Category Archives: Food

Tíu Droppar

In North America, you go to the home of someone of Icelandic descent, and she asks you if you want a cup of coffee. ‘Tíu droppar’, you say. Just ten drops. (And of course that means you really want much more than ten drops, especially when it’s made with a bag.) It’s coffee time! Kaffitími! […]

Sponsorship from Iceland’s Reyka Vodka!

We’re thrilled to announce Sponsorship from Iceland’s Reyka Vodka for Arden Jackson’s upcoming events! Since the beginning of our Vínarterta adventure in 2012, our handmade Vanilla Extract has been a signature flavour adding to the brilliance of our exceptional baked goods. We infuse rare and extravagant Organic Madagascar Vanilla Beans into this clear, clean, smooth, […]

Survival Skills

What are your winter survival skills for 2018? For some like Fred, between skates on a frozen lake, riding a fat bike, following animal tracks and listening to the birds in Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba, it is a piece of Vínarterta and a virtual chat with colleagues from the heart of the snowy […]

The Dream Begins….

Here’s a lovely thought!: The dream begins in the same place that the dream comes true. What is your Christmas Wish? Where does your dream begin? When you drill down to your heart’s desire, does it include an experience of love and connection? When I think of you, I see you as part of something […]

Home is not where you live.

If home is not where you live. Where is it? There is a big difference between feeling at home and being home. The heart and mind bind together what we know as people and family, place and belonging, shelter and protection, objects and connection. Our emotions and the experience of our senses attach meaning to […]

Seven Different Kinds of Weather

‘There are seven different kinds of weather on one autumn night.’ Says an Icelandic Saying. I’m feeling the cold rain under the grey sky and longing to stay in for a warm gathering of friends and coffee. I’m even game for celebrating with another Thanksgiving feast. Do you feel that way? I’m imagining you visiting […]

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 […]

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 […]

It’s Bolludagur Bun Day!

Bolludagur Bun Day is part of a delicious three day Lenten festival and takes place on the Monday, just before what we call Shrove Tuesday (our Pancake Day). Icelanders traditionally stuff themselves with the estimated sharing of over one million cream-filled choux pastry cream puff buns made in Iceland on this day. The custom dates […]