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Norwegian photographer and home cook living in the English countryside | Photography/Cooking retreats | Cookbook out Autumn 2017 by Clarkson Potter
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It's almost dress-without-stockings season, and I'm so excited to be donning less heavy coats and wellingtons, mind you England calls for wellies all year round. Warmer winds have dried the wet streets from the recent rain, and even if it's touch and go this time of the year, the sun was out long enough for me to pop to the local tisbury_deli for freshly baked bread without an umbrella. Now it's back to the kitchen to make pear and lavender jam from newtonandpott book the Modern preserver. At the bottom of the fruits basket was a few rather sad looking pears, and with lavender in my wee walled garden outside the kitchen, I'm hoping to make a sweet few batches of jam to go with the lovely cheese I recently bought from bathsoftcheese and a blue veined soft cheese from West Country cheese. Soon I'll be all set for a nibbly Sunday lunch. What are you cooking up in the kitchen today? myenglishcountryside thecottagekitchen

15 Hours ago
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Cold rain was whipping on the cottage windows this afternoon, so we lit the fireplace, put the kettle on and snuggled up... 'I'm not going anywhere, he said, and rolled himself up in my bed sheets like a burrito. Neither am I, I chimed in, and tucked my toes in underneath the duvet... whiskeyandmoi

1 Days ago
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Many of you have emailed me in regards to my private workshops, wondering if I only do them in here in England. These one to ones are possibly some of my favorites, so I'm thrilled to announce that I'm opening up two spots for a bespoke workshop in Rome, and Milano, first week of April, and in Oslo mid May. I studied art history in Rome and loved exploring its awe inspiring cityscape, food scene and history, which will very much be incorporated into the workshops hosted there. Before my Art history studies, there was Milano and fashion design, and the city has become a second home, and I'm so excited to host one private workshop there in April. Oslo is of course my home town, and will be in full blossom in May, with that magical Scandinavian light, and exciting food scene. All workshops will have a photo location base, and tailored to your wants and needs, while using each city as a backdrop for our storytelling, and photography. More destinations and dates will follow soon, but if you're interested in a one on one workshop in the above locations, email us at workshopmmforsberg.com for more information and to book your spot. (Photo of the darling abbie_melle during a cooking workshop in my home here in England) mmforsbergworkshop

1 Days ago
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It's a spring like warmth to the gently wind these days, apart from the ferocious storm yesterday. The days are sunny, the hills are covered in green, and the landscape surrounding my wee countryside cottage is ever so inviting. Every day I try to go on small adventures to discover new pathways, fields, or nooks in the forest, getting to know my part of the world like it was a dear old friend. Every month I teach a limited number of private bespoke workshops on photography, styling, visual storytelling, social media, marketing and branding, and I absolutely adore sharing this little corner of England with them. Last week darling Victoria victoriaschiopetto and I spent two days together, and this week the ever so lovely Tammy behind wildbunchflowers came for a two day workshop. We wander the hills, pile into an old Land Rover (thank you Jess) and head off for bespoke adventures. Needless to say, I always look forward to these intense days, working one on one with someone on their career and dreams. I think I perhaps quote my parents more often than not during these workshops, and secretly wonder if the most useful education I ever received, was never really from any of my university degrees, but in fact at home with my family. mmforsbergworkshop stourheadgarden nationaltrust

2 Days ago
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When I first moved to England, I worked with the lovely American clothing brand cuyana on a few campaigns. Photographing their cashmere from Scotland, and lifestyle in London, and then later in Rome, and in my wonky cottage in the countryside. I fell in love with their simple philosophy that fewer is better, quality over quantity, and creating essentials that every woman need in their wardrobe. This Spring they are finally adding international shipping to their site, making it ever so easy to get their effortless look anywhere in the world. They were one of the first companies I worked with when I had just started out as a photographer, and I treasure looking back at the campaigns we've shot together, still seeing my images pop up in print and on their site. Thank heavens there are people who believe in you when you're just starting out, helping you find your footing and carve out a career for yourself. whenpeopleopendoors itsallaboutthejourney

4 Days ago
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My local fishmonger suggested Black Sea Bream last time I popped by. I was looking for something new, something I hadn't cooked with before. I'm a creature of habit when it comes to food, and love re exploring the familiar, rather than venturing off into uncharted territories, so every now and then I need a friendly nudge in the right direction to go out of my comfort zone. Black Sea Bream, he repeated, and pointed at the beautiful blue fish in front of me. It's scales are rather thick so they need to be removed but I don't mind. I've descaled and gutted fish since I was a little girl going out with our little boat fishing in the wee morning hours with my dad, or helping my mum rinse the daily catch that our local fishmonger Elias, where I grew up in Norway, would drop off on his blue moped. But I've never cooked with Sea bream. Maybe next time, I said as I packed up the scallops I'd bought. However, this morning I found the most delicious sounding recipe by ottolenghi and I can't wait to pick up a few Sea breams on Friday. Whole black bream with pine nuts and lemon, simply had me at hello...

5 Days ago
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Today I baked. It was the kind of day that needed freshly baked goods to come out of the oven like a well oiled production line. I made bread, another batch of my red wine brownies (recipe coming soon to my sleepy blog) and finished the day off with a fluffy and crisp Yorkshire pudding. As I nibbled on the still warm bread, slathered in salted Normandy butter, I edited images from last week's private workshop, where this darling little girl enjoyed a messy baking session of her very own. This is were it starts, I thought to myself, right there, as we play, with no need for it to become anything more than a sticky messy dough. When life gets busy, I tighten up, I get serious, forget things, have a short temper and fall asleep worrying about tomorrow. However, when I allow myself to play, my shoulders rest, I laugh more often than not, I give hugs freely, I'm more patient, and I fall asleep with a smile. "Remember to play" I wrote on a post-it note and stuck it to the blue wall above my desk...remember to play... thisisnotadressrehersal remembertoplay mmforsbergworkshop

6 Days ago
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I look at women differently these days. I examine their faces as they talk, perhaps more so now than ever, as I can see it in my own reflection in the mirror, that time has passed. Fine lines map their way from my face to my heart. I have lived. I look at my friends, family and strangers, as we lean in for a warm embrace, dive in to excited conversation over a glass of wine, wander in the woods one late afternoon, or pass each other on the street. They are all so beautiful. Yet, I struggle at days, to accept that I too will grow old, that my face too will grow more and more defined lines, and that even if they are warm nods to our time here on earth, those lines are also a way we as women judge each other. I do it too. I judge myself perhaps even more. Perhaps I didn't drink enough water, I should've stayed out of the sun, or peeled my face at least twice a week. But then I look at my mother, who at 76 look more elegant and beautiful than ever, with clear and visible lines of a life lived in the sun, gardening, hiking in whipping cold winds to the top of a mountain, of sleepless nights with young children, and of happy smiles, and tears of heartache. I wonder if she on a daily basis feels as beautiful as we all find her to be. Her style, her grace, her elegance, her warmth, her hard work and her patience. It's all there in the way she looks and carries herself. I wonder what I'll tell my own little daughter one day, of how to prepare for the many changes a woman's body goes through in her lifetime. But then I see the face of my mother in my minds eye, her body all wrapped up in a wool blanket seated outside in early spring, exposing and arching her face closer to the sun, with a delightful smile on her face. She doesn't have to tell me how to embrace life or how to grow older, because she shows it everyday with how she chooses to embrace life, and live it to the fullest... cuyana essentialwomen yvonneforsberg

7 Days ago
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Waking up with baking on my mind. I'm craving chocolate, and because I have half a bottle of a lovely wine from yesterday's dinner, I'm thinking red wine brownies. Silky, smooth and ever so naughty, but then again...it's the weekend! I love cooking with wine, but rarely bake with it, but these brownies will get deep sweet notes from the wine, and it is an ever so essential ingredient. Do you bake with wine too? What is your favorite baked wine treat? Also, I absolutely adore this little white milk pouring jug. Thank you illyriapottery for the adorable surprise present!

8 Days ago
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These two! Having such a glorious time teaching a two day private workshop for the lovely victoriaschiopetto from the Argentinian children's magazine revistacocoa Our lovely models from yesterday's shoot, Jess and Iris, where spot on adorable. mmforsbergworkshop Get a peek into the shoot by clicking on my profile photo for behind the scene Instagram story.

9 Days ago
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Some days simply call for warm home made bread straight out of the oven, and butter, golden slatherable butter... thatsall

13 Days ago
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A cold spell swept through the countryside this weekend. So I bundled up and went exploring. Frost on the ground and snow in the air. Every thatched cottage i passed had received a gentle white coat of dusting. I consider myself more spiritual than religious, and no matter where I am in the world, I oftentimes seek out old churches and quiet nooks to just sit in, and listen. And in a small nearby village, I found this beauty. I took a seat and watched my breath turn to a frosty smoke as I exhaled everything that weighed me down last week. I crave these pockets of peace, of quiet and of being alone to hear my own thoughts, and to reconnect with my dreams and hopes, that may feel somewhat distant and even lost at times, in the loud volume of the many voices of the world around... Where do you go to reconnect, or pause?

13 Days ago
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This morning we eagerly opened the shutters and watched light snowflakes dance around in the cold air outside. Mr Whiskey was ever so excited. With paws on the windowsill, he leaned in, and I held him tight. The air was void of sound as snow fell from the sky. Downstairs thecompasses was serving breakfast, so we quickly got dressed and took a seat by the fire to stay warm on this cold day. Mr Whiskey chose to stay in bed all snuggled up, while we warmed our hands on a cup of camomile tea, listening to the sound of cutlery against porcelain from the fellow breakfast guests, and watched the damp logs spit furious golden hot pearls, before drying out and properly catching fire... staycationisthenewvacation inn whiskeyandmoi

15 Days ago
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Soon this ground will be flourishing with crisp green vegetation, the trees will sport soft leaves, and the lake will once again tempt me every time I pass to immerse myself in its water and swim to the other side... As much as I enjoy a crunchy crisp frosty winter's morning...make no mistake, Spring, I'm ready for you! (Ps: At the far end of this beautiful lake, there is a farm nestled in between old trees and rolling hills, which is where my upcoming Food, Flower and Photography Retreat will be held. I love working in this stunning part of England, and can't wait to show you more soon!)springcantcomesoonenough visitwiltshire fonthillestate

19 Days ago
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We're finally live! Thrilled to be launching our two upcoming Food, Flower and Photography Retreats, here in the English countryside come March and April. Just a stone throw from my wee cottage is the most charming farm, Ashley Wood Farm, nestled amongst green rolling hills next to a lake, which will be our home for this two day retreat. The darling sisters behind aesmeflowers will join us in creating flower arrangements and a tables scape to celebrate the arrival of spring. There'll be wine tasting, and afternoon tea, pub wanders, baking with my mother, and seasonal lunches prepared by my darling mother. We'll have photo and styling session and post production with Lightroom, as well as creative conversations on building a brand, social media and visual storytelling in the afternoon around a crackling fireplace. In the evenings we'll be snuggling up in local pubs winding down after a long day, and each day will begin with mindful yoga in a beautiful old barn to bring our heartbeats down to that slow rhythm of the countryside. Follow the link in my profile for more information and to reserve your spot, and as always, should you have any questions feel free to email us at workshopmmforsberg.com Roll on Spring! workshop

21 Days ago
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It's been Risotto Milanese, Arancini and Limoncello making days in the cottage. The stove has been on all day, and every now and then the warm winter sun has sent some blushing rays through the kitchen windows. And then, just as we finished off the last plate of risotto, he suggested we pack our bags and escaped to the local pub for a wee staycation for the weekend. Needles to say, I though his idea was nothing short of brilliant... Ps: Our upcoming Flower, Food and Photography workshop in the English countryside opens up for registration tomorrow! I'm so excited to share it with you. staycationisthenewvacation myenglishcountryside (Follow along on Instagram stories for a peek into our staycation weekend;)

22 Days ago
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This frosty new year has brought with it many changes. Some expected and some unexpected. I've wrestled with what to post these past days, as heartbreaking world events have unfolded. This place has never been "business as usual" as my life and my job go hand in hand. My grandmother always used to say, there's a time and a place for everything, perhaps ever so lovingly guiding my outspoken nature to bridle my impulses to comment when I should listen, and to not remain silent when I should've spoken out. Both of which is for us all to individually decide. However, since I have for some reason been given a place here on social media, a little nook to express and share my life and work, I want to urge us all to stay together. To not let confusing and heartbreaking world events shake the ground we stand on. Make no mistake, for we are all made of the very same, and beliefs, religion, or nationalities do not divide us as a human race. Let us not be silent and say, this isn't about me, because it is. Perhaps my country or spiritual belief is not under threat or added to a list that prevents me from traveling freely, but with a quick turn of events it could've been. Stand tall, speak up, and know that what happens to one of us happens to all of us, and in matters so grave and important, there is no room for silence. I hope as we navigate how to respond to today's uncertain political climate, that we don't give into fear. In the words of Michelle Obama; When they go low, we go high". Let's continue to love, to support each other, to stand up, to speak up, and to never let hate, or the belief that we are less or more important than any one else around us take root in our hearts... weareone

24 Days ago
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With green fields as far as the eye could see, and the sun setting, we unpacked our thermos filled with warm tea, cups, and a few books, before wrapping ourselves in snug blankets to fend off the cool wind sweeping across the hill. Sometimes all you need is a wee weekend road trip with a friend with plenty of time to just be... hibernot myenglishcountryside

31 Days ago
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Grey has descended on my little town. Everything is engulfed in fog, but inside, the fire is lit in the cottage where I'm still unpacking box after box of cutlery, glasses, and bottles. I'm trying to embrace the process, the madness of living in moving chaos, but it's hard to get anything done while in this limbo land. So I run from room to room, searching for the right papers, the boxes with plates, and the right spice for the risotto I'm making for lunch that I swear I put in the green box... Instead I find a blue bottle with just a smidge left of one of my favorite Harveys sherry's , so I'm saving it for my afternoon tea. My calming and quiet countryside living is on temporarily hold, and all I can do is seek refuge in my favorite local pubs thecompasses thebeckfordarms when it all gets too much, and try not to look like I practically live there, while waiting for dust to settle and paint to dry... learningtobepatient movingmadness myenglishcountryside

32 Days ago
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And just as I turned around, there he stood admiring the sunrise amongst frosted trees. Rarely have I been so grateful for friends that get up early to join in on a wee road trip. Mid winter, and with temperature below freezing, he patiently waited as I asked him to stop around every bend and hilltop, there was simply so much beauty to take in during our road trip with landrover_uk yesterday. The quiet landscape passing by our windows as we drove to the coast that morning, engraved visual poetry on my heart in elegant writing, and I promised myself to never take these fleeting moments of beauty, or heartfelt friendships for granted ever again... hibernot myenglishcountryside winterinwiltshire

35 Days ago