When someone at work told me about the Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced Hoo-gah) I knew straight away this was the theme of our next flat dinner party. In case i hadn’t mentioned it enough already, Autumn is my favourite time of the year and as much as I love the sun, there is something so relaxing about spending a cosy autumnal day indoors wrapped up in blankets and a Hygge night was the perfect excuse to get all the girls round for
For those of you who haven’t heard about the latest trend to sweep the nation (where have you been), it’s all about relaxing and feelings as at-home as possible, forgetting about life’s worries. With everything that’s been going on all over the world over the last few months it seems more appropriate than ever to take some time to appreciate the little things in life and the people around you that so often are taken for granted.
Hopefully my little guide below will inspire some of you to have a cosy night in and indulge in those things that make you happy without feeling too guilty!
It’s got to be all about the candles here. Tea lights, candles in jars, lanterns, the lot. According to the European Candle Association (yes there really is a European Candle Association), Danes burn more candle per head than anywhere in Europe, such is their love for Hygge.
If you have an open fire, bonus points. Get it roaring in time for everyone to arrive for maximum impact.
Having blankets around the room for late night snuggling add to the cosy feel of the night.
Easy Nibbles – Sharing starters are absolutely the way to go here. Be it a Scandi smorgasbord or a big melty cheese to share, these are much less formal than individual starters and help the conversation flow amongst guests that might not know each other.
We had 2 baked camemberts with crusty bread and some homemade mini Pork and Apple Sausage Rolls for guests to nibble on before the main which could both be prepped in the day and put in the oven just before anyone arrives, so everyone’s happy.
Slow Cook – Choosing a main that you can prepare earlier in the day then bung in to an oven is a guaranteed way to remove stress when guests arrive and gives you a lot more time out of the kitchen to spend with them.
Choose What’s in Season – This is a cheat one really, as it’s applicable all year round, but it saves you lots of £££ and means you can buy more local meat and produce.
Chocolate – This one needs no description, who doesn’t love a chocolate pudding?
Rosemary & Garlic Camembert
1x 250g Camembert
1 Clove Garlic
A few sprigs of Rosemary
1 Stick French Bread
– Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F
– Remove any plastic packaging from the cheese and return to it’s box
– Slice of the thick skin on the top of the cheese and score diagonal lines about 1.5cm into the
– Push the slices of garlic and the sprigs of rosemary into the cheese
– Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins until gooey and serve with warm crusty bread
Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding
For the cake:
100g Butter, melted
250g Self-Raising Flour
140g Caster Sugar
50g Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp Baking Powder
150ml Whole Milk
100g Milk Chocolate, chopped into chunks
For the Sauce:
300ml Boiling Water
200g Light Muscovado Sugar
Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F/ Gas 4 and grease a
Sieve the flour, caster sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, melted butter and milk.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together until smooth. Stir the chocolate chunks into the mixture and transfer to the prepared baking dish.
Mix the 300ml boiling water with the sugar and cocoa for the sauce and pour this over the batter (this will look very unappealing at this stage but this is normal).
Bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes, until the surface is firm and risen.
Serve immediately with cream or ice cream, and enjoy discovering the rich, shiny chocolate sauce that has developed at the bottom of the sponge.
Finally, an easy one really. As Hygge is all about consciously creating a cosy atmosphere, any divisive topics of conversation are off the cards. Instead, a fun board game like Articulate, Scategories or Trivial Pursuit gets some healthy competition going and can
Spotify have some great chilled playlists for music that will keep everyone at ease – below are my favourite 4.
Next week my Christmas recipes start (yippee), but let me know how you get Hygge into your homes this Autumn in the comments.