I always loved to bake and latley I have been taking my cake baking to the next level. For does that follow me on Instagram have probably already noticed it. I am also extremely restless as a person and need to have a project at my hands all the time. Baking is a way for me to express my creativity, trying out different flavors, shapes and decoration styles is so much fun and therapeutic.
Today we are going to Gunnars family cabin and I made a Easter Cake to bring with us.
As you probably know by now, I am a flower freak.. I just love flowers, like a elderly lady I care a lot about my flowers and check on them every day. One of my favorite flowers is the Orchid, I have about 10 white ones. I’ve never thrown out an orchid after it’s done blooming because if you care for it right and get to know how they like it they will bloom again and again. Here are my tips on how I care for my orchids, not everyone does it the same way but this is my way :)
In our office we have the best light, the windows are facing north/east and my orchids love the light there. They do not like direct sun and the leafs of the orchids burn easy, that is why it’s important to have them in a light window but no direct sun on them.
I do not water orchids, I give them a “bath” once every other week or third week. This is a tropical flower and they are used to long dry times and heavy short rain days, so I figure that these “baths” suit them well. I place them all in my sink rinsing them with water and then let them stand in deep water for about 5min. Then the roots of the orchids absorb water and use that water for the next dry period, almost like a camel ;)
I also clean out all the pots, they usually get green and mossy. I use glass pots for my orchids so the roots of the plants get day light on them as well. Do not use any soap or dish washing liquid cleaning the pots, just hot water.
When the orchids are done absorbing water in their roots they look like the image above. You can see on your orchids if they are missing water, then the roots are dried out and wrinkly. The leafs can also look sad and wrinkly, that’s a sign of too little daylight and/or too little water. Give the flower a bath and place them in a lighter window, but again – no direct sun.
My little secret is also to wrap the bottom of the flower in plastic film, to make it like a closed green house. Because the orchids are tropical they like the humid and their roots grow more and that’s a good sign that the orchids will bloom again. After I complete wrapping the bottom of the orchids in plastic film I place them in the clean pot again and then in their favorite light window.
My orchids bloom every three to five months, now it’s usually orchid season and I have started to see some new spikes coming up. When they have fully bloomed they get to come out of my office and I place them in a nicer spot, like the living-room or hallway :)
I want to share with you my grandfathers vanilla/cinnamon buns, these are dangerously good.
There is many secrets to these awesome buns and the first one is, real yeast no dry stuff in a bag. It has to be fresh. Thank god for Hagkaup and their “Pressuger”. For the dough you need:
100g butter – roomtempature
1 dl sugar
1 big egg
1 cm x 1cm yeast – roomtempature
3,5 dl milk – roomtempature
10,5 dl white flour
It is important that everything that says “room temp”, really is. I normally take out the ingredients from the refrigerator an hour before I start to bake. Then mix all ingredients above in one large bowl, dont use a machine, use your hands. I know it is super sticky and it takes time but a machine will give the dough to much air and they will get dry. We don’t like dry buns, get physical.
When your dough looks something close to ours in the picture, place it in the bowl and let it stand in your zink with some water in the bottom of the zink. Just two cm of water, like a little water bath, finger warm water. And palace a tea towel on top of the bowl. Now this is the hardest part, let the dough raise for more than 2 hours, best 3. I think this part is hard because I love to make the buns and I am so impatience.
When the dough has an hour left I prepare the filling:
175 g of room temperature butter
2 msk of cinnamon
2,5 dl sugar
2 tsk vanilla sugar (not drops)
and a pinch of sea salt.
Mix all in a bowl and let it wait for the dough.
When the dough is ready, roll it out to a rectangle on a flour based table. Spread your cinnamon butter/sugar on one half of your dough. Then fold one short side to middle of the rectangle and the other short side over the folded one. So the dough now has three layers. This is hard to understand in writing, I hope you can see it by the picture underneath.
When it is folded take your roll and roll a little extra on top to get eventual air out. Just nice and easy, don’t press the roll to hard. Now comes the magic part, to make the perfect bun rolls. Because these buns will taste like haven but they also need to look like haven ;)
When the bun rolls are placed on a baking plate with baking paper, place a tea towel over them and let them raise for another 2 hours. Then they are ready to go in the middle of the oven on 200c for only 10min, not more. As soon you take them out powder them with flour sugar.
I believe my passion for flowers was “planted” at a early age, you can say I had no choice. My parents named me after a little Swedish flower called Linnéa, it was also the favorite flower by the flower man himself (Carl von Linné) he named it after himself. Not only that… my first word was “Blomma” (flower in Swedish) and as long as I can remember I always loved flowers and I had great interest in flowers. It is not until now I can see that it was pretty made up for me to have a flower interest, my great grand parents had a huge flower plantation that I just to just lay in and look at all the different types and shapes of flowers.
I of course dream of having my own flower store, I am positive I will make that dream come true, one day, but until then I am just pretending to be a florist ;)
Here are some of my Christmas flower decorations for this year. Hope you get inspired.
These last two weeks have been the most hectic weeks of my life, also very emotional and draining weeks. As you know we have our little Petit store, that is soon celebrating 3 years since we first opened Petit’s online store. A year back we decided to open a very small physical store in Grimsbaer, a tiny little mall close to where we live, just to see how Petit would work as a “real” store. Our store space in Grimsbaer was only 38sqm, we grew out of it very fast and had to have an extra storage unit in another location to be able to be in that space. We realized very soon that we needed to start a real hunt for the perfect big store. We looked all around Reykjavik and most of the Reykjavik realty firms had my phone number on speed-dial if any space would be available, so we would see it first hand.
We looked everywhere and even in the big shopping malls, but nothing felt perfect, many nice spaces but no space that gave us that extra nice feeling. Then one day I got a phone call that there was a space on Sudurlandsbraut 4, right in the middle of all the food shops. I was very skeptic going there but I went and right away I could see us moving in, it was Perfect! I called Gunnar and just told him to see this, and now we needed to make fast decisions. He came and we got to see the space from the inside, The perfect space, 4meters ceiling height with big windows all the way up and the whole length of the store. The total store is around 120sqm with good storage and a beautiful view.
We only had one week to set up the new space, clear out our old and move all our things in to Sudurlandsbraut before the opening.
This is where I almost lost my mind.
Even though I knew we only had one week to move our store I wanted to have the new space close to finished before all the products came in. We wanted to work with professionals and not many pros agree to one week of crazy work, nor do they have the time to just jump on a new project with two days notice.
Thank god for Rebekka Pétursdóttir, she offered us her free time and that weekend to draw up the new store. Poor Rebekka, I think she´s never worked with such a pushy person and there was no time for “brainstorming” or “lets think about this”, It was just now and here. As the pro she is she made Petit perfect from every angle only in two days! The blueprints were ready monday morning and that afternoon we were off to Husasmidjan to buy all the material.
On the whole back wall of the store we decided to build a giant bookshelf, 4x12meters. For good display of all our products and also to get maximum use of the ceiling height. That bookshelf alone was 54 meters of material.
The bookshelf was like a Tetris puzzle to put up and to make sure all the separate shelfs were strong enough to hold the items that will be placed on them. That bookshelf had me thinking it would never be finished in time, because it took such a long time to finalize.
I lived in the store for most of the week, I only slept very few hours each night and didn’t see my daughter much that week. There were so many things to do, to paint, to build and to plan.
We had to have an electrician come in and move the lights and install new. We needed a carpenter for all the heavy hard work, we needed the windows to be cleaned, we needed the insurance company to look over the space and we also needed to clean and empty our old store. I had the longest to-do list for this one little week.
With a lot of help from Gunnar’s family and our friends we were able to see the light in the tunnel. The cleaning of the space was massive, we swiped the floors 7 times, and it was endless build up of dust in the space. We had 3 people just organizing our storage space in the back and four girls in the front decorating.
I decided we were going to have the grand opening on Friday the 6th Nov from 17:00 – 21:00.
Thursday evening, my friend Greta came and we styled the space all night.
Then Friday morning came and I was half alive. But I knew what was waiting for me that morning at Sudurlandsbraut 4, it was the store of my Daydreams.
We did it! We created one of the most beautiful stores I have ever seen in only one week, that´s crazy and wonderful.
I am so Thankful for everyone that have help us to create the beauty that Petit turned out to be and also to all the customers that came an visited us in our new store.
I want to start with a new section in the blog called Dream home.
This breathtaking Stockholm flat belongs to the Zetterström family. Charlotta, together with her husband David, founder of the successful bakery Fabrique as in the current situation are available on 13 sites scattered from Stockholm to Gotland and London and continues to expand fully with its healthy concept.
Their big flat in Stockholm is from the 1920th and still holds all the old structure as the ovens and wall panels. Their style is the “modern Scandinavian” where mixing antiques, art deco and new age becomes one style. In my mind PERFECTION. I always visit a Fabrique bakery when in Sweden and you can just image the style in their bakery’s, just as breathtaking.
Last week we received the children’s fashion brand Tinycottons to Petit. I have been waiting for this moment for a very longtime, this brand has been on my radar and to be able to sell it in our little store has been a dream of mine <3
I am passionate about nice quality and designs that is developed with love by the artists behind them. Tinycottons is designed in Spain and they only use “pima” organic cotton and merino wool in their clothing, this mix makes the clothing warm and very soft. I wish more children’s clothing brands would focus on quality. There are many brands that have great design but the garment fail after the first washes and looses that new nice feeling. Tinycottons AW15 collection is called Hibernation, they have really played on the word and created a story’s that is very visual in their collection. Polar bears, fur prints, tundra, birch trees, pine-cones etc.
Here is a glimt of Tinycottons Autumn/Winter 2015 collection – Hibernation
I have started the processes to make our balcony inviting and cosy for the eventual sun-rays that will shine on us ;)
Shopping session one was simple, just the basic stuff and then I will see how I want to make it our own style and what plants to get. I have now some strong violet flowers in pots and a tomato three that I hope will survive in the little garden house.