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the festive edition
November comes And November goes, With the last red berries And the first white snows. With night coming early, And dawn coming late, And ice in the bucket And frost by the gate. The fires burn And the kettles sing, And earth sinks to rest Until next spring.â€? - CLYDE WATSON
SIMPLY HYGGE magazine
CONTRIBUTORS Editor in Chief Anya Nøddebo Jensen Art Director Pernille Boe Kaluzny Anya Nøddebo Jensen Photography Anya Nøddebo Jensen Bianca Wessel Amalie loves Denmark Søren Staun Contributors Bianca Wessel - Little Scandinavia Amelie loves Denmark Søren Staun - Chef’s season
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Welcome to Simply Hygge ‘THE FESTIVE EDITION’ 6 - 7 Advent candle decorations page 8 - 11 DIY Nordic Christmas tree advent gift calendar 12 - 15 HYGGE food - Havgregryns kugler 16 - 17 “CHASING HYGGE” Royal Smushi Café & Royal Copenhagen Christmas tables 18 - 23 HYGGE food - Zimtsterne ‘Christmas star cookies 24 - 27 “CHASING HYGGE” A weekend in Paris 28 - 31 Hyggelig WISHLIST - grown ups 32 - 33 DIY clay ornaments 34 - 35 HYGGE food - Æbleskiver 36 - 39 Hyggelig WISHLIST kids 40 - 41 My festive wreath 42 - 45 Julehygge in the greenhouse 46- 47 HYGGE food - Klejner 48 - 49 Let it snow 50 - 51 Saint Lucia parade 52 - 53 Christmas decorations 54 - 55 Gløgg - 2 ways 56 - 59 HYGGE food - Vanilje kranse 60 - 61 CHASING HYGGE - Tivoli Garden 62 - 63 Wrapping gifts 64 - 67 Thanks for visiting - and see you again soon 68 -70
Welcome to SIMPLY HYGGE for
I just wanted to thank you all for the amazing welcome you gave the first edition of my Simply Hygge magazine. I have been overwhelmed with the response, and I am so proud that many of you have shared the magazine with your friends. If you like hygge, you are going to love this edition of Simply Hygge Magazine. This edition is all about the Festive season, and all of the magical and hyggelige things we do in my family to create hygge inside and outside - here and there and everywhere! Hygge is all about being together, doing things together, and if you have children, you know that their anticipation and exitement is the epitome of Christmas hygge. In this edition I will show you loads of hygge leading up to Christmas. In Denmark we celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December, with a delicious feast at dinner, and the traditon of ‘dancing around the Christmas tree’. When I lived in London, most of my friends thought the tradition was hilarious, so I had to explain that we didn’t actually ‘dance’ - more like walk around the tree, holding hands and singing carols. Hyggeligt - and very Danish - (and yes as a teenager I did find the whole thing a bit over the top, but with my own kids now, I make sure we sing the same old carols that were sung when I was a child.) This time I have been lucky enough to collaborate with some very cool and talented people, who also had some hygge they wanted to share. So please enjoy Simply Hygge for Christmas with all of the amazing articles I have in store for you this time. Welcome and MERRY CHRISTMAS.
ADVENT CANDLE DECORATION Text: Anya Nøddebo Jensen // Photography: Anya Nøddebo Jensen
It is also a fun thing to do with your children. They also love getting into the swing of things, and their aesthetics might be different from your own, but that just adds to the fun, as not one decoration look the same.
In Denmark almost everybody buys or makes Advent candle decorations. The tradition is very hyggelig - and you burn one candle every Sunday leading up to Christmas. If you do it right - you’ll end up with 4 candles, all different shapes. Everyone looks forward to lighting the candle on the Sunday, and the children are the first to tell you when you need to blow out the candle, so you do not burn too much before the next Sunday..
This years I have meade a few simple decorations for you to do at home. Easy peasy and very hyggeligt indeed.
For as long as I remember we have made our own Advent candle decorations with my Grandmother. She has a lot of experience with flower arranging and is absolutely brilliant. She has tried to teach us everything she knows, and we have finally got the hang of it. This year we made decorations again. We had a lovely day, chatting away, sipping coffee, as we got busy decorating. The results are fab, and we have enough candle decorations now to last us until Christmas.
WHAT YOUâ€™LL NEED A nice tray or bowl for your base. Keep to a simple colour, as you can then go mad decorating. I like to use trays or bowls in metal, white, wood or concrete.
hearts, stars - anything is usable as long as it goes with the colour scheme you have chosen. Candles. I make sure to have a wide array of candles, so I can pick one and match with some of my festive accessories.
Flower foam - this keeps the greenery nice and fresh-ish, all the way to christmas (if you remember to water it)
For an advent candle decoration, you will always need 4 candles as the tradition dictates that you burn one each Sunday leading up to Christmas.
Small decorative items - I like to use small pine cones, baubles, small festive ornamental things, decorative festive items, ribbon, glitter, acorns,
Some tongs, pliers, metal wire thread, and floral scissors - your tools.
METHOD ADVENT CANDLE DECORATION # 1 One of the easiest Advent decorations is made by simply placing 4 large votive candles (with numbers 1-4 tied on with a ribbon and a pine-branch) on a decorative tray, and then â€˜sprinkleâ€™ small pinecones on the tray. Add some glitter if you desire - and you are set to go.
ADVENT CANDLE DECORATION # 2 For the 2nd Advent candle decoration I had to get my Grandmother to help. So for this one we have used a flower oasis, soaked it in water and popped it into a plastic oasis tray. We then started covering the Oasis in fir, holly, moss and greeney, so we covered the base completely. Afterwards we added the stunning succulents flowers, eucaluptus, and a of course 4 candles, and how about that!! - the results speaks volumes.
NORDIC CHRISTMAS TREE ADVENT CALENDAR Photography & Text BIANCA WESSEL - LITTLE SCANDINAVIAN
For the stunning DIY Advent Calendar I have the pleasure of introducing a fellow blogger: Bianca Wessel , who lives with her husband and their two daughters, Beatrice age 15 and Amélie age 11 in London. The family moved from Norway 10 years ago and Bianca runs the blog Little Scandinavian, a niche blog founded in 2009, featuring Nordic design, fashion and lifestyle. “Christmas is upon us and there’s nothing better than a festive countdown calendar to help getting into the festive spirit. Every year we have a ‘fill your own’ advent calendar for our two daughters, with a daily surprise. We used to have a very simple ‘peg on a thread’ calendar, which has been useful. But the time had come to update our home for Advent. We saw a Nordic tree calendar on the Oh Joy craft blog and thought it would match our Scandinavian home very well. We made a few adjustments to it, to our personal taste; with the geometric designed gift bags in muted colours, only
broken up by a few monochrome ones and a dash of sparkly gold… We enjoyed working on it it together and the finished result, a highly decorative wall hung Advent Calendar is both beautiful when decorated as it is when left bare. And it was surprisingly easy to make. According to our Norwegian traditions the Christmas tree shouldn’t be brought in any earlier than just before the big day itself. But with this advent calendar doubling as a festive backdrop in your home, all your December glögg and gingerbread parties with friends and family will be a lot more festive.
“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! “
H O W T O MAKE Your own Nordic Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
MATERIALS NEEDED (WHAT WE USED)
The Ikea fabric itself is in a sturdy canvas material but as we wanted to make sure the calendar can be enjoyed year after year we decided to iron on a canvas fabric with adhesives before sewing together. You fold and iron the fabric at the top and bottom before sewing a across, making enough space to hold a wooden stick. Or alternatively you can use a twig from the forest for the ultimate Nordic look.
IKEA Vinter 2014 fabric 150 x 200 cm 2 wooden curtain rods 150cm wide cup hooks and screw eyes x 2 24 gift bags 24 white stickers Black calligraphy pen Black silk ribbon Scissors Measuring Tape Straight Pins Sewing Machine Sewing needle and thread Jette Frolich Gold Tree Topper Fastening pin Led Fairy Lights x 2
Lay the fabric flat on the floor. Decorate your tree with a mix of 24 gift bags, numbered from 1 to 24 (with simple white round stickers). When you are happy with the placement of each bag, fasten a red tape to mark the top of each bag before removing it. Then sew 24 small hooks on where the tape is. An option if you don’t have any hooks is to simply sew loops with a needle and thread through the fabric too. With a pin it’s easy to fasten the gold star at the top of tree.
Lift up the calendar from the floor and hang it on the wooden curtain rod before fastening it to the wall. Fasten all your bags (I took a picture of the tree when laying flat as to remember how I wanted it) to the tree and decorate with fairy lights and you’ve got yourself some instant Christmas cheer.
We started with a trip to Ikea to buy the VINTER metre fabric, featuring a full size Christmas tree print. When we were there we also bought two sets of fairly lights (with battery) as well as a pack of white and gold gift bags. On our way home we picked up two wooden sticks, two cup hooks and screw eyes at the hardware store. The beautiful gold tree topper was bought in the Norwegian Christmas Market in London, but I believe it’s available online as well.
Next step: See your children open and enjoy the little gifts hiding inside the bags, one by one all the way up to Christmas.
Utterly delicious HAVREGRYNSKUGLER When I was little, one of the first edible things I managed to make entirely on my own was what we call â€˜Havregryns Kuglerâ€™, which is a small round oat and chocolate ball, covered in coconut shavings - let me tell you - it is utterly delicious. These small treats are very moreish, easy to make, and the perfect sweet delicacy if you need to whip something up quickly. I often use these as hostess gifts as well - perfect for the festive season coming up.
METODE Mix your oats, chocolate, vanilla sugar and icing sugar in a large mixing bowl. Cut the butter into cubes - 1-2 cm. Place the butter into your food processor /mega mixer and turn it on. Add the oats-mix bit by bit - adding the coffee to make it smooth. If the mix gets too dry, add a dash of milk until the paste is smooth.( Do note that this is very sticky as it is butter based) Get a cup and fill it with boiling water. Using a metal spoon, dip into the boiling water, and take some of the oats ‘paste’ and make into a round ball - the size of a large grape. You form it with the spoon in your hand. Put the coconut on a plate, and roll the ball in the coconut, covering it completely. Put these on a tray covered in silver foil or parchment paper. Continue making oat-balls until you have used all of the paste. Put the oat-balls in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours before serving. Keep the oat-balls in the fridge, as they do tend to go soft rather fast. They will keep for 5-7 days in the fridge. As a hostess gift put your oat-balls into a pretty jar, tie a festive ribbon on with a Christmas tag. It is always a pleasure giving these to someone else.
Recipe: Anya Nøddebo Jensen // Photography: Anya Nøddebo Jensen
300 g oats 250 g butter - room temperature 200 g icing sugar 1 tsp vanilla sugar 5 tsp cocoa powder 1 Dbl espresso (or a small cup of strong black coffee) Milk (to get the right consistency) Grated coconut
ENJOY - THESE ARE HEAVENLY!!
Royal Smushi cafĂŠ & Royal Copenhagen Christmas tables
Text: Anya Nøddebo Jensen // Photography: Anya Nøddebo Jensen
THANK YOU TO ROYAL SMUSHI FOR THE AMAZING LOCATION AND CHRISTINA ROHDE FOR THE AMAZING CLOTHES .
A place I always love to take the children in the run up to Christmas is The Royal Smushi cafe - right next to Royal Copenhagen where they have the traditional Danish Juleborde (Christmas tables). The Royal Smushi cafĂŠ is probably my favourite cafĂŠ in the city and a place I always like to bring guests. The reason it is so popular, is that everything they do is very well thought out, and great effort has been made to create a hyggelig and welcoming atmosphere.
faced sandwiches in bitesized delights called SMUSHIES - hence the name. I recommend going there any time of year, but during December the whole place is a shrine of gorgeous decorations - many of them are for sale, so you can bring home a bit of the ambience yourself.
ROYAL SMUSHI CAFE AMAGERTORV 6, 1160 COPENHAGEN
The decor is whimsical, the service is good, and the fact that you probably will end up sharing your table with strangers, is also part of the charm, not to mention that everything in there is served on Royal Copenhagen porcelain. They also serve the famous Danish open
+45 33 12 11 22 firstname.lastname@example.org
ROYAL COPENHAGEN JULEBORDE 2016
ZIMTSTERNE “Christmas Stars” Text & recipe: Amalie loves Denmark // Images: Amalie loves Denmark
I am so proud to introduce Amalie Loves Denmark who is sharing her lovely Zimtsterne cookies with us. Amalie loves Denmark is a a blog with a focus on Denmark, Danish lifestyle, tips for travel, shopping, recipes, DIYs, products and brands.
treats. It reminds me of the days, when I was young and we baked cookies with my Mother. I love this tradition, and hopefully my kids will continue with the tradition. One of the classic recipes, we bake every year for Christmas time, are these Cinnamon stars, mainly because my son loves the smell of cinnamon.
“I love Denmark! Ever since my childhood, I have spent my vacation in Denmark, and I have turned my affection into my profession. In our home, there is a lot of Danish design. And I enjoy sharing my passion on my blog and in my books.”
So if you are looking for a recipe with cinnamon, or want to try a typical German recipe, and have a little patience to dip the stars out, then give it a try.
-When it comes to Christmas and hygge, we love to bake a whole day long. One Saturday in december we prepare a lot of cookies. We use classic recipes from Denmark or Germany and some new recipes, which I have found in a magazine or on a blog. So that is a hard „working day“ with flour everywhere and of course lots of fun and hygge!
„Our baking day is Christmas hygge for us.“, so thanks for asking me to contribute, Anya. I´m glad to be part of your new magazine filled with Danish hygge. The recipe is very easy, but it takes some time to prepare the cookies. Have fun and enjoy!
The whole house is smelling fantastic and the cookie jars are filled with sweet 24
400 g ground almonds 2 teaspoon of ceylon cinnamon powder 2 egg white 150 g powdered sugar Glaze: 1 egg white 250 g of powdered sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon flour
Mix almost all almonds with cinnamon. Add the egg whites and the powdered sugar and knead everything to a dough. Put this in the refrigerator for at least one hour. For the glaze, whip egg whites stiff. Add gradually to the powdered sugar and add the flour. Roll the dough between 2 sheets about 1 cm thick. Give about 2/3 of the glaze evenly thin on the dough. Then place in the refrigerator again for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 170 Â° C. Make stars out of the dough. Place them on a baking tray covered with baking paper and bake the cinnamon stars for 10-12 minutes in the oven. Whisk the remaining dough with the remaining almonds. Roll it out again, spread it with the remaining glaze, refrigerate, cut them out again and bake them.
â€œIt smells like cinnamon and Christmas in the whole house.â€?
A hyggelig weekend trip to PARIS
JARDIN DES TUILERIES
PARIS Sometimes. getting a break from it all is the tonic we all need to make the heart beat just that little bit faster. “To travel is to live” said our own world famous author Hans Christian Andersen, and I can only agree. Something as simple as visiting a foodhall abroad becomes a voyage into interesting and different types of food, local produce; and eating out in a restaurant - an eyeopener for the senses. Taking in the local colour, visiting markets, local shops and boutiques is part of the charm of being a tourist, and drinking coffee in a small café whilst talking about where to go next, is the epitome of hygge. I call it CHASING HYGGE when we are out and about finding hygge here and there and everywhere. This time we explored PARIS in the late Autumn. It was my Mother, my sister and I. There is something very hyggeligt about packing scarves, gloves, hats, comfy trainers, and naturally a camera, and then walk and talk and see where your path takes you. Paris is one of the most stunning places - all year round, and Autumn doesn’t dissappoint. As proper tourists, there were many sights to behold, and even though we had seen them before - it was still amazing standing by the Louvre pyramid at dusk, or gazing up at the Eiffel Tower, and having lunch next to the Palais Royal. So if you fancy Chasing some hygge out there, you will be spoilt for choice in Paris.
Text: Anya Nøddebo Jensen // Images: Anya Nøddebo Jensen
PLACE DES VOSGES
HYGGELIG WISHLIST FOR EVERYONE
WHEN CHRISTMAS IS AROUND THE CORNER IT IS THE TIME TO GET THE GIFTS BOUGHT BEFORE THEY SELL OUT. I HAVE SCOURED THE INTERNET AND HAVE FOUND THESE GORGEOUS GIFTS.
IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO SIMPLY ROCK THIS ONE IS FOR THEM: ”YOU ROCK” / / STRUPS
1.TACTILE THROW // STRICKAHOLIC 2.HURRICANE // RO COLLECTIONS 3.BOWL KRÃ…KEBOLLE // MENT 4.SALT GRATER // RIVSALT 5.EDGE VASE // SKAGERAK 6.LINO PRINT // MONIKA PEDERSEN
7.MINI CANDLE GIFTSET // SKANDINAVISK 8.FLIP MIRROR WHITE // NORMANN 9.WOODEN BOX // CABINET 10.NOTEBOOK SPIRAL // HOUSEDOCTOR 11.APRON // H&M HOME 12.DRINKS TROLLEY // BY LASSEN 33
DIY CLAY ORNAMENTS Text: Anya NĂ¸ddebo Jensen // Image: Anya NĂ¸ddebo Jensen
Small gifts and tokens of appreciation are some of the most wonderful things to make and give to someone you care about. Some of my most treasured things are homemade, and often something my daughters have spent time and effort making for me. The last few years we have made small homemade clay ornaments, to give as
small presents for Christmas. These ornaments are classics as we use white air drying clay, and twine in a neutral colour. It has become a yearly tradition, and we often invite friends and their children over so they too can participate. These small ornaments also make great gifttags, or even as the gift itself.
METHOD: Take your clay and separate it into 4 sections Take the first section and, on a clean surface, roll out the clay with a rolling pin. It has to be approximately 1/2 cm thick. Get the cookie cutter of your choice, and ‘cut out the shape’ like you would cookie dough. Remove excess clay, and with your finger gently make the frayed edges even Make a small hanging hole at the top of the ornament for the twine using the top of a straw
WHAT YOU NEED: Air drying clay (white fine clay that doesn’t need baking)
Decorate the ornament with your stamp. You could write Merry Christmas, your name, make a picture of a snowman, use a stamp with lace pattern - whatever you fancy.
Bakers twine - I like to use black and natural, but any colour that suits you. Rubber stamps with festive motifs (Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, snowmen, gingerbread cookies or just letters) (look on Etsy)
Leave to dry overnight. If the ornament starts ‘bending’, gently push it down, or turn around so the ornament gets as straight as possible.
Festive cookie cutters (stars, hearts, Christmas trees, angels, snowmen)
Thread baker’s twine through the hole and give as a gift, or hang on your own Christmas tree.
Straws for making holes in the ornaments Loads of Christmas music and Christmas cookies for getting you in the festive mood!
RECIPE: SØREN STAUN // IMAGES:SØREN STAUN
- a danish christmas favourite
If you visit Denmark around Christmas time, you will, without a doubt, run into what we call Æbleskiver - also known as Danish Pancake balls. These are delightful small fluffy pancake balls, baked on a special frying pan (Æbleskivepande) with 9 holes, where you pour your batter into. These pans are available to buy in a normal hardware store here in Denmark, but if you live abroad, have a look and see if you can find one in a thrift shop or perhaps even here. Æbleskiver were originally made with apple slices, or apple puré inside - which is why they are called ‘Æbleskiver,’ but today people usually omit the apple. You can find very tasty, and adequate Æbleskiver in any Supermarket from November and onwards, but trust me, these homemade ones are much better. Today I have been lucky enough to share the delicious Æbleskive recipe belonging to a fantastic photographer and Chef - Søren Staun who blogs on Chef’s Season. Søren says that Christmas is “The Festival of Hearts and this recipe has everything your heart desires”. I couldn’t agree more. Thanks Søren for your delicious recipe. Find more of Søren’s stunning work here.
5 dl buttermilk 2 eggs 1 tbsp sugar 300 g flour 60 g marcipan 1 tsp cardamom 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 dash of salt butter (for cooking) Nougat - to put inside each æbleskive - around a peasize in each.
Mix your sugar, eggs, and buttermilk in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Add marcipan and mix until smooth and even. Add your spices, bicarbonate of soda, and flour and mix well - until all the flour has dissolved. Put your ‘Æbleskive fryingpan’ on the hot stove and add a small bit of butter into each hole in the pan (this is to be done each time) Fill with batter - half way in each hole. Immediately add your nougat to the middle of the Æbleskive, and turn them when the bottom half has cooked - this is easily done with a skewer. Continue until you have used all of your batter. Serve your Æbleskiver with jam, castersugar and ordinary sugar - you almost use the Æbleskive to scoop it all up from the plate. ENJOY your æbleskiver - these are simply delicious.
HYGGELIG WISHLIST FOR KIDS WHEN CHRISTMAS IS AROUND THE CORNER IT IS THE TIME TO GET THE GIFTS BOUGHT BEFORE THEY SELL OUT. I HAVE SCOURED THE INTERNET AND HAVE FOUND THESE GORGEOUS GIFTS - THESE GIFTS WOULD MAKE MOST KIDS - AND THEIR ADULTS HAPPY!
IF YOU HAVE A LITTLE MERMAID AT HOME - THIS ONE IS FOR THEM. MERMAID BEDSPREAD / SNURK
1.FLUFFY ANIMAL TROPHY / BRIGBYS 2.BEANIE HAT / CHLOÃ‰ 3.CHERRY POUCH /MERIMERI 4.APRON / BONTON 5.TOOLBOX / MOULIN ROTY 6.CANOPE / NUMERO 74
7.GOOD NIGHT PILLOW / ANNABEL KERN 8.WOODROCKER GUITAR / SMALLABLE 9.FOOD MEMORY GAME / REMEMBER 10.PIZZARIA / DJECO 11.JUMPER // OEUF NYC 12.TRAINER / MINNA PARIKKA
MY FESTIVE WREATH Text: Anya NĂ¸ddebo Jensen // Images: Anya NĂ¸ddebo Jensen
One of the first things I do every year is to make a beautiful wreath that can adorn my door or wall all of December. It is a thing I look forward to putting up every year. I think there is something very hyggeligt about traditions you stick to every year. This year I have made it really easy for you - as I have asked my Grandmother to help me make one cool wreath from the Strups Brass ring, which is so easy and simple to work with, that this DIY project is something everyone can do. 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 togtether, 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:
Carefully wrap your foliage around the brass ring, tying it with your flower wire.
Foliage - different types. For my wreath I have used Eucaluptus branches with berries flower wire scissors
Make sure the whole brass ring has a coherent look, cut of any straggly bits.
METHOD: Get the brass ring and make sure the tie is on the top.
Hang the wreath on the wall or your door and enjoy your hyggelige seasonal display!
the H O W T O -so you can make your own just follow along with the pictures...
BRASS RING FROM STRUPS
FLOWER ARRANGING: MONNA EDITH LARSEN // PHOTOGRAPHY & TEXT: ANYA NÃ˜DDEBO JENSEN
JULEHYGGE IN THE GREENHOUSE Text: Anya Nøddebo Jensen // Image: Anya Nøddebo Jensen
Being an advocate of creating and “Chasing hygge” everywhere, I absolutely adored coming across the hyggelige and cozy greenhouse belonging to my lovely girlfriend Mille. Her greeenhouse is her sanctuary, a place she relaxes all year round. She has decked it out for winter, and now it looks utterly amazing, and very hyggeligt for Christmas. We have included a few tips on how you can - with little effort make your outdoor greeenhouse or orangery ready for some Winter hygge. YES, you do have to dress up warm, and drink lots of hot tea, hot chocolate or even Gløgg - but that’s hygge during the cold months - and it is essentially what hygge is all about!! Our lovely model Louis - the pug, thourougly enjoyed our afternoon in the greenhouse - he was the perfect little helper, and a very photogenic chap I might add.
TIPS TO MAKE YOUR GREENHOUSE A HYGGELIGT SANCTUARY GET CANDLES, LOTS OF THEM - ESSENTIAL HYGGE ITEMS. ADD A TABLE AND CHAIR - AND BLANKETS SO YOU CAN RELAX AND KEEP WARM. WRAP UP, AND REMEMBER A HOT DRINK - TEA IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA. STICK TO A COHERENT COLOUR PALETTE - IN THIS GREENHOUSE WE KEPT IT GREEN AND FRESH. MIX AND MATCH YOUR ACCESSORIES - OLD, NEW, METAL, STONE, WOOD. CREATE HYGGELIGE NOOKS AND VIGNETTES ON TABLES AND THE FLOOR. MAKE SURE YOU USE PLANTS THAT CAN SURVIVE FROST. ENJOY YOUR NEW FAVOURITE SPACE - ALL YEAR ROUND.
I remember these well from when I was small, and how fun it was to twist the Klejner into shape, and see them cook in the hot oil. My father has an old cookbook with a traditional Klejne recipe, but the one I am sharing here is my fathers tweaked version - tried and tested for many years by me and my whole family.
Text: Anya NĂ¸ddebo Jensen // Image: Anya NĂ¸ddebo Jensen
INGREDIENTS: 25 g butter 50 g sugar 3 egg yolks 3-4 tbs cream 2 tbs cognac 250 g all purpose flour Fat or vegetable oil for frying
Many Danish families believe that there is no Christmas without Klejner, which is a traditional old nordic Christmas cookie, fried in hot oil, and shaped like a knot or a diamond.
KLEJ NER METHOD: In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter & sugar and whisk until light and fluffy.
and gently â€˜wringâ€™ one end of the diagonal through the slit in the middle, turning it into a knot.
Add the egg yolks, cream, cognac, mix well, add the flour and mix/knead until the dough is soft, firm and moist.
Pour in your fat or oil in a heavy thick bottom medium saucepan, and heat until 180 degrees celsius.
Leave to chill in the fridge for 1 hour. This will make the dough firmer.
Carefully drop the knots into the hot fat using, and remove when golden brown. Only put 5-7 in at the same time.
Roll out the dough with a rolling pin on a lightly floured board until it has a thickness of about 0.50 cm. Cut strips crosswise and diagonally at 5 cm intervals to form diamond shapes. Cut a 1 cm long slash in the middle of the individual diamonds,
Leave to drip dry on paper towels. This will absorb any excess oil. I prefer to eat my Klejner when they are freshly made, and sprinkled with a little bit of icing sugar.
“Let it snow”
Photography Anya Nøddebo Jensen
On the 13th of December we celebrate Saint Lucia day with a Saint Lucia light parade. According to the legend, Saint Lucia brought “food and aid to Christians hiding in the catacombs” using a candle-lit wreath to “light her way and leave her hands free to carry as much food as possible”. She devoted her life to God rather than the Emperor, and for that, he had her burnt on a stake. We celebrate her life and sacrifice with a Saint Lucia light parade where the children walk whilst singing the Santa Lucia song, wearing white gowns, crowns on their heads and carrying a light. The first girl wears a crown on her head just like the one Saint Lucia wore. It is a beautiful parade and an event I look forward to every year. When I was small we carried real candles, and the head girl had a crown of real candles. That is still practised, but usually with older children. The small children carry electric ones. I love seeing my girls participating, and like most mothers, I do end up a bit teary eyed, as I think it is a very touching ceremony, and an event the children take very seriously. Afterwards it is very common to have a small gathering where we usually drink gløgg and eat æbleskiver.
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GLØGG - 2 WAYS
R E D W I N E G L Ø G G Gløgg is a spicy mulled wine with origins from the German Glühwein. It is a very popular drink in the colder months, and in Denmark, it is one of our favourite things to enjoy during the festive month of December, and for most gatherings, people choose gløgg over coffee and tea. When you drikn it you get a warm fuzzy feeling which is always great when it is cold outside. Whether it has something to do with the redwine in one of our Gløgg’s, or just the hyggelige feeling I will leave it up to you to decide. I am sharing my 2 favourite Gløgg recipes - the ‘Original’ one that contains redwine, and a non alcoholic - kid (and adult friendly) version. Delicious!!
INGREDIENTS: 1 bottle of red wine (I use vin de table) 1 organic orange - diced and deseeded. 2 cinammon sticks 5 star anis 10 cloves 3 cardamom pods 2 tbs brown sugar 150 ml water 100 g raisins 100 g split almonds
METHOD: Get the orange, sugar, water, and mix together in a large saucepan on medium heat, until the sugar has dissolved. Do not burn as that will spoil the flavour. Add the spices to the mix and leave to simmer on low heat for 10 mins. Leave to infuse for 30-45 mins, pour though a sive into a new large saucepan. Slowly pour in the wine and leave to simmer on low heat until hot. Do not allow to boil. Add the almonds and raisins and serve when the wine is piping hot. Enjoy!! And be careful - this drink is very hot! 56
GLØGG - 2 WAYS
A P P L E G L Ø G G I am delighted to share another favourite Gløgg recipe, one that is suitable for people who do not drink alcohol, and also for children. A delicious hot drink enjoyed when it is cold outside, leaves you with a satisfactory feeling of hygge and it is so easy to make. The flavour is mild, slightly spicy and a lovely hyggelig beverage to enjoy on a wet wintry day.
INGREDIENTS: 1 liter of organic apple juice 1 dl water 1 organic lemon 3 tbs caster sugar 2 cinnamon sticks 5 whole cloves 2 star anis 3 cardamom pods 1 organic apple diced 50 g raisins 50 g (split) almonds
METHOD: Slice your lemon, and put in a large saucepan adding the sugar. Pour in the water, with the spices, and slowly heat up until it is hot. Leave to infuse for 1/2 hour. Pour the liquid through a sieve and put it back on the stove. Discard the spices and lemon. Add the apple juice and diced apple - and keep an eye on the saucepan so it doesn’t boil. Add raisins and almonds and serve when the apple gløgg is piping hot. Enjoy - but do remember to tell the children to be vigilant as this drink is hot!
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VANILJEKRANSE (Vanilla swirls) is a cookie that tastes a bit like shortbread, with an almondy touch. Vaniljekranse is one of the classic Danish Christmas cookies. I have been told that until the middle of the 18th century, not many people owned a proper stove, as it could easily cause fires to run wild in the densely populated cities, so most of the sweet cookies from before then were either fried in oil (like klejner) or baked in a pan (like ĂŚbleskiver) >>
But in the 18th century, most housewives finally got stoves, and these vanilla swirls (and other favourite cookies) were quickly developed. Vaniljekranse has always been my favourite Christmas cookie, because of the vanilla flavour. When you make these, it is fun and hyggeligt to get the children involved. The swirl is round and shaped by hand, which is easily done - even with small hands. My youngest always eat her fair share of the dough, as well as the finished cookies, and it is a pleasure seeing the kids light up when they get to taste something they have created with only a little help from Granddad. This recipe is another favourite from my Fathers archives. This has been tried and tested for many years by my family, and as Vaniljekranse goes, they donâ€™t get any better than these!
INGREDIENTS: 250 g all purpose flour 200 g soft butter 125 g sugar 125 g finely chopped almonds 1/2 a vanilla pod - you need to scrape out the seeds and mix into the sugar
METHOD: Mix the sugar, soft butter and all purpose flour in a bowl adding the chopped almonds. Leave the dough in the fridge to rest and harden a bit as it makes it easier to work with. Pour the dough into a piping bag and use the star nozzle. Pipe out small circles and make sure they connect at the end. Place the Vanilje kranse on a baking tray lined with baking/parchment paper Bake the cookies for 6-7 minutes in the middle of the oven (225 degrees celsius), keeping a close eye on them as they have to be pale in colour. ENJOY and keep any spare cookies in a cookie jar, to keep them from going soft.
IMAGES FROM CHRISTMAS 2015
Visiting Tivoli Gardens
Anyone who has visited our capital Copenhagen, have probably heard of TIVOLI gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks in the World. Tivoli, however, isn’t just an amusement park, it is a beautiful garden filled with restaurants, cafes, rides, flowers, candy, and much more. It is a spectacle to visit and take it all in. Tivoli used to open only during the Summer season, but they have expanded their opening hours now, and are also open for Halloween and Christmas, which is great for all of us, as we love going to the gardens for a hyggelig time all year round.
Text: Anya Nøddebo Jensen // Image: Anya Nøddebo Jensen
We always make sure we visit during the winter season and it gets better and better every year. This year they have an alpine winter wonderland theme, and they have decorated the gardens with 30.000 baubles, 16.000 Christmas lights, and Christmas trees galore.
TIVOLI GARDENS VESTERBROGADE 3 1630 KØBENHAVN V TELEFON: +45 33151001 INFO@TIVOLI.DK
WRAPPIN Sometimes the whole process of wrapping a present can be as important as buying or making the gift itself. When you receive a gift from someone, and they have taken the time to wrap it carefully, in their chosen paper, with their favourite ribbon, and maybe even added a small note or tag, it is so special and such a treat to be gifted something beautiful, someone has taken the time and wrapped for you. I remember when the children were small, they would make gifts for us at Kindergarten and school, and the real treat for me was not only the homemade treasure but the fact that they wrapped the gift themselves. The wrapping of the gift was nowhere near perfect, but it was done by them, with their own little hands, and that made it, even more special. I love wrapping gifts. I think the time it takes is well spent and I find the whole process of making and giving something to someone very hyggelig. The day before Christmas eve has always been the day of gift wrapping in my house. The girls are bigger now and love getting involved, so we always make it an afternoon event, a very hyggelig one, where we are together, singing songs, eating Christmas cookies and having a great time.
IF YOU WANT YOUR GIFTS TO LOOK GREAT, I HAVE A FEW TIPS FOR YOU * Always stick to a coherent colour palette. Get beautiful fabric ribbon as it can completely transform a gift, and make it look very exclusive. Always make sure to recycle fabric ribbon if you should get a gift wrapped in it. I have a whole box full of different types of ribbon. Use see through sticky tape as it will be invisible on the wrapping paper. Make sure the edges and corners are sharp and crisp as it makes the parcel look more refined. Get some fab tags or small notes and write a little something for the receiver. Have fun with it - gift wrapping is actually quite relaxing *
It has been my pleasure to share all of my ideas of hygge for the festive season with you in my
”SIMPLY HYGGE MAGAZINE” The Festive Editon Christmas 2016 *
I hope you have enjoyed my magazine, and that I have got you as HOOKED ON HYGGE as I am.
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The 2nd edition of the best free online magazine - all about Danish HYGGE for Christmas. Welcome to Simply Hygge - The Festive Edition.