Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Norwegian Designer: Cecilie Melli

In the March 2015 issue of Viking, we featured one of Europe’s hottest young fashion designers, Cecilie Melli. Known for her cocktail and bridal dresses, Melli also creates lovely jewelry and accessories. Melli got her start in design at the Esmod International fashion school in Oslo and Paris. In 2004, she started her namesake brand and currently has a shop in Oslo. Melli has a true Norwegian design aesthetic, one that’s very clean and simple. Head to her online shop and keep an eye on Melli’s blog for the latest designs.

Follow Cecilie Melli on all her social media accounts: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lingonberry Photo Shoot

In the March 2015 issue of Viking, we kicked off a new type of recipe feature, taking one Scandinavian ingredient and showing how to use it in many ways. Lingonberries are the star of the show! We chose the antioxidant-rich berries for their versatility. They are a wonderful compliment to dishes both savory and sweet. To create the recipes, we enlisted the help of Norwegian-American food stylist and recipe developer Betsy Nelson. She did a great job creating four, easy and delicious recipes: Lingonberry Cardamon Rolls, Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Lingonberry Chutney, Lamb Chops With Lingonberry Red Wine Sauce and a Lingonberry Gin Fizz Cocktail.

Read on for a peek behind the scenes of our photo shoot!

What: Viking’s Lingonberry Photo Shoot
When: January 8, 2015
Where: Northrup King Building, Minneapolis
Photographer: Tom Thulen
Recipe Developer/Stylist: Betsy Nelson

 9 a.m.: Arrive on set at the studio and start preparing the Grown-Up Grilled Ham & Cheese sandwiches and Lingonberry Cardamom Rolls.
10:30-11:30 a.m.: Photograph sandwiches
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m: Photograph the cover shot for the rolls
2-3 p.m.: Set up and photograph the opening shot of the rolls
3:15-4 p.m.: Make lamb chops, lingonberry gin fizz cocktail and set up for the shot
4-5:30 p.m.: Photograph the final shot with the lamb chops and cocktail

Looking for more recipe ideas? Don't forget to check out Sons of Norway’s Recipe Box. Let us know if you make any of the lingonberry recipes and send an email to vikingeditor@msp-c.com. Enjoy!

Anya Britzius is editor of Viking magazine. She lives in Minneapolis, Minn., and enjoys baking, reading and keeping up on modern Norwegian trends.