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WIN a pair of tickets to see THE COMMUNE

July 21, 2016 | Leave a comment

WIN a pair of tickets to see THE COMMUNE

The very talented BAFTA­nominated Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s that previously had us following Helge’s 60th birthday party in the movie ‘Festen’ (The Celebration) and the dramatic events occurring for a teacher in the movie Jagten (The Hunt) is now releasing a new movie – and we can’ wait to see it.

The new movie that is inspired by the directors own childhood experiences is called The Commune (Kollektivet) and takes place in Denmark during the early 70’s and is performed by a stunning ensemble cast, most notably Trine Dyrholm, who was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Actress at Berlin 2016 for her role as Anna. In this drama you get to follow the clash that can occur between people when desires surface and put solidarity to the test. You get to follow Erik, a professor of architecture, his wife Anna, and daughter Freja as Erik Inherits a Large mansion in suburban Copenhagen and they decide to set up a commune and invite friends, acquaintances and strangers to live with them. But when Erik begins an affair with Emma, a beautiful young student from his course, the spirit of free love that formed the foundations of the commune will threaten to bring it all tumbling down…

 

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The Commune gets released in cinemas across the country on the 29th.

To celebrate the upcoming movie by one of our favorite Scandinavian directors we at ScandiKitchen, in collaboration with Curzon Cinemas, want to give you the opportunity to WIN two tickets to go and see the movie.

In order to participate in the competition you need to answer the following question:

Denmark’s second largest city is….

  1. a) Malmö
  2. b) Århus
  3. c) Middelfart

Send your answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Tuesday 26th July 2016 midday. Terms for competition: The winner will be drawn at random from all correct entries. Winner will get two tickets to go and see the movie at Curzon Cinema in London or watch it on demand if outside London. No alternative prize, no cash alternative. Winner must be 18 or over. All responsibilities of this competition lies with Curzon Cinema.

 

We wish you all good luck and here you can see the trailer or go to www.TheCommuneFilm.com for more information about the movie and get as exited as we are!

It Is Time For Summer Fika

July 14, 2016 | Leave a comment

It Is Time For Summer Fika

Scandinavian people love their coffee. Norwegians are in the top of coffee consumption but Sweden and Finland consume the most cups of coffee per day in the world. So to say the least – Scandinavians are well caffeinated!

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But when having a Fika in the summer it is sometimes nice to cool down with a cold drink. If there is no ice coffee available Scandinavians love to make a jug of ‘saft’ – cordial. This cold drink matches any favourite nibbles such as cookies, pastries or cinnamon buns. What Fika truly stand for and what you need to have to create the best Fika moment you can find here. And here you can find 10 ways to Fika so that you can find your new favourite.

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Now we want to brew some coffee and make a jug of ‘saft’ – don’t you?

WIN a huge box of HYGGE teas

July 6, 2016 | Leave a comment

WIN LOADS OF HYGGE TEA

We know these lovely people over at Hygge teas – and not only are they super nice, they also happen to make really great tea.
Hygge Tea launched in April 2016. They have 16 unique blends that smell and taste amazing. The blends are unique and they only use high grade real ingredients.  The teas are sourced from thoroughly audited and fairly traded places around the world.  All the teas are blended and packed here in the UK into pyramid bags which (fully biodegradable).

Why Hygge? The guys at Hygge Tea wanted to combine the Danish concept of Hygge with their passion for tea.  Their mission is to spread the joy of Danish Hygge through our indulgent tea blends and hope people can make some Who-guh time everyday with their teas.

WIN A HUGE TEA BOX

Are you an absolute Tea Lover? Then this is the ultimate prize for you – a massive stash of 10 cartons of tea of your choice – check out the 16 blends on the Hygge tea Website – worth £50. All sent to your house – and then you can start drinking your way through them all. Our favourites here at the café was the Marzipan and also the liquorice one – very nice.

To enter this competition, answer the following question:

ABBA is a great band but also the name of a famous Swedish brand of….

      1.  Underpants
      2.  Pickled herring
      3.  Ice Yoga

Send your answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Tuesday 12th July midday. Usual competition rules apply (no cheating, no alternative prize, no cash equivalent, no nonsense, not transferable and all responsibility with this prize delivery lie with the company Hygge Tea. Winner will be notified by email. May the best hygger win.

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ScandiKitchen’s Guide to Hygge

July 5, 2016 | 1 Comment

Our guide to Hygge

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So, you’re looking for some hygge in your life? We hear you. Here’s ScandiKitchen’s useful guide to what is all about – and how to get some.

What is Hygge?

Many will start the answer with: ‘Well, there is no actual translation, it’s a state of mind, man”. This is sort of true. However, the lack of translation is because the word means that feeling of being entirely content in the moment, with friends of family, and actually appreciating the moment while you’re doing it, not afterwards. There is no big secret to it and while we appreciate the entire world is currently raving about finding hygge, well…. Basically, you’re already doing it, but now it has a name.

Remember that time you had your best friends over, you had some wine and you chatted and laughed for hours? That was hygge.

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How do I pronounce it?

Hygge is pronounced whoguh.

No, it does not rhyme with jiggy and anyone who tells you that deserves to be forced to spend a week in Holstebro. Nor is it hooooo-gah. No. Just who-guh.

[ˈhyɡ̊ə] – click here for a bit of help

How do I use the word ‘hygge’?

Hygge is a verb. You can ‘hygge’ with friends and family, even on your own. Something can be ‘hyggeligt’ which means it is has the potential to help you ‘hygge’. A corner of a room can look ‘hyggeligt’, but you need to be in it to ‘hygge’.

Why do I need to understand ‘hygge’?

Not only because the rest of the world is talking about it, but because it is just a nice thing to remind you to stop, breathe and appreciate the moment that you are in. While you are actually in it.

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Is it a Danish thing?

Sort of. The Danes claim it as their own. But really, it’s a Norwegian word. Danes started using it in the 1900’s. The original word has roots from old Norse – and the the word has even evolved into other words, such as hug.

Most Danes will deny this, of course, seeing as it is now such a huge part of what makes a Dane really Danish – and an essential part of our lives. So, when you look at the cultural significance, it’s a very Danish word.

What does it really mean? I still don’t quite get it?

It’s an elevated state of cosiness. It is not cosy, because an object is cosy – like the cosy chair or the cosy table setting. Hygge, however, is not an object – It is what happens in that cosy room.

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Why all the candles?

Scandinavians love candles. Why do you think the candle section in Ikea is the size of a small warehouse? Winter is dreadfully dark – the candle light makes it bearable and cosy. It is often that hygge is associated with candle because it is an easy way to illustrate the comforting feelings – and that the hygge is happening.

So, I always need candles?

No. You can hygge in the daylight too – but certain things speed up the hygge feelings:

  • Candles
  • A bowl of snacks and sweets on the table
  • People around you that you like
  • Woolly socks
  • Comfy jumpers
  • Fireplace
  • Blankets knitted by great aunt Hilda in 1937.
  • Happy faces
  • Jazz (sometimes)

FACT: The presence of food, sweets, cakes and crisps is the easiest way to speed up the feeling of ‘hygge’.

Example: You sit down in front of the telly with your besties to watch a good movie. It’s nice. Add a bowl of dillchips, some Marabou chocolate and a packet of Gott & Blandat and suddenly, it’s ‘hygge’.

Example 2: You invite friends over. You enjoy a glass of wine, you light some candles. Add a bowl of sweets or crisps to the table, and ‘hygge’ happens instantly.

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Can I bring my smart phone?

No, one unique thing is there is no time in the sphere of hygge. No phones allowed, it breaks the hygge.

What do we talk about?

No politics, nothing controversial – and for heaven’s sake, just be yourself. You can’t hygge if you’re pretending to be someone else. Relax.

There’s no bragging in Hygge, and there’s no bigging anything up. Just being as we all are, right now, in this bubble, sheltered from the outside world of materialism and competition. Just stay in the bubble and feel content.

Hygge’ as a compliment

Hyggeligt’ is a big compliment to someone who created it. If you’ve been at someone’s house for dinner and you tell the host it was ‘hyggeligt’, you are paying them a big compliment, possibly one of the biggest you can.

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Does ‘hygge’ have seasons?

Sort of. While you can ‘hygge’ all year around, it is particularly easy to illustrate ‘hygge’ when it is darker outside, so winter usually gets most hygge points in the media. But we do it all year round – admittedly, it often hides in dusk and end of the day – when we naturally slow down.

The high season for ‘hygge’ is Christmas. Think cottage in the snow. Mulled wine. Lots of ginger biscuits. However, the media loves to add hygge to all the seasons so you will find front covers of the food magazines talking about weekend-hygge, Easter-hygge, summer-hygge and more.

Will a Swede understand it if I tell him we need to ‘hygge’?

It’s not a Swedish word. But he’ll probably get the meaning – in Sweden, a similar word is ‘Mysigt’. Same with a Norwegian, who will use the word koselig.

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Can you ‘hygge’ alone?

Sort of. Maybe in bed on a Sunday morning, feeling warm and cosy. With the papers. TV on.

Can you, ehm, ‘hygge’, in a romantic way?

Yes. Candle light and Marvin Gaye. It’s universal ‘hygge’. A bowl of crisps totally optional in these situations. Whatever floats your boat, really.

Why are there no real translatable words to hygge?

Because we like to think it was only ever meant to be felt, not explained.

Join us. Feel it.

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