We have fabulous readers who are, it turns out, all over the globe! Jeanne made contact with us when we started to go on about loving Skandi style and TV (The Killing, The Bridge, COS…) leaving comments under our posts saying how much she enjoyed our daily posts. She told us we’d love The Bridge and we did. So we asked her if she’s like to show us her kitchen and now we want to move to Norway…….
Where Rural Norway 10 mins south of Lillehammer, host to 1994 Winter Olympics.
What do you do in your kitchen and with who. Very much the engine room and warm heart of the house. I listen to Radio 4 and Womans Hour and make A LOT of English marmalade (difficult to buy here), coffee and the quick Telegraph crossword with my’ Kentish Man’ when he is around, drink tea laugh and gossip anytime with anyone as well as loads of cooking, baking and the sowing of seeds on the windowsill in Spring. It’s roughly 30 m2
What’s that lovely view? A spectacular view overlooking Lake Mjøsa – Norway’s largest lake – 110 km long.
Describe your style. Mostly English with a definate Scandanavian influence. Without a doubt my favourite object is my dresser – it has been with me my entire married life (31yrs)! A comforting bridge between my old life in Kent and my new life here in Norway. Designing it was quite a challenge, with hardly any wall space and the plumbing for the kitchen sink in the middle of the room. However The Kentish Man is very practical and I’m pleased with it and it works well. It is filled with light which is really important especially in the Winter.
Are those home made biscuits above the oven? Ok – the ‘biscuits’ – actually a type of Swedish crispbread – first seen in the kitchen of an old farmhouse many years ago. Traditionally when they baked they would make a hole in the middle of the bread and hang it up on the pole to crisp up. I thought it was decorative as well as practical and having a passionate interest in all things bread related was thrilled when we moved to this house eight years ago and had the possibility to reproduce the idea. I have tried making them but it is quite an art – the ones you see in the photograph are handmade and bought in Sweden on my last visit. Ikea do sell packets of mass produced ones which still have charm. We don’t eat them and once in a while I take them down and vaccuum them – they are quite a conversation piece.
What’s your most useful item – Perfectly ordinary Fiskars kitchen scissors – I use them for snipping bacon,chopping herbs opening bags of frozen peas,cutting flowers and so much more
I’ll certainly let you know if we get any new great Scandi thrillers here this Autumn – at the moment we are all into Downton and loving it. Frosty greetings!
We absolutely love hearing from our readers, and would love to feature more of your kitchens, please do email us here at TWR if you’d like to be featured, what we’d really like is someone who has done something interesting with a VERY SMALL space, anyone?