marte_marie_forsberg@marte_marie_forsberg

Writer and photographer. Author of “The Cottage Kitchen” cookbook. Photography and cookery workshops. Founder of @forsberg1935

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This is the green still clinging to this season. Little flowers are in bloom everywhere and evergreens and grass covering the rolling hills makes it all seem so alive, winter never really blows all the life away here in England. I’ve grown accustom to this season’s mildness, and even if snow does arrive at some point here in the south, it never stays for long. This year I get to share all this green with my family that is arriving in heap folds to celebrate Christmas all together at the cottage. I’m making Norwegian meatballs, sauerkraut, small sausages and freezing it all in preparation. And then there’s the seven kinds of Christmas cookies that every “respectable” woman traditionally should have ready to serve guests during this festive season. I’ve been making lists and buying spices, butter and sugar to last all year! Our Christmas tree is acclimatizing in the glass room, and Christmas tunes are sounding over the old radio next to the AGA. I feel giddy and excited to share my corner of the world with my family, but most of all to just be together, share food and laughter, and fill our cottage with happy memories. #christmasinthecountryside


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It’s technically a Thursday, but we simply pretended it was a Sunday. Our furry four legged Mr Whiskey snuggled by our feet, and little Emma red a book in my arms. Outside grey winter clouds hung low and made it even harder to get out of bed, so we stayed there with a tray of freshly squeezed orange juice, warm in tea, and brioche on our laps. At 09:38 I stretched out towards my phone to check my emails. “We’re on our way, read the first unopened email, “see you between 09:30 and 10!” This jolted us all out of bed at the speed of lightning. It’s filming day, I shouted at the top of my lungs to my English gentleman @theo_maxfield who was already halfway down the stairs to the kitchen, they’ll be here in 10min! I don’t think anyone has tidied a home, swept the floor, put away washing, got dressed, showered and put on makeup faster. At 09:45 the loveliest @emilyfredasharp and @gullivermoore knocked on the door to start our filming day for a little project that will launch first week of January. Every now and then our schedules get a bit mixed up, but there’s nothing that bit of freshly breezed coffee, chocolate and a good laugh can’t fix. So we giggled and ate our way through the day, as I blushingly admitted to still be in my PJ’s when I read they were 10 min away! Thank you for a great day @gullivermoore and @emilyfredasharp and thank you @kitchengardenco for the most delicious chocolate that kept our blood sugars up as we styled, filmed and photographed all day. And the biggest thank you to my English gentleman @theo_maxfield who shaved in seconds, put on the most extravagant cheese and charcuterie lunch, and made me cocktails as I put my feet up at the end of the day 🍸#hesakeeper


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In the rain I walked up to our wonderful local antique print dealer and bought some favorites I’ve been ogling for a long time. Some had guided frames, which ever so weak for, and others cam simply wrapper in see through cellophane plastic. We’re getting the guest room ready for Christmas and for family a d friends to come down for the holidays. After working on decorating the rooms these past few days, we put little Emma to bed and return to our desks to catch up on correspondence, and for me, to write. I’m been writing stories about Mr Whiskey (beautifully painted here by @d.williamsartist ) He’s been on so many adventures, and got into more trouble than most. He’s full of character, and with him around there’s never a dull moment here at the cottage. And then, before blowing out the candles at night, I’ve began searching for a wonderful printer. So many of you have asked to buy prints and I’ve put it off for too long. If you know of a great printer here in the uk do let me know. I’ve written notes with thoughts on what type of images you’d like to see printed and I wonder if you’d like to see more landscapes, food or Mr Whiskey? Speaking of the latter, one of my prints is up for sake @creatingforgood in support of @globalgirlsalliance do pop by to support as all is donated to the cause.


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Misty, warm, and cloudy with sporadic sun, the landscape around the cottage feels fresh and ever so beautiful. The mist adds layers to the rolling hills with King Alfred’s tower in the distance. An ostentatious monument built on the @ntstourhead estate to commemorate the late Kind Alfred. A hollow structure towering towards the sky. A landmark to steer by no matter where in the shire you are. It’s our north star until the sun goes down. Mr Whiskey ran wild in the woods this morning, and I gathered pine branches that had fallen during last week’s storm to make wreaths from. The unseasonal warm wind that felt like a midwinter monsoon was so refreshing, even if the sky was laden with dark grey clouds threatening to bring rain any minute. Just as the sky broke, we hurried home to our small cottage and hung our tweed before warming water to make tea. Mr Whiskey curled up on his favorite sheepskin by the fire and I began my Monday baking ritual. Our weeks might be filled to the brim, but these Monday’s, weeks and months are all one offs, so we seize them with great gusto and turn our bare faces towards the sky to feel the rain, and let the wind play with our hair. If you’re in the area this weekend, my English gentleman @theo_maxfield is returning to @messumswiltshire for another exciting cocktail event to celebrate their second annual light exhibition. Join us for a preview and party in the thirteen century tithe barn from 6:30pm. Hope to see you there! #messumswiltshire #thecottagekitchen


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Chocolate Eton mess on a Sunday afternoon. After a walk in the rain we ducked in to the warmth of one of our favorite local pubs @thecompasses Next to the big fireplace we enjoyed our weekly tradition of Sunday roast with all the trimmings and extra gravy, before returning home for dessert. For our private workshop this Friday I made custard filled sweet rolls coated in coconut for one of our afternoon treats. Since the custard called for four egg yolk, I saved the whites and quickly whipped them together with sugar and cacao this morning before our walk. Upon returning home after lunch they were perfectly crunchy on the outside and ever so soft on the inside. Whipped some cream with sugar and cardamom together, shaved dark chocolate on top with a generous dusting of cacao. My English gentleman @theo_maxfield hung his tweed jacket on the hook by the door, rolled up the sleeves on his shirt and brewed our signature coffee. I only drink coffee as a treat once every blue moon, but the way my man makes it, it’s hard to resist. Hoping you’re all having a wonderful Sunday! Stay tuned tomorrow as I’ll announce the cookbook giveaway winners! For more of our afternoon pop by stories. #thecottagekitchencookbook #sundaysinthecountryside #meringue


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A wild winter storm raged last night, shaking every old tree, and drunkenly roared through the village until the wee morning hours. I wrapped a wool throw around my shoulders braving the cold, and tiptoed down to the kitchen in my nightgown to blow out the last candles, and put another log on the fire, before hurrying back to bed. This morning our village was ever so calm and peaceful after the wild storm. In the wet we made our way across the bridge and over the hill to pick up fresh organic vegetables that had made it through the night from our friends @kensonsfarm , and returned to the cottage to prepare for tomorrow’s private workshop. We absolutely love hosting these workshops that are all unique and tailored to each person, group or couple. Mulled wine braised red cabbage is warming on the stove, leeks are baking in the embers, and freshly roasted coffee, from our in-house cottage blend (that launches soon @forsberg1935 ) is being poured. Making these one off unique experiences here in the English countryside from our little sleepy village is such a treat. And next week we cannot wait to welcome back Egor and Natasha from @natashashadurskaya for a round two workshop focusing on wine, business and photography. Many of you have asked what the content of these private workshops are, so I’ll put something together soon to highlight in more detail. In the meantime email us at workshop@mmforsberg.com if you have any questions or want to book for next year. #mmforsbergworkshop


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My mother never buys chicken breasts or legs. She swears by roasting a whole chicken, using its meat and making stock. It never fails to fill our cottage with the most warming aroma of roast chicken as I follow in her footsteps. In my cookbook “The Cottage Kitchen” I have a favorite recipe for a succulent and buttery roast chicken, with butternut squash, pears and root vegetables, all basted in white wine, which is always a treat to serve dinner guests. But more often than not I simply take what I have at hand, and what my greedy appetite calls for. This week, as winter winds swept through our small countryside village and cold rain whipped on our cottage windows, I’ve made nourishing chicken soup a few different ways, always from a whole chicken and always from homemade stock. With a few leftover harissa baked carrots and a garlic and butter chicken we’d feasted on the day before, I shredded the moist meat, added the feisty flavored carrots, the stock with some left over rice and a handful porcini mushrooms, for a chicken soup with a bit of a warming kick. My English gentleman @theo_maxfield lit the fireplace, and as we took a seat for dinner that evening I thought of my mother. We may be a channel and a small ocean a part, but when I cook, it’s as if she’s right there next to me in my little cottage kitchen. #cookingfromscratch #nofoodwaste #chickensoup


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The countryside is engulfed in heavy clouds of rain. It’s the kind of weather I often hear people use to describe when they talk about England, but don’t believe everything you hear. There has been so much sun this year I’ve been dreaming of rain and fog and overcast much to my English gentleman’s amusement. It’s true, I yearn for clouds and soothing calm colors of blue grey and green . The kind of colors that are gentle on the eye and don’t demand attention. Perhaps it’s the Scandinavian in me that needs a calming environment to think, or perhaps it’s my personality that thrives in the softer hues. So I put woolen socks on and grab my wellies. Gentle drizzle, little to no wind and just a hint of smoke in the air from all the cottage chimneys. As magical as winter wonderland in my Norwegian home is, this is my kind of winter, bundled up in tweed, and with the gentle rolling hills wrapped in soft green. Mr Whiskey seems to like it too, and stops to take in the calming vista more often than not. #afternoonwander #theenglishcountryside


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I can’t believe I’m actually typing these words, but it’s true, a new recipe is up on my site! But before you go ahead and get too excited, I have to let you know that my blog no longer exists. I’ve chosen to add a recipe library to my website where I will add my favorite recipes over time. And I want to know what you think. New recipes will be added every week with short intros that may have a wee story to it. But I want to hear your thoughts, do we still read blogs? And if so, what makes you pop over and read them? Yesterday, my English gentleman @theo_maxfield and I were suppose to celebrate thanksgiving with friends, but since we were unable to join them, we cooked up a feast at home and toasted them from afar. Buttered roast chicken with sweet potato mash, harissa carrots, soy steamed broccoli and my favorite baked compote garlic tomatoes. Slow baked in the oven surrounded by garlic in a warm oil bath infused a good quality tomatoes with the most delicious aroma. Tomatoes are no longer in season here in England, but despite this dish being best made when they are, it’s during winter I serve this dish the most. Pop over to my website for the recipe and try it with your next festive dish. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! Happy Sunday! #newrecipe #tomatoes


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Las night, as I disembarked the train from London at our small station in the countryside, I tightened my wool scarf and buttoned up my coat to keep the cold night out. I scurried off down the street eager to make the short walk home to our cottage as quick as possible. Before I got very far, a man in a car made his way up behind me and rolled down the window. I nearly burst out crying, as my English gentleman @Theo_maxfield hopped out and escorted me over to the passenger seat, opened the door and made sure my coat was neatly tucked in before closing it behind me. It’s been a busy week, month and year, more so than I’ve wanted, and knowing it’s going to be the same hectic days all the way till Christmas I felt ever so tired climbing off the train last night, despite the most glorious day in the best of company. I nestled my face in his chest as he took a seat next to me and sighed out with relief. These little gestures of kindness sprinkled in and around our everyday life makes me feel ever so loved. I don’t mind jewelry;) but picking me up at the train station and whisking me off for a glass of red at our local pub, tea in bed, opening the door, looking at me like I’m the only woman in the room, taking my dog for a walk in the rain, and getting up to turn the light in the bedroom off at night, are little things, but they make all the difference. After yesterday’s most wonderful lunch @skyemcalpine ‘s with an incredible group of creative women, being picked up at the train station and whisked off for a small date with my favorite man, made me fall asleep with a full belly of delicious food, inspired to the brim from all the wonderful women I’d met earlier that day, and a very happy heart. #magicisinthelittlethings


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The landscape has been engulfed in thick fog since we climbed into bed late last night. We put a couple of extra logs in the log burner before going to bed to make sure our cottage would stay snug and warm. Our village was quiet and muffled in this white thick veil that England does does so well in autumn and winter as I woke this morning, much to my joy. You know how much I adore a good food;) After private workshops, photo shoots and endless hours editing and writing, it felt like a breath of fresh air to board the train London bound. Everything was so peaceful as the fog laden landscape slowly passed the window when the train made its way to London with me onboard to see darling @skyemcalpine Late last night I posted about my pre Christmas cookbook giveaway, with a little espresso cup and saucer, and a bag of our in house coffee from my lifestyle brand @forsberg1935 included. I’m so so touched by your response, and reading all your lovely comments about the sweet people in your life you’d like to gift my cookbook too. It made me think, if I was, hypothetically (😉) making a book nr two, what is it that you enjoyed the most from my first book? Is it the stories, the imagery, or the recipes and what would you like to see more of? I would so appreciate all your feedback. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, and hope you stay warm and snug x


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A year ago my debut cookbook came out filled with comfort recipes from my Norwegian childhood, new home in England and from my twenties in Italy. The three places I call home and love dearly. They have all shaped me to the woman I am today, and filling the pages in my book with this food journey of mine, how I found a home in a small village in the English countryside, but perhaps more importantly, how I found myself after years of travels felt ever so personal. I’ve loved your messages, comments and incredible support in the making of it, and in eagerly cooking from it and reading from it in bed with a cup of tea the year it’s been out. To celebrate, I’d love to give two books away for Christmas. One for you and one for one of your friends. For me, everything from food, to moves and travels are always better shared. I’d love to share my food journey, recipes and story of finding a home in this big world, but perhaps the most important part, finding myself. You can tag anyone you want, and as many as you want, people you love and care about and think would need one more cookbook filled with stories, recipes that will take you on a food journey and is all set in my wonky old cottage in the English countryside. Next week on Thursday the 29th of November, I’ll pick two people who’ll get a copy, a small espresso cup, and a bag of our coffee from my lifestyle brand @forsberg1935 each, just in time for Christmas. Life is unpredictable, exciting, daunting and sometimes hard, and every now and then a little thoughtful present with a cup, something to put in it and a book is all you need to turn the page for the next chapter in our lives. Remember to tag you friends, family or a stranger you want to surprise in a comment below, before next Thursday. #bookgiveaway #thecottagekitchencookbook


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