LET’S HYGGE NOVEMBER 2021
[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 wish you a lovely November, full of joyful gatherings shared with great company!
Last year for my birthday, I was gifted a dehydrator. It’s such a great system for preserving herbs and fruit and an added bonus is the lovely scent created in the kitchen while its contents dehydrate! In autumn when I cut back all of my garden herbs, I dehydrated the harvest and had my own dried herbs for winter. I also use the dehydrator for fruits – dehydrated apples are very popular in our house and they are a great snack if you feel like something sweet! The flavor of a fresh fruit changes a lot when it is dried, to become much more enhanced and perfumed, in a delicious way. As I was living at The Barn when I made this season’s preserved oranges, I dried them in the oven. It’s easy to use an oven if you don’t have a dehydrator: Set the oven to the lowest heat, arrange your sliced oranges on a tray lined with baking paper and pop in the oven for a couple of hours. Afterwards, I leave them on their tray and let them dry even more in the sun. If you use a dehydrator, the process will take 6 to 8 hours at 60 degrees. Dried oranges are perfect in drinks, for infusing in water and are delicious dipped in chocolate!
This smoked trout pate is Spring in a mouthful. I first tasted it at the BOATHOUSE at Balmoral. I loved it and immediately went home and tried to replicate it… now I think I like mine better! (Shh.. don’t tell them I said so!) I have it for lunch on sourdough or to top blinis for a delicious starter or finger food to serve at parties.
Smoked trout pate on blinis
1 smoked trout whole (Woolworths) or a fillet of smoked trout
1 little red onion or 1/2 of a bigger one, finely chopped
1/2 handful of dill, finely chopped (keep a bit for plating)
250 g sour cream
Salt & Pepper
Sumac, if you have it (to sprinkle for plating)
Remove the head, tail, skin and bones if you are using a whole trout and flake the delicious smoked trout meat using a fork. An even faster solution is to buy a fillet of smoked trout. Mix the onions, dill and flaked trout with the sour cream, until the trout is blended evenly into the pate. When serving, sprinkle with sumac and decorate with a sprig of dill and/or edible flowers.
It will keep for a couple of days in the fridge… but it has never lasted that long in our house!
Let’s hygge CHRISTMAS is full of things to bake, create and celebrate. If you want to surprise someone you love with an advent calendar, this e-booklet contains a sweet idea for one that is easy and affordable and can be sent by mail. I have made this photo advent calendar for many years – It is a lovely way to recapture and share the years’ special moments and memories. The instructions for creating your own advent calendar are on page 6-7 in the book.
‘The Chestnut Man’ is based on a novel by Søren Sveistrup who also created ‘The Killing’ which has been shown on SBS. ‘The Chestnut Man’ was created for Netflix by a Danish team of great creators and actors. It is incredibly well produced and very scary. I watched it over a weekend as I really ‘needed’ to know how it would end!
Coming back to Sydney, I was met with the most beautiful scent of Honeysuckle on my morning walks. The fragrance takes me right back to childhood summer holidays spent at my grandparents’ farm. Honeysuckle grew wild along the narrow winding roads that I would cycle along to reach the beach and the scent would captivate me. The elegant Honeysuckle flowers are like small ballet dancers performing on the leaves.
COLD HEART by Elton John and Dua Lipa has been playing LOUD over the valley during lock down and helped to uplift and maintain good spirits. This remix is a real energy booster and I can’t help smiling when I hear it. COLD HEART is a remix of four of Elton John’s previous songs and has been produced by Australian trio Pnau. Listen yourself here.
Every month I highlight a Danish Design item to cherish. As this month has been focused on celebration and gatherings, my highlight is a Danish speaker by Bang & Olufsen. Like Denmark, it is little but has incredible power. My Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Gen has projected our playlist out loud across the valley. It goes with me everywhere – to the kitchen, the terrace and to the office. It is also waterproof so is perfect for the beach or pool. Check out the Bang & Olufsen speaker here https://www.bang-olufsen.com/en/us/speakers/beosound-a1g
Feel free to share “let’s hygge” with a friend…
I wish you a happy November filled with joyful gatherings and celebrations.
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.