Go from we-time to me-time with the revelation that is Hygge. The latest export from Denmark, Hygge is a way of life and something that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. You can master Hygge by introducing stress-relieving activities both indoors and outdoors.
You can master Hygge by introducing stress-relieving activities both indoors and outdoors. For instance, one evening when you’re at home pop on your favourite music, light your favourite scented candles, make yourself a hot chocolate with marshmallows, sit back and relax with a good book. If you’re an outdoorsy type, put on your chunky knits, scarf and hat and go for a long walk and take in the beauty of the outside world. Embrace the small things that make you happy!
Food is also key in mastering Hygge, opt for stews, casseroles and warming dishes that taste good and make you feel content all day. Here’s a recipe for beef stew:
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 500g/1lb 2oz chuck steak, cubed
- 2 onions, roughly chopped
- 1 large carrot, peeled, roughly chopped
- 1 celerystalk, trimmed, roughly chopped
- ½ swede, peeled, roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 1 litre/1¾ pints beef stock
- 400ml/14fl oz red wine
- 2 bay leaves
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- For the beef stew, heat the oil in a large, lidded casserole over a medium heat. Fry the chuck steak for 3-4 minutes, until browned on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Add the onions, carrot, celery and swede and fry for 6-8 minutes, or until golden-brown, adding a little more olive oil if need be. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the plain flour and stir well. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until it turns a nut-brown colour. Pour in the stock and stir well until the sauce thickens.
- Return the beef to the casserole, add the red wine and bay leaves and bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering, then leave to simmer gently for 1 hour with the lid slightly ajar.
- Meanwhile, for the suet dumplings, combine the flour, suet, baking powder and salt in a bowl until well combined. Add the water gradually, stirring the mixture with your fingers, until it comes together as a slightly sloppy dough. Shape the dough into balls roughly the size of a plum.
Serve with a smile!