuff – or just before the market closes -that is when you can bag a real bargain.
you have room for bartering – if you start, you might just end up giving him way more than he anticipated.
Bring cash / Or mobile phone for Mobile pay.
If you find more than one item you like, ask for the best price for all the items.
Remember a bag for your treasures – you’ll need something to carry all of that stuff.
Barter – the seller doesn’t want to bring anything home, so you can really grab a bargain if you try.
If you find something you like, don’t be too enthusiastic – be cool and ask for a price.
REMEMBER THAT SOMEBODY’S TRASH = ANOTHER’S TREASURE – hopefully yours!!
In my opinion, it always works best if you get the seller to give his idea of price range – then 30
Frederiksberg Rådhusplads - 2000 Frederiksberg, Every saturday 9-15 / Mid April - mid October GENTOFTE LOPPEMARKED
Bregnegårdsvej - behind Charlottenlund Station Every Sunday 8-15 / Mid April - mid October SØLLERØD LOPPEMARKED
Holte Stationsvej / Holte Midtpunkt - Holte
Every Sunday 8- 15 / Mid April - Mid October HALMTORVETS LOPPEMARKED In front of ØksneHallen KBH K Every Saturday 9-16
GULDBERGSGADE LOPPE/ANTIK MARKED
Between Birkegade & Møllegade - 2200 NV Every Saturday 10-16 DEN GAMLE STATION / LOPPEMARKED Vedbæk stationsvej, 2960 Vedbæk Every Sunday
HYGGELIG WISHLIST FOR EVERYONE
When Spring is around the corner, youâ€™d want to get some cool new colours in your life. I have rounded up your seasonal musthaves - trust me - these really are musthaves:
SHIRTDRESS // AIAYAU
1.WALLHANGING //NORDAL 2.BRACELET // ANNI LU 3.SUNGLASSES // TOPSHOP 4.WATERBOTTLE // NAKED 5.TEAPOT // SUE PRYKE 6. PRINT // STILLEBEN
7.MESSAGE BOARD //DESIGN LETTERS 8.JEWEL VASE // LOUISE ROE 9. FIREGLOBE GRILL // EVA SOLO 10.CUSHION SALON // FERM LIVING 11.PENHOLDER //STUDIO ARHÃ˜J 12.WATERING CAN //GARDEN GLORY 33
B L O O M O N “So does FLOWERS bring hygge into your homes? That was something I decided to find out and I therefore participated in a workshop with Bloomon - a Dutch flower company, that has taken Denmark (and many other places by storm)”
When you get your flowers, you have to be the stylist and style your own bouquet. That makes you part of the process and makes every single bouquet unique. Maria taught everyone at the workshop, how to cut the very end of the flowers, and place them in the vase one by one, forming a kind of grid or tripod as she called it. Always use the heavier flowers at the bottom as they will carry the less sturdy and then build it up, breaking the conventional rules and the usual ‘spiral’ type of bouquet many florists use.
“What does flowers do” I asked their Danish flower-stylist Maria? “They bring you everyday happiness” she answered and I couldn’t agree more. Bloomon have their own head flower stylist based in Holland. His name is Anton, and he is the genius behind the beautiful bouquets.
And there it is.We all managed to learn flower arranging, and let me tell you, those bouquets looked good.
Bloomon like to break the conventional flower arranging rules, and mix it up a little. All of their bouquets are constructed and put together with the help from a meticulously planned mood-board made by Anton and his team,
I love finding wild flowers on the side of the road, and that is one of the main reasons I like Bloomons bouquets so much. Because the bouquets are wild and not conventional - but “THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG THING” like Maria said.
The bouquets usually consists of one of each type of flower, and the team has to make sure they can get enough stock of each kind of flower, so that every single BLOOMON bouquet have the same flowers.
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* I asked for Maria’s top flower arranging tips and she was happy to share: Get rid of all foliage and leaves at the bottom of the stem, they will only rot. Only fill the vase up around 20 cm, and change the water regularly. What way does the flower look? Turn it, so it falls naturally. That way it looks its best and prettiest. Remember to cut the stems at a lenght that suits the flower if it is too long, the flower might bend or break. ‘Feel’ the flowers, and look at how the colours, and textures match, build the bouquet from that point of view. Avoid harsh sunlight or freezing cold as the flowers are not fans of either.
lemon cookies INGREDIENTS: 2.5 cups of flour 1 cup of caster sugar 1 teaspoon of baking powder 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar 1.5 cups of fresh blueberries 4 table spoons of fresh lemon juice 1 cup of butter (100 g) The rind of half an organic lemon
THIS IS HOW YOU DO: Mix all the ‘dry goods’ together in a bowl. (sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla sugar) Melt the butter and leave to cool, then mix with the eggs, lemon juice, lemon rind, and add the dry goods - bit by bit. Carefully ‘ladle’ in the blueberries, without squashing them. With a tablespoon or tablespoon - sppon the dough onto the baking paper, leaving space between the cookies, as they will spread out when baked. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Bake in the oven until golden brown - usually between 12-15 minutes - depending on size. ENJOY.
star t your own
URBAN GARDEN I love this time of year where everything starts to sprout, and small flowers are popping up everywhere. We live in the city, but have our own small garden, where we love planting flowers, herbs and smaller vegetables. Now is the time to begin, so the girls and I went to work, putting tiny seeds into pots, and getting bulbs planted for the summer.
It is the full circle of life, and the younger you start them - the better they are equipped for when they grow up.
I love the idea of giving our kids a good start by learning about life, and helping them understand how things grow. I think it is an important lesson for them to learn how to care for plants, as well as how they turn out in the end.
MAKE YOUR OWN PLANT POTS:
Also, without a shadow of a doubt: gardening and spending time with my big girl is one of my favourite hyggelige things to do. Spring is finally here and I couldnâ€™t be happier.
get some seeds to plant into your pots get lots of small pots get good quality potting soil METHOD:
start by putting soil into the pots - half way pop the tiny seed (or seeds - more chance of success into the middle of the pot put about 3 cm soil on to - gently tapping it to make it stay sparingly water your pot place in a dry, bright place wait for the seed to sprout YAY!!!
MAKE AN E
EASTER FLATLAY When Easter approaches, I always try and make some cute Easter pictures to use for Social media, or even as cute little postcards. When I am out and about I always keep my eyes open for sweet things I can use - now or for future photography projects. I have a growing prop collection, and they are currently stored under the bed, but if I keep bying stuff I’ll need a bigger place soon. Here I am going to share a cute little Easter flatlay with you. The ‘rules’ of creating a flatlay can easily be adapted to any other flatlays - principles are the same.
METHOD: Find your background.
MATERIALS: A SURFACE TO SHOOT ON - MINE IS A RUSTIC OLD TABLE YOUR PROPS AT THE READY : PAINTED EGGES, FLUFFY EASTER CHICKS SCISSORS, RIBBON, FOLIAGE OR FLOWERS TWINE CUTLERY OR CROCKERY OR BOTH
You can use tabletops, wrapping paper, tissue, cardboard, everything with structure and a coherent colour. Pick an item or colour to start off with – which is the base for your styling. Find items that match in colour or theme. Place the key item, and then start working your way out. Don’t overthink it, then it becomes difficult. Have small props, fresh, dried or even pressed flowers available if you need them. HAVE FUN WITH IT. 43
Mama, I just love this....
SPRING MUSTHAVES FOR COOL KIDS The kids love getting into the swing of things when the weather gets better. I have been shopping for you - virtually - so you can do it for real - have a look:
1.WALKER // PLAN TOYS 2.TOP NO 423 // CHRISTINA ROHDE 3.TIPI SUNYELLOW// NUMERO 74 4.SWIMPANTS // IGLOINDI 5.BABY SWING//APRIL ELEVEN 6.TEDDY BEDLINEN // SNURK
7.MINT SKATEBOARD //SMALLABLE 8.DRESS //MARMAR COPENHAGEN 9. RIO ROLLERSKATES //SKATEPRO 10.LEOPARD HELMET // CRAZY SAFETY 11.SUN TOP /EMILE ET IDA 12. ENTIRE OUTFIT // KNAST BY KRUTTER 45
MARBLED EASTER EGGS // D.I.Y I have been looking for new ideas to make our own Easter eggs for decoration - something we do every year. The girls are getting bigger, and we were looking for a more ‘grown up’ version to try. It seems that marbled eggs have been a popular choice on Pinterest this year, and after realising just how easy they are to make, we opted for those. We had a good old chat about colours, and ended up with a muted palette of grey and pale dusty green. We were all so delighted with the result, and couldn’t wait to share these with you.
H O W T O MAKE your own marbled easter eggs:
Fill the plastic container with lukewarm water circa half full.
White eggs - ours were blown eggs, but you can also use hard boiled eggs - just remember they are not edible afterwards.
Take the nail varnish and ‘drip’ 2-5 drops of nail varnish into the water.
Nail varnish - any colour will do, but I like to stick to a pale coherent colourscheme.
Stir with the stick - the water will look ‘marbled’ with nail varnish dots in it.
A plastic container - I threw mine out afterwards.
Wearing plastic gloves, pop the egg into the water - and ‘roll it around’ catching the nail varnish on both sides.
Rubber gloves - trust me on this one ;-) A stick to stir.
You could use tongs if you fancy - just remember they’d be covered in nail varnish. This is quite messy, so be careful not to get the nail varnish everywhere.
A tray where you can dry the eggs - I used the egg tray and gently placed the eggs there afterwards.
Leave to dry completely (I used an old eggtray.) We have 2 colours on our eggs, so if you want to do the same, repeat the steps above - but make sure the first layer is completely dry before you go again. Have fun with it. 47
Hipster sausagerolls Chorizo, artichoke & semi-dried tomatoes! Hungry yet? These sausagerolls are real hipster-cool and fashionable. Some days nothing is better than classics from your childhood. I had the biggest craving for Sausagerolls this weekend, but I wanted to make sure that they were a bit more elegant and moorish than the conventional ones. So here goes: YUM!
Recipe & Text: SĂ¸ren Staun // Photography: SĂ¸ren Staun / Blogger Chefs Season & Photographer Inhouse Photography
INGREDIENTS: 16 SAUSAGEROLLS.
Dough: 500 g flour 150 g butter (room temperature) 50 g yeast 2.5 dl milk 1 tsp salt 2 tsp paprika Filling: 8 sausages 10 semi-dried tomatoes 1/2 chorizo sausage 2 red onions 1/2 glass grilled artichoke hearts 2 dl Ketchup Dash of chilli sauce
Chop the sausages in half. Finely chop and mix the rest of the ingredients together.
Make 2 big balls out of the dough. Cut each ball in half. Roll the doughball out in a big circle and split into 4 pieces (like a pizza).
Place one of your sausages in the middle and some of your stuffing in the other end.
Roll the bottom in, and then the sides - your sausage is poking out at the top.
Let the sausage-rolls rest for 15 mins.
Give them an eggwash, and drizzle sesame seeds and salt on top.
Bake them in the middle of the oven at 225Â° for 15 min. ENJOY!!!
MAKE A SPRING BOUQUET FLOWER ARRANGING: MORMOR - MONNA EDITH LARSEN // PHOTOGRAPHY & TEXT: ANYA NØDDEBO JENSEN
One of the first things I do every Spring is to get some flowers inside to brighten up my day. Spring is the perfect season for bringing some much needed ‘life’ into the homes, after a winter full of dead trees and withered foliage. This year I have made it really easy for you - as I have asked my beloved MORMOR - Grandmother - to help me make one bouquet, that can easily be done using whatever flowers you have availabe. My grandmother is a bit of a flower decorator, and she is my favourite person to get crafty with. She and I have a marvellous time together, chatting, and drinking coffee. It is all about sticking to a theme, and getting a coherent colourscheme going. Enjoy - this is so much fun:
WHAT YOU NEED: flowers - different types. for my bouquet I have used waxflowers, tulips, chrysanthemums, appleblossom branches flower wire scissors
METHOD: please follow the pictures on the next page for instructions!!
the H O W T O -so you can make your own just follow along with the pictures...
cherry blossom One of the most beautiful, whimsical and dainty of trees is the “Japansk Kirsebærtræ” - also knows as Cherry Blossom tree- or Japanese Sakura tree. I have always had a dream of vistiting Japan to see the stunning alleys in bloom, filled with Sakura trees. Little did I know that right here on my doorstep we have one of the most stunning Cherry Blossom alleys - on the Bispebjerg cemetary around the corner from where we live. We have been going there for more than 5 years now, and I am a little sad to say that the place has become an Instagram sensation and a bit of a circus to say the least. But I suppose that this is what happens nowadays, when something gets famous - all I advice is to remember where you are - it is a cemetary, so please respect the people resting there and their families.
Bispebjerg Kirkegård Frederiksborgvej 125, 2400 København NV
“spring has sprung”
Utterly delicious HINDBÆR SNITTER
I have a culinary treat for you. It is a Danish favourite, and rather easy to make should you have guests popping by for afternoon tea or coffee. These delightful mouthfuls are called Hindbær snitter - translated roughly to “Raspberry cut-outs”, as they are all cut from one large piece of dough rolled out. I have made mine slightly posher, and used cookie cutters, usually people just slice with a knife and get square hindbærsnitter - I chose to make mine round this time.
INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp vanilla sugar 250 g all purpose flour 150 g of butter - room temperature 75 g icing sugar 1/2 dl of water 1 tsp baking powder
METHOD Mix softened butter, icing sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla sugar with the water - pour in slowly, so the dough gets soft and smooth . Leave in the fridge to cool for 30 mins.Roll the dough out on baking paper using a bit of flour. The dough has to be around 30 mm thick. (when it is on the baking paper, it is much easier to then just pop in the oven when you have finished). Cut in desired shapes with cookie cutters - remember youâ€™ll need 2 pieces for each HindbĂŚrsnitte Bake in the middle of the oven at 190 degrees celsius for about 10 minutes or until very slightly golden brown. Leave to cool For the raspberry filling: I use frozen raspberries, cooked on the stove with a bit of added sugar & a squeeze of lemon, as I like to keep it rather fresh and tart. -Store bought raspberry jam is also totally perfect, and a lot easier for you though. Add 1 - 1 1/2 tsp of raspberry jam on the cookie - spread evenly and put another cookie on top. Decorate with icing sugar and sprinkles, or whatever tickles your fancy.
THE BIG An increasingly popular hobby - or shouId say lifestyle choice is Outdoor all-year-round/winter swimming. According to one index, Denmark has 80 official winter swimming clubs, with a total of almost 20,000 registered winter swimmers. If you get up at the crack of dawn, and visit many of the beaches, or outdoor harbour baths in and around Copenhagen you will come across quite a few people in bathrobes and swimsuits. Winter swimming improves people’s health and their quality of life, and many people swear by the by cold dip to get their heart racing, colour in their cheeks and a new lease of life I have spoken to my best friend Anja - and asked her what it is about winter swimming that makes her go for the big freeze time and time again?
“I started winter swimming in the sea all year round with my sister 3-4 years ago. We always go to the same place ‘Sneglen’ in Amager. 12 times a week - on a Sunday if possible. Sometimes when I finish work. I love the feeling of my blood rushing around my body after each cold dip. It feels like I am getting rid of all the toxins inside my body. I think that might be the reason I got hooked. I might have had a stressful day at work, and go to the sea, jump in - and the memories of my hectic day just disappear, and I leave renewed and refreshed.
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KIDS AND ANIMALS We sat at dinner the other day at my parents house and laughed at old anecdotes from my childhood. I loved animals and would go to great lengths to rescue animals in need. I have brought many small creatures home - much to the dismay (or amusement) of my parents: a hedgehog, one tiny kitten left by the mother, a pigeon with a broken wing, a duck - also with a broken wing, a rabbit - thay I kept 10 years - the list goes on...
Upon my return - the chick had gone. I looked everywhere, and eventually went into the lounge where my Dad sat with the chick in his hand. His face said it all:) I immediately tried to make him understand, that without me the chick would already be dead. I think he understood where I was coming from, but we couldnâ€™t keep the chick as we lived in an apartment at the time.We got to keep the little fellow for the weekend, and it was then given to a classmate of mine who had a chickencoop. So this little chap got away from the snakes and had a long life of freedom.
One of my favourite stories however, was about the small yellow chick: We had a pet store in the Mall, and this pet store specialized in snakes, spiders, scorpions - and they fed them with small fluffy animals that I love(d). I was intrigued by the predatory animals, and kept coming back to look at them, but when I saw the staff feed a real living yellow chick to a snake one day, I had to do something about it!
I am still a great lover of animals and I love that my children are fond of animals too. I believe is good for them - to care for something. We have guinea pigs in our family, and I adore them; they are fabulous - they squeak, and have funny little personalities of their own.
So I bought one of the chicks. Just to save at least one. The chick cost the equivalent of 2$ and I brought it home and put it on the floor in my room. I loved that fluffy little chick and went to get it some food.
I am not biased to the idea of living on a small farm, looking after animals. Maybe - one fine day that is what I will be doing !
SET THE TABLE FOR EASTER
On Easter Sunday, many families get together for a traditional feast known as PĂĽske Frokost (Easter lunch), where delicious Danish food is served with lots of beer and maybe even Akvavit (schnapps). Today I am sharing my tips for setting the table: I always loved watching my mother setting the table when I was a child. We had special crockery, crystal glasses and even
silver cutlery that were used for special occasions like this. You would also fold the serviettes specifically, and match them to the tablecloth. We are hosting the Easter luncheon this year for the first time, and I wanted the table to be special. I once found a stunning piece of fabric from Marimekko - in yellow and white - this seemed to fit the bill.
MY TIPS FOR SETTING THE TABLE: Find the main colour in your tablescape and accessories from that: napkins, flowers, plates, etc. Get yourself a centrepiece. If it is flowers, make sure they fit your colour scheme.
I like to keep things simple, and love to mix it up a bit, using old vintage stuff that I have picked up on fleamarkets, as well as more modern ceramics it is an eclectic mix, but it works very well for me and my family.
Do you fancy anything one the table for decoration? Candles, flowers, seashells, flea market finds - whatever fits. Remember the sequence of the cutlery. Are you serving a starter? or dessert? Have fun with it. If you think about it too much, it may ruin the spontaneity.
It has been my pleasure to share all of my ideas of hygge for the spring season with you in my
”SIMPLY HYGGE MAGAZINE” Spring edition 2017 *
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