Introduction

Introduction

By
Trine Hahnemann
Contains
0 recipes
Published by
Quadrille Publishing
ISBN
9781849491921
Photographer
Lars Ranek

Christmas is my favourite time of year. I thrive in the winter months. I love the cold, the blue winter sky and, especially, the magical atmosphere when the world goes quiet, covered in snow.

I go a little crazy at Christmas; without a doubt my family would agree about that. The celebrations start on 1 December when I get out my Christmas decorations. I become pathetically happy when I unwrap all the little glass balls, my antique ‘nisser’ (elves), the ribbons, candles, stars, and – most of all – my little porcelain snowman. It is hard to explain the sheer happiness I feel when I am reunited with these small, ridiculous and to some extent useless items. After I have decorated the whole house I feel, for a short while, that everything is perfect.

I put in a lot of work to make Christmas great, I admit that, and I often take my vacation in December so I have time to do it all and enjoy it, too. But please don’t feel under any pressure to do the same. It’s completely missing the point of Christmas to be totally stressed out! Select just those things from this book that you would like to cook, and have fun. Christmas is about celebrating life and ‘hygge’, a Danish term that is almost untranslateable, but encompasses comfort, camaraderie, and good food and drink. So create your own celebrations on your own terms.

In this book I have opened up a window into my Christmas. It is fairly traditional, though with some new twists and turns, but also very emotional, because the season tends to heighten and amplify life itself. I hope you will enjoy my recipes and ideas, and remember that a lot of them can be useful all through the winter months.

Velbekommen!

Trine Hahnemann

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