Nutmeg, Nordic Cheese Curls 

The epitome of ‘hygge’ seems to be a bread of some sort. Especially  with a cinammon or nutmeg vibe to it. Therefore, these little darlings are so simple and tasty, and they keep for up to 3 days.

Try these with some tomato soup, you can’t get much wintery and ‘hygge’ than that.

Makes: 6

Ingredients:

For the pastry (or you can use ready made pastry)

200g self raising flour

50g butter

100ml whole milk

Filling:

2 teaspoons of nutmeg

50g cheddar cheese, grated

Sprinkle of sesame seeds

Method:

Preheat the oven 200 deg C.

In a bowl add the flour, butter and nutmeg and mix well with your fingers. Breaking up and mixing it all together. Then add the milk bit by bit until it is a doughy texture.

If it’s too dry, add milk, and if it’s too wet add so more flour.

Kneed the pastry for a few seconds and then try and get it into a rectangular shape. The role out to 0.5cm thickness.

Add the grated cheese to the middle, and then roll the longest side so that it’s like a large sausage.

Then cut into half, and then each half makes 3 rolls.

Push down the edges so that they seal well, and put the swirl side facing up.

Then sprinkle some sesame seeds on each one. Place in the top of the oven for 25 minutes until they are all gooey and brown.

 

A Hygge Cwtch, Hug Life

The Danish word ‘hygge’ is the Welsh equivalent of a cwtch, if a cwtch could be explained as a lifestyle. Think comfort, cosiness, candle light, warmth and love. It sounds amazing, especially with Christmas ending and spending too much, drinking too much, eating too much and Brexit. A sense of calm and warmth that ‘hygge’ or fluffy slippers brings, is a much needed addition to our lives. The Danes are so right, as they normally are, about this ‘hygge’ notion. It’s about being calm, present and connected with others, a sense of family and camaraderie, without the use of your phone.

There is a big focus on nature, and the massive benefits of being outdoors for your mental health and wellbeing. It’s also about bringing nature inside, a borderless unity between the outside and inside. Which is where the inspiration for my  kitchen ‘hygge’ wall of plants came from.

The Danes don’t hide inside sulking about winter like us Brits do, they embrace and celebrate the coldness and the wonder of winter.  It’s about loving everything that winter brings and not just waiting for summer. If we didn’t have the cold months we wouldn’t have Christmas, bonfire night, halloween and new years. Not to mention, crisp winter days, snow, tomato soup, knitwear and slippers. So, get out there in some unfashionable snow boots and a waterproof onsie and explore some woods.

In brief, throw some aloe vera on your window ledge, get enough candles for a seance, get fluffy and furry things, but mostly throws, cushions slippers etc, go out for winter walks and get off your phone.  Plus cook all of these recipes and you will be ‘hygging’ the shit out of life.

A lovely Hygge place in Cardiff, where you can get all cosy and eat amazing stuff is Brod, which you can reread my blog post on.