We´re on a lockdown. That’s no surprise. The country is slowly re-opening, but it doesn’t seem as if we will be able to leave the country and go on a holiday anytime soon. So why not make the best of the situation and danglish it up in your home? Here are 7 suggestions on how to spend the lockdown time as the Danes do.
Who would have known that heaven lies in Kolding, Aarhus, Aalborg and Randers? At least heaven for all you garden lovers. In these cities you find BilligBlomst, the cheaper alternative to Plantorama. If you have a green thumb, if you’re trying to find inspiration for your garden, your balcony, your living room, this is where you should go. You will find fruit trees, fruit bushes, flower bushes, huge in-door plants etc, and an assortment of really cheap clay pots. It’s definitely worth a visit even though you don’t live close by. FYI: Danes love to garden. It’s how we meditate, it’s how we work out, it’s how we take in as much vitamin D as possible. Google the address for your preferred city, and have fun!
Another thing Danes really enjoy doing is building stuff. Suddenly everyone think they are carpenters, painters, plumbers, or handymen. We get a million good ideas, especially during lockdown, where we are forced to look around this square thing we call our home, and we find projects everywhere. Literally everywhere. So what do we do about all these ideas? We go to Silvan. In Silvan you can buy almost everything you need for your small or big projects, and you can even lease some electric tools, and of course, the famous free-trailer (or as we call it in Jutland: træææææler). So, if you get a little bored, take a look at your house, and you will find a project. I myself am currently painting my dresser. It does not look good.
If you’re not really in the mood for projects at home, go for a walk in one of our amazing forests. At the moment you can find Ramsløg (wild garlic) many places, a plant full of vitamin c, and you can grind it and make it into a flavorful pesto. NB. make sure you know how it looks and how it smells, so you don’t confuse it with other plants not meant for consumption. In 6-7 weeks you will also be able to find elderflower, which is exceptional for juicing, something a lot of Danes do every year. The smell of elderflower is the smell of summer in Denmark.
Info about Wild Garlic here (in Danish – let me know if you need it translated).
- Insect hotel
A fairly new trend in Denmark is to build insect hotels. Insects are a vital part of our life, no matter how annoying they can be, and if they disappear, our ecosystem will suffer. However insects find it more and more difficult to find habitat, and we need to help them. A great way of doing this is to plant wild flowers around your garden for the bees, but also to build a so- called insect hotel, where all kinds of insects can live and lay eggs. It’s a great little project (now you need to go to Silvan…), and if you have kids, they can be part of it as well. It’s a win win.
How to build an insect hotel.
- Baking Danish style
One thing that has spiked all over the world during lockdown is baking. Getting your hands into some sticky, moist, delicious batter is ‘balsam for sjælen’, as we say in Denmark (conditioner for the soul). If you’re gonna be baking, why not try it the Danish way? Kanelsnegle (cinnamon buns) is a perfect place to start, since it is simple, very child-friendly, and they taste DELICIOUS! Right? It doesn’t get more Danish than eating some… Danish. If you are ready for something a bit more challenging and time consuming, try baking the perfect sour dough bread. It’s a bit complicated, but the great cook, and my friend Tamara Silverstein, has made a sour-dough-for-dummies tutorial (my words, not hers) on instagram – and it’s in English. Check it out, and soon you will be baking the most amazing sour dough bread – a thing all Danes love.
Recipe for kanelsnegle (in Danish – let me know if you need it translated).
Tamara Silverstein on Instagram
Getting back to those green thumbs; if you do not have your own garden fear not, you can still get some dirt under your fingernails. A window in direct sunlight is the perfect place to do some sprouting. Buy some small biodegradable ‘pots’, put some soil in, and start sowing those wonderful seeds, water them regularly, and watch them grow to the point, where they are ready for some bigger pots in the window or even on the balcony. If that doesn’t make you happy and peaceful, I don’t know what will. Grow your own tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, beans, herbs etc. This is also a very child-friendly activity, but be careful – if you turn your back for a second, they will pull up your newly grown plants and eat them (speaking from experience). Kids, you know…
- Jump in
This one is not for the faint hearted. If you feel tired, lethargic, and just sick of this lockdown, do a quick refresher: find your local beach and jump into the water! Even though the weather is getting warmer these days, the water is still cold, so only do this if your body is in a state, where it can cope with a shock to the system. You will feel alive, you will feel powerful, and you will be ready for another week of lockdown. This is getting more and more trendy all over Denmark and I have yet to hear one person saying it was a mistake to try it. Do it, jump in that water!