July 30, 2015
‘I love the Danish summer, it’s the best day of the year.”
It’s safe to say that this year (and especially this summer) has been a pretty wacky one for weather. Between the rain deluge in June and the stifling heat we’re experiencing here in the Chicago-area this week, it seems that there have only been a handful of days worthy of being outdoors and actually enjoying it. Thankfully, Mormor and her friends at The Danish Home of Chicago were able to enjoy their fabulous garden party last Thursday.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for friends and family back in Denmark, where we hear the weather’s been quite unpleasant. June was one of the coldest on record there, while ours’ here was the wettest in IL history. When the weather does break for a few short hours here and there I’m sure many happy Danes contemplate the old adage mentioned above!
I suppose wet and cool are a much better condition then, say, the heat wave of 1896. This historical weather calamity actually got me thinking about Emma and the gals of The Danish Home. With their Victorian fashion (corsets, petticoats and all!) just how did they cope with the heat back in those days?
Well, let me tell you that it was interesting to learn that people actually did survive before central air (shocking, I know!), but it was also fascinating to understand the repercussions that air conditioning has had on us socially. These days we are staying cooler, but at the expense of getting out and talking with one another. Back in the day everyone was outside escaping the heat. They weren’t cooped up inside all day. So maybe it’s time to give the air conditioner a break and get outside to enjoy some hygge!
Well, maybe wait until next week when it’s not so hot…
If you’re looking to stay cool with a sweet Danish summer treat look no further than our Pinterest recipe page! With traditional Danish desserts like Koldskål, Rabarbergrød, and Roedgroed med floede you can’t go wrong!
How are you coping with the heat?