Last winter, hygge definitely took over everything. And we still seem to be obsessed with it this winter as well, if the latest crop of books is anything to go by.
Cook Yourself Happy (the Danish Way) by Caroline Fleming* is a lovely looking book and, give or take a herring or two, I could see me cooking and baking a lot from this. Some of these feel like they might have to wait until Spring, like the warm smoked salmon with pickled cucumber. Not really saying cosy dinner on a dark night.
Dark nights perhaps lend themselves to meatballs, and there’s quite a few variants on a theme. Whether with spiced red cabbage or curry sauce, I could definitely see a few family meals from these.
There are some good baking recipes too, from bread to cakes. I like the rye bread and nut bread recipes; I could make these tomorrow. And the kids are definitely voting for trying out the cinnamon rolls.
Who is it for?
If you, or someone you’re buying for, doesn’t already have a Danish-based cookbook, then I can see Cook Yourself Happy is a good one. If they’ve done Danish already, then try Lagom: The Swedish Art of Eating Harmoniously by Steffi Knowles-Deliner* and get into Swedish food. I’m getting ready to make breakfast rolls with sour cherry and vanilla jam. Then I’m moving onto the autumn granola and a grapefruit and pink pepper curd.
Here’s to hunkering down for winter, with great food and that cosy, sociable feeling that I think is at the heart of hygge. If the food is this good, then who really cares what it means?
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