A Mouthful of “Hygge”

First, what the fuck is ‘hygge’?

Defining the concept of ‘hygge’ is quite a crazy task. There is no one word in English that this Danish word can be equated to. I’ve heard it loosely translated as ‘cosiness’ before. But it’s so much more than that. It’s an atmosphere, a state of mind. *

Hygge is wearing warm home-knitted socks on a cold winter day.

Hygge is reading a book in your favourite comfy chair while you can hear it raining outside.

Hygge is candle light….and wine….and hanging out with friends.

Candle light is a big part of hygge. Don’t ask, it just is. I heard somewhere that each Dane goes through 7 kgs of candles a year. For those of you who don’t do metric, that’s 15.4lbs of candle per capita!! I mean what IS that?!? That’s like a candle fetish, is what it is.

But hey, according to lots of studies, Danes are the happiest people in the world. So they must be doing something right. Could it have something to do with hygge? Or the amount of candles they go through? Or is it their AMAZING cookies?

Personally, I think it’s the cookies.

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The winters are long in Denmark, hygge is there to ward off the long dark nights. Instead of getting all depressed about it, and moping around, the Danes celebrate it by ramping up the hygge. They light candles, drink mulled wine (also called gløgg-that’s the sound it makes as you glug it down fyi) and sit by the fire.

Maybe the fire reminds them of being Vikings and burning villages to the ground…Who the hell knows. All I know is, they are survivors. And damn good at making pastries. (Advice: Don’t ever come between a Dane and his pastry. It will not end well.)

So Christmas is the biggest time of year for hygge. They eat cookies, and make home-made decorations to hang on the Christmas tree. On Christmas eve they light candles on the tree and dance around it, joining hands, and singing songs.  That shit is ULTIMATE HYGGE.

So I did you guys a solid.

I found a Danish cookie recipe which encapsulates all of Christmas in one bite, and I veganized the shit out of it.

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These cookies and small and round and are called ‘pebernødder’ (aka peppernuts). Just relax. They will not set your nuts on fire, like some crazy vengeful ex-girlfriend pouring hot sauce on your junk. They just have seasonal spices in them like cinnamon, and nice shit like that. So get a grip, and get your apron. We’re going in!

Ingredients:

100 grams coconut oil (neutral taste, not coconut taste)

110 grams sugar

15 grams brown sugar (if you don’t have it, just add more regular sugar)

50 ml about (1/4 cup) of rice milk (or your favourite non-dairy milk)

250 grams flour

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

a pinch of pepper

1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda

1/4 tsp baking powder.

Heat your oven to 200 degrees celsius/ 392 degrees farenheit. Line your baking tray with parchment paper.

Mix the dry ingredients together first, then add the milk and coconut oil. Get your hands in there and mix it all up. It will start looking crumbly, keep kneading until it’s entirely combined. We don’t want any pockets of coconut oil lurking anywhere, like some creepy stalker. You might need an extra splash of milk if it’s dry, but only a small splash!

Once it’s a dough roll it into long sausages, and cut into small circles, and roll them into small balls. If the dough is too crumbly to roll into sausages you know you haven’t kneaded it long enough. Keep going.

Put the little balls on the tray and pop them in the oven for 10-12 minutes depending on how savage your oven is. If your oven is a Viking, it might only take 9-10 minutes, but if it’s inept and still trying to rub two sticks together, then it might need longer. BE VIGILANT! Don’t let the fuckers burn.

When they are a golden brown, whip them out and try not to eat any straight away. Or do it, and burn your mouth. Your call.

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Each bite is like a bite of Christmas. Pure fucking hygge. If there’s one thing that the Danes are good at, other than bicycling and playing with Lego, it’s knowing how to hygge!

So to celebrate the art of hygging oneself, and  Christmas, and making your own coziness at home, We’re hosting a competition where one lucky winner will receive their very own DIY Juletide-Hygge kit.

All you’ve got to do is write what hygge means to you  in the comments section of this blog or on the Facebook page. Then type #Hygge #Naturesbutterbitch

Then myself, and my beautiful buddy at ‘Danish Hygge, Happiness and Positive Way of Life’ will decide which entry we like best. Then we will contact you to get your address so we can post you your hygge-surprise!

Please share this with your friends, Let’s really get some momentum going on this thing.

We pick the winner on Tuesday 13th December.

Happy Hygging!! 🙂

(The thing that inspired this competition was the Thug Kitchen Chocolate Dipped Tangerines. Those bastards know their shit.) img_1179

* So is Unagi. (All the FRIENDS fans will know.)

 

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for the recipe! What a thought provoking blog. I really thank you for this because I was able to ask my husband for input! 💕

    When I thought about Hygge, I tried to think about the definition you used coziness. I pictured in my past I have said “This moment is so perfect, I could die right now” 😍 Maybe that is Hygge?

    If so, I have been fortunate to experience Hygge several times in my life. To think back can bring a tear.

    -Holding my babies while they sleep
    -An unexpected snow day playing in the snow
    -Seeing your children’s face on Christmas morning as they open presents
    -Having your grown children all together
    -Cooking with your family
    -A cat purring ( we rescued 6), – or snuggling with 2 huge dogs
    -a perfect evening with my high school sweetheart
    – spending time with our families

    Merry Christmas to you and Happy Holidays.

    Best Wishes in the New Year Year!

    #Hygge #Naturesbutterbitch

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    1. I love those examples of hygge! 🙂
      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too!

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  2. Sharn says:

    Hygge
    The internal hug you feel after walking home in the cold rain, opening your front door to find the central heating working and being grateful for it. Mums’ home made soup on the stove and that sexy smell of home made bread fresh from the oven.
    The overwhelming feeling of love as you gaze into your newborns eyes.
    Sitting back at a party watching your friends as they laugh, tell stories and perhaps drinking a little too much, knowing that you wouldn’t be the person you are without these awesome human beings. These guys understand and accept every part of you unconditionally.
    Looking in the mirror at the newest wrinkle with love and appreciation of how far you have come and the adventures you have had that have created these wonderful lines.
    What is Hygge to me? Being grateful for those wonderful awesome people in my life and living in a part of the world where as a woman, i have had the freedom of choice. The simple beautiful things too many take for granted.
    #Hygge #Naturesbutterbitch

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    1. UNCONDITIONAL HYGGE!! I love it. 🙂

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  3. Nancy Gallaghet says:

    Hygee is new to me. Is it my grand child’s joy and excitement as he calls out my name when he sees me? Is it being surrounded by my family and watching them interact? Maybe it is the inner peace I felt last week as I was by myself paddle boarding and watched the dolphins play. Could it be the happy dance my dog dogs when I enter the house? It might be just laying in the couch now in the dark watching the fire burn in fireplace. Is it the acceptance and simple things in life that are the most important? Being content with what you have and having memories of what you lost. It is our bodies 5 senses that make us aware of what we have and had

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    1. ALL those things are brilliant examples of hygge! I love the fireplace thing especially. 🙂

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  4. Archana says:

    Hygge, eh?
    For me it is going to my parents home, eating piping hot snacks in front of the fire and playing a type of poker that literally translates to “3-cards” in English.
    Or maybe, it’s praying in front of 500 candles at Diwali, going outside in the freezing cold to set off massive fireworks and then coming back inside to literally sit in the warmth and eat the best lentil samosas and coriander chutney in this world.
    I’m seeing my parents for Chistmas this year. We will hygge the shit out of this festive season.

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    1. Those are all amazing hygge things. I can almost taste those flavours in my mouth! Hygge the shit out of the festive season. love it.

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  5. Marian says:

    Hygge is the fleeting seasonal pleasure of soy nog in my coffee on Saturday morning. 🙂
    Loving your blog, keep going!!

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  6. The best damn cousin says:

    Hygge to me is:

    – Dining with your significant other in a completely packed restaurant, yet feeling like the only 2 people in the world ❤️

    – Wrapping presents whilst listening to your favourite Christmas songs and imagining the surprised and happy looks on the faces of the recipients ☺️

    – Watching a great movie in your pyjamas, eating popcorn and just having a wonderful time ☺️

    – Spending time with friends (maybe playing Cards against Humanity), not caring how late it is, because you’re having the time of your life ❤️

    – That feeling you get, when you look back on said evening with a warm feeling – then you know you hyggede big time 😊

    – Decorating the Christmas tree and drinking Glögg (if you weren’t pregnant) 😜

    – Holding hands with the love of your life, building a snowman, taking a long detour on the way home just so you can watch the eco-piglets 😊

    Hygge is a feeling you get inside – you don’t think about it during the hygging, but afterwards you just know that it was hygge, and you love it ❤️😍❤️

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  7. Lene Søndergaard says:

    Hygge : it’s fore me excellent teasty food and wine whit family and good friends, it’s laying ont the couch whit my husband ore relaxing whit my cat 🐱
    It’s doing something exiting Whit people I love ❤️
    Hygge whit my kids

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  8. We have a winner! Archana Agrawal has won the competition for her take on ‘hygge’. Archana has been alerted and her prize will be dispatched asap.
    Thank you all for your participation. It was very hard to choose just one winner, as EVERY single idea of hygge was so spot on.

    May your season be merry and your winter be ‘hyggelig’

    Now let’s go get our hygge on! 🙂

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