Hiatus

Hey Guys, sorry if I’ve been a bit quiet. I recently left my weekend job, meaning I’ve filled up all that time since then with doing up the garden, the bathrooms and days out, not having the time to write content and recipes for the blog. The novelty of SO much time off has definitely worn off and I’m now back on track, plus now I have stories of Tom & myself’s travels, which I shall be writing about in the next coming weeks x

 

Thanks/ diolch/ tack Nathan xx  S

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My favourite album of 2016

I don’t usually write about music, but I just have to tell you about this artist -if you haven’t heard her already!  My top album of 2016 would be by Chaleur Humane by French chanteuse, Christine And The Queens.

Having been on the radar since 2012 for those in the know, it’s amazing that Héloïse Letissier, or ‘Christine And The Queens’ is finally getting international recognition..and what an album to do it with! Taking her name from her time with a group of drag queens in london (Russella to name but a few!). Christine takes inspiration from Vogue and Ball culture, often incorporating it into her performances.

Chaleur Humane is a 12-track album that doesn’t seem to have a dud. Mixing English with her Native, French you don’t have to understand every word to appreciate and feel the impact of the music. Great singles ‘Tilted’ and ‘iT’ flow well with more emotional, softer tracks like ‘Here’ and ‘Jonathan’ her collaboration with Perfume Genius. The track ‘Paradis perdus’, written by French musical legends, Cristophe and Jean-Michel Jarre even has Christine do a rendition of Kanye West’s ‘Heartless’!

‘Narcissus Is Back’ is a great tune with a synth heavy instrumentation, giving  post-80s  electro realness, yet Christene’s vocals are strong enough to rise above it and carry you through this vintage audio experience.

‘No Harm Is Done’ featuring rapper Tunji ige acts as a great mid-track anthem. With a great rhythm and catchy hook- it’s great for getting your jam on!  She even gives Michael Jackson-like  echoes on ‘Science Fiction’ with its funky chorus.

It’s a great album for anyone into the quirkier side of pop music and to begin the foray into French music!

Favourite track: ‘Narcissus Is Back’

For fans of:

YELLE, Imogen Heap, Regina Spektor

Design: Normann Copenhagen in Homesense

On Monday evening, perusing around Homesense with Tom, I came across this treasure trove of Scandinavian design. They had boxes and boxes of Normann Copenhagen design. I couldn’t believe my luck!

Agnes Vases in all different shapes & sizes from the mini up to the 32cm one & the fat  ‘plant pot ‘ looking one, all priced from £3.99 up to £7.99, (Which is an absolute bargain considering they usually start at £10 and can go up to as much as Seventy quid!)

The Agnes Vase, designed by Agnes Fries uses Handmade Chinese porcelain from Jingdezhen and combines & contrasts it with a top of black hand-painted brush strokes. Its subtle yet striking, graphic and perfect for a monochrome/ Scandinavian styled interior.

I decided to go for the 20cm vase, a Goldilocks among the rest in my opinion. Being ‘Not too big, not too small’ it doesn’t get swallowed up by a room, but it isn’t also too large to be a centrepiece on my small dining table, and at £6.99 instead of £39.99 I just had to get it!

They also had the Floe tealight holder there in so many shades & hues. I picked up two considering they were £3.99 each in coral and dark green, perfect for both my Spring/Summer  & my Autumn/Winter looks! Designed by the Spanish designer Ramírez i Carrillo to echo a traditional antique oil lamp, it gives a small but impacting atmosphere when styled into your interior.

When I got home I immediately had to take them out of the boxes and incorporate into my Winter décor.

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the Agnes Vase looked perfect on my Normann Copenhagen Block Table, rubbing shoulders with some succulents & my Yule candle from Flying Tiger Copenhagen & Menu X Stokke Austad candle holder. I used a branch, that we had lying around from last christmas and adorned it with some of our homemade baubles & himmeli.

I followed this tutorial by Nalle’s House to make the ornaments. It all fits so well together, with the vase completing the look. Not too ‘out there’ & Kitschy Christmassy. Monochrome, just festive enough & classy!

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The Floe fits perfectly on my IKEA side table keeping my little Tomte company. It looks great with the Sanna Annukka illustrated ‘The Fir Tree’ by Hans Christian Andersen underneath, strengthening the green and it also works well with the Iittala Aalto pieces, all creating a nice harmonious look.

Let’s hope some Normann design is at your local Homesense store, but get it quick as it will vanish fast!

Back again ;p

I noticed I haven’t posted since April (bad Nathan!) since then I returned to Uni, went back to Copenhagen, the EU Referendum :(, TRUMP :(, Went to Oatly HQ, Malmö and I became co-food editor of the Uni magazine, The Waterfront. I have still been cooking and you can catch up with my antics on my Instagram as that I’ve kept updating 😉

https://www.instagram.com/scandinathan/

 

On the recipes front I’ve been lazy and not posted any of the recipes on here- so yet again, In all the vehement of Kyle’s cousin Kyle, ‘IIIIII’M BAAAAYCK’

3 week hiatus

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while. For the past three weeks I have been travelling here there and everywhere- namely London, Brighton & Copenhagen (Again :D) and I haven’t had time to collect my thoughts and write anything, but I met so many nice people on my travels and nice places to shop, visit and eat that I’ll share them all with you in the coming weeks 😀

Love you all x

Scandinathan

Food: Vegan Italian Apricot crumble

Needing to use up a few spare apricots I had in the fridge, I noticed the surplus of rosemary I also had. I ‘put two and two together’ and came up with this recipe. Easy, flavoursome, vegan and delish!

You’ll need:

  • Handful of ripe apricots ( I used  4) halved and stoned
  • 100ml water
  • A small glass of white wine
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • juice & zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 shot of ABSOLUT CITRON
  • 3 shots of Amaretto
  • Handful of  fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Handful of fresh mint leaves, ripped
  • 20g corn flour, slaked in some lemon juice

Start by making the syrup. In a pan, add the water and sugar and stir until dissolved. Next, add the lemon zest, lemon juice, wine, vodka, amaretto and the rosemary. Cook until it reduces to a sticky syrup. It should make the kitchen smell amazing by this point. Slake the corn flour then add and stir until thickened. Now add the mint leaves and maybe a bit more rosemary. Take off the heat and add in the apricots. Put the lid on and just leave it do its thing. I made the syrup this morning, so it’s had a good few hours macerating and stewing, permeating the apricots. To loosen it slightly, and for a bit of extra naughtiness, I did add a splash more of the vodka.

When you’re ready to cook it, transfer the apricots into some pots with some of the syrup. I used some terracotta tapas dishes, to emphasise that warm, Mediterranean rustic feeling. Preheat the oven to 180°C (or just leave the oven on after making dinner, as I did.)

Now, for the amaretti style topping. To make, simply put:

50g wheat breadcrumbs into a bowl. Add in 20g of brown sugar, 20g of ground almonds, 1 shot of amaretto, some lemon zest and  1 drop  of almond extract in with the breadcrumbs. Melt a knob of vegan butter ( I used Vitalite) in either the microwave or on the hob, add and mix into the crumb mixture. Sprinkle on top of the macerated apricots and bake for 20 minutes (or so). Leave to cool slightly and serve with Vegan ice cream or Vegan cream.

Enjoy!