I have been looking forward to writing this post for a long time!!! I live in Liverpool (born about 8 miles out of it) and my children probably count as Scousers to the rest of the world. I’m not even going into what is or isn’t a Scouser… for a few good thoughts on it, read this Guardian question, Why are people from Liverpool called … Continue reading Recipe Tuesday: Lobscouse
Today’s recipe is directly inspired by the ginger cookies that will be made and eaten all over the Scandinavian and Nordic world between now and Christmas.Pebbernodder, brunkage, pepparkakor; ginger is a big flavouring at this time of year. And it’s not just a scandi thing. All over Europe, when the temperature drops, the ginger comes out. The health benefits of ginger as shown in this … Continue reading Recipe Tuesday: Slice and Bake Ginger cookies
I have reviewed Bronte Aurell’s book, Fika and Hygge on this blog way back in October (love it; that’s what the review says and my opinion hasn’t changed) and since the summer I have been desperate to visit the London cafe run by Bronte and her husband, Scandinavian Kitchen. This weekend my husband was in London for his Notary Public course, and I went with … Continue reading Elves Alive! Scandinavian Kitchen….
The subtitle for The Cosy Life by Pia Edberg is “Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge”. Pia was born in Denmark to a Danish father and a Phillippino mother, and spent her first 5 years there before moving to British Columbia in Canada. She’s an author and artist, and illustrated the Cosy Life herself. I bought my copy … Continue reading Hygge Book: The Cosy Life by Pia Edberg
Miriam Bouteba hit a raw nerve last week when she said in Timeout London that “Hygge is a waste of London.” I have never seen anyone so perfectly trounced on Twitter, laughed at and basically told that she wasn’t living right if she couldn’t find anything to hygge about in her life. I’m calling bullshit on that: the word does have an exact English translation, and … Continue reading 24/7 hygge people? No, hygge is like an oasis in a busy day
There are days when random thoughts pop into your head and leave just as quickly. Usually when I pass through a door and forget what I’ve gone for. It’s now been proven that there is a portal problem; that even if it’s only a small door it still has a memory-wiping effect (Forbes Magazine, January 2015) so I… well, where was I? I digress. On … Continue reading Does the Queen do Hygge? I bet Queen Margrethe does.
The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thomsen Brits was one of the first wave of Autumn Hygge releases but has been outshone by Meik Wiking’s Little Book of Hygge, possibly because his was published by Penguin with the massive publicity machine while Louisa’s is published by Penguin Random House…. oh, wait. That can’t be the reason. It may well be, then, that Louisa’s beautiful volume … Continue reading Hygge Book; The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thomsen Brits
I am so pleased to be able to introduce one of my absolute Hygge Heroes on to the blog today! His book is being talked about as the Norwegian Wood of Christmas 2016 and he has appeared on TV and radio throughout September and October promoting it! Meik Wiking is the founder and CEO of The Happiness Institute, an independent think tank dedicated to exploring … Continue reading The Hyggemaster is in the House! Meik Wiking answers some of my questions about Hygge.