Tag Archives: Vinarterta

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 […]

Vinarterta. Live and Let Live.

Vinarterta. You used to say Live and Let Live. (You know you did. You know you did. You know you did.) Was life easier when you were young and your heart was an open book? And now in this ever-changing world do you yearn for time to stand still, or slow down for just a […]

Vinarshock: An unexpected realization

Vinarshock, n,; – The unexpected or astonishing realization that almost every family of Icelandic descent in North America, and all their friends, know and love Vínarterta. It still happens. Vinarterta is that good. It is a coveted, protected, personal and family tradition. It is brilliant at connecting with the heart and feeling exclusive yours. It […]

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! […]

Survival Skills

What are your winter survival skills for 2018? For some like Fred, between skates on a frozen lake, riding a fat bike, following animal tracks and listening to the birds in Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba, it is a piece of Vínarterta and a virtual chat with colleagues from the heart of the snowy […]