• Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting!
    by Arden Jackson on July 27, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    This handmade Vinarterta looks ready, but now, we pack it to chill and cure for a couple of days. (What will you be doing while waiting?) The shortbread layers become infused and softened by the plum, cardamom and vanilla jam. The almond and vanilla buttercream icing becomes a soft dense fudge melded to the cake. […] The post Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting! appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Do you know how to keep and cut your Vinarterta?
    by Arden Jackson on July 25, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    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 […] The post Do you know how to keep and cut your Vinarterta? appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Happy Father’s Day from Grettir’s Saga
    by Arden Jackson on June 18, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    “There is more in the heart of man than money can buy.” Happy Father’s Day with a saying from Grettir’s Saga! We have been making and shipping Vinarterta across Canada and the United States for fathers everywhere!  We honour all of our vinarterta eating fathers and ancestors with this Icelandic Saying from Grettir’s Saga. It’s […] The post Happy Father’s Day from Grettir’s Saga appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • These things are thought the best:
    by Arden Jackson on March 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    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 […] The post These things are thought the best: appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Feed your Vikings!
    by Arden Jackson on March 2, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    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 […] The post Feed your Vikings! appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • ‘Eat-Until-You-Burst’ with Pönnukökur Icelandic Pancakes on Pancake Day!
    by Arden Jackson on February 28, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    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 […] The post ‘Eat-Until-You-Burst’ with Pönnukökur Icelandic Pancakes on Pancake […]

  • It’s Bolludagur Bun Day!
    by Arden Jackson on February 27, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Bolludagur Bun Day is part of a delicious three day Lenten festival and takes place on the Monday, just before what we call Shrove Tuesday (our Pancake Day). Icelanders traditionally stuff themselves with the estimated sharing of over one million cream-filled choux pastry cream puff buns made in Iceland on this day. The custom dates […] The post It’s Bolludagur Bun Day! appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Where are the Icelanders? Show us some Icelanders!
    by Arden Jackson on February 10, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    “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 […] The post Where are the Icelanders? Show us some Icelanders! appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Don’t Ask Icelanders…
    by Arden Jackson on December 4, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    “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 […] The post Don’t Ask Icelanders… appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • I’ve discovered Icelandic Canadian Lamb! And I’m sharing!
    by Arden Jackson on November 2, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    What I know is that there is a large dynamic group of people who are passionate about Iceland, Icelandic Heritage, the Arts, Community Building, Traditional Icelandic Food, Vínarterta, and love Icelandic Lamb. Integrity, authenticity and quality in all those things are of high importance. In particular, individuals evaluate food experiences and products as much for […] The post I’ve discovered Icelandic Canadian Lamb! And I’m sharing! appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]