Yesterday was the perfect day to celebrate the beginning of the Danish fall season here at the Folkehøjskole. Denmark soil is great for growing apples, and the Danes get to enjoy up to thirty different kinds of apples during the season. Lucky for us, there is an apple orchid right behind where we are living. All day yesterday we enjoyed the beautiful weather and celebrated the apple harvest together. The day began with heading to the apple orchid to pick out some apples. (Aka take pictures, goof off, and climb trees).
Once we got back everyone split into different groups. Half of us used some intense machinery to grind up the apples. Afterwards we used a juicer to press down and get out all of the natural juice for fresh apple juice. It was so refreshing! Some of us decided to warm ours up to make some yummy cider.
Another group was in the kitchen using the rest of the apples to bake. I had no idea you could do so much with apples! There were literally about ten or so various recipes being completed with ease back in the kitchen. Apple pies, stuffed baked apples, apple cake, traditional Danish apple pie, apple tarts, apple muffins and more.
We even had some people decorating our dinning room with fall decor in order to spice up our celebration. Once everything was baked we all came together and tried all of the different apple creations. Obviously meaning we totally over ate…which seems to be a pretty common theme here. I don’t know how Danes stay so skinny. My favorite recipes were probably the stuffed baked apples and the apple pie.
Once we entered into extreme food coma, some of us decided to set up a napping site outside in the grass. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day. Some of our Danish friends said it was very “hygge” of us. Hygge is something I’ll talk about more later, but its a Danish word that basically means “cozy”. (There is no direct English transition). Danes love to make things cozy…whether it’s napping outside or having a candle light dinner. There are many ways to experience “hygge” here in Denmark…and we Americans are definitely getting use t0 it!