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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 […]

Icelandic Spooky Folklore: The Deacon of Dark River

Icelandic Spooky Folklore: The Deacon of Dark River Djákninn á Myrká (The Deacon of Dark River) is a favourite spooky Christmas Icelandic folk tale. “A deacon who lived on a farm called Myrká (Dark River) had a girlfriend named Guðrún. She lived on farm called Bægisá located on the other side of a big river […]

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! […]

Do you know how to keep and cut your Vinarterta?

Here’s how to Keep and Cut Your Vinarterta! Here are our detailed Vinarterta directions. Learn how to keep it fresh, and more, how to cut it for serving! Using a technical approach (with a ruler) is guaranteed to produce excellent results. It is well worth the extra few minutes. Your cake will look gorgeous and […]

Þorrablót TorontoÞing 2017

Appetizers, Cash Bar 6:00 PM   Dinner 7:30 PM Free Parking! Þorrablót (Thorrablot) began as a sacrificial midwinter festival offered to the gods in ancient pagan Iceland. In the mid twentieth century an inventive restaurant owner in Iceland created a buzz with his midwinter menu of foods preserved in the old traditional methods of the autumn slaughter season. The Icelandic […]

These things are thought the best:

Mock not the traveler met on the road, Nor maliciously laugh at the guest: Scoff not at guests nor to the gate chase them, But relieve the lonely and the wretched. Never laugh at the old when they offer counsel, Often their words are wise: From shriveled skin, from scraggy things That hang among 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 […]

‘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 […]