“Anyone who thinks autumn leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day”
Like my old (fictional) friend Anne of Green Gables, I’m rather glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers.
London might not be as picturesque as where she lived, but it’s just as just magical during autumn when an amber glow envelops the city’s environs… There’s a crisp freshness in the air and an inexplicable sense of bliss each time I go out of my way to step on that crunchy looking leaf.
I love everything about this time of year.
That fall feeling is perhaps best summed up by Danish way of living – hygge (pronounced hue-gah. I think). It’s a warm and cosy way of life, which is all about cherishing oneself and others and celebrating simple pleasures…
Like a cup of tea and comforting bowl of porridge, first thing in the morning.
The return of all pumpkin everything season, from scrummy pumpkin scotch eggs (at Jikoni) to that evergreen favourite – pumpkin spice lattes.
Frozen S’mores in the making last night at the Friends and Family evening @DominiqueAnselLondon – a warm and crunchy honey marshmallow (studded with chocolate wafers) which gave way to a cool explosion of Tahitian vanilla ice cream. Elegantly handed over with the simple words: “do me a favour and have a good bite. It’s going to be messy but worth it.” (And oh gosh, yes it was). #DABLondon #TheFoodieDiariesLondon
Hygge can be as simple as an evening walk – bundled up in a cosy oversized jumper – to catch the last rays of sunshine before that bewitching twilight hour.
Or an engrossing book that has me burning the proverbial midnight oil (read: my favourite Diptyque candle).
Most importantly for me, hygge is about time spent with good friends and family gathered around good food, with plenty of food for thought on the table too.
When your best friend casually invites you over for brunch and then serves you the best damn bagels with cream cheese (and smoked salmon for the others)! If you're Jewish and live in London, you'll likely recognise the goods as heralding from Panzer's Deli in North London. As for me, it was quite the revelation! #WeekendBrunching #GetInMyBelly #TheFoodieDiariesLondon
I’m discovering new and delightful ways of embracing hygge each and everyday. It’s a worthwhile pursuit of happiness.
What are your thoughts on hygge?
What do you like most about autumn?