Lucia Celebration

Lucia is really one of my favourite traditions during Christmas. I remember when my mom used to “lussa” for me in the morning when I was younger with glitter in her hair, fresh saffron buns and traditional white Lucia outfit. And it is a tradition I have taken with me – I do the same thing in the early morning for my fiancé with hot chocolate and homemade saffron buns. Something that is really appreciated.

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For those who do not know what Lucia is, you can read more here. There are many different stories where it comes from but what Lucia is for me is a wonderful day to brighten up the dark season, where I usually watch the lucia procession early in the morning either on TV or in a church and of course eat lots of saffron buns. This morning I watched a Lucia video on YouTube. Do you celebrate Lucia?

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Advent Candle Holder

Some days there’s no time for El Bloggo, like today when unexpected things happen. But what I wanted to tell you is how glad I am for our new advent candle holder from Artilleriet. It’s like an aquarium that one can fill with what one loves the most for Christmas. And this year we added leaves and branches from the forest, sparkling stones and Christmas tree decoration. All in a loveable mix. Have a lovely evening, I’m finally on my way home. 

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Sofia CM Interior Blog Zurich Switzerland   Christmas
Sofia CM Interior Blog Zurich Switzerland   Christmas
Swedish Lussekatter with Creme Fraiche

Hello my friends, this week contains my favourite Christmas event - Swedish Lucia! And because of that I have prepared Lussekatter (saffron buns) and Glitter for the hair (the outfit.)… I have such lovely memories of Lucia in Sweden; Lussevakan the night before and my mother who used to wake me up in the morning singing and bringing breakfast. But no Lucia without Lussekatter and therefore I wanted to share my new recipe.

Sofia CM - Swedish Lussekatter with Creme Fraiche

Normally, The Saffron makes the buns dry and therefore I have a secret ingredient; Creme Fraiche to keep the buns musty and tasty. Here comes the recipe.

Ingredients 

  • 2 envelopes saffron (total 1 g)
  • 2 dl sugar
  • 150 g butter
  • 4 dl milk
  • 50 g of yeast
  • 2 dl créme fraiche
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 14 dl of wheat flour
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How to

Mix the saffron with some of the sugar in a mortar. Melt the butter and stir the saffron mixture into it. Mix the milk and heat the spat to finger heat (37 ° C). Crumble yeast in a bowl and stir together with a deciliter of the melted butter.

Pour the rest of the melted butter, the rest of the sugar, crème fraichen, salt and egg and stir together. Work the flour, a little at a time, to a sticky but cohesive dough (it is not certain that all the wheat flour needed - as little as possible). Work the dough with your hands for approx. 30 min.

Let the dough rise for 45 minutes under a towel and then bake it out on a floured table. Divide into smaller pieces (I got out 32 buns on my dough) and roll to saffron buns. Put the buns on baking tray with baking paper. Let buns rise, covered, for about 60 minutes and brush with eggs. Bake in the oven at 225 degree for about 8 minutes.

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Swedish West Cost

Finally back home in Zurich after a 3 hour delay. It was snow storm in major parts of Europe and I had the bumpiest flight in a long time. But the good thing about the delay was that we got time to sit down in the airport lounge, drink Glögg and actually make a budget for our wedding. So the delay was good in the end. We now have a budget and a booked venue for our wedding in June 2018. Yipii! I end this Sunday with the beautiful Swedish home below, enjoy... Good night. 

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Decoration for Open Kitchen Shelf

Good morning from Sweden! I have just landed in Gothenburg and am currently sitting in the airport lounge and drinking coffee while I answer a couple of mail and sort new pictures before I go to Gothenburg city. The plan today is to visit a few interiors stores and check out the latest trends. You can never get too much inspiration!

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I really love my beautiful kitchen shelf, and have been thinking of getting a few other champagne glasses to fill up another shelf with. Right now the shelf has a mix of books, glasses, postcards, olive oil and other decorations like this parrot. What would you have had in your open shelf? Enjoy your Friday!