Category Archives: Culture

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

It’s not how much you do…

“It’s not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters.” – Mother Teresa Arden Jackson Photo: David Snow

No Mitten-Grabbing!

Icelandic Saying: “Now there won’t do any mitten-takes” =  “Nú duga engin vettlingatök.” (Meaning: Now we are going to do it properly.) No mitten-grabbing! If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well! (I hear Amma!) With this level of translation required, no wonder it’s hard to learn Icelandic. And yet, when you think about it, […]

Stories aren’t the icing on the cake…..

They are the cake!” (a quote from Peter Guber) Stories are the cake of life. So wonderfully true! So, I decided to create a fully iced round storied ‘Hring Circle’ Vínarterta! (In honour of Wagner’s 15 Hour Opera ‘The Ring Cycle’, a really long story summarized here in a two minute video): http://www.theguardian.com/culture/australia-culture-blog/video/2013/sep/18/wagners-ring-cycle-2-mins-video Best wishes […]

Gaman Saman! Fun Together! Thorrablot 2016

Gaman Saman ‘Fun Together’ Thorrablot 2016: A Visual, Cultural and Culinary Feast! FRIDAY, APRIL 8th REVIVAL – 783 College St, Toronto. 6:30pm Appetizers and Cash Bar 7:30 Feast! Spirited tributes to Icelandic art, poetry, storytelling, singing, and musical performances in our dazzling new venue. Traditional Icelandic food creations from Chef Arden Jackson! Iceland’s Ambassador Sturla […]