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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Canada AM: Viking Dinner and Vínarterta

Canada AM CTV last show is Friday June 3 after 43 Seasons. Thanks Canada AM for many entertaining mornings! Including my Throw Back Thursday to April 10,2015. It was a fun segment sharing Traditional Icelandic Food and Vínarterta! I had cut my hand badly the day before and had stitches and bandage to deal with, […]

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. […]

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 […]

What is Thorrablot? Þorrablót?

What is Thorrablot? It was a sacrificial midwinter festival offered to the gods in pagan Iceland of the past. It was abolished during the Christianization of Iceland, but resurrected in the 19th century as a midwinter celebration that continues to be celebrated to this day. The timing for the festival coincides with the month of Thorri, according […]

It was a Warm Summer Evening in the Vinland Meadows

Looking back: Westward Viking Festival ‘A Taste of Vinland’ Gala Showcase Parks Canada, L’Anse Aux Meadows National Historic and UNESCO World Heritage Site Newfoundland July 25, 2015 Nýja Island Forréttir og Eftirréttur New Iceland Appetizers and Dessert Súmar A Warm Summer Evening in the Vinland Meadows Cucumber and Herbed Goat Cheese Herb Emulsion of Dill, […]