Tag Archives: #amma

Don’t Ask Icelanders…

“Don’t ask Icelanders how to make their traditional Christmas cake” is the title of the Macleans Magazine article by Matt Kwong written in 2012 and is a ‘still true’ story worth repeating here: “Ask a Canadian: vinarterta has become a holiday staple in the homes of icelandic expats. Few Christmas traditions are as culturally sacred […]

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. […]

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, […]