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Hygge - What is it?

What Is Hygge?

Hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”) is defined by The Oxford English Dictionary as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being, (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).”

We thought what a great time to revisit this Danish concept that was a big trend in 2016-2017, as it focuses on finding enjoyment and adding cozy moments to our daily life.  Just seems like a great recipe to help us continue to focus on and create special moments for ourselves and our families thru this winter and these times.

Here are links to three articles on this topic, one about the Danish concept, one on practicing the lifestyle and one about “hygge” home décor.

https://www.thespruce.com/what-is-hygge-4798043

https://www.afar.com/magazine/what-is-hygge-everything-to-know-about-denmarks-cozy-lifestyle

https://www.self.com/story/practicing-hygge-danish-lifestyle

 

And a little comfort food recipe;

Simple Hot Cocoa for One

KEMP MINIFIE  | GOURMET |  DECEMBER 2011

https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/simple-hot-cocoa-for-one-369469

As with hot chocolate, use any milky liquid you prefer, whether it's from a cow, nuts (almond milk), beans (soy milk), or grains (rice milk). For sweeteners, feel free to substitute maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar for sugar, but start with less, about 1 tablespoon, and taste the combination before adding more.

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)

Pinch of salt

1 cup milk or any combination of milk,

half-and-half, or cream

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

PREPARATION

Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, salt, and about 2 tablespoons milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until cocoa and sugar are dissolved.  Whisk in the rest of the milk and heat it over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until it is hot. Stir in the vanilla and serve. If you like it frothy, blend it in the blender. This recipe multiplies easily. When you get up to a quart of milk, use 1/4 teaspoon salt.

We hope you enjoy the articles hot chocolate and have many “Hygge” moments. 

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