30. sep. 2011

Get ready!

Eventhough the calendar is saying 1st of october tomorrow, we are already working hard on the new spring/summer 2012 collection.... and belief us - it is going to be GREAT!

So check out the new fair calendar at our website www.housedoctor.dk - and make a note in your calendar - because you have to come and see the new collection!

But what do you hope to find in the new spring/summer collection?!

Great weekend to all of you :)

29. sep. 2011

We love... Factory style

There is something very special about old empty buildings. For this season's photo shoot we went to an old factory building here in Denmark, and it was great to fill the big empty space with House Doctor products!

But it was the least equally amazing to stand for a moment and see the building's natural beauty. There is a lot of inspiration to bring back home: graphic shapes, light, colours etc. But it is also great to think: "What has it been used for and who has been here?" It is easy to build exciting stories, and thereby give the old building a new life again.

28. sep. 2011

Lemon swiss roll & Choco/walnut swiss roll

This week Anne has baked two delicious swiss rolls - just like grandma used to bake them. Try both of them - and don't let the length of the recipe scare you off - they are easy to make and will light up your day :)

Cake 1: Chocolate/walnut swiss roll.
3 sheets of gelatin
300 g chocolate
1/2 liter full cream

Let the gelatine soak in cold water for 30 min. Chop the chocolate finely. Heat up the cream to a boil and then remove it from heat. Wait 5 minutes and pour the warm cream over the chopped chocolate. Squeeze the water out of the gelatine and put it into the hot chocolate/cream. Stir until the chocolate and the gelatine has melted. Place the cream in the refrigerator at least 3 hours or overnight.

Cake 2: Lemon swiss roll.
2 egg yolks 

3 / 4 cup cane sugar 
grated zest of 2 lemons 
juice of 2 lemons 
3 sheets of gelatine 
2 cups cream

Whip the egg yolks with the sugar until it is thick. Grate the lemon rind and squeeze the juice of. Soften the gelatine in cold water. Once the eggs are ready, squeeze the water out of the gelatine. Quickly melt the gelatine in a small saucepan with the lemon juice. Turn of the heat and put in the zest.
Whip the cream until stiff foam. Mix the gelatine in the eggs and finally fold it into the cream. Put the cream in the refrigerator until it is stiff.

Cake Base
(for both swiss rolls):

4 eggs
80 g flour
80 g sugar
(50 g walnuts: only for the chocolate/walnut cake)

Part the eggs into yolks and whites. Whisk egg yolks and sugar into a thick paste. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Sieve the flour and fold it into the egg yolks with the whipped whites (and walnuts if you make the chocolate/walnut roll).

Put a piece of baking parchment on a baking sheet and butter the dough onto the paper so it covers the whole plate. Bake at 200 degrees for 10 minutes until golden. Cool afterwards. (If you by accident have given it too much time in the oven and baked it until it is stiff, wet a tea towel and put over it)

Ready to make the swiss rolls!!! 
(same for both swiss rolls)

Whip the cold cream with a hand mixer. Spread the whipped cream on the baked bottom and roll it up lengthwise (make the roll tightly with baking paper).
Put the roll in the refrigerator for a few hours or preferably a couple of days.

Bon appetite!

23. sep. 2011

Colorful Origami

After many hours behind the computer, we needed to do something else ..!

House Doctor's gift wrap is perfect for origami with colorful printing on both sides. It is very easy to google folding instructions for a huge variety of origami shapes. Hang your origami animals up or decorate your next gift with a little extra. It will bring joy :-)

14. sep. 2011

Easy chocolate muffins

Surprise your colleagues with
Christine´s easy chocolate muffins

50 g flour
75 g melted butter
100 g sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
70 g chopped chocolate
100 g hazelnuts
Approximately 12 pieces.

Stir the ingredients together and fill into the muffin cups.
Bake the muffins for 15 minutes at 180 degrees.
Bon appetite

8. sep. 2011

New nordic kitchen

Do you need new inspiration for your kitchen? Maybe you should try out with a "nordic look". Natural scheme, handmade glass with authentic shapes, wood structure and stoneware gives a contemporary rustic look.

Here is our "TOP 10 list" of products which quickly will give your kitchen new life!

1:   New stoneware plates, bowls and cups.
2:   Acacia spatula, wooden spoon and spaghetti spoon. 
3:   New storage jars with acacia lids
4:   Wooden table
5:   Cutting boards of acacia.
6:   New hand blown water glass in 4 colours.
7:   New Nicolas Vahé scale 
8:   Linen tablecloths.
9:   New hand blown wineglass
10: New wooden boxes

Which are your favourites?!

6. sep. 2011

We love - Hansens flødeis

Summer = sun = ICE CREAM! Unfortunately, the summer in Denmark has been very rainy - but it has just proved that you can eat ice cream without the sun shining from above.

Now the calander is saying september and the summer is over, but on this beautiful sunny day, it's again time for a delicious ice cream!

The Danish ice cream brand "Hansens Flødeis" is an old family business from 1922 who makes really delicious ice cream of high quality. But Hansens Flødeis can do much more than making good ice cream. Their graphic expression in the packaging and branding is sublime. The design has won design awards in Denmark and is a joy to the eye.

So not only are their ice creams amazing - but they do also know how send you back to a wonderful past time.

2. sep. 2011

House of Happines - Eckmann Alive Studio

One of the trend zones on the Formland fair in Denmark, was made by the life style and trendspotter studio Eckmann Alive Studio, driven by Anette Eckmann.
A beautiful reinterpretation of the concept of a house - under the theme "House of happines". And it sure was full of happines - and of course full of House Doctor products :)

Nice weekend to all of you!

NB: More about Eckmann Alive Studio next week - so "stay tuned"....!