Bring some Hygge into your home
November 8, 2016
Hygge (pronounced 'hooga') is the latest concept from Denmark that us Brits have really adopted this winter. It embodies the idea of comfort, warmth and loved ones all in one place. The Danes are largely regarded to be some of the happiest people on earth and many believe it is all down to Hygge. It is a coping mechanism used to boost the feeling of well-being during the dark winter months. We've put together a beginner's guide with tips on how to create the ultimate feeling of hygge in your home.
Friends & Family
The concept of Hygge is largely based on togetherness and surrounding yourself with loved ones. Being around your friends and family is one of the simplest and most pleasurable ways to boost feelings of happiness. Why not have a weekly games night or movie night. Activities like these are great ways to re-connect after a busy day, have fun and spend some overdue quality time together.
Hygge in your Home
Simple touches such as adding soft textures to your home like cushions and blankets instantly boost the comfort factor and will create a lovely environment to relax in. Even a cosy dressing gown, chunky knitted jumper or warm pair of slippers can achieve this feeling quite simply.
Denmark is well known for it's incredibly dark and cold winter days so lighting is an important part of Hygge. Soft lighting is a great way to add that feeling of cosiness. Candles dotted around the front room will create a feeling of warmth and intimacy. Crowding round the fire on a cold night is a great way to get that cosy-factor. There's something about an open fire, the crackling wood, the smell, the warmth, the low light - you can't beat it!
Cooking together can create a fun atmosphere as well as being rewarded with some tasty treats at the end! Hygge embodies the idea of cooking as a way of engaging with the people you care about rather than following the recipe to the letter or getting it right. It's the activity, not the result. Baking a cake or some bread is satisfying as well as fun and is a great way to spend time together if being outdoors is off the cards.
Warming winter sausage rolls are the ultimate comfort food and great for sharing with your nearest and dearest, here's the recipe....
Warming Winter Sage & Thyme Sausage Rolls
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 20 - 30 mins
Makes 16 sausage rolls.
6 good quality sausages (approx 400g)
1 Tbsp dried Thyme
1 Tbsp fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
1 Teasp Dijon Mustard
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
500g all-butter puff pastry
Flour, for dusting
1 beaten egg, for glazing
Preheat your oven to 220°.
You can either purchase some sausage meat from your butcher or simply slice some sausages in half and scoop out the meat into a bowl.
Add the Thyme, Sage, Salt, Pepper and mustard to the sausage meat, mix together well.
Lightly flour a clean work surface and roll out the puff pastry. Cut the pastry in half length ways so you have 2 long pieces of pastry. Divide the sausage meat mixture into 2 and roll into a sausage shape, one on the center of each piece of pastry. Fold over the pastry onto the sausage meat to create a sausage shaped parcel, ensure they are tightly wrapped by sealing all ends with a bit of egg wash.
Beat the egg and egg wash each sausage roll with a pastry brush.
Cut each roll into 8 pieces.
Place onto a baking tray and bake for 20-30 minutes until golden and crisp. Always make sure that the sausage meat is cooked.