Tag Archives: Icelandic Cake

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]