This winter we are indulging in hygge with recipes (see below) and our new window display. Hygge is Danish word, pronounced “heurgha”, that defies literal translation (though it may be a distant etymological cousin of the English word “hug”).
It describes the feeling of pleasure one gets from cosy, gentle, soothing things: a log fire, candlelight, a shared meal, an indulgent hot drink, good chocolate, baking, rice pudding, thick stews, comfy socks and passing time in good company.
The idea for the window was sparked off by this tweet from Cumbrian Cards and Gifts @WotFettle
— Cumbrian Cards&Gifts (@WotFettle) November 17, 2016
Hygge is about experiences and feelings rather than ‘stuff’, but we do sell lots of the essential ingredients for creating a “hyggeligt” time!
- Moorland Candles made here in Alston
- excellent fair trade drinking chocolate
- spicy, warming teas and cordials
- pudding rice for making rich creamy rice puddings
- beans and pulses, tinned and dried
- fresh spices: cinnamon sticks, nutmegs, vanilla pods and more
- wide range of fair trade coffees
- lots of ethical chocolate from Montezuma, Booja Booja, Vivani and others
- all the baking ingredients you’ll need for making cakes
- porridge oats
- soft cosy bamboo socks
Intereseted? Here are a few articles that explore the concept of hygge.
- Hygge: A heart-warming lesson from Denmark
- Get cosy: why we should all embrace the Danish art of ‘hygge’
- What the heck is hygge? 10 ways you can get into hygge!
Hygge recipes that you can make with ingredients from our shop.
- Butterbean and Vegetable Stew (we sell passata, frozen spinach, butterbeans, fresh flatleaf parsley, fresh coriander and frozen basil)
- Bakewell Muffins
- Hot Chocolate by the Hairy Bikers
- Spiced Hot Coconut Drink by Helmsley + Helmsley
- Almond Rice Pudding and Cherry Compôte
- Rice Pudding by Paula McIntyre
- St Lucia Buns by Paul Holywood (yes, we do sell saffron)
- Apple and Cinnamon Loaf Cake by Mary Berry
- Bread and Butter Pudding
- Mulled Wine