Interior design

Isolated state— Sweden


On a trip to the northern Swedish archipelago, with just a few essentials, Monocle discovers an island bolthole perfect for recharging depleted batteries.

Island, holiday, retreat, travel

Crossing water has the transformative power to wash away stress. Skimming across the waves in a small boat, the brackish breeze blows ­not just your hair into an unruly tangle, but all worries of work and home life far away too. Such is the first joy of having a bolthole on an island in the northern Swedish archipelago.

Leaving life behind on the mainland pier, you take with you just the barest necessities needed for a few days – groceries, a good selection of wine, clothes for lounging and a stack of new magazines. Though the crossing is just 10…

Japanese curry

Ingredients (serves 4)

250g pork fillet, sliced thinly 1 large onion 2 carrots 4 large potatoes 2 peppers 100g mushrooms 1 aubergine 800ml water 1tbsp vegetable oil 1/2tsp ground white pepper Half a pack of Japanese curry roux


Chop the vegetables and heat the oil in a pan. Add all of the vegetables, pork and ground white pepper to the pan. After 5 minutes, add 800ml of water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Skim off any fat from the surface using a ladle. Add curry roux and continue to simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave overnight. Next day, reheat for 30 minutes on a low heat, and serve with rice.


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