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2015 saw the release of not one, but TWO albums by one of our favourite Faroese artists, Eivør! 

Now, with albums playing in the background and as we start to prepare for Christmas day and a festive feast, we catch up with Eivør to talk about Faroese Christmasses, and to learn about a very tasty recipe for a special Christmas dinner…

Eivør’s critically acclaimed album Bridges was released earlier in 2015 and her 11th studio album Slør, recorded entirely in Faroese, followed closely behind, landing in October. Rather then being entirely separate works however, the two records can be considered sister albums, closely linked throughout the songwriting process and carrying the characteristic feeling of closeness and cosiness that is so intrinsic to Eivør’s music.

Discover Eivør’s favourite Nordic artists in her very own Nordic Playlist!

As her European tour now comes to a close, Eivør is heading back to her hometown of Gøta for some well deserved Christmas time with her family and friends, full of the same cosiness that runs like a heartbeat through each of her songs. As she prepares to cook up a storm on Christmas day, read on to find out how to make some of Eivør’s favourite festive recipes and to discover the best ways to celebrate the Christmas season in the Faroe Islands…

Cook Up a Christmas Feast with Eivør!

What is your absolute favourite thing about Christmas?

I always spend Christmas in the Faroe Islands with my family. My favourite thing about Christmas is the people I’m spending time with. I live in Copenhagen so I don’t get to spend as much time with my friends and family in the Faroe Islands as I would like to, so it’s always very good for my “heart” to come home for Christmas 🙂

So what is the best thing about Christmas in the Faroe Islands? 

I think the Faroe Islands are a very Christmassy place to be in December. Christmas lights in the windows of all the little tree houses – heavy snow on the roof tops – smoke from the chimneys and children building snowmen. It can sometimes feel like you are in the middle of a cartoon and I love coming home to this scenery.

Do you have any special traditions that you enjoy over Christmas?

Well it gets very dark up there in the winter, and it allows me to have candles lit. ALL DAY LONG.

What is your all time favourite Christmas song and what is the best situation to listen to it in?

When I was little my mom used to play Amy Grant every Christmas and there is one song in particular that I remember very clearly, it’s called ‘Grown up Christmas List‘ – This song brings very good memories back to me from my childhood and gives me a very warm feeling inside.

A good place to listen to it: By a fire place in a warm and Christmassy living room with a glass of warm gløgg in your hand while it’s snowing outside.

Another one of my favourites is an Icelandic hymn called ‘Heir himna smiður‘. This one would be suitable somewhere quiet – like in a church or out in nature somewhere.

One of the best things about Christmas is, of course, the food! Do you have any special recipes or dishes that you celebrate Christmas with? If so, could you share with us how to make it?

We usually have duck for Christmas and I love to experiment on new ways to cook it. Last year I tried a glazed duck roast and it was very delicious. And I found the trick how to get it as juicy and crispy as possible by cooking it on low heat for 4 hours and turning it around and poking every now and then.

This takes a bit of time but it’s totally worth a try…

Here is what I did (roughly)

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Slow-roast duck with glaze

1. Score the skin, cut off excess fat and poke it all over
2. Rub it in salt all over
3. Stuff it with oranges, apples or what ever you like…
4. Roast at 300 degrees for 1 hour, breast – side up
5. Poke, flip, roast for an hour breast-side down
6. Poke, flip, roast for an hour, breast-side up
7. Poke, flip, roast for an hour breast-side down
8. Poke, flip, blast at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, breast side up
9. Brush with glaze
10.Finish at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes (grill)

And wallahhh…

Glaze:

1/4 cup Honey
1/4 cup dark syrup
5 Tblsp. freshly squeezed orange
5 Tblsp. Soy sauce
Salt and Pepper

(I added some fresh sliced ginger and some chilli as well but you can also leave it out)

To go with Duck I like to make butter/sugar browned potatoes and a pink and pretty Waldorf salad with beetroot.

Waldorf salad with beetroot:

3 apples
4 sticks celery
200g walnuts
400g seedless grapes
1/2 boiled and peeled beetroot

Cut the apples, celery sticks and beetroot in small slices and the grapes in half.

 waldorf1

Dressing:

Half lemon (squeezed)

1 cup sour cream 18 %
1 cup whipped cream
2-3 tblsp maple syrup or honey
1 tblsp mustard
A bit of salt

Mix together (and adjust the sour, salt and sweet to your taste)
Mix the fruits together with the dressing..

Enjoy x

Sounds delicious! So what would a Christmas dinner experience be like at your house?

First of all I would make sure that all the candles were lit and that the atmosphere in the room was just right. Then when my guests would arrive I would definitely pour them a glass of Prosecco at their arrival. Then we would probably start with an appetizer – either lobster or big Faroese shrimps – roasted in garlic and butter and with this dish we would of course have a good white whine to go with the seafood.

Then the main dish would be something like described above – Slow-roast duck with Waldorf salad and Browned potatoes and a nice red wine.

For dessert we would have my Mom’s amazing ris à l’amande and coffee 😉

And finally, what are you most looking forward to in 2016?!

In January I am releasing an album with DR Big band & DR Vocal ensemble and will do a few shows with them… I think we are about 60 people on stage so it’s quite a big set-up 🙂

I will be touring Denmark, Norway and finally UK in the beginning of 2016 and I am looking very much forward to that.

I will also be working on more music for the new BBC series The Last Kingdom Season 2 – along with John Lunn (Downtown Abbey) and we are planning to release a soundtrack in 2016 as well.

And then there are festivals in the summer, so there is a lot to look forward too 🙂

Listen to Eivør’s fantastic Nordic Playlist by clicking here!

2015 saw the release of not one, but TWO albums by one of our favourite Faroese artists, Eivør! 

Now, with albums playing in the background and as we start to prepare for Christmas day and a festive feast, we catch up with Eivør to talk about Faroese Christmasses, and to learn about a very tasty recipe for a special Christmas dinner…

Eivør’s critically acclaimed album Bridges was released earlier in 2015 and her 11th studio album Slør, recorded entirely in Faroese, followed closely behind, landing in October. Rather then being entirely separate works however, the two records can be considered sister albums, closely linked throughout the songwriting process and carrying the characteristic feeling of closeness and cosiness that is so intrinsic to Eivør’s music.

Discover Eivør’s favourite Nordic artists in her very own Nordic Playlist!

As her European tour now comes to a close, Eivør is heading back to her hometown of Gøta for some well deserved Christmas time with her family and friends, full of the same cosiness that runs like a heartbeat through each of her songs. As she prepares to cook up a storm on Christmas day, read on to find out how to make some of Eivør’s favourite festive recipes and to discover the best ways to celebrate the Christmas season in the Faroe Islands…

Cook Up a Christmas Feast with Eivør!

What is your absolute favourite thing about Christmas?

I always spend Christmas in the Faroe Islands with my family. My favourite thing about Christmas is the people I’m spending time with. I live in Copenhagen so I don’t get to spend as much time with my friends and family in the Faroe Islands as I would like to, so it’s always very good for my “heart” to come home for Christmas 🙂

So what is the best thing about Christmas in the Faroe Islands? 

I think the Faroe Islands are a very Christmassy place to be in December. Christmas lights in the windows of all the little tree houses – heavy snow on the roof tops – smoke from the chimneys and children building snowmen. It can sometimes feel like you are in the middle of a cartoon and I love coming home to this scenery.

Do you have any special traditions that you enjoy over Christmas?

Well it gets very dark up there in the winter, and it allows me to have candles lit. ALL DAY LONG.

What is your all time favourite Christmas song and what is the best situation to listen to it in?

When I was little my mom used to play Amy Grant every Christmas and there is one song in particular that I remember very clearly, it’s called ‘Grown up Christmas List‘ – This song brings very good memories back to me from my childhood and gives me a very warm feeling inside.

A good place to listen to it: By a fire place in a warm and Christmassy living room with a glass of warm gløgg in your hand while it’s snowing outside.

Another one of my favourites is an Icelandic hymn called ‘Heir himna smiður‘. This one would be suitable somewhere quiet – like in a church or out in nature somewhere.

One of the best things about Christmas is, of course, the food! Do you have any special recipes or dishes that you celebrate Christmas with? If so, could you share with us how to make it?

We usually have duck for Christmas and I love to experiment on new ways to cook it. Last year I tried a glazed duck roast and it was very delicious. And I found the trick how to get it as juicy and crispy as possible by cooking it on low heat for 4 hours and turning it around and poking every now and then.

This takes a bit of time but it’s totally worth a try…

Here is what I did (roughly)

FullSizeRender

Slow-roast duck with glaze

1. Score the skin, cut off excess fat and poke it all over
2. Rub it in salt all over
3. Stuff it with oranges, apples or what ever you like…
4. Roast at 300 degrees for 1 hour, breast – side up
5. Poke, flip, roast for an hour breast-side down
6. Poke, flip, roast for an hour, breast-side up
7. Poke, flip, roast for an hour breast-side down
8. Poke, flip, blast at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, breast side up
9. Brush with glaze
10.Finish at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes (grill)

And wallahhh…

Glaze:

1/4 cup Honey
1/4 cup dark syrup
5 Tblsp. freshly squeezed orange
5 Tblsp. Soy sauce
Salt and Pepper

(I added some fresh sliced ginger and some chilli as well but you can also leave it out)

To go with Duck I like to make butter/sugar browned potatoes and a pink and pretty Waldorf salad with beetroot.

Waldorf salad with beetroot:

3 apples
4 sticks celery
200g walnuts
400g seedless grapes
1/2 boiled and peeled beetroot

Cut the apples, celery sticks and beetroot in small slices and the grapes in half.

 waldorf1

Dressing:

Half lemon (squeezed)

1 cup sour cream 18 %
1 cup whipped cream
2-3 tblsp maple syrup or honey
1 tblsp mustard
A bit of salt

Mix together (and adjust the sour, salt and sweet to your taste)
Mix the fruits together with the dressing..

Enjoy x

Sounds delicious! So what would a Christmas dinner experience be like at your house?

First of all I would make sure that all the candles were lit and that the atmosphere in the room was just right. Then when my guests would arrive I would definitely pour them a glass of Prosecco at their arrival. Then we would probably start with an appetizer – either lobster or big Faroese shrimps – roasted in garlic and butter and with this dish we would of course have a good white whine to go with the seafood.

Then the main dish would be something like described above – Slow-roast duck with Waldorf salad and Browned potatoes and a nice red wine.

For dessert we would have my Mom’s amazing ris à l’amande and coffee 😉

And finally, what are you most looking forward to in 2016?!

In January I am releasing an album with DR Big band & DR Vocal ensemble and will do a few shows with them… I think we are about 60 people on stage so it’s quite a big set-up 🙂

I will be touring Denmark, Norway and finally UK in the beginning of 2016 and I am looking very much forward to that.

I will also be working on more music for the new BBC series The Last Kingdom Season 2 – along with John Lunn (Downtown Abbey) and we are planning to release a soundtrack in 2016 as well.

And then there are festivals in the summer, so there is a lot to look forward too 🙂

Listen to Eivør’s fantastic Nordic Playlist by clicking here!

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