If there’s one thing we love at kikki.K, it’s cooking treats for the ones we love – and ourselves, of course! So, what’s our favourite baked dessert this season? This heartwarming Pear and Ginger Cake we discovered on taste.com.au. It’s the perfect mix of sweet and comforting, with subtle ginger and cinnamon spice that partners perfectly with a cup of tea on a cold winter’s day. Mmmm… definitely one for the Recipe Folder!
December 13 marks a very special day in the Swedish advent calendar. It’s the day everyone gathers to celebrate the wonderful tradition of Lucia. Named after the martyr saint Lucia, the celebration marks the shortest day of the year in the advent season. A little different to the hot summer nights of the Southern Hemisphere – where we tend to be outdoors enjoying the weather – in Sweden, the long dark winter nights are the perfect time for getting family and friends together at home.
Due to the long, dark days, this tradition is about celebrating light, warmth and togetherness, with candles playing a large part. Children decorate a crown of candles and offer coffee, Lussebullar (Saffron Buns) and Pepparkakor (Swedish Gingerbread) to those watching. Everyone gathers around to enjoy this special moment together – the perfect way to bring light and warmth into the home.
In these often challenging times, and in fact, even when things are running smoothly, there’s no denying that cooking has a way of comforting, connecting and helping us embrace our creativity at home. Home cooked food, made with love, has a way of bringing us together as families, as friends, and even satisfying us as individuals. You may have a sweet tooth or a savoury preference, but no matter which side of the flavour fence you sit on, there’s no denying the feel-good (and live well!) factor food can bring to our days!
Which is why we’re super excited to be treating you to a heartwarming winter recipe from one of our favourite Swedish chefs, Lisa Lemke.
When it comes to heart-warming food, hemlagat (Swedish for ‘home made’) is always best. And with many of us at home more these days due to the many challenges this year’s has served up, it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace more home cooking and enjoy the delicious results!
As always at kikki.K, whenever we want to learn more about something, we ask the experts in that field – which is why we’ve collated some wonderful tips and resources on everyday cooking from some of our favourite foodies and chefs from all over the world – Lisa Lemke, Dan Churchill, Deliciously Ella, Dr Megan Rossi and Jasmine Hemsley – for you to devour below.