Visiting Anne-Lene

As we are visiting today, Anne-Lene is preparing a dinner party for a few of her girlfriends. She is busy setting the table in a pretty and bright spring coloured theme, with fresh linen, glass, brass and pink tulips.

Anne-Lene has worked at Nordal for twelve years. She is buyer of the company, mainly sources products from Indonesia and India. She is also the contact person for our suppliers and the organiser for the transport of all the incoming products, amongst many other things.

What is it you like with the Nordal products?
They are trendsetting in that they are raw and different, with an ethnic touch, tells Anne-Lene.

Anne-Lene lives with her husband and their two sons, Rasmus 9 years old and Frederik 6 years old in detached house from the 1970s in the small town of Ølholm, Denmark.

The table has been set with a linen table cloth and napkins. Anne-Lene has chosen low vases for the tulips, so that the guests will be able to see each other across the table. She has created an exciting dynamic by choosing vases in different sizes. The brass detail on the glass vases matches the brass candle light holders. Using warm metals for a table setting is very welcoming.

What is your recipe for a successful dinner party?
Apart from preparing some delicious food, I make sure my house is clean and tidy and I love to decorate with fresh flowers and candles to set the right mood. It is important to me that my guests feel right at home so that they are comfortable to stay for many hours.

These candle light holders have two functions. You can use them like this, for your tea lights, or turn them upside down and use them as vases. They come in two heights, 20 cm and 24 cm.

The gold cutlery from Nordal is dishwasher safe. The plates are from our series ‘Triangle’, which comes in two versions that can be mixed and matched. They both have a light triangle pattern underneath, and the inside of the plates are either beige or black, like here. These plates are also dishwasher safe.

The menu Anne-Lene has prepared for tonight looks like this:
A bubbly ginger and lime aperitif.

The main course will be a venison stew with bacon, mushrooms, onion, chives and carrots; served with Hasselback potatoes and a salad on pointed cabbage, apples, roasted almonds and sesame seeds. (Anne-Lene’s husband has shot the deer himself.)

Finally for dessert Anne-Lene has prepared a strawberry cake with cream.

Anne-Lene would like to share with you the recipe for the zingy welcome drink, enjoy!

Bubbly Ginger & Lime Aperitif

2 tsp raw sugar
100 ml water
6-8 slices of of ginger, 1 cm thick
4-6 slices organic lime
Juice from 1 orange
4-6 glasses of Prosecco or Champagne
Fresh mint

Bring the sugar and water to a simmer and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
Remove the pot from the heat, add the ginger and lime and set it aside to cool down, about 15-20 minutes. Strain the syrup through a sieve and discard the ginger and lime pieces. Pour about 1 ½ tsp of the syrup in each glass, fill it up with the bubbly and decorate with a mint sprig.
(Once you have mixed the syrup, you can’t heat it up again as it will turn bitter.)

The cool Hama bead animal decorations in the window are created by the two young boys of the house.


Dinner plates, Ø 25cm, art nr 6785
Cutlery, art nr 25310
Vase and t-light holder, H 20cm Ø 7cm, art nr 1924
Vase and t-light holder, H 14cm Ø 7cm, art nr 1923
Table cloth, 100% linen, 140 x 170cm, art nr 9935
Napkins, 100% linen, 50 x 50cm, art nr 9936
Glass vase, Ø 18 H 23cm, art nr 8945
Glass vase, Ø 11 H 17cm, art nr 8982
Glass vase, Ø 13 H 20cm, art nr 8941
Wall decoration, 40 x 80cm, art nr 7314
Carpet, 200 x 250cm, art nr 8124
Lamb fur, 50 x 90cm, art nr 9148

Written 29/01/2017 by Nordal