Some photos from a blog post I did for Enfants Terribles Magazines on what to do on winter days. The photos are from a favourite museum of our, Trapholt - Museum of Modern Art, Applied Art, Design and Architecture. We don't visit it so often since it is situated in Jutland, but for my sister's birthday she invited all of us to meet at the museum - such a lovely idea. My heart was beating a bit extra in my chest when the girls chose to spend most of the time in the permanent Richard Mortensen exhibition. It was a room I used to love when I studied. Richard Mortensen was a Danish mid-century painter, who developed a specific constructivist-abstract painting with influence from Zen Buddhism. The girls loved to play with the puzzles resembling the paintings and the interactive touch screen table placed in the room. We couldn't spend a stormy winter day much better.
A couple of more winter photos (from the days we still had beautiful snowy landscapes). Today it is stormy, rainy and inexpressibly grey. This is January, and we hope for more snow to lighten up our days.
I hope all of you who follow us here have had a merry Christmas. We have spent days with preparations, food making, presents, play and a beautiful wintry landscape. The last couple of days we have been at my mom's place at the countryside, and I feel lucky and grateful to have this refuge far away from the city and close to the nature. Lots of love to all of you.
Christmas is getting so close. Molly is a bit ill, and we still didn't pick up a tree, decorate the home or finish our Christmas shopping (the presents for the girls!) What we did do and always do was to spend a very cosy day baking gingerbreads - just as my mom did with my sister and I.
Every year my mom secretly used to cut out and decorate two Saint Lucy girls - one for each of us. We had it at Saint Lucy Day in our Christmas stocking. I still remember this very special treat and how much better the Lucia cake tasted than all the other gingerbreads we had been baking - and I have been loving to share this tradition with the girls.
This is how you make your own Lucia gingerbread – following my mom's old recipe with a few updates like muscovado and coconut oil:
1 dl wholegrain flour, e.g. spelt
4 dl wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ammonium bicarbonate
50 g butter or coconut oil
1 1/4 dl dark muscovado cane sugar or dark brown sugar
3/4 dl honey
1-2 egg depending on size
Mix flour and spices, add butter or coconut oil, brown sugar, honey and egg(s). Roll out the dough and let the kids punch out the figures. For the Lucia bride use a knife. Bake at 170°C for 6-10 minutes. Let the cakes rest a little before decorating them. For the frosting we use pasteurized egg whites and icing sugar and maybe a bit of beetroot juice if you want pink frosting. Pasteurized egg whites make the frosting stay in shape.
December equals giftgiwing. And a lot of it. It can be quite time consuming and of course also expensive. Still I love the tradition of finding a tiny treasure in the Christmas stocking every morning throughout December. And it surely makes those dark mornings much more cosy. So throughout the year I collect little gifts for the girls and save them in a secret box far away from curious little hands - from flea markets, thrift stores and the tiny cosy shops of Copenhagen. I love giftgiwing in this way.