Celebrate Swedish Lucia in Style

Swedish Lucia

On December 13, we love to celebrate the Swedish tradition of Lucia. Named after the martyr saint Lucia, the celebration marks the shortest day of the year in the advent season.

Due to the long, dark days, this tradition is about celebrating the light and candles play a large part. Children decorate a crown of candles and offer coffee, Lussebullar (Saffron Buns) and Pepparkakor (Swedish Gingerbread to those watching. All gather around to enjoy this special moment together as a community.

Swedish Lucia with saffron buns

So this Lucia, why not embrace this wonderful tradition by lighting a candle and baking some traditional Swedish treats for everyone to enjoy together? Let us know how you’re celebrating by commenting below or sharing with #makethedayscount.

Here’s how to make your saffron buns:

Ingredients:

  • 300ml / 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ g pack saffron
  • 75g / half cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 500g / 1 lb strong white bread flour
  • 100g / half cup golden caster sugar
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast
  • 1 large egg, beaten, plus extra for egg wash
  • a little oil, for greasing
  • 24 currants

 

Method:

Use a pestle and mortar to grind the saffron to a fine power and add it to a saucepan with the milk and butter. Steam gently until combined then set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients, leaving a well in the middle to add the milk mixture along with the egg. Mix together and spend 10 minutes kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic. Set the bowl aside in a warm place like an airing cupboard or by the fireplace so that the mixture can rise. This should take around an hour. It’s really important that the dough doubles, so don’t be afraid to leave it even longer if necessary.

When risen, knock back the dough and divide into 12 equal portions. Cover the pieces you’re not shaping so they don’t dry out. Create the s shapes with the mixture and place on a lined baking sheet. Next heat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and while it heats up, let the buns prove for a second time until they double in size. Alternatively, you can choose to leave them overnight in the refrigerator if you prefer.

When ready to bake, brush the buns with beaten egg and press a currant into the centre of each spiral. Put the trays in the oven and bake for around 15 mins. Allow to cool before serving. These are best eaten on the day they are made but will keep for a couple of days.

 

Enjoy!

Discover Ideas to Create your Perfect Workspace

Discover Ideas to Create your Perfect Workspace

Our surroundings can have such a huge impact on our thoughts, feelings and creativity each day. Creating a work space that reflects your personality and inspires you with beautiful design is a great way to boost your happiness and productivity. Be inspired to set up your perfect desk with our new Svenska Hem Stilla collection featuring geometric forms and gorgeous touches of copper and gold. Here are some of our favourite ideas:

Discover Ideas to Create your Perfect Workspace

Make your tea break extra special

Small moments can make big days. Treat yourself to an extra special tea break with our gorgeous Svenska Hem Stilla Teapot and Cups with Saucer. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion with friends or just taking some time out during the afternoon, the gorgeous cool grey and gold designs will refresh and inspire you.

kikki.K Shaped Dishes

Store little bits and pieces

They say a tidy desk makes for a tidy mind. Keep little stationery odds and ends neat and organised with our gorgeous Shaped Dishes. With 3 unique styles, you’ll love swapping them in and out and adding this unique Swedish touch to your work space.

kikki.K Scented Candle

Take a mindful moment

It’s all too easy to get caught up by busy schedules and forget to take time for what really matters. Our new Scented Candle features a classic Swedish floral scent of rose, vanilla, green tea and jasmine, presented with a beautiful metallic quote to remind you to live in the moment. Place it on your desk and light it to remind you to pause, take a deep breath and meditate for a moment.

We hope these ideas help bring some style and brightness to your days. Discover the collection here.

Q & A with A Pair & A Spare

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In the run up to Mother’s Day, we’re catching up with some of our favourite bloggers and creatives to find out how their mums have inspired them. Next up, one of our favourite crafty bloggers Geneva Vanderzeil from a pair & a spare blog, lets us know all about her incredible mum.

How would you describe your blog to our fans?

My site is dedicated to inspiring an adventurous, creative and hands on life. Daily content includes craft projects, fashion inspiration, wardrobe advice and travel guides. Basically it’s all about encouraging creativity in the everyday and helping people feel like if they want to do something they can.

What inspired you to start a pair & a spare? 

I’ve always loved making and creating things, and my blog originally was just a place for me to document what I did in my spare time. This was well before full time blogging began to seem like a viable career choice (I was working as a Town Planner in London at the time), but after a while I realised people loved seeing the design process. As my audience grew, I started to understand the power of the internet to connect people and create a market for what you love to do.

Life is Sweet Journal

What creative projects can you remember doing with your mum when you were growing up?

My mum taught me to sew and be industrious from a young age – and that you don’t have to spend a fortune to look great. She was always up-cycling things from thrift shops and turning nothing into something,  and I think this has been a foundation of my approach to life. Basically my mum embodies what my blog is all about – getting out there, having a go and looking for opportunity in unusual places.

What creative / personality traits have you inherited from your mum?

 I’m so much my mother’s daughter – soft hearted but also pragmatic, ambitious but also a shambles, principled but still fun. She came from a less than perfect background which shaped her into a very generous person who is always rooting for the underdog, I hope to one day be as kind and giving with my time as she is too!

How does your mum inspire you? 

She is generous and non-judgemental more than anyone I know, and lives a truly principled life whilst also being lots of fun and very adventurous.

What’s the best piece of advice she’s ever given you?

I wish it boiled down to just one piece, but so much of the way that I think and approach life is because of her. One thing I always think and tell others is her catch all ‘the first five minutes is the worst’. Something she would say to me whenever I complained about doing something or going somewhere. This has helped me get started on so many things in my life – getting started is the key.

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What gift from kikki.K would you love to give your mum this Mother’s Day?

My mum is all about planning ahead, she rarely lets a problem or issue take her by surprise, so I would get her this Why Not? Monthly Planner.

Feeling inspired to say thank you to your mum? Discover our favourite gift ideas here.

Our Lust List Singapore Fashion Week Favourites

kikki.K Singapore Fashion Week Lust List

This year we’re thrilled to be the Official Stationery Partner of Singapore Fashion Week. To celebrate we’re giving you the chance to enter our Lust List competition to win a kikki.K prize pack as well as tickets to Singapore Fashion Week.

To inspire your very own Lust List entry, we’ve collaborated with some of our favourite bloggers and creatives from designer Rachel Lim of Love, Bonito to Nylon Editor Adele Chan. They’re sharing the gorgeous, must-have items they’re loving right now, including their kikki.K favourites using #kikkiKxSFW.

We’ll be sharing their lust list shots in the run up to Singapore Fashion Week on our social media channels so make sure you’re following us to see them all. Follow us on Instagram here.

kikki.K Lust List competition

 

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Lust List

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kikki.K Lust List Singapore Fashion Week

Image by Bella Koh @catslavery – stylist and vintage boutique owner