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Foods in Iceland

ICELANDIC FOODS DAIRY PRODUCTS A glass of fresh cold milk is a common accompaniment to almost every meal, and soups made with milk and dried pureed fruits are often enjoyed. But the favorite dish of all and an Icelandic staple is skyr. It is made from pasteurized skim milk fermented with rennin. The resulting curd […]

Domestic Life and Special Occasions in Iceland

Domestic Life in Iceland Since wood is scarce and bricks expensive to import, most homes in Iceland are built of concrete blocks. Most Icelanders use the living room for company and the kitchen as the center of family living and eating. Actual food preparation areas are described kindly as “step saving”: tiny by any standards. […]

Meals, Customs and Food Commonly Used in Iceland

Meals and Customs in Iceland The normally reserved, independent, and industrious Icelanders become talkative, gregarious, and even humorous after a few drinks. But it should be noted that the usual alcoholic beverages are confined to meals and most especially to evening gatherings in homes or nightclubs. Morning breaks are not the rule, but an afternoon […]

Icelandic Food and Culture

FOOD AND CULTURE IN ICELAND Ingolfur Arnarson guided his Viking ship towards a northerly land and threw some logs overboard. Wherever they would drift would be the location of his settlement. Whether it was the will of the gods or simply the drift of the tides, Arnarson found that his logs had drifted ashore at […]

Glossary of Foods and Food Terms in Iceland

ICELANDIC FOOD GLOSSARY AND FOOD TERMS Astarbollur: Christmas specialty of deep-fried doughnuts leavened with baking powder and rich with currants. Brennivin: Icelandic brandy drunk icy cold and straight. Blodmor: formerly a staple in the Icelandic diet, today a traditional favorite. It is made from salted, diluted sheep’s blood thickened with barley or rye flour and […]

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