marte_marie_forsberg@marte_marie_forsberg

Writer | Photographer. Author of “The Cottage Kitchen” cookbook. Photography | Cookery workshops in the English countryside. Founder of @forsberg1935

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Yesterday as rain was pouring down and we scurried home skipping puddles and trying to stay dry, we launched our very own cottage coffee blend. It’s been a while in the making, from finding the right blend, type of roar, tasting notes, packaging and logo. With notes of milk chocolate, raisins and black cherry our coffee is a staple at the cottage and during our workshops. We slow brew pots with our breakfast pastries and hand press espressos for treats with our afternoon tea. My English gentleman @theo_maxfield makes the most delicious and creamy no churn coffee ice cream and liqueurs with it, and I’m delighted to be able to now finally share it with you! Today packages are being shipped to America, France, Greece, the Netherlands and the UK, all with a small jar of my sister’s raw honey as a thank you. Her honey is silky smooth, elegant, raw, organic and made from busy bees working from her garden and town in Norway. It’s a way of giving back, to say thank you for your incredible support in the launch of my lifestyle brand @forsberg1935 and help spread awareness of the decline in our very important bee population. So when you order anything from @forsberg1935 in December you’ll receive a small jar of her honey with your order, but should you wish to purchase them separately, we’ll be offering a limited amount available through our site from tomorrow too. Perfect little hostes gifts and great for travel, to swirl a bit if honey in your tea. We’ll be donating 10% of each sale of honey to support the very important work that @britishbeekeepers do to spread awareness, and in support of our beekeepers. Plant flowers in your windowsill, buy fruits and vegetables that are organic and have not been sprayed with pesticides that kill bees (and is bad for us humans too) and give a small jar of raw honey to someone you love for Christmas. I’ll share the link in stories as soon as they hit the site tomorrow, but our coffee is now available to purchase. Now off to post the first batch in the rain. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, and don’t forget to stay warm and say the words “ I love you” to someone dear. Life’s simply too short;) #forsberg1935coffee #forsberg1935


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It’s been frosty mornings and sunny days. The countryside has been sparkling in the early hours of the day, and melted into damp green as the sun rose and mild air emerged from the village river. My English gentleman @theo_maxfield put another log on the roaring fire in the kitchen before heading out to pick up the first batch of our very own cottage coffee blend! It will be available through our lifestyle shop @forsberg1935 from tomorrow! I know so many if you are waiting for it and I’m just as excited as you are! With notes of dark chocolate, cherries and raisins it is our favorite treat on a cold day. We’re sending out our monthly cottage newsletter shortly with a few coffee based recipe for you, because why simply drink this gorgeous blend when you can cook, bake and make ice cream from it too! #forsberg1935coffee #ourenglishcottage #amazonhome


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A couple of days ago we blew out the candles to the last workshop of the year. My English gentleman and I sat down by the fireplace before he turned to me and said, “it’s been quite a year hasn’t it my love”. I simply nodded and smiled. In February we became parents, then we began working together, moved house, renovated our cottage, did two workshops in Italy, research trip to Norway, countless private workshops, shoots, filming and soft launched @forsberg1935 and @theo_maxfield his private cocktail events business. As we hand stamped the brown paper bags, that is being filled with our cottage blend coffee and sealed as I type, from our local eco coffee roaster, I can’t help but sigh with relief that we made it to December with so many moving bits and new adventures. I must admit that even if I love all aspects of our work, the private workshops this year has blown us away, and we can’t wait to meet many more of you next year! We couldn’t be more excite to be planning these very special and more intimate events and even if some months already have waiting lists, we do have openings, so do send us an email if you want to plan ahead and avoid disappointment. Now it’s off to bake, make panettone, gingerbread elves, send off our first batches of coffee and get our guest rooms ready for my family for Christmas. It may not be the end of the year yet, but I just want to say a big thank you for all your support this year! We have a few surprises up our sleeves for next year and I can’t wait to share more with you, but for now pop over to @forsberg1935 for a look at the first part of our Cottage collection of stoneware product, with our cottage coffee blend coning this week too! And if you’re looking for a gift for a special someone we have one or two places left for our Spring Gathering workshop in April as well. Here’s to adventures ahead, and never stop dreaming! #mmforsbergworkshop #adventuresahead


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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 #amazonhome


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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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