A HYGGE EASTER WITH COMFORT FOOD AND GIFTS…

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

 

CANDLELIGHT THE HYGGE WAY…

Candlelight is very important to Hygge style. One of the very basic things you can do is light some candles.

Big ones, small ones, real ones, battery ones, it doesn’t matter. Turn off the artificial lights and sit by candlelight.

Scandinavisk has some lovely scented Hygge candles for sale. With echoes of tea and baked strawberry cake, rose petals and wild mint. A painted glass votive with a blend of perfume and vegetable wax with a 100% cotton wick and engraved beechwood lid.Designed in Denmark, assembled in France. Dimensions: 8.4×7.6cm. £35

John Lewis stock a Mint Velvet Revive Citrus and Mint Candle by clothes designer Mint Velvet. Breathe in the luxe scent of tranquillity with this Hygge candle from Mint Velvet.

With a unique blend of essential oils, it will have you feeling relaxed and glamorous in an instant in true Mint Velvet style.

Sparkling, zesty citrus and a blend of grapefruit with orange and bergamot. Spiced with nutmeg and ginger and with essential oils of lemon and peppermint. This is a perfect gift and comes in a chic white glass with a wooden lid. £22

A great part of the year darkness rules in Denmark. One of the primary instruments for doing so are the candles. In the long dark period of the year, the Danes gather at home in the gleam of the candlelight.

Amazon sells a Paddywax ‘Hygge’ Rosewood And Patchouli Scented Candle. Dimensions (HW): 6cm x 8.5cm . Ceramic vessel with copper lid and soy wax blend at £15

Another great site with lots of Hygge style products is Hyggestyle who have ingredients that are exclusively handmade for them by Alchemistress, an artisan aroma blending company specialising in using natural ingredients.  This candle has a calming and relaxing aroma of Lavender and Clary Sage with a hint of Rosemary and Marjoram. Beautifully gift boxed, 20 cl glass at £15.95

Yes, light some candles, open a bottle of wine, and try to forget about your credit card balance. It’s a key element of practicing hygge. Create hygge by burning candles more often and during simple, everyday moments. Light a candle in the morning, afternoon, and evening.