24 | Brontë Aurell and Scandi Kitchen
Listen to Episode 24: A Chat With Brontë Aurell
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There's a change to the Tea & Tattle routine today, as because Sophie and I have had conflicting schedules lately (she's been in the States and travelling around the UK, and I've been juggling a lot on my plate lately too), we couldn't quite make a date work for recording. Happily, though, Sophie will be back on the podcast for our first episode in May, and I've got a brilliant guest for you today: Brontë Aurell of Scandi Kitchen.
Originally from Denmark, Brontë now lives in London, and she founded Scandi Kitchen, a charming cafe on Great Titchfield street, with her husband several years ago. Since then Scandi Kitchen has gone from strength to strength, garnering a large base of devoted customers. I love to drop by for a cheeky post-gym serving of meatballs, or one of Brontë's delicious cinnamon buns.
Brontë has also written some brilliant cookbooks - The Scandi Kitchen and Fika and Hygge - as well as the recently published, The Essence of Hygge, which I have yet to read, but I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! I own both of Brontë's cookbooks and am a huge fan of her tasty recipes. In fact, as a little thanks for all the support we have had for Tea & Tattle so far (we're coming up to our 6 month anniversary in May!), I've decided to give away a signed copy of Fika and Hygge to a Tea & Tattle listener (the giveaway is open to international listeners too).
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I so enjoyed this chat with Brontë, where we discussed how Brontë's childhood influenced her love of food, as well as how she balances her busy professional and family lives and some of the biggest challenges she and her husband have faced in running a small business in London (including giving birth on the day Scandi Kitchen opened!). I was also fascinated to hear Brontë explain what hygge means to her and how she finds moments of hygge in London.
Listen for an interesting conversation on Scandinavian culture, the difference between hygge and lagom, some great baking advice and much more.
- 00:24 - Miranda introduces Brontë Aurell.
- 01:51 - Brontë describes her childhood in Denmark and how she first came to the UK.
- 03:37 - Brontë's favourite Scandinavian cheeses.
- 06:02 - Miranda questions Brontë on what she misses most about Denmark.
- 07:46 - The inspiration behind Scandi Kitchen.
- 10:39 - How Scandinavian working culture differs from that of London.
- 12:55 - The challenges of running a small business in London.
- 16:14 - Brontë defines the concept of hygge.
- 19:24 - The difference between 'hygge' and 'lagom,' another Scandinavian buzz-word.
- 23:05 - Brontë picks some of her favourite recipes from Fika and Hygge.
- 24:59 - Brontë's tips for how to build confidence in baking.
- 27: 54 - Brontë's favourite places to enjoy Fika in London (apart from Scandi Kitchen!).
- 29: 19 - What's next for Brontë and Scandi Kitchen.
- Brontë's website.
- Scandi Kitchen.
- The Scandi Kitchen cookbook.
- Fika and Hygge cookbook.
- The Essence of Hygge.
- Rygeost (Danish smoked cheese).
- Norwegian brown cheese.
- The Tea & Tattle Hygge episode.
- Brontë's helpful Guide to Lagom.
- The Landmark afternoon tea.
- CARAVAN at King's Cross.
- Find Brontë on her website, facebook, twitter, instagram and youtube.
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Hygge is a state of mind.
- Brontë Aurell
Thank you so much for listening and being a part of Tea & Tattle podcast. As always, we love to hear your thoughts, so please let us know:
What did you like most about this episode? Have you tried any of Brontë's recipes, or would you like to now?
Don't forget to tune in again next Tuesday, when I'm chatting with Lindsey Tramuta of the well-known Paris-based blog, Lost in Cheeseland. We're in conversation about Lindsey's new book, The New Paris, and Lindsey had so many fascinating things to say about the changes she's witnessed in Paris over the last decade and the rise of a 'creative class' in the capital.