The Scandinavians excel in comfort – family, friends, a good atmosphere, long meals, relaxation and an emphasis on simple pleasures. They even have a word for this kind of cosiness that comes with spending quality time in hearth and home when the days are short: hygge. Trine Hahnemann is the doyenne of Scandinavian cooking and loves nothing more than spending time in her kitchen cooking up comforting food in good company. This is her collection of recipes that will warm you up and teach you to embrace the art of hygge, no matter where you live.
This gorgeous book “Scandinavian Comfort Food”, by Trine Hannemann is full to the brim with delicious easy to follow recipes. Great for anyone interested in hygge and Scandinavian food.
Another great book for anyone who prefers baking is the “Scandinavian Baking: Loving Baking at Home“, by Trine Hahnemann. Trine Hahnemann is the leading authority on Scandinavian baking, and here she holds the hand of the uninitiated baker and leads them through the mysteries of baking bread, always with an eye to the practicalities of creating great bread at home. Here you will find no complicated recipes, or sourdough starters that need as much tending as a baby. Instead, Trine teaches you how you can fit the making of bread into our busy lives, without compromising on quality. Scandinavian crispbreads abound, as do savoury tarts and recipes from the smorrebrod. And then there’s the sweet baking — a recipe for each kind of Danish pastry you could ever wish for, a cookie for every occasion, and mouth-watering layer cakes, coffee cakes and cream buns.
My mouth is watering just writing about it.
On the beautiful website Hygge Style, they have an Easter Shop with some great gifts in like these blue and white ceramic chicken egg cups. Decorating your home at Easter is one of the most charming of Scandinavian traditions. Bundles of twigs or pussy willow in large jugs or vases look wonderful when teamed with hanging eggs. £5.49
and these Gingham pastel egg tree decorations by Gisela Graham, £5.49
or these hand painted Easter egg tree decorations again by Gisela Graham, £6.49
My final favourite is this yellow spring Easter Egg gift tin by Gisela Graham which would look good in anyone’s kitchen, £4.49