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I have had a crush on all things Scandinavian for some time now, particularly Scandi food. It started with a visit to Copenhagen some time ago, where I was very taken with the amazing outdoor lifestyle, beautiful people and delicious food.
I love the Hel-looks and Copenhagen Streetstyle blogs for an inspiring take on bohemian/indie Scandi street style and thought Hel Yes was one of the most interesting pop up restaurant concepts of last year. And of course over the winter, we have all been dreaming of visiting the best restaurant in the world Noma, reading Stig Larson books, watching The Killing and wearing snowflake jumpers - what do you mean you don't like them - that is not the point!
Recently there seem to be more and more Scandi style cafes and bakeries popping up all over London and some lovely new cook books focusing on the seasonal, locally sourced produce and traditional recipes of the region.
I recently heard Norweigain food writer and anthropologist Signe Johansen read from her new book The Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival and was compelled to buy it. The book contains 'eighty fuss-free and accessible Scandinavian recipes for the home cook and those with a keen interest in all things Nordic'! That'll be me then!
Oh and check out these fantastic Nordic Ware bundt tins, Signe Tweeted about recently!
Now if I could only achieve that cool, blonde, laid back, pared down yet feminine look that Scandi girls do so well, I'd be sorted. Cinnamon bun anyone?