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Norwegian author and photographer living in the English countryside. Link to my cookbook, retreats/workshops, website and blog etc👇🏻
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But what’s going to happen, he said looking up at me quite concerned. I came home late as the rain poured down. The train stopped at our small village station and darkness of night had descended after the most glorious sunset. Wet and cold I opened the front door as he came leaping towards me. It had been the most glorious of days, and I’d spent it with great company in London. Our little baby girl is full term now, and can apparently arrive any day, so I’d promised myself to take a whole day to myself. I’d ordered warm tea as I boarded the morning train to London to meet up with great friends, perhaps the last of its kind before I properly become a mother. @ducksoupsoho one of my favorite little hole in the walls in Soho was perfect for a catch up with a friend who’s just moved to the city. A decadently long lunch was enjoyed @10greekstreet with the lovely @jo_rodgers and a leisurely long supper with darling @skyemcalpine at the beautiful @spring_ldn As the train left Waterloo station in the dark, I felt ever so rejuvenated and inspired to embrace this next chapter of my life. As I bent down to give Mr Whiskey a kiss on the forehead upon arriving home that evening, he looked so lost. But what about me, he asked. What will we all do now, he continued. He’d sensed a gradual change in the air, which had left him more and more in need of being close all hours of the day, and resting his head on my growing belly in the evening. We embrace the unknown, I answered, while taking a seat next to him on the floor. We are simply going to have to head into uncharted territory with our heads held high, with an open mind, and be prepared to face come what may. He lowered his head even more as if to communicate that that didn’t sound too exciting at all. So I left him to ponder those last words for a bit. He looked up at me with those big “puppy” eyes of his. We are all entering the unknown, I told him, and leaving our comfortzone is what will help us grow. This new chapter will affect all of us, but I know that when faced with the unknown, courage and laughter will get us through. Will it, he asked softly, it will indeed I reassured him, because in the end, it’s all a choice.

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It's a grey and cold winter's day, and I'm all about warming comfort food this afternoon. The beginning of renovations at the cottage has me escaping to local eateries for lunch and dinner. I snuck out while Mr Whiskey had his post afternoon wander snooze, and took a seat at a quiet corner of @beatonstearooms down the street in Tisbury. As much as I adore exciting fresh meals, today I revisited a childhood favorite of mine, the humble jacket potato. Some days just call for comfort and convenience, and this warm lunch down the street from our wee cottage scored on both accounts. While picking a winner of last weeks cookbook giveaway I may or may not have got a bit emotional...it was just so sweet to read all the comments and pop by to get to know everyone tagged. Thank you all for such heartwarming and encouraging words, I'm beyond thrilled and found it so hard to just pick to winners! But here they are: @ultimate_foodie and @cathypentonatelier Would you two please DM me so I can get your address. As I type this I'm rounding off lunch with afternoon tea and moist chocolate cake, as you do before waddling heavily pregnant up the hill back to the cottage. Just a few more weeks and I get to meet our little girl! Thank you again to all of you who participated and tagged your lovely friends and family for the cookbook giveaway, I might just have to do this again in Spring! thecottagekitchencookbook Ps: You can now find a copy of my cookbook @beatonstearooms or flick through next time you order a cup of tea. Let me know what you think of it! xx

9 Days ago
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I’m so very excited to be launching the first workshop of the year! Last week of April when Spring is well on its way, grass is green, trees and flowers are blooming and everything is buzzing with life I’ll be hosting a photography and building your business “boot camp”! Nestled in a beautifully renovated old cottage @thecraftsmanscottage on the boarder between two shires in the English countryside we’ll spend four days together working on making our dream and passion a reality. Through photography, styling, baking, visiting local producers are exploring the stunning landscape around the cottage, we’ll spend our days honing in on building your business and working on strategic ways to both create and promote your brand. I call it a “Boot camp” mainly because I want this workshop to dig deep, and strategically build your business from dream to reality. But don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of afternoon picnics, food photography and styling sessions, wetting both your appetite and creating plenty of photo opportunities for you to work on that side of things as well. Before dinner each evening, mixologist @theo_maxfield will lead us in creating great Spring cocktails with local botanicals and drinks in front of the cottage fireplace. The loveliest cake baker extraordinaire @hevdawg will bake for us and share her secrets, in addition to a business panel that will join us for dinner one evening where we get to pick their brains on how their local and global businesses went from dream to reality. If you’re ready to take your passion to the next level, reignite your brand or start from scratch in making sure your dream becomes a reality, this workshop is for you! Pop over to my workshop website through the link in my profile to grab your spot and for more information. It’s a small workshop for just a handful of people to ensure plenty of one on one time. I can’t wait for this exciting workshop in just a few months! mmforsbergworkshop businessbootcamp

13 Days ago
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Looking out on the naked threes outside with its barren yet green winter landscape around where I live, knowing we’re just a bit over a month away from it all beginning to reawaken. I must admit I’m a tad overly excited about brighter and warmer days, for Spring to arrive, and for life to return to these trees. The cottage is buzzing with preparations for the arrival our little girl, renovations, and this year’s many adventures. I’ve been trying to organize my year in advance so the bump can join our wee family and get all the attention she needs, and for me to settle into the role as a new mother. There’s so much well meaning advice and so many inspiring mothers to look to. But in the end it’s all so very individual. I can’t wait to get to know her, to introduce her to this marvelous world and for her to join our little team of Mr Whiskey @theo_maxfield and I for adventures ahead. It’s been many hormonal ups and downs, doubting myself, grasping for straws of knowledge of what’s to come, picking myself up, and choosing to lean into the unknown. The mood board above my desk in the office has been less about dreams and more about strong images to help me stay focused on who I am. In all this business of the unknown, I want to wake up each day choosing to be me, and trusting in our individual journey rather than letting sleep deprivation, emotions, and the one eyed monster of comparing, me, my family or our future child, to anyone else get to me. So I’ve put up images that will remind me to stay focused, to listen to wise women around me, and then to trust my own inner voice. This year will change everything and nothing, it will be a new beginning and a continuation, and amidst it all, I want to remember to stand tall, to trust, to leap, to love more than ever before, and to allow time to just be and grow. Zen Shin ones said; A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms.” And I think I’ll let that be the quote guiding me through this year... Let’s make 2018 the year we simply bloomed! letsjustbloom adventuresahead 2018goals

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After the gloriously indulgent and festive month of December, the feast and the gifting usually stops, which is why I’ve decided to have a January cookbook giveaway! I think my cookbook “The Cottage Kitchen” is as much about the story of change, as it is about the recipes that this journey brought with it. It’s about beginning again, relaunching life and diving in head first into that dream that I had, and the life I envisioned for myself. So I’d love to share this wee journey of mine filled with ups and downs, nostalgic notions to my childhood upbringing on a fjord island in Norway, recipes that came with it all, influenced by my travels around the world and inspired by my new home in the English countryside with you. It’s a very personal tale that I hope many of you can relate to. So if you have a friend or two in mind that you think would love a copy arriving in his/her mail this quiet and cold month of January, tag them in a comment here on Instagram, and I’ll pick two winners on Sunday the 14th of January! If you simply want to purchase a copy of the book, there’s links for the US, U.K, Canada and Australia in my profile. Let’s share the love of change this month, and tag away your friends that you think would like a copy. The giveaway is open worldwide! thecottagekitchencookbook newbeginnings

16 Days ago
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Happy New Year! I love a fresh new page and this year feels like one. To kick off 2018, where I have lots to share with you of upcoming adventures, I’m relaunching my online food photography and visual storytelling classes with @skillshare . Nothing says new beginnings like a brand new year, with endless possibilities and room for learning something new or brushing up on old skills. If you follow the link in my profile you can sign up for free for my two online photography classes. They’re filmed in the first cottage I moved into upon taking the leap of moving to England and starting fresh. It’s in that wee cottage, with a thatched roof and a hobbit entrance, it all began. A small home on the outskirts of a sleepy countryside town that led me to where I am today. I believe in small steps, that become big steps, and little changes that become big changes. My online food photography and visual storytelling classes are just that, an introduction to the art of photography that may just be the start, a refresher course, or an add on if you’re already well on your way with photography. Join me in my old wonky cottage for a fresh start this new year, and do let me know all your questions as you go along. Feel free to tag me in the photos you create for the class, should you share them here on Instagram, as I’d love to see what you’re creating! Let’s seize 2018, and make it the year where dreams come true! makingithappen mmforsbergx ( Photo of my wonderful mother during my workshop @sextantio in Italy last September)

19 Days ago
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Crisp mornings, and warm afternoons. Winter in our little part of the world is mild with a hint of frost. The sun hang low on the horizon and birds are still singing like they do in Spring. There’s so much beauty around me that it’s hard not to shed a tear if sheer joy. One of my goals for the new year, which I’ve already been practicing in 2017, is to go on walks by myself, sans Englishman, Mr Whiskey or my phone. I’m torn when I see the sun dance with the morning mist on the lake, or snow crystals crunch under the weight of my foot, should I photograph it, or just be and soak it all in? I’ve consciously made an effort to find a balance where I’m able to feed my photography passion without feeling like I only see the world through the narrow angle of whatever lens I use. Call it digital detox or simply being present, the benefits are real. My mind feels so much more clear and I’m bursting with creativity after a wee wander without anyone or any device to check in on. For me this is where I find my work/life balance. Next year I’ll make sure to be even more present, with work, family, friends, and in moments I want to preserve in my mind and heart, rather on my phone in an album I’ll never revisit. I’m not one for big New Years resolutions, but next year I’ll say no to noise, and yes to more adventures. I’ll put dates on each little or big dream, making sure they become achievable goals rather than wishful thinking, and I’ll make sure my phone stays at home more often than not when going for wee walks. bemorepresent makingdreamscometrue visitwiltshire

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The first time they met, Mr Whiskey was rather skeptical. As far as he was concerned, he was the man of the house. He’d bark with a warning pitch if this new man got too close, and wasn’t too keen on his many visits. Slowly they became friends, and before I knew it there was a wee bromance going on. These days Mr Whiskey is ever so smitten, and simply cannot contain his excitement when hearing @theo_maxfield walk through the door. As light emerges through the rooftop window in our bedroom each morning, Mr Whiskey makes his way up the stairs and sits by our bed ready for his morning snuggles. With one tap on the duvet, he bounces up and curls up next to @theo_maxfield resting his head on his chest with little white paws wrapped around him. I love watching this unexpected friendship take form, knowing that no matter how close we are, Mr Whiskey and I, every man needs a wingman;) theoandmrwhiskey mrwhiskeystories ( Recipe for the depicted “Kidney and Foie Gras bruschetta with parsley” is found on page 22 in my cookbook “The Cottage Kitchen” )

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This year I’m still catching up on Christmas correspondence, and hopefully I’ll have it all posted before the beginning of the new year. This morning I woke up to snow covered rooftops and a frosted sprinkling on the surrounding rolling hills. Instead of lighting the fire to stay warm, we popped to the ever charming @thecompasses to stay warm and indulge. Bustling with life, it seemed we were not the only ones with the brilliant idea of lunching in front of their big fireplace. At home we put the kettle on, warmed a few minced pies and with great gusto got back to our correspondence. Early next year we’ll be launching our workshop list for 2018 with three larger workshops in Italy, (Abruzzo, SOLD OUT), Norway, and France, and a few smaller ones in London and Florence, Italy. I’m so looking forward to them all, but the one in my Norway in particular, where we’ll be based at the most rustic and ever so charming traditional log home, make flat bread over open fire, wander the surrounding mountains and in addition to focusing on visual storytelling in food photography, we’ll dive in to the business side of this to. More info on all the above shortly after New Years! If you want to be put on the list email us at workshop @mmforsberg.com or head to Instagram stories and swipe up for a direct link to the workshop list. workshop

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Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from our wee English cottage, to wherever you are in the world! From Mr Whiskey, @theo_maxfield and I. xxx

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Thick, glossy and ever so delicious! My mother’s secret chocolate sauce does the trick on almost everything, and is as perfect as a base for hot chocolate, as it it generously spooned over my grandmother’s Norwegian doughnuts. The blog post with this recipe is now finally live on the blog, and with it a peek into the making of my cookbook, The Cottage Kitchen. Working on my book was a defining moment in my life. Having just moved to the English countryside a couple of years earlier with just a suitcase full of hopes of what I would like my future to be, working on the book gave me direction. As I’m typing this, a whiff of the mulled wine stew that’s simmering on my @lacanche_us stove downstairs makes me think about the first stew I ever made. Trying to recreate one of my grandmother’s very simple and rustic beef stew was a challenge. What once felt foreign, now feels like second nature. And since I haven’t been eagerly cooking may way from childhood, I had much to catch up on when I opened my suitcase in my little English cottage, and took out one of my mother’s pots, an apron, and a wooden tasting spoon. We sometimes look at others and tell ourselves that they have it so much easier than us, because they have that camera we think we need to become a photographer, or talent that we yearn to have, or come from a background with more connections, or have a house with a bigger kitchen, so we think it’s easy for them to do what we dream to do. In this journey through life I’ve learnt that for me, those are just excuses to continue procrastinating with getting on with what we really want to do. When I began both photographing and dabbling in food, I had passed the golden age of thirty, I lived in my parents garage with a broken heart, very little self esteem and only a wee dream. I can assure you that if I can do it, so can you. It all begins with a dream, a bit of gumption and never giving up. The motivation and passion became stronger and stronger as I kept walking. Don’t wait for your true passion to find you, begin walking and you’ll find it! It’s never to late too begin again, and it’s never too late to change.newblogpost daretodream thecottagekitchencookbook

37 Days ago
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While I forked into a second helping of these dark purple mulled wine poached pears, I could hear Mr Whiskey quietly make his way upstairs to where I was sitting enjoying my wee afternoon treat. Earlier I had simply put two sachets of mulled wine spice from @schwartz.uk in a pot with my favorite wine with the pears and turn the hob on low. The afternoon sun was gently glowing through the window, and he curled up by my feet. It was a slow and quiet afternoon after a busy morning, and I was trying to unplug my mind from work to recharge modus, something I find really hard to do these past months. However I know that if I don’t put my phone down, step away from my desk and turn off the part of my mind that can be constantly tuned into work, I will burn out. So I picked up a book about the first three years of motherhood and put a hand on my belly while reading out loud for our little girl. Mr Whiskey began snoring, I sipped warm tea, and our little baby girl began to kick. We don’t always have much time in our busy lives, but switching off is one of the biggest “magic tricks” to staying creative and productive, and thrive! It’s taken me years to learn to stop and to sit down, and to be present. So while the pears were poaching, I recharged. I shared the recipe with you yesterday on the blog, so if you haven’t popped over yet, find the link in my profile. This business of slowing down and switching off is perhaps more important than ever, so maybe next year is when we make an even bigger effort in being present. I know I’m definitely motivated to by the arrival of our little girl, but I also know that habits don’t change overnight. So if I begin now, perhaps I’ll be ready to greet her as a more mentally present mother by the time she arrives. Do you feel it’s challenging to switch off too? What are your ways to disconnect? I’d love to hear all your advice on being more mentally present. onestepatthetime ad beingmorepresent

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Everybody needs an “uncle George”. A distant relative that you receive a letter from one gray and average Thursday. The letter would be from his attorney, expressing his sadness over your loss of this distant relative you never even knew you had, and that this relative has left his vineyard in France or estate in Scotland to you. A girl is allowed to dream, right!? On one of my many visits to a wee antiques shop tucked away at the top of infamous Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, a neighboring town, I spotted this portrait of a man (to the left in the photo) in a beautiful ornate wooden frame. The owner, and her two dogs, eagerly persuaded me to purchase it. So I did, and while she was wrapping him up to safely make the journey back to my cottage, I told her I’d name him George, as in that fictive distant relative mentioned above, in hopes he’d bring good luck. Yesterday, our darling portrait of Mr Whiskey beautifully painted by @d.williamsartist arrive all frame an reay for a spot amongst our paintings in the blue room on the first floor. But before fining a spot for him amongst paintings, antlers an gile mirrors, I put him next to “uncle George” hoping perhaps that some fairy ust may rub off in him too. But perhaps “Uncle George” alreay has sent some magic, not in form an inherite estate in Scotlan, I’m secretly still crossing my fingers for that one, but in form on a wee cottage, that as of last week is mine in all its tiny glory. This is my very first house purchase abroa, an I couln’t be happier to be calling this small nook in the worl my home. I o believe reams come true, but maybe not exactly as we first ha envisione it. Next year we’ll be hosting my private workshops an our mini workshops from home again, an I o look forwar to opening the oors for you. Have a look at the link in my profile to explore the options of one-three ay private an bespoke workshops for next year. mmforsbergworkshop portrait mrwhiskeystories

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Mulled wine poached pears. The very name makes my mouth water. Drenched in a thick warm mulled wine syrup with spoonfuls of clotted cream, this seasonal dessert has quickly become a classic at the cottage. I love poaching pears and baking fruit and berries, as quick and easy desserts but oh-so-full-of-flavor. This week I’m sharing this delicious favorite of mine made with @schwartz.uk mulled wine spice on the blog. The sashes of mulled wine spice makes it even more convenient as all I have to add is my favorite wine, a bit of sugar and a dash time. The aromas wafting through our cottage as the pears gently poach in the above liquid, is utter festive magic. However the true magic lies in the wine you choose, and like the late Keith Floyd, I don’t believe in cooking wine, only use wine you love. That way sneaking in a wee taste in a little glass while the pears poach, becomes so ever so much more enjoyable. Light the fire, uncork a lovely red and pop over to my blog for the recipe. (Link in profile) After all this is the season of treats, and I for one is taking full advantage. mulledwinepoachedpears christmasdesserts ad newblogpost

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Down for the count with a pesky cold, Mr Whiskey and I have been all snuggles, warm ginger, lemon, turmeric and honey tea, and woolen blankets. My Englishman @theo_maxfield has come home straight from work lighting the fire and drawing me a bath with candles and a foot massage. Spoilt and exhausted I've fallen asleep with my big bump dreaming up recipes to test out when I feel better and new afternoon walks to go on. Everything has been on hold, even the promised blog post on my grandmother's delicious Norwegian doughnuts, drenched in my mother's glossy and thick chocolate sauce. To be fair, I haven blogged for over a year, even if many a draft have been written. After publishing my cookbook I limited my written words to @instagram , but then time passed and I felt ready for more. It all started with a small blog years before @instagram during a time when I didn't know where to go or what to do. I called the blog "Le voyage creatif" the creative journey, hoping it would lead me to finding my passion and a home. Little did I know the blog would take me from a mountain home in the USA to a cottage in the English countryside, and from studies in languages and the Middle East, to photography and cooking, and ultimately to publishing my own cookbook with @clarksonpotter It may be a long journey, but I believe dreams do come true, even if they may not look exactly like we envisioned them. Stay tuned for my upcoming blog post this weekend, shaking off dust and cobwebs from my current blog "The Cottage Kitchen". foodstories thecottagekitchencookbook (Loveliest model @abbie_melle )

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A cold spell is coming to our village, and I’ve got all the warm blankets ready. I love sleeping with the rooftop window in our attic bedroom cracked open, so fresh cool air can seep in during the night. Each morning I tiptoe as I push it wide open to take in the morning. Across frosted rooftops the rolling hills are never far away. Some houses have windows with a warm glow and others are still dark, houses that are still asleep. Our village is quite small but it is a host to exactly the right amount of shops needed. Our fishmonger makes sure he stocks what you need, and so does the butcher up the steeet. The deli @tisbury_deli has my favorite Italian crackers, a few seasonal treats and a fresh wheel of Gorgonzola. Outside they have couple of tables where I can pause to enjoy a warm cup of tea or coffee, while plotting what wine to bring home from @beckfordbottles We’re spoilt with the most darling of flower shops @tedmartinflowers and recently a very refreshing addition hit town @the_loft_tisbury ,a clothing store that brings a dash of that city flare to the country. In the evening when the sun has gone down and streetlights are lit, we’ll pop by @messumswiltshire to explore their recent art exhibition before ending the day at our favorite pubs for a pint or a bite @thebeckfordarms and @thecompasses Nestled in between two shires this little village called Tisbury has everything I need and more, yet it’s still quaint enough for the world to feel ever so far away... myenglishcountryside visitwiltshire tisbury mytinyatlas huffposttravel

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Wet, cold and ever so refreshing, winter is here and so is my favorite month of December! In Norway, this month is Christmas. Advent calendars are made, a spicy and sweet drink called “gløgg” is kept warm on the stove, and big celebratory dinners are held each Sunday of advent. This will be our very first Christmas in our own cottage and I couldn’t be more excited. Our cottage is far from presentable and renovations will hopefully be well on the way in time for the arrival of our little girl, but luckily I have one item in the kitchen that will secure our Christmas season with all its dinners, baking sessions and that warming gløgg. In the middle of our less than perfect kitchen shines my @lacanche_us stove in white, steel and brass, making sure I can cook away to my heart’s content. I’m just about to put a tray in with little spicy and sweet winter treats to bring as my Englishman @theo_maxfield and I will head into the woods this afternoon to gather branches and foliage for wreaths and garlands. And hopefully have time for a wee winter picnic with tea and freshly baked treats, as Mr Whiskey happily runs around chasing pheasants... christmasseason winterpicnics

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There’s still a green view even if winter has arrived. Bone chilling winds and frosty rooftops greet us every morning. Yesterday we tightened our scarfs and buttoned up our coats, and boarded the train city bound. It was just him and I, little agenda and the bustling city of London all dressed up for Christmas. We’d decided not to have lots of things to do on the list, so we mainly weaved in and out of old arcades, bought a box of my favorite licorice macaroons from @ladureeuk , a large handful of delicious crystallized ginger from @fortnums where we also stocked up on teas and cheese. A large slice of truffle cheddar and a big festive box of Irish breakfast tea was wrapped and added to our shopping basket before we went to the ever so charming @thewolseley for cocktails and afternoon tea. It was a day of meandering and sticking up on favorites. As much of a fan as I am if the new and exciting, I adore the familiar, going back to our treasured spots for food and drink and on the way stumbling across a small pub of two for a pint of Guinness. I stead clear if alcohol these days but there’s actually quite a few non alcoholic beers out there that’s worth a go. Before celebrating the incredibly talented duo behind @ochreochre at a darling cocktail party in a new part of town to me, we stumbled across an wonky old pub with steamed up windows. He ordered a ruby red beer and I St Paul’s without, a lovely malty non alcoholic beer that felt ever so refreshing, @morettiuk also have a tasty non alcoholic beer. Walking arm and arm into the night and on full bellies after a quick stop at a ramen place, we bought a couple of books for the train journey back to the shire that we’re currently reading at a charming candle lit corner table @thetalbotinn For peeks into our day and our book choices pop over to my Instagram stories. midweekadventures winterinthecountryside

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In front of the fireplace of our favorite local pub, usually when everyone else had picked up theirs hats and left into the night, he’d make me a ‘White Russian’ with cinnamon and maple syrup. To the sound of the crackling fire and ice cubes swirling around in the heavy crystal glasses, we talked the night away. He would put another log on and move his chair closer. Silence was never awkward with him, and in the warm glow from the fireplace I think I began falling for him a little, even if I was determined not to. I told him we couldn’t date, and he said he’d wait till I felt ready. I said it would never happen, and he just calmly smiled and put another log on the fire. I have to laugh at my stubbornness. He on the other hand chose patience and waited, and persisted, and with calm confidence showed me he was not going anywhere. These days he makes his famous ‘White Russian’ for my workshop participants and him and I have become family. I guess sometimes one simply have to give in to the universe gently nudging us in one direction, when our stubbornness want us to continue on a different path. I’m learning to listen to that friendly nudge, but trust me it’s taken time for me to even feel it, as my strong will usually overpowers something gently nudging and quietly whispering. Since I can’t enjoy his cocktails these days, here’s a recipe for you to enjoy. And since the devil is in the details we source quality spirits and liqueurs mostly from our friends, and choosing a proper coffee liqueur like the one from @conkerspirit made from freshly brewed espresso instead of using coffee flavor, and a quality vodka like our favorite @blackcowvodka does take this cocktail from lovely to fabulous in one swift move. ‘White Russian’ recipe below courtesy of mixologist @theo_maxfield 50ml vodka (I use black cow vodka) 25ml Coffee liqueur (I prefer Conker cold pressed liqueur) 15ml double cream 10ml maple syrup freshly grated cinnamon Method: Add all ingredients, apart from the cream, in a mixing jug, add ice and stir. Strain into glass filled with ice, gently float cream on top. Grate cinnamon over the drink and garnish with cinnamon stick. cocktails howitallbegan

55 Days ago
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Naked trees, green grass and charming cottages. My daily wander through the woods in my neighborhood and across the field feel like pure magic. Watching the seasons change ever so slightly from one day to another. Cold winds leaving trees bare and the ground frosted, before sun and warmth makes the trees sport little green bunny ears again, just a few months from now. This ever changing ebb and flow is like a steady rhythm. It’s all about the little steps, the little things that lead us from one season to the next and one journey to the next. I’m a big believer in little steady steps that over time leave great distances in their wake. Right now the little steps during last year lead to my cookbook, purchasing a cottage, and starting renovations. Very little happen over night, but what’s the fun in that anyway, it’s the excitement and anticipation that time brings that makes it ever so exciting to tick the boxes off one by one. One of my goals next year is to continue this mindfulness in regards to time, and enjoy the slower process of change, even if patience certainly is no natural virtue of mine, but perhaps with time it will be..;) goals enjoyingtheprocess adventuresahead

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Daylight is a fleeting matter these last month of the year. As soon as the sun goes down, dark blue hues take over the sky and descend over the still green rolling hills around my cottage. The trees have shed their autumnal colored leafs and as soon as the church bells ring in four o’clock, the kettle is on and warm scones pulled out of the oven. The last chapter in my cookbook ‘The Cottage Kitchen’ is called ‘Afternoon tea’ and tells the tale of my introduction to this ever so charming ritual of afternoon tea in England. Here in the countryside afternoon tea is a daily affair without the fanfare of lovely establishments in the city. We may be divided on what goes on the scone first, the clotted cream or jam, but we’re united in this warming and ever so decadent ritual that feels like such a treat as the sun goes down during these colder months of the year. Find my go to scone recipe on page 280 in my cookbook. afternoontea thecottagekitchencookbook mmforsbergworkshop

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By the time we finish our photo wander around the most beautiful @ntstourhead we caught a glimpse of that magical hour of twilight. A warm inviting glow emerged from the windows of ‘Spread Eagle’ pub on the estate, ringing in a wintery evening. Our bellies were yet again ready to be filled, so we climbed back in the car piled up our wellies, camera gear, bags and winter frocks and turned our noses towards @thebeckfordarms for dinner. We both ordered their shin beef with roast Jerusalem artichokes, mashed potatoes and sautéed garlic kale. It was pure comfort food. Before turning in for the night we rounded off the day with a warming cup of peppermint and camomile tea. The stars were out and the countryside was wrapped up tight in a nighttime blanket of darkness, as we navigated our way home to the glow from the cottage windows in my wee village. Tonight we’ll head to @thecompasses for our last supper. Three days have gone by so quickly and tomorrow I’ll yet again say goodbye to a workshop participant that have gone from stranger to friend in mere hours. Till our paths cross again @susguthrie I can’t wait to follow your creative journey! mmforsbergworkshop stourheadgardens spreadeagle

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Smokey and delicious, his cocktail creations alway make me swoon. There was a moody sky today as we ventured into our shoot location on my three day private workshop with the lovely @susguthrie As I unpacked and set up the prop table @theo_maxfield worked his magic shaking and stirring drinks, this time infused with the tastiest damson vodka. Outside the winds were howling, and the newly erected town Christmas tree, not yet decorated, was held steady by thick ropes cris crossing the town square. Inside our warm nook, the wood burner kept us all snug, warm scones, clotted cream and jam was served, and I may or may not have nibbled my way through every styling and photo session this afternoon, to compensate for not being able to enjoy the tasty cocktails being big churned out. As we packed down and returned to the cottage this evening I fell a bit nostalgic seeing as this is my last private workshop till after our baby girl arrives. Next year will bring new adventures, and even if I may be hesitant to too much change, I’m excited about this new chapter ahead and how it will change our lives and how we run these workshops together. mmforsbergworkshop cocktailgalore

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Crisp winter like mornings leave the ground slightly frosted these days. I crave hot toddys, warming teas and ever so naughtily scones fresh out of the oven with jam and that infamous English clotted cream. This morning I tightened my scarf as I crisscrossed our little village to visit a darling friend of mine with the most beautifully whimsical white hair and ever an inspiring talent and pen. She’s been illustrating my little journey from my wee cottage in Shaftesbury, with a pit stop to make the cookbook in a glorious Georgian home nestled on the outskirts of an enchanted forest, to my tiny little cottage in a wee village just a stone throw away. I can’t wait to have a peek at her illustrations for my little girl to hang in her nursery, so I can tell her the tale of how it all began through Jane Alyson Smart’s elegant hand. Tingles all over I tell you! On a side note, I’ll be popping up in Bristol, Bath and London with my Englishman @theo_maxfield for a few pre Christmas “Cocktails and Cookbook” events, with nibbles from the book and wintery cocktail sessions. We’ll soon launch the events with more detailed info about the evenings and where to secure your spot. I simply can’t wait to meet you! Pop over to Instagram stories so get a peek at our events coming up. thecottagekitchencookbook christmasevents

64 Days ago
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I woke up early, head spinning with ideas, and our little girl kicking up a storm. The bump was a boxing ball, I woke @theo_maxfield up to witness her vigorous morning exercise. She’s going to be a strong willed girl, he said with a smile, and I nodded, quite content and happy. Then he fell back asleep and so did our little girl. Mr Whiskey had heard our giggles and came lurking up the stairs to our bedroom to see if it was as time for some morning snuggles. I was wide awake filled with thoughts, so I whispered for him to come over and snuck him in under the blanket. He curled up like a doughnut resting his head on the bump that was now peacefully quiet. My darling friend, nutritional therapist and author @ameliafreer gave me a book a few weeks ago that had been on my mind. Confessing that I hadn’t bought or read a single book on babies, she gave me a book she’d read before her darling girl arrived, on the ritual of rest and rejuvenation after the baby was born. The book is called “The first forty days” by Heng Ou, and describes the ancient rituals of taking care of the new mother with nourishing and warming foods in addition to rest and care by women in the family. The author describes all these traditions around those forty days after a woman gives birth and draws up a how-to for the modern day mother and her support network. As I read through chapter after chapter on resting rather than “bouncing back, connecting with your little one, this new chapter and allowing our bodies to heal, I though of my own mother and the fact that I’d never even asked about what comes after. As the bump has grown, I’ve asked about stretch marks, cravings and giving birth, but never what happens on the other side. I can’t wait to sit down and ask her of what her first weeks and months were like as a mother, and I simply cannot wait to have her come stay with us when our little baby girl arrives in February. She’s never read or heard about the book, and I don’t think my grandmother came to stay when she first gave birth, but she asked ever so gently if I’d give her the honor of caring for me and our little girl the first few weeks of her new life, and I said yes, with all my heart.

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As my train slowed, approaching my wee village, I caught a glimpse my Englishman patiently waiting leaning up against an old wooden post. After a long day working on a shoot in London he was a welcoming sight. Little did I know when he turned the key to our cottage, he’d already lit the candles, stoked the fire and prepared dinner. Turn to page 228 in your cookbook he urged, and there I found the menu for dinner that evening. Baked partridge with figs and olives with butter baked small autumn potatoes. I smiled as he with skillful movements served me a whole bird and scooped up the thick sauce at the bottom of the pan. The sweetness of the baked figs agains the saltines of the warm green olives nestled in that warm broth played with our tastebuds. The pancetta tightly wrapped around each bird had crisped up and almost melted. It felt decadent, rich and ever so appropriate for a cold autumn day. I can’t believe you made this for me, I said way more emotional than I had intended. This one’s for you, he replied, as he raised his glass and we toasted the cookbook and exciting adventures ahead... Would love to hear what you’ve made from the book and what’s your favorite! @theo_maxfield thecottagekitchencookbook ilovethisman feelingspoiled

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Engulfed in fog our little village and the next one over were draped in a mystical white veil this morning. It’s possibly the most enchanting weather, and I treasured every magical moment of it. A couple of nights ago we had the loveliest dinner @thebeckfordarms rounding off my one day private workshop with @christinejuette and her husband. The fog had lifted by the time we met for tea and biscuits to begin our day together, and the still mostly green rolling landscape was unveiled. With our sweet tooth’s soothed and warm bellies of tea we ventured into the woods for a photo wander with Mr Whiskey talking camera and lens use, F stops and iso. I must admit that I’ve truly fallen in love with these privet one on one workshops where I get to work closely with fellow creatives in honing in on their skills and passions, strategically mapping out how to achieve their goals and reach their dreams. It’s ever so rewarding to be allowed to be a wee part if someone else’s creative journey. Before heading to dinner after our photo and styling session in an old Tudor tea house we went over final thoughts on editing in Lightroom over a glass of wine, read Orangina for me, at my local @beckfordbottles It truly is incredible to be allowed in on someone’s dream, if only for a day or three. Thank you @christinejuette I can’t wait to see where your journey takes you and your husband. mmforsbergworkshop visitdorset goldhill

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As snow descended like light feathers on our home in Norway during childhood winters, I knew it wasn’t long until we’d begin decorating for Christmas. The most magical season of the year. This week I celebrated the earliest sings of this wonderful season with a proper Christmas gathering with @waitrose Outside temperatures had dropped yet inside the coziest old pub, candles were lit and the fireplace was roaring. Secret Santa’s had filled our stockings and every now and then the most warming aromas from the kitchen would waft through the pub. Turkey, ham, and blushing venison was on the menu with all the trimmings and sides a hungry belly could ask for. We sat down like a big family and tucked in with great gusto, just like Christmas at home where I grew up. Delicious hearty food is always the highlight during Christmas, but in the end no matter what is being served it’s the people you celebrate with that makes it memorable. As we toasted with gingerbread martinis,( I gave mine to a lucky friend;) and passed roast potatoes and gravy around, it made me ever so excited for the season to come and for the lovely family and friends in my life that we’ll celebrate with. ( and for the little presents under the tree;) From now until Christmas @waitrose are going to be hosting competitions across their social channels giving you a chance to win lovely treats so do make sure you keep and eye on their social media channels. ChristmasTogether ad

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Inside my wee cottage I’ve been brewing fresh ginger tea with the loveliest honey from my sister’s bees in Norway. It’s comforting, sweet and ever so fresh. I used to treasure my traditional English breakfast tea, but these days I’m craving ginger with its fiery and warming flavors. Sipping tea and eating biscuits while signing cookbooks for all the lovely recipe testers that helped try out my recipes along the way. One special book is going all the way to Australia to my lovely assists that worked for me during the year I wrote the book @abbie_melle . During her last days in England the weather changed and the temperatures dropped, inviting a misty veil to descend on the green landscape surrounding my cottage. Summer became autumn and our journey together was coming to a close. As Mr Whiskey and I drove her to the train station we passed this very spot, where just a few days earlier we’d wandered engulfed in afternoon mist amongst the sheep, savoring every minute. People may come and go in our lives, but luckily the lovely memories remain. A big heartfelt thank you to everyone that helped make my cookbook become a reality, you’re too many to mention here, but you know who you are, and when you read your name at the back of my book, I hope you feel my gratitude and love. thecottagekitchencookbook ittakesavillage visitwiltshire

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With arctic winds blowing outside, the cottage feels warm and snug with the fireplace glowing in the distance and warm Norwegian waffles from my cookbook being produced in the kitchen. With homemade strawberry and rose jam, also a recipe found in my book, and a dash of sour cream, each waffle heart hits just right spot. May I try a piece, Mr Whiskey asks politely. It’s too sweet for you I try, but he insists. So I give him one warm heart and a kiss on the forehead before he returns to his basket with his treat. Sunday’s were made for these little breaks in front of the fire, with Billie Holiday on the radio, and my Englishman gently massaging my feet... perksofbeingpregnant norwegianwaffles thecottagekitchencookbook norwegianfood

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On the early morning train to London last week, I ordered my usual decaf tea with milk and watched the day arrive. Slowly the passing English countryside began basking in light as the sun emerged over the horizon. I scribbled down ideas for today’s photo shoot in my notebook and sipped warm tea. A few years ago I met a young girl with gumption. She was full of energy, a hard worker and interested in food, perhaps growing up on a farm had something to do with it. Her passion for food, preparing delicious dishes from great ingredients became her field and soon she began working @thedorchester in London. I watched from a distance and admired her dedication. This autumn just shy of 21 years she launched, with her partner Louie, @countrycitycatering combining their knowledge and passion for excellent food made from quality produce. We shot for two days trying to capture their food vision and story. I felt like a proud “aunt” as we finished our last shoot day for their website launching shortly. It’s always risky to start a new business, to dare to leap when you have a dream you believe in, and I couldn’t be proud of them both. Leading up to Christmas in addition to their private catering events, they are hosting a few supper clubs in London and their next is on the 1st of December at 7pm. If mulled wine cured salmon, ginger bread bellinis, and spiced pumpkin and ricotta tarts sound like you thing then you know where you’ll eat on the 1st! Contact @countrycitycatering for more info and to purchase you ticket. Congratulations Kate and Louie, I’m ever so proud of you both! shamelesslygushing soproud

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There’s still a warmth in the air, and mild autumn winds make the transition from one season to another most agreeable. Every morning Mr Whiskey and I go for a long walk. I waddle behind him with heavier steps each day, in need of this daily exercise too. I’ve lived in my dresses from the lovely @linenfox all summer long, and I’m literally just beginning to don trousers, tweed jackets and wellies. First off, thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my previous post. I was perhaps a bit naive about how much we as women and our bodies go through and change during a pregnancy. Our circumstances, bodies and journeys may be different, but I think we all perhaps touch up against feeling a bit lost at times during this developing new chapter of becoming mothers, at least I did. As mentioned my first three months, where I spent most days by myself in bed, felling sick with every move smell and the thought of food made my mind wander to places of unhappiness and feeling I’d lost my life. Of course it’s a fleeting time, but amidst it all it can feel quite overwhelming. Who was I now and what would my life be like? Would my role as a mother define me completely or would I still have a name? As time passed and the first trimester ended, my super power sense of smell calmed, I regained energy and my appetite for food returned, thank heavens. With it, my mind cleared as I again went for long walks with Mr Whiskey and began adjusting. I treasure my freedom, and during those first months I felt my wings had been clipped, however as my second trimester began it changed the way I looked at life. With newfound energy I returned to my life, the things I love, the people I love, but perhaps most of all, I began regaining control over myself and my thoughts. I choose what I will allow to define me, and the kind of life I want to lead, but amidst it all perhaps I’d forgotten. I choose who I want to be as a mother, as a friend as someone’s other and as an individual. Loosing myself for a while was perhaps the very best reminder of never giving someone else, circumstances or my own thoughts control over me or my journey. becomingamothermusings

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There was frost on the ground this morning. It caught me completely off guard as we ran to the car to catch the train for a shoot. My Englishman promised he’d take Mr Whiskey for a good long morning walk as he dropped me off. Before Mr Whiskey, I wasn’t really a pet person, and didn’t really understand the emotional ties one could bind with a four legged furry creature that didn’t speak. Now, I can hardly imagine life without him. He’s perhaps not the most emotionally fine tuned man, but he definitely has his moments. During my pregnancy, that up until a couple of months ago was for me rather challenging, he’s been the best friend a girl could wish for.I’ve been nauseous pretty much 24/7, and why on earth they call it “morning sickness” is beyond me. I’ve never been so fatigued nor felt so lost and lonely, even if my Englishman was there to comfort and whisper sweet nothings in my ear. As I lay there all summer long in our attic bedroom, feeling sick from every smell, movement and the thought of food, he’d run to the bathroom with me and sit up straight like a soldier next to me propping my wilted body up. He even lent his strong back to me when I couldn’t hold my own body up, putting his snout under my chin and lifting my head up as I collapsed on the bathroom floor. He was the perfect gentleman, not overwhelming just making sure he was always there when I needed him. This morning as I ran around the cottage getting ready, he snuggled up in my crisp white bed linen, nesting himself in between pillows and my duvet. When I passed to pick up my jacket and scarf before heading out the door, he simply opened one eye ever so slightly to glance over before falling back asleep. So I let him stay, all warm and snuggled up. This is for being there for me all summer long, I whispered in his ears and gently kissed him on the forehead... dogsareawomansbestfriend whiskeyandmoi

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