Visiting a Christmas exhibitions in November makes you want to go home and redecorate on the spot! Caprice de Fil is the place to go if you need inspiration and if you have a sudden urge for Christmas! Entering the white little shop (5 minutes away from Antelias Church (15 minutes from Beirut Center) ) today was a sweet experience… walls and shelves were filled with little elves, angels, red and white christmas balls, hand made ornaments, and lots more…my children and I were touching every little piece and seeing it in our home! Needless to say that this was impossible as such beautiful ornaments come with a price… different prices for all budgets. the taste of products is exquisite, pretty, fresh and very Scandinavian…I felt I was in Denmark for a little moment…
What I also found remarkable is the wonderfully hand made ornaments; made by angels I would say,Lebanese Ladies living all over the mountains, working sometimes for months to deliver just one piece. Incredibly refined and lovely.
Here are some snapshots of the shop…
For more info why don’t you follow their facebook page:
or call them +961 4521710, or visit them at their shop in Naccache Antelias (Rabieh area), opened every day (except Sunday) from 10 am – 5 pm..
Having lived in several countries since birth, I have experienced different ways of celebrating the end of year festivitas, all being very merry and colourful. But as I grow older, Nostalgia takes over and I try to recreate some of the Danish traditions that bathed my 15 years spent in Copenhagen with my family.
My memories of Danish Christmas start on December 1st with the lighting of the gigantic Christmas tree in the center of Copenhagen. Then follows a roller-coaster of wonderful and eventually stressful events throughout the month of December; Christmas lunches with colleagues, friends and family (delicious food, lots of snaps (aquavit) and many headaches the day after), Baking days spent creating cookies and marzipan filled sweets, where the house fills with scents of oranges and Cinnamon, evenings watching the daily adventures of the danish elfes on TV, and mornings unwrapping treasures hidden by the mysterious elf.
Streets are gorgeous with blinking lights, every window flickering with candles, decorated with paper folded stars and hand-made snowflakes.
It is all about handmade stuff, creating ambiance and warmth, spending time with people, enjoying closeness.
I cherish that and miss it!
So here is some handcraft for you to enjoy and to make at home with your kids, friends and family…
So, 13 days to Christmas, and the baking is ongoing in my house! Don’t you just love the smells of cinammon and orange when you enter a home?
In Denmark (my second home country), we bake non-stop during the month of December and it is such a delight to do it with friends over a cup of hot cocoa or even a glass of warm Glogg (hot red wine filled with spices!!). Would you like to experiment in some of our danish delights? Here is an easy one; the cookies should be heart shaped and can be used as decoration on the Christmas Tree, then eaten!
this recipe makes approx. 50 pieces, depending on the size of your heart!
435 g Honey (1 1/3 cup)
100 g butter (1/2 cup)
200 g dark sugar (1 1/3 cup)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1tsp all spice
700 g flour (5 1/3 cup)
1 tsp baking soda
Melt honey, sugar and butter over low fire then remove from heat. Let it cool down for 10 minutes. Mix all dry ingredients (spices and flour) and then add to the cooled butter mix, either by mixer or by hand. Blend well. Let the dough rest for 1 hour, then roll out on a table (with some extra flour) until it is ½ cm thick (you can make it even thinner, it is more delicious). Use heart shaped forms (or any form you like!) and cut out 50 pcs. Place on a baking sheet in a pre-heated oven (180 degrees Celsius – 392 F) and bake for 10 minutes. Only 5 minutes for thin cookies.
Cool down the cookies and decorate with white powder sugar mixed with a bit of water (let it be liquid).
Would you like more inspiration from Christmas cooking? Let me know…
Don’t you like strolling in the streets early morning before people and cars fill the space? I do and did this morning at 8 am before meeting a friend for coffee in the new souks of Beirut. All shops were still closed, only cleaning staff cleaning, shop personal decorating and few security guards exchanging morning news. The place was quiet and magical, as each corner offered a new set of Christmas Trees, blinking lights, colourfull and glittering balls. I was early so i took the time to take few snapshots of the atmosphere, trying to capture the silence and the peaceful moment.
I should do this more often, strolling early morning in the streets and capturing moments…