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Norwegian photographer and home cook living in the English countryside | Photography/Cooking retreats | Cookbook out Autumn 2017 by Clarkson Potter
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I look at women differently these days. I examine their faces as they talk, perhaps more so now than ever, as I can see it in my own reflection in the mirror, that time has passed. Fine lines map their way from my face to my heart. I have lived. I look at my friends, family and strangers, as we lean in for a warm embrace, dive in to excited conversation over a glass of wine, wander in the woods one late afternoon, or pass each other on the street. They are all so beautiful. Yet, I struggle at days, to accept that I too will grow old, that my face too will grow more and more defined lines, and that even if they are warm nods to our time here on earth, those lines are also a way we as women judge each other. I do it too. I judge myself perhaps even more. Perhaps I didn't drink enough water, I should've stayed out of the sun, or peeled my face at least twice a week. But then I look at my mother, who at 76 look more elegant and beautiful than ever, with clear and visible lines of a life lived in the sun, gardening, hiking in whipping cold winds to the top of a mountain, of sleepless nights with young children, and of happy smiles, and tears of heartache. I wonder if she on a daily basis feels as beautiful as we all find her to be. Her style, her grace, her elegance, her warmth, her hard work and her patience. It's all there in the way she looks and carries herself. I wonder what I'll tell my own little daughter one day, of how to prepare for the many changes a woman's body goes through in her lifetime. But then I see the face of my mother in my minds eye, her body all wrapped up in a wool blanket seated outside in early spring, exposing and arching her face closer to the sun, with a delightful smile on her face. She doesn't have to tell me how to embrace life or how to grow older, because she shows it everyday with how she chooses to embrace life, and live it to the fullest... @cuyana #essentialwomen #yvonneforsberg

1 Days ago
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Waking up with baking on my mind. I'm craving chocolate, and because I have half a bottle of a lovely wine from yesterday's dinner, I'm thinking red wine brownies. Silky, smooth and ever so naughty, but then again...it's the weekend! I love cooking with wine, but rarely bake with it, but these brownies will get deep sweet notes from the wine, and it is an ever so essential ingredient. Do you bake with wine too? What is your favorite baked wine treat? Also, I absolutely adore this little white milk pouring jug. Thank you @illyriapottery for the adorable surprise present!

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These two! Having such a glorious time teaching a two day private workshop for the lovely @victoriaschiopetto from the Argentinian children's magazine @revistacocoa Our lovely models from yesterday's shoot, Jess and Iris, where spot on adorable. #mmforsbergworkshop Get a peek into the shoot by clicking on my profile photo for behind the scene Instagram story.

3 Days ago
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Some days simply call for warm home made bread straight out of the oven, and butter, golden slatherable butter... #thatsall

7 Days ago
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A cold spell swept through the countryside this weekend. So I bundled up and went exploring. Frost on the ground and snow in the air. Every thatched cottage i passed had received a gentle white coat of dusting. I consider myself more spiritual than religious, and no matter where I am in the world, I oftentimes seek out old churches and quiet nooks to just sit in, and listen. And in a small nearby village, I found this beauty. I took a seat and watched my breath turn to a frosty smoke as I exhaled everything that weighed me down last week. I crave these pockets of peace, of quiet and of being alone to hear my own thoughts, and to reconnect with my dreams and hopes, that may feel somewhat distant and even lost at times, in the loud volume of the many voices of the world around... Where do you go to reconnect, or pause?

7 Days ago
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This morning we eagerly opened the shutters and watched light snowflakes dance around in the cold air outside. Mr Whiskey was ever so excited. With paws on the windowsill, he leaned in, and I held him tight. The air was void of sound as snow fell from the sky. Downstairs @thecompasses was serving breakfast, so we quickly got dressed and took a seat by the fire to stay warm on this cold day. Mr Whiskey chose to stay in bed all snuggled up, while we warmed our hands on a cup of camomile tea, listening to the sound of cutlery against porcelain from the fellow breakfast guests, and watched the damp logs spit furious golden hot pearls, before drying out and properly catching fire... #staycationisthenewvacation #inn #whiskeyandmoi

9 Days ago
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Soon this ground will be flourishing with crisp green vegetation, the trees will sport soft leaves, and the lake will once again tempt me every time I pass to immerse myself in its water and swim to the other side... As much as I enjoy a crunchy crisp frosty winter's morning...make no mistake, Spring, I'm ready for you! (Ps: At the far end of this beautiful lake, there is a farm nestled in between old trees and rolling hills, which is where my upcoming Food, Flower and Photography Retreat will be held. I love working in this stunning part of England, and can't wait to show you more soon!) #springcantcomesoonenough #visitwiltshire #fonthillestate

13 Days ago
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We're finally live! Thrilled to be launching our two upcoming Food, Flower and Photography Retreats, here in the English countryside come March and April. Just a stone throw from my wee cottage is the most charming farm, Ashley Wood Farm, nestled amongst green rolling hills next to a lake, which will be our home for this two day retreat. The darling sisters behind @aesmeflowers will join us in creating flower arrangements and a tables scape to celebrate the arrival of spring. There'll be wine tasting, and afternoon tea, pub wanders, baking with my mother, and seasonal lunches prepared by my darling mother. We'll have photo and styling session and post production with Lightroom, as well as creative conversations on building a brand, social media and visual storytelling in the afternoon around a crackling fireplace. In the evenings we'll be snuggling up in local pubs winding down after a long day, and each day will begin with mindful yoga in a beautiful old barn to bring our heartbeats down to that slow rhythm of the countryside. Follow the link in my profile for more information and to reserve your spot, and as always, should you have any questions feel free to email us at workshop @mmforsberg.com Roll on Spring! #workshop

15 Days ago
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It's been Risotto Milanese, Arancini and Limoncello making days in the cottage. The stove has been on all day, and every now and then the warm winter sun has sent some blushing rays through the kitchen windows. And then, just as we finished off the last plate of risotto, he suggested we pack our bags and escaped to the local pub for a wee staycation for the weekend. Needles to say, I though his idea was nothing short of brilliant... Ps: Our upcoming Flower, Food and Photography workshop in the English countryside opens up for registration tomorrow! I'm so excited to share it with you. #staycationisthenewvacation #myenglishcountryside (Follow along on Instagram stories for a peek into our staycation weekend;)

15 Days ago
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This frosty new year has brought with it many changes. Some expected and some unexpected. I've wrestled with what to post these past days, as heartbreaking world events have unfolded. This place has never been "business as usual" as my life and my job go hand in hand. My grandmother always used to say, there's a time and a place for everything, perhaps ever so lovingly guiding my outspoken nature to bridle my impulses to comment when I should listen, and to not remain silent when I should've spoken out. Both of which is for us all to individually decide. However, since I have for some reason been given a place here on social media, a little nook to express and share my life and work, I want to urge us all to stay together. To not let confusing and heartbreaking world events shake the ground we stand on. Make no mistake, for we are all made of the very same, and beliefs, religion, or nationalities do not divide us as a human race. Let us not be silent and say, this isn't about me, because it is. Perhaps my country or spiritual belief is not under threat or added to a list that prevents me from traveling freely, but with a quick turn of events it could've been. Stand tall, speak up, and know that what happens to one of us happens to all of us, and in matters so grave and important, there is no room for silence. I hope as we navigate how to respond to today's uncertain political climate, that we don't give into fear. In the words of Michelle Obama; When they go low, we go high". Let's continue to love, to support each other, to stand up, to speak up, and to never let hate, or the belief that we are less or more important than any one else around us take root in our hearts... #weareone

18 Days ago
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With green fields as far as the eye could see, and the sun setting, we unpacked our thermos filled with warm tea, cups, and a few books, before wrapping ourselves in snug blankets to fend off the cool wind sweeping across the hill. Sometimes all you need is a wee weekend road trip with a friend with plenty of time to just be... #hibernot #myenglishcountryside

24 Days ago
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Grey has descended on my little town. Everything is engulfed in fog, but inside, the fire is lit in the cottage where I'm still unpacking box after box of cutlery, glasses, and bottles. I'm trying to embrace the process, the madness of living in moving chaos, but it's hard to get anything done while in this limbo land. So I run from room to room, searching for the right papers, the boxes with plates, and the right spice for the risotto I'm making for lunch that I swear I put in the green box... Instead I find a blue bottle with just a smidge left of one of my favorite Harveys sherry's , so I'm saving it for my afternoon tea. My calming and quiet countryside living is on temporarily hold, and all I can do is seek refuge in my favorite local pubs @thecompasses @thebeckfordarms when it all gets too much, and try not to look like I practically live there, while waiting for dust to settle and paint to dry... #learningtobepatient #movingmadness #myenglishcountryside

26 Days ago
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And just as I turned around, there he stood admiring the sunrise amongst frosted trees. Rarely have I been so grateful for friends that get up early to join in on a wee road trip. Mid winter, and with temperature below freezing, he patiently waited as I asked him to stop around every bend and hilltop, there was simply so much beauty to take in during our road trip with @landrover_uk yesterday. The quiet landscape passing by our windows as we drove to the coast that morning, engraved visual poetry on my heart in elegant writing, and I promised myself to never take these fleeting moments of beauty, or heartfelt friendships for granted ever again... #hibernot #myenglishcountryside #winterinwiltshire

29 Days ago
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My little village feels sleepy on this cold winter's day. The sun is casting a golden glow over heavy morning mist still hovering over the valley below. Smoke is quietly emerging from old and weary chimneys crowning the nearby cottages, and I'm cooped up in the office with a cup of tea, and Mr Whiskey curled up by my feet. It's editing day, going over the manuscript for my upcoming cookbook, and planning my next two retreats come March and April. I know many of you are waiting for the official launch, and we're still working out and fine tuning the details amidst moving madness. Should have it all up by the end of the week. In the meantime, I'm searching the web for the right kind of plastering, tiles for the kitchen, a new mantle piece for the downstairs fireplace, and setting up the menu for our upcoming retreats...one step at the time we'll get there... If you want to be put on the mailing list for our upcoming retreats, email us at: workshop @mmforsberg.com #movingmadness #newcottage #workshop

33 Days ago
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I keep thinking about Norway these days. Its traditional wood built houses in pale soft hues of pink, blue and rust, my family, and my food heritage. I return often in my mind these days, and take strolls down to the beach on the fjord island my parents have a home, I feel the cool, yet mild breeze for this time of year, and feel inspired to the bone. During Christmas, my mother's cooking was everything I hoped it would be. Every day heat, and the clinking sound of pots and pans came from her kitchen. She'd lit the open fireplace in the corner next to the stove, and we talked food as we stirred in sauces, and took meat roasting, in and out of the oven. In all this familiar, I find that my mother is more of a culinary magpie than a traditionalist. At first I feel disappointed that she has messed with tradition, deviated from the food norm, especially during Christmas, even if it's just a wee bit, by adding a new spice, or serving the red cabbage stew raw, instead of soft and sweet after having been boiled. But then I can't help but feel energized by her ever evolving style of cooking, and how she loves exploring, constantly curious, searching for new flavors, spices and herbs that excites her. I took that with me, as we flew back to my little nest here in the English countryside. Keep exploring, I keep whispering to myself...stay curious... #sundaymusings

36 Days ago
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There was a cold mist hovering over the rolling hills in my little town this morning, all lit up by the golden winter sun. We had a quick cup of tea before beginning the day, hours earlier than usual. I drove past my old cottage in the woods on my way to pick up game for tonight's supper. It feels exciting, this new adventurous chapter. I'm not good at standing still, constantly seeking journeys onwards, thriving on challenges and the unexpected, but this year, it's all about building, refining and simmering everything down to its essence. I feel like nesting, making sure Mr Whiskey and I have a shelter for life's rain, and a safe haven to always come back to. I've stocked up on red Amarone wine (a favorit of mine) from @beckfordbottles , that will go well with a heart, yet elegant pheasant and fig dish for later. And just as the sun sets this afternoon, I'm planning on popping it open, enjoying a sneaky glass as I cook supper, channeling my inner Keith Floyd. What are you cooking tonight? #mycottagekitchen

40 Days ago
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It's all milky and foggy outside, and I'm back in the countryside after a invigorating day in London. The ever so talented Beth Kirby @local_milk invited me to share my thoughts on social media and work during her #localmilkretreats in the city and it was a treat! Catching up with her and all the wonderful participants over lunch @theclove was ever so inspiring, and delicious. The buzz of the city rushed through my sleepy countryside veins, like a vitamin injection, just the kind you need as the New Year ever so slowly is getting back up to speed. On the train home,I ordered a cup of tea, gazed out at the frosty winter landscape glide by, and wrote down personal goals. Learn more Italian, write letters, send more flowers to people I love on random Wednesday's, be patient, when you're afraid..do it anyway, hug more often than not, get organized, bake more, and the list went on... It felt good looking at the goals written by my own hand in front of me, knowing that I could fulfill them all, by just putting one foot in front of the other...

43 Days ago
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Tip toeing to peek out the attic rooftop window, overlooking my sleepy countryside village. The sound of the train passing in the distance, morning mist hovering ever so slightly above ground, and tea brewing in the kitchen. Settling into a new house takes time. The living room is still piled high with bursting cardboard boxes, and the out of tune old piano need dusting, and a bit of care to be able to fill my cottage with music. All this anticipation and slow unveiling is magical... #newhome #newchapter #myenglishcountryside

46 Days ago
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With no alarm to wake us up this morning it was perhaps inevitable that sun rise would come and go before we tiptoed all sleepy-eyed in our pajamas downstairs, put the kettle on, made mid week blueberry and apple porridge breakfast, before snuggling back up in bed. We opened the rooftop window wide, tucked our toes underneath the warm duvet, listened to the birds outside, and read chapters from our favorite books. Embracing this mishap of oversleeping, pretending it was still the first day of the new year. With eyes wide open with excitement I had to stop myself from not interrupting him too many times, as I slowly turned page after page, rereading paragraphs and sentences from @nigelslater 's Kitchen diaries vol III. He smiled and let me read out loud pages I simply couldn't keep all to myself. Then we made plans, promised each other we'd read more from our favorite books, go on wee adventures, and drink more tea in bed. I can hear the kettle whistling downstairs as I type, and I hope he'll come up any second with my thermos filled with freshly brewed tea to keep next to me, as I sit by my desk, ready to begin today's work... #midweekweekend #oops

47 Days ago
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It's a crisp and sunny January day in the countryside, and the drinks table, that was ready with flowers, just in time for the arrival of the piano last night, is now basking in sunshine. We all shared a well deserved drink after lifting the old German Knauss piano in place. I adore it, and can't wait to have it tuned. A drinks table might be a bit old school but it's the perfect place to begin when friends pop in unexpected. On our last visit to Norway over Christmas we visited the newly opened cocktail bar in the "Grunerløkka" area called @Nedrelokka_cocktailbar They had such skill and passion for making cocktails, it blew us both away. Definitely something to put on the 2017 list of skills to improve, become a better hostess and mixologist... #hostesswiththemostess #goalsforthenewyear #nedreløkkacocktailbar

48 Days ago