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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]