Apple crumble…cause baby it’s cold outside!

I do not feel authorized to teach anyone how to cook. I am rather average cook. But I love to eat, smell the food and taste it… So I guess as most of us  😉

This recipe is special because it reminds me of cozy winter evenings. It’s a favorite dish of all of my friends and my little brother, for  whom  apple crumble is equal to good movie, hot cocoa and a blanket. Apple Crumble it’s nothing more like warm apples, butter, cinnamon and crunchy crumble.

Ingredients:

8 big apples

pinch of cinnamon

sprig of fresh thyme

Crumble:

½  cup sugar

1 cup of flour

half  block of butter

And here’s how to prepare it:

  1. Cut the apples into small pieces and sprinkle it with cinnamon
  2. Mix together the flour, sugar and butter and then sprinkle the apples with crumble
  3. Bake for about 25 minutes at 180°C

It tastes delicious with fresh thyme and vanilla ice cream.

Keep warm  <3

 

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Let’s hygge!

Do you know that feeling when there is a storm outside and you are sitting under a blanket with a cup of hot tea and watching your favorite movie?

Or when you get up in the morning and feel the smell of freshly ground coffee and crispy toast with butter?

Or when you start to watch your favorite fairy tale of Walt Disney or Home Alone with a bowl of popcorn and the snow is falling just outside your window.

This is  hygge. Danish old philosophy which is based on the feeling of happiness, warmth and security.

But I have a feeling that most of us know what hygge is. More than 20 how-to hygge books were published in 2016. So I guess more interesting is the story behind such a great popularity of this very simple philosophy.

We live in a world dominated by social media where every day we open our  eyes and turn off the alarm clock set on our smartphones, we check facebook, than we go to work  just to look at the computer for 8 hours. During a lunch break we switch on a web page with the latest news from the world to read only the bold headlines, because we do not have the patience to read text longer than 10 sentences. In the meantime, we check messenger, whazzApp and instagram. We go back home and turn on the tv or the computer to finish things from work. Then we set the alarm clock on smartphone, and we go to sleep.

Instead of meeting people we prefer to scroll down their walls on facebook. To arrange a date is enough to have efficient  thumb, which moves the image to the right. And that’s the end of the effort  😉

That’s why we want to escape and slow down. That’s why hygge – a taste of peace and cosiness. The Danes are the happiest people in Europe, they often meet up with friends and family and they  feel the greatest calm. That’s the heart-warming lesson from Demark.

The first and fundamental principle of happiness is being together.

Another rule  is burning candles, hanging lights in the bedroom and on the balconies. It is surrounding ourselves with wood, large pillows and warm blankets. This is cooking together, playing board games and drinking mulled wine in the cold evenings, it’s  watching the series together. This is easy – going life, without unnecessary tension.

All over the world hygge bakeries,  hygge shops and hygge cafés are popping up. People want to be out of Wi-Fi. They do not want to be part of Zombieland with smartphones in their hands. Me neither.

Hygge is a family, hygge is home, hygge is love.

Beginning of the year is time of closing certain chapters, it’s time of saying goodbye … to be able to welcome something new.

And although at the moment it is hard to understand the meaning and purpose of certain events, I believe and I hope that soon I will find my peace … and maybe I get to find my life again … my hygge 🙂 What I wish for all of you.

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Znacie to uczucie, gdy za oknem szaleje burza a Wy z kubkiem gorącej herbaty siedzicie pod kocem i oglądacie swój ulubiony film ?

Albo wstajecie rano i budzi Was zapach świeżo parzonej kawy i chrupiących grzanek  z masłem?

Albo gdy w przed wigilijny wieczór zaczynacie oglądać z miską popcornu swoją ulubioną bajkę Walta Disneya lub Kevina samego w domu?

To jest właśnie hygge. Duńska filozofia polegająca na jak najczęstszym odczuwaniu  szczęścia, ciepła i bezpieczeństwa.

Mam jednak wrażenie, że większość z nas od dawna wie czym jest hygge. W 2016 roku w samej Danii wydano ponad 20 książek poświęconej tej tematyce. Bardziej interesujące jest to, skąd tak wielka popularność skądinąd bardzo prostej filozofii.

Żyjemy w świecie zdominowanym przez social media, w którym  codziennie otwieramy oczy i wyłączamy budzik nastawiony na smartfonie, sprawdzamy  facebook’a, idziemy do pracy w której 8 h patrzymy się w monitor, w przerwie na lunch włączamy stronę internetową z najnowszymi newsami ze świata, żeby przeczytać tylko wytłuszczone nagłówki, bo nie mamy cierpliwości na czytanie tekstu dłuższego niż  10 zdań. W między czasie sprawdzamy messangera, whazzApp’a i instagram. Wracamy do domu i włączamy telewizor albo komputer, żeby dokończyć rzeczy z pracy. Nastawiamy budzik na swoim smartfonie i kładziemy się spać.

Zamiast spotykać się z ludźmi, wolimy „przeskrolować” ich tablice na facebook’u. Do umówienia się na randkę wystarczy nam sprawnie działający kciuk, który przesunie zdjęcie w prawo. I to jest koniec wysiłku 😉

Stąd chęć ucieczki i zwolnienia. Stąd hygge – smak spokoju i przytulności. Duńczycy są najszczęśliwszymi ludźmi w Europie i to właśnie Duńczycy najczęściej spotykają się z przyjaciółmi, rodziną i odczuwają największy spokój.

Pierwszą i fundamentalną zasadą szczęścia jest przebywanie razem.

Kolejna zasada to palenie świec, wieszanie światełek w sypialni i na balkonach. To otaczanie się drewnem, dużymi poduchami, ciepłymi kocami. To wspólne gotowanie, gra w planszówki, wspólne spacery i picie grzanego wina w zimne wieczory, to oglądanie wspólnie seriali. To życie bez spinki, na luzie.

Na całym świecie powstają piekarnie hygge, sklepy hygge, kawiarnie hygge. Ludzie chcą być poza zasięgiem Wi-Fi. Nie chcą być częścią smartfonowego  Zombielandu. Ja też nie.

Hygge to rodzina, to dom, przyjaciele i miłość – czyli dobre życie.

Początek roku to czas zamykania pewnych rozdziałów, to czas pożegnań … by móc przywitać nowe.

I choć w danej chwili ciężko jest pojąć sens i cel pewnych zdarzeń,  wierzę i mam nadzieję, że wkrótce i ja odnajdę swoje spokój – moje hygge … i  zacznę żyć na nowo.  I Wam również tego życzę !

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Let’s begin!

I am so afraid that whatever I write will be too exalted and pathetic. However, sometimes a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

It seems to me that I always was too emotional. I fall into raptures very quickly and soon I fall into tears. I make fast decisions just to regret them as fast as I’ve made them.

On the one hand I mock the people who think that life is like a British comedy „Nothing Hill” with background music and romantic twists, on the other hand I’d give everything for my life to be at least an episode of „Love Actually”.

Once someone told me that I am childish because I believe in miracles.

This is actually truth, it is my only trait that is unchangeable. Well, actually it used to be…

This year deprived me of that faith absolutely in every possible aspect. Someone close died, someone close got sick incurable, someone lost a job, someone close gone and the loved one stopped to love.

One year left to my 30’th birthday and every day I am becoming more and more afraid that I have to measure up to adulthood, which although seemingly attractive, is full of extremes. Everyone quickly gets bored, everyone is slightly cynical and easily sounds judgments. Everyone has a sense of humor, but not the usual one – only ironic, sarcastic and exclusively refined. Everyone wants to be Doctor House or the Godfather – slightly alternative, but no one wants to be Marc Darcy or Mr. Bean… if you know what i mean… 😉

Everyone wants everything and no one wants to sacrifice just not to lose yourself, your youth and freedom in the name of boring stability. And so I’ve started to live in a strange world of consumption, gadgets and singles.

So have I completely lost my faith in miracles? I think not, because after all someone has friends, someone was born and someone has a family – which is like the Moon: cool, calm and always there… Life goes on and wherever it takes you and no matter how hard it gets, you can always find your way back home. That is why I’ve decided to write this blog, to find my way how to live a good life…well at least I will try my best 🙂

 

 

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