Category Archives: Culture

Icelandic Folktales Can Be Ghostly!

Icelandic Folktales can be Ghostly! The Well-Known Icelandic Ghost Story ‘The Deacon of Dark River – Djákninn á Myrká is a one of the scariest Icelandic Folktales. ‘A deacon at Dark River had a relationship with a servant girl at a nearby farm. After one of his visits to her, he told her he would […]

Let us Eat!

‘Let Us Eat!’ Says everyone as the table is set with favourite Holiday Fare. As the cool weather sets in, we have a natural tendency to harvest and prepare for winter. With our identities wrapped around food culture, we fall into a conversation around plans for holiday gatherings. With the first frost particular cultural cravings […]

Happy Father’s Day from Grettir’s Saga

Grettir's Saga - Icelandic Saying

“There is more in the heart of man than money can buy.” Happy Father’s Day with a saying from Grettir’s Saga! We have been making and shipping Vinarterta across Canada and the United States for fathers everywhere!  We honour all of our vinarterta eating fathers and ancestors with this Icelandic Saying from Grettir’s Saga. It’s […]

These things are thought the best:

Mock not the traveler met on the road, Nor maliciously laugh at the guest: Scoff not at guests nor to the gate chase them, But relieve the lonely and the wretched. Never laugh at the old when they offer counsel, Often their words are wise: From shriveled skin, from scraggy things That hang among the […]

Feed your Vikings!

Is this what happens when you feed YOUR Vikings? Does it seem to you that the people of this generation could be championed more as mythological Norse giants from Jötunheim rather than humans of Midgard? Do you think it could be that the true measure of success of the Icelandic Pioneers in North America is […]

‘Eat-Until-You-Burst’ with Pönnukökur Icelandic Pancakes on Pancake Day!

In Iceland it is Sprengidagur Bursting Day! We love to ‘Eat-Until-We-Burst’ in North America with Icelandic Pancakes! Pönnukökur! (Rather than Meat Soup) What is your choice? Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day is a fantastic excuse to make Pönnukökur! Pönnukökur Recipe: Ingredients: 2 eggs 2 1/2 cup milk (adjust the milk for a smooth batter by whisking […]

Where are the Icelanders? Show us some Icelanders!

“Where are the Icelanders? Show us some Icelanders.” When the first Vínarterta-recipe-carrying Icelandic migrants arrived to settle in Canada in the 1870’s they were met with questions and assumptions about who they were! “Even as the first migrants arrived in Manitoba, curious residents flocked to the docks demanding a display based on their own understanding […]

I’ve discovered Icelandic Canadian Lamb! And I’m sharing!

What I know is that there is a large dynamic group of people who are passionate about Iceland, Icelandic Heritage, the Arts, Community Building, Traditional Icelandic Food, Vínarterta, and love Icelandic Lamb. Integrity, authenticity and quality in all those things are of high importance. In particular, individuals evaluate food experiences and products as much for […]

Land of the Midnight Sun : A Cultural and Culinary Experience in Hillsburgh, Ontario

Land of the Midnight Sun : A Cultural and Culinary Experience in Hillsburgh, Ontario at The Friendly Chef Adventure Restaurant Thursday, August 4, 2016 Chef Pam Fanjoy, Winner of Chopped Canada, and Guest Chef Arden Jackson forge a new connection to bring you a taste of the Icelandic heart as they create a culinary and […]