Hygge-style Easter

Dan­ish chef Trine Hah­ne­mann ex­plains the hygge craze and why, for her, cook­ing is a cen­tral part of it – then ex­plore hygge your­self with these cosy recipes

Easy Cook - - EASTER HYGGE -

Ci iLÀ>Ì } >ÃÌiÀ à } wià that spring has ar­rived, and for me, it’s the rhythm of the year that is the most im­por­tant rea­son for keep­ing tra­di­tions. Tra­di­tions give a frame­work for time as the years go by, and some­times that can mean aban­don­ing them or throw­ing them away to al­low for change. That is what my par­ents did in the 1960s be­cause we needed the world to pro­foundly change, es­pe­cially to al­low women to have equal rights and op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Since then, I have been free to cre­ate my own tra­di­tions and as such, Easter for me is all about choco­late eggs for chil­dren and peo­ple I love – and at least one lunch where lamb is served.

What is ‘hygge’?

Hygge has re­cently spread far be­yond Den­mark. It is of­ten de­scribed as an idea or con­cept, but in a way that is too lim­ited – hygge is much more than that.

Hygge is more than any­thing else the at­mos­phere cre­ated by hang­ing out. Danes love to hang out at each other’s houses for hours and eat, re­lax, eat again, Ì> ° ̽à vÌi w i Ì ÌÕ i > ` ÕÌ v what's go­ing on, Iike watch­ing foot­ball in the back­ground. The only rule is that it has to feel good, it has to be ‘hyggeligt’.

Hygge is part of ev­ery season. Sit­ting out­side in the long and bright Nordic evenings, lin­ger­ing over din­ner, drink­ing wine and talk­ing into the early hours with friends is quintessen­tial sum­mer hygge.

To in­cor­po­rate hygge into your life is to get the best out of it, in the sense of gen­er­at­ing a re­laxed and in­ti­mate at­mos­phere in most of what you do. Cook­ing plays an im­por­tant part in that, be­cause there is a lot of love in the ges­ture of cook­ing food for other peo­ple. Eat­ing makes us feel good, and eat­ing with other peo­ple makes us feel even bet­ter.

One way I show my love for life and peo­ple is by cook­ing, so, for me, hygge and cook­ing are ut­terly en­twined. When I cook, I start by cre­at­ing hygge around me, even be­fore the ac­tual meal is go­ing to be en­joyed. Hygge is about get­ting the best out of our daily life, be­cause life is just that – ev­ery day.

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