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marte_marie_forsberg  Norwegian photographer and author, living in the English countryside. Photography Travel Cooking retreats. Cookbook out Autumn 2017 by Clarkson Potter

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Planning, prepping, and cooking with my mother, adding last minute changes, and putting in an order with the local fish monger for two whole salmons. I oftentimes take my workshop participants to the many lovely stately gardens around my cottage here in the English countryside. But knock on wood, whether permitting, we'll go for a Spring stroll along the river this time, with a wee afternoon tea picnic before ending up @beckfordbottles for a cheeky pre dinner glass of wine. Crossing my fingers for sun on Thursday, and a little bit of that lovely warm Spring wind... #mmforsbergworkshop #myenglishcountryside @ntstourhead

Yesterday I filled an old terra-cotta pot, like this one, with bulbs of what will grow and bloom into bright blue flowers of hyacinths. I put them on the little nightstand next to my mother's bed in the cottage attic. And amidst writing up shopping and to-do lists for my upcoming Flower, Food and Photography retreat next week with @aesmeflowers @nikkilewisyoga at the lovely old Ashley Wood Farm, I'm nipping out to buy last minute magazines and wrap up a book for my mother. She loves her mornings with a cup of tea reading in bed. @countrylivingmag is a must, she simply adores flipping though and tearing out pages depicting the English countryside lifestyle to a tee, and @townandcountrymag But then I like slipping in a copy of @bazaaruk @redmagazine and the local @dorsetlifemag to switch things up a bit. This time the book treat is an oldie I found in the local antique shop with yellowed pages and names of previous owners penciled in on the first page; 'A passage to India' by E.M.Forster A true classic, I hope she'll enjoy reading with her morning tea... #myenglishcountryside

In just a few hours my darling mother arrives by bus, just in time for Mother's Day!She doesn't like the hustle and bustled of going through London on her own, so she waits patiently at the airport armed with her favorit books and bag of wool and knitting needles for the right bus to take her to Salisbury, a town a wee drive from the cottage. Having her by my side is nothing but nurturing. She is my heart, friend and matriarch, the woman I constantly look towards for advice, warmth and direction, and I adore working alongside her for my English countryside workshops and retreats. And then, after cooking, wandering, laughing and hugging, we'll both hop on a plane. She back to Norway, and I to my beloved Rome. I spent a summer studying Caravaggio and baroque art in Rome, where our professor navigating us through history filled churches, old private homes and galleries to better get to know the art we were studying. I simply cannot wait to be back, even if just for a few days, to soak up on art, food and explore new hidden gems. Heading to my favorite place in the Jewish ghetto for deep fried artichokes is a must, and so is a visit to @galleriadoriapamphilj and a stroll past some of my favorite antiques shops along Via Giulia. However I'm looking to expand my horizon a bit this time. What are your must visit when you're in Rome? #mmforsbergrome #happymothersday

This morning, when out for a walk with Mr Whiskey, I let my hair down and let it dance wild in the warm Spring wind. Nobody was out yet, and the vast green fields were empty. Mr Whiskey chased a few pheasants, dug little holes to his hearts content and generally ran around with an unmatched energy. Back home we took it slow, brewed a few soothing batches of ginger and lemon tea with honey, and baked bread. We opened the door wide to the garden and just sat there in the doorway soaking up on the sunny weather. Some days I simply need to take it slow, read books and bake bread to the beat of my own heart... #takingitslow

Last year for Easter we piled our dear friends into a big car and nestled ourselves in between wellies, weekenders and bottles of fizz.
We had found this darling old cottage in Suffolk. We spent days cooking together, wanders along the nearby wild and wonderful coastline, and popped the fizz, all tucked up around a roaring fireplace at night. The cottage had a low ceiling dating back to the sixteen hundreds, and the most beautiful checkered windows. I fell in love with the whole thing, I think we all did. And if I could've taken one thing with me home it would have been the windows and their darling little terra-cotta pots filled to the brim with freshly sprung Spring flowers... Thank you so much for all your lovely ideas for my new green allotment! I cannot wait to get planting, and put a few of these in my windowsill. #weekendwithfriends

With fog and rain on the horizon I sat down at my desk overlooking the rooftops of my wee countryside town. There's an available space at the allotment just up the street from me, and I began drawing up my future vegetable patch. Two years ago, I promised myself to get my hands dirty and get digging on my very own kitchen garden that could keep me well stocked at least during the summer. While the lovely husband and wife team behind @foxandfavour filmed my latest online Food and lifestyle photography class for @skillshare two years ago, we visited @hevdawg in her green and ever so charming allotment. Her cake baking is magical, and so of course so is here garden! It had a wonky little shed just big enough for a little camp stovetop where she brewed cups of strong coffee, as we filmed her green patch with possible the most stunning views in all of Shaftesbury. As the sun set, we sat down and warmed our hands on her ever so tasty butternut squash and chorizo stew that had been bubbling away in the background. It may be a bit late in the season, but at least I have a patch of my own now, and I'm eager to get planting! Artichokes are a must, and so are carrots, beetroot, tomatoes and parsnips, my list is long, and it's hard to choose just a few. If you had to narrow it down to three, what would your top three must haves in your vegetable garden be? #Springgarden #myallotment #skillshare

The magnolia trees are eagerly budding these days. Arching their baby flowers towards the warm sun. It's Spring in the air, the wind is mild and ballet flats are a must. My little countryside town is blossoming. The local florist @tedmartinflowers has the most beautiful flowers spilling into the streets, the local deli @tisbury_deli has the last few ingredients for my cherry and chocolate cake with red wine glacing I'm making this afternoon, and @beckfordbottles has the much needed wine. However, when all fails, and all I want is a bit of crisp fried fish, every town has their Fish and Chips shop here in England, and so does mine too. I'd love to perfect a good fish and chips recipe myself. But thus far, it's all hanging on getting the right crisp yet tasty batter. Do you make your own fish and chips, or do you too indulge in a naughty treat from the shop down the street or local pub? I hear the @thecompasses do a very good one. #myenglishcountryside myenglishcountryside

His love for scotch has slowly introduced me to a world of smokey, malty and oaky, that was previously quite unfamiliar terrain to me. You have to taste this, he exclaimes excitedly as he comes home with a new bottle of scotch. He likes his straight up, and I like mine on the rocks, either way, scotch is a magical world of flavors and aromas not to be missed, both in drinks and in cooking. Try adding it to a simple caramel frosting to go with your chocolate cake, or whip it in with your cream as a side for poached pears. It never fails to add those needed extra notes of magic. #LoveScotch #ad

With grey skies and loud rain tapping on the roof, it's time for lunch, the simple, yet ever so tasty kind. Take one happy free range local chicken, butter and season. Fill it with herbs, onions and lemon wedges, and stuff the skin with more butter and a very generous helping of freshly sliced truffles. Dice seasonal vegetables and fruits, and coat them in olive oil before seasoning. Throw it all in a large baking dish and put it in the oven to roast. Make sure you baste the chicken with the succulent juice gathering at the bottom of the dish regularly. Pop your favorite Pinot Noir, and that's it, lunch is served! #raincallsforcomfortfood #truffleroastchicken

Wedging himself in anywhere he can, to get closer to the action, Mr Whiskey is almost as excited as I am for our upcoming Flower, Food and Photography retreat here in the English countryside. My mother is flying in on Sunday to begin preparing, fine tuning old family recipes for our picnic by the river, and for her baking session, while making a few more aprons. She makes them from vintage Swedish linen that she finds in little brocantes and markets on her road trips to Stockholm with dad. They are a beautiful handmade part of our retreat. It always makes me so happy to be using the very same B&B for our participants during their stay, that I've used ever since I arrived in the area about four years ago. The Retreat B&B in Shaftesbury, just a stone throw from the famous Gold Hill, where Sheena and Bernard have created a lovely and warm atmosphere, that makes it feel like a home away from home. Lately there has been a warm spring wind in the air, and wild garlic is covering the grounds around the farm we'll be based during the retreat, and I simply cannot wait to share this beautiful area with our participants. Even the local butcher is excited, providing us with his special honey, that I not only use in my ginger and lemon tea, but as a face mask too! Works wonders both ways;) #mmforsbergworkshop

On Fridays, before embarking on a good food journey in the kitchen, that eventually results in supper for friends, I oftentimes take a seat by my desk to plan the meal ahead with my favorite single malt scotch in hand. I'm rather spontaneous by nature and shun routine, yet this weekly predictable tradition, runs like a golden heartbeat through these fridays, and is a rhythm and routine I treasure. #ad #LoveScotch

Picking up freshly baked bread this morning and donning a blue and white "summer& #34; dress for the very first time. I may be tempting the weather gods by this feisty behavior, so hopefully it doesn't begin to rain as I type! Should you be looking for a wee weekend away not knowing where to go? Here are a few of my local favorites: @at_the_chapel in Bruton, @thebeckfordarms and @thecompasses in Tisbury, @themuseuminn in Farnham and @thetalbotinn in Mells outside Frome. I'm headed to Chichester for the weekend, does anyone have a favorite pub to recommend?Wishing you all a lovely weekend! #weekendfun #myfavorites

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