Savouring a hot drink on a cold day, sipping wine at sunset, sharing pastries with friends… Hygge is all about indulgence when it comes to food.
Since the beginning of times, meals were the time to get together, share stories, prepare the catch of the day on the fire that also brought warmth, comfort and protection. It created a feeling of belonging: this is your tribe and here you’re safe. Ok, nowadays we have fully equipped kitchens and central heating and we don’t have lions chasing us. Other than that, we still need to feel warm, comfortable and protected. That’s what hygge is all about. Your meals still offers the perfect opportunity to sit down, share events of the day and connect with your tribe or just yourself.
You don’t have to be an experienced chef to create a hygge food experience. The cooking itself is a big part of the hygge. There’s nothing like a home cooked meal and the rule of thumb is: the longer it cooks, the more hyggeligt it is.
Don’t feel like cooking? Dinner out in a really cozy place is the next best thing. You can focus on your company while being looked after. Look for venues with a great ambiance, friendly staff and delicious food that make you feel like home.
Warm foods and drinks are comforting, especially on those cold and dark winter days. Warm yourself with mulled wine, hot tea or cocoa or have some homemade soup or stew that’s been simmering on the stove for hours or even days.
Create a food tradition that everyone can look forward to: seasonal dinners with your siblings, a yearly high tea with your college friends, a monthly potluck dinner with your friends, neighborhood drinks, themed weekdays with your family, etc.
We all have favorite dishes that we’ve made so often that we know them by heart. Once in a while it’s good to step out of your food comfort zones and get creative: bake a new recipe or try a new restaurant. Have fun exploring!
Togetherness is one of the most important ingredients of hygge. What better way than to enjoy a meal together? Cook or bake something delicious and share it with friends, family or neighbors. Serve your meal hygge-style on large plates to share.
Pay attention to what you’re making and what you’re eating. Let fresh ingredients go through your hands, cut the vegetables by hand, smell the herbs, chew slowly and taste the different textures and flavors. Treat your meal as an experience.
Foods and drinks make a perfect theme for organizing a festive event. Have a tea, wine or chocolate tasting, throw your best friend an old fashioned high tea party or have a BBQ potluck style where everyone brings something homemade.
Take your pick from all these delicious hearty hygge food options: stew, soup, roast dinner, baked potato, meatballs, smoked salmon, sourdough rye bread, Smørebrod (traditional Danish open-faced sandwiches).
Hygge is all about indulging the sweet life: treat yourself to some gingerbread, crumble and custard, roasted marshmallows, cookies, cakes, chocolate, pastries, desserts, ice cream.