LET’S HYGGE DECEMBER 2022
[definition of hygge]
a quality of cosiness and comfortable living that engenders a feeling
of contentment and well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).
Add a little hygge to each month
I have just returned to Sydney from a great trip to Copenhagen where I’ve been securing projects for next year. It was lovely to be back in Denmark and wonderful to see how the Danes have started to decorate for Christmas. I love all of the preparations in the lead up to Christmas Eve. For me, Christmas is all about cooking, baking and spending creative time together with family and friends.
Whilst in Copenhagen, I met with some dear friends and we spent the afternoon creating Christmas decorations and catching up. It was a magical moment in time and the perfect way to reconnect. This lovely experience inspired me to create an Advent calendar for you. Every Sunday leading up to Christmas, I will send you a greeting and a little creative project that may inspire a gathering with your friends or family. I can’t wait to share my projects with you.. This is pure hygge!!
I wish you a wonderful December, filled with relaxed gatherings and creative projects enjoyed together with loved ones. Let’s hygge!
For our creative afternoon together in Copenhagen, my dear friend Anette Eckmann made this delicious Panforte. It’s the best I have ever tasted. Having lived in Florence, Italy, that says a lot!
180 g coarsely chopped nuts
100 g pure raw marzipan cut into 1 cm cubes
100 g chopped, candied fruit
50 g wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoons ground all spice
1 pinch licorice powder
125 g honey
125 g of sugar
Icing sugar and ground cinnamon for serving
Pre-heat the oven to 150°C .
Coarsely chop the nuts. Mix them together with the marzipan, orange peel and sugar in a bowl. Add flour and spices and stir together. Heat honey and sugar in a saucepan, allowing the mixture to melt and just bringing it to the boil. Immediately pour into the nut mixture. Stir and knead well.
Line a mold with baking paper, press the sticky dough into the mold and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon dipped in water. The dough should not be thicker than 1 cm.
Bake the cake for approx. 35 minutes. Allow the still soft cake to cool in the mold on a wire rack. Sieve icing sugar and a little cinnamon over the cake when serving.
My eBook “Let’s hygge Christmas” is full of great creative projects for Christmas. In the book, you will find instructions on how to make your own clay ornaments, paper Christmas trees and folded stars which you can use to decorate your Christmas tree or a beautiful olive branch. Click on any of the images and it will take you to eBook “Let’s hygge Christmas”. You can choose to download it, so you have got it handy for your Christmas preparation.
Since returning from my trip to Copenhagen, I have enjoyed relaxing in the evening and conquering jet lag by watching the latest episodes of The Crown. It is exceedingly well made and great entertainment. As it’s a Netflix production, this is where you will find it.
As I’ve shared with you previously, Handel’s Messiah is for me the sound of Christmas. I play it all through December. This year I have been invited to the Sydney Philharmonia Choir’s biennial performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Sydney Opera House. There are still tickets available here, if you would like to attend and are lucky enough to live nearby! Please press image for a sneak peek!
Do you want to catch up on some of the previous months? Please look below…
Feel free to share “let’s hygge” with a friend…
I wish you a creative month of December with lovely projects and hygge!
I’ve compiled my family traditions into a digital flip book “let’s hygge CHRISTMAS” for you to peruse and take inspiration from.
Spring is here and I am excited to start gardening again and have ordered my seeds – I can’t wait to see them grow.
I’d like to share a family recipe with you for Danish Kokostoppe. They are a delicious treat and very easy to make.