Category Archives: Vinarterta

FullMoonTerta

FullMoonTerta FullMoonTerta is perfect for a Strawberry Moon. Named by the Algonquins for the short harvest season of wild strawberries in northeastern North America.  In Old Europe it was called the Mead or Honey Moon. After that lovely Norse Fermented Honey drink.    “The tradition of calling the first month of marriage the ‘honeymoon’ dates […]

Remembering on Father’s Day

Slow time. Stop time. Remembering on Father’s Day. Remember when you were so deeply occupied in play that it became your whole world? Remember when you slowed time and breathed in the smell of your Dad when he tickled your ear? Remember when you gave that gift and watched his face as he unwrapped it, […]

Vinarterta is Seven!

Vinarterta is Seven! Did you know that our Vinarterta venture was launched on June 6, 2012? To expand in love and pioneer spirit through sharing the cultural and culinary experience of Vinarterta The Delicious Striped Icelandic Cake™ To keep the cake really good. (And perhaps to retire as the Vinarterta plum fairy.) I had objectives, […]

Dear Dad,

Dear Dad, I found myself thinking about you today both magnanimously and with thankfulness, how I remember you best. You are legendary, mythological and awe-inspiring, well known and loved just like Vínarterta. And like that notorious cake, renowned for your role as a descendant of Pioneers. You are tidy, technical and tenacious and appreciated for […]

Few Are Like Father. No One is Like Mother.

Few Are Like Father. No One is Like Mother.  – Icelandic Proverb Mother is best. We are all born of them. We are privileged to live during this hard-won, and yet dynamic time for women. It’s an exceptional time perhaps in the history of the world where opportunities exist (in most places) unlike any other. […]

Summardagurinn fyrsti! Happy First Day of Summer!

It’s Summardagurinn fyrsti! Happy First Day of Summer! In the old Norse Calendar there is Summer and Winter. That’s it! Marking the rotation of the sun and moon as shared by only two seasons makes sense. Did you know that human time on earth used to be counted in winters rather than years? In Canada […]

Winter in Iceland: Light sun with a bit of frost and a lot of rain

Here is a saga about my recent winter trip to Iceland with Krummi Travel and a fabulous group of 22 people. “Foggy condensation filled the windshield on the inside of the bus while on the outside cold sheets of rain hammered the glass. Undaunted and wiper-less in Reykjavík on a dark, stormy and wildly windy […]

Vinarterta. Our Prized Christmas Cake

Vinarterta. Our Prized Christmas Cake. People of Icelandic heritage in North America all know it, and identify with it so strongly you would think it was a living person. Families guard their own variations in number of layers and flavouring so intently that emotions rise when ever the recipe is discussed. Every version is wrong […]

Vinar Terra, Vinarkaka, Vinarterta or Vínarterta?

Vinar Terra, Vínarkaka, or Vínarterta While in Iceland a couple of summers ago I made a rustic Vínarkaka in Valur Gunnarsson’s Reykjavik kitchen with ingredients from the Bónus grocery store. The eggs were incredibly yellow, the butter was the most buttery ever, the flour was fluffier, the sugar more granular, the cream was heavenly, the […]