Category Archives: Culture

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 […]

Ever sneak a little slice that you thought no one would notice?

Ever sneak a little slice that you thought no one would notice? Were you in a house where the Vinarterta was treasured and tasted so much like home you couldn’t resist? And on the most special of occasions where it sat wrapped and tauntingly tasty; did you ever NOT slice a paper thin sliver, again […]

Culture is all the ways we remember, tell and celebrate our stories.

Culture is all the ways we remember, tell and celebrate our stories. This photo is of a print that was on the wall at Lónkot in Skagafjörður, Iceland (a beautiful Guest House) near where vagabond artist and poet Sölvi Helgason (1820-1895) was born. An interesting character, he called himself ‘Sólon Íslandus’ and believed that he […]

I hope there is Vínarterta

Many Large ‘Amma’ Vínarterta were delivered to Vancouver for a very special event; the Icelandic National League of North America INLofNA Convention. At breakfast on the first morning I heard someone say longingly: “I hope there is Vinarterta.” I realize some people probably know more than I do about Vinarterta, and the power of it […]

Seven Layered Vínarterta (Not Six)

“How then are we to relate to our ancestors? How are we to feel ourselves in some meaningful way Icelandic and in a direct line of descent of Icelandic values and an Icelandic way of life? Well, for Western Icelanders here in North America the answer is a practical and pragmatic one. We use food. […]

I come completely from the mountains.

“Ég kem alveg af fjöllum.” I come completely from the mountains. – Icelandic Saying (Means for example: I have no idea what you are talking about. I did not eat that cake.) Useful especially for people who are known to sneak little pieces of Vínarterta (in little slivers) thinking no one will notice. Well, since […]

The thing that’s seldom is wonderful.

“An rud is annamh is iontach.” = The thing that’s seldom is wonderful. – Irish Saying Happy St.Patrick’s Day with a nod to our Icelandic – Irish heritage with a beautiful unexpected green Icelandic wool rose patterned historic textile from Norska húsið (the Norwegian House) Stykkishólmur, Iceland Photo: Arden Jackson