The Nativ Scandinavia team has just returned from London’s 2016 Christmas edition of Scandimarket, where for three days we could be found enjoying a weekend of Hygge at our stall of Organic Eco kids clothing.
Busyness is everywhere. Loud colourful patterns and shapes. We love them too. However some days we need to stop, take a deep breath and take time to correct the balance. At Nativ Scandinavia we search for our favourite place, where we have balance. Take a look inside, the sweet spot is right there, in the shape of 'happy lemons'.
Here at Nativ Scandinavia, we love Christmas at the best of times - the snow, the baubles, the Norwegian fir trees, cosying up in a woollen blanket by the fire. You can imagine the excitement when December's issue of Living etc UK landed on our desks this week, featuring beautiful little children dressed in none other than yours truly!
Super stylist and fashion writer, Yvadney, who styled the shoot, reported of masses of fake snow, lively children, a dog, Scandi-inspired table settings and a Nordic colour palette of pale pastels, icy whites and frosty woodland greens.
The inspirational Living etc December 2015 issue is out now!
Save the dates, we're leaving the office and going on tour - kicking off with 21 Nov: Scandinavian Christmas fair @ the Sparrowhawk Crystal Palace. It's an intimate and arty affair, with live music from Danish duo Crush and Gløgg and Prosecco behind the bar;) Then...29 Nov: Dot to Dot Xmas Popup shop @ V&A Museum of Childhood Betnal Green. Two perfect chances to 'SHOP SMALL' this Christmas!
First off, we're at the Sparrowhawk in Crystal Palace, London on Saturday Nov 21. We will have a gorgeous events room decked out for the festivities. It's going to be an intimate and arty affair, with live music from Danish duo Crush and Gløgg and Prosecco behind the bar;)... Stop by for some gingerbread, too (Billie's Homemade Cakes are selling their delicately decorated Scandi gingerbread houses). Bo Nordica is selling their selection of expertly sourced interior goods, the Illustrator Karin Dahlbacka will exhibit her charming art, there will be paper and leather origami provided by Dera, and jewellery by Laura Glassar. It's going to be the cosiest alternative Scandi market in town (which happens to coincide with the bigger, commercial Scandi market in South London, so why not make a day of it)!
Nativ Scandinavia will feature some unseen stuff along with the current kidswear collection. Blogger Scandimummy called our market 'the trendy newcomer' on the scene, so do come check out our Norwegian fir tree, it will be fun!
Women have always played a central role as the heart of Italian families, homes and kitchens, and that's exactly how it is at the pastificio Burro e Salvia. The Sfogline - the women that make pasta - are to thank for all the handmade pasta that is freshly prepared every day at this bustling pastificio. Gaia, Silvia, Sara, Francesca,Serena, Valentina can be found at the pasta station chatting away as they prepare the day's offering. The Pasta is made with only the finest Durum and Semolina flours and egg whites. Fresh carrots, celery, onions, and tomatoes are peeled and hand cut by the chefs in the kitchen downstairs, for sauces that accompany the Pasta made by the women.
Fresh pasta speaks of passion and creativity, tradition and nostalgia, generosity and pride - quintessentially Italian values that have spanned generations and that everyone in the Burro e Salvia team shares. It starts with authentic family recipes, and the team, who stems from all over Italy, have been passed these recipes down from generation to generation. Each area of Italy has its own specialities, and the team are passionate about sharing these dishes with the customers.
This Autumn, the team of Sfogline are teaching the public the tricks of the trade of fresh pasta-making. It is a fun and very rewarding experience, and workshops can be booked on the restaurant's website. Workshops will run for up to 6 people, and last 1.5 hours. Finally, your very own pasta can be cooked and enjoyed onsite. Perhaps a fun and different way of doing a dinnerparty!
Starting October 2015, Burro e Salvia is supporting Action Against Hunger and their Love Food Give Food Campaign, which means a voluntary £1 will be added to your bill. These funds will help a malnourished child who really needs to eat today, so your meal out could help save a life.
Lovingly hand made fresh pasta, one of Italy's most traditional artisanal trades, why not visit now:)
52 Redchurch Street
London E2 7DP
tel 020 77394429
151 Lordship Lane
London SE22 8HX
tel 020 86930331
Ciutadella is the old capital of the island of Menorca, and was the island's main port of trade and shipping, until Mahon pipped them to the post in the 18th Century. Not such a bad thing, as this enchanting city, with its cobbled narrow winding streets, has remained a plaster for cosmopolitan people who come to soak up the creative and rustic atmosphere, free of heavy traffic and bustle. Ciutadella is a captivating city, with the twists and turns of its compelling history and rich culture laid bare in the surprising diversity of its architecture and kaleidoscope of citizens.
The past and the present are closely interwoven within the contained city centre, with Michelin starred restaurants and eclectic independent shops side by side, moulded from the mansions of history's noblemen and counts. The city's unique architecture has many reminders of the island's historic occupancy by England, and countless crumbling palaces can be encountered at every turn of an alleyway, of which there are plenty. Within these narrow lanes, gorgeous little shops can be discovered, and how refreshing it is, with not a single chain store in sight!
Where to Shop
Within the narrow lanes, gorgeous little shops can be discovered, and how refreshing it is, with not a single chain store in sight! One of these treasures is La Purissima. The creation of the charismatic Evelyne, her store is a treasure trove of French and Spanish childrenswear and interior brands, including the popular pineapple GoodNightLight and crochet animals by Anne Claire Petit.
Another few streets away, in the maze of Ciutadella's alleyways, you'll find 'Paradis' - another beautiful boutique stocked with Continental style and delicate jewellery finds.
Where to Eat & Stay
Feeling peckish? Well, you'll find yourself opposite Menorcan artisan bakery Herbera. Who said this is a detox trip!
Herbera Bakery, Cami de Mao 28, tel +34 971 482 216
Down an inconspicuous cobbled alleyway, leading to a majestic brown door, lies the boutique hotel Can Faustino. This gorgeous gem of only 21 rooms and 3 suites was developed from a 16th Century palace, and opens onto a tree shaded patio and swimming pool overlooking the ancient harbour.
The elegant interior of hotel Can Faustino was designed by Olivia Putman of Studio Putman, in collaboration with Laurent Morel-Ruymen for Mare e Terra.
To kick off our AW15 season, it is only right that we celebrate with a juicy Midsummer's Berry Tart, making the most of the delicious berries that can be found in our gardens at this time of year (along with some market bought ones when the urban window sill has not yet delivered, just don't tell your guests).
With thanks to the London interior emporium that is Bo Nordica, the bowls and dishes from the series 'Nordic Sea' from Broste Copenhagen, provides the perfect backdrop for our tart. Featuring a colourscale which captures a stormy Nordic Sea, the glaze makes every piece completely unique.
After the pictures, check out our perfect recipe for a typical Scandinavian pie.
Scandinavian Midsummer's Berry Tart
- 125 gram slightly salted butter
- 100 grams icing sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 250 grams white flour
- Vanilla seeds taken from a pod (Organic and Fairtrade if you can, we used Ndali Organic Vanilla Pods)
- Lemon peel grated from half a lemon (again Organic if you can, to make sure the peel is non-chemically treated)
- The juice of half a lemon
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons cold milk
In a mixer, add ingredients in this sequence; butter, sugar, salt, flour. Gently blend all.
Grate the yellow part of the peel only, add the vanilla seeds and egg yolks to the mixture. Blend until you get a crumbly mixture resembling bread crumbs. Add the milk in intervals while blending. Roll up to a ball which you cool in the fridge in plastic foil.
After an hour, cut a circle of baking paper, the size of your mould. Roll out your dough, fill the mould with dough, and cover with the paper circle. Add rice or beans to weigh down while cooking. Cook at 180C for 15 minutes. When ready, empty out the paper/beans/rice, brush with egg white and cook for another minute.
Now it's ready for your berries. We have used a mixture of plums, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. You can mix sugar and vanilla with the berries for extra sweetness. Cut strips of the remainder of the dough and lay over. If you're feeling particularly fancy, you can cut little leaves or other silly shapes. Finally brush with egg whites, and cook at 180 C for 1 1/2 hour. Serve with vanilla ice cream or sauce.
If you are in London in the next few days, we recommend visiting the Bo Nordica stand at the Crystal Palace Festival on 24-28th of June in London, a free event for all the family. Catch live music, delicious food, and inspirational shopping. Bo Nordica will showcase their gorgeous selection of tablewares, textiles and anything you require to create a gorgeous Scandinavian feel in your home. Happy Midsummer!
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