Yoga classes often begin with the instructor talking at the start of class about an issue that they have been recently pondering. The issue may relate to the time of year, the weather, something that happened to them, or recent … Continue reading
On December 23rd, Icelanders celebrate Þorláksmessa (or the Mass of Saint Þorlákur). As it is the last day of fasting, people eat fish rather than meat. The traditional fish to eat on this day is fermented skate that smells of ammonia … Continue reading
If the dark days of winter get you down, think about taking fish oil! Despite living through dark winters, Icelanders have very low rates of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Many Icelanders believe this is due to the fact that most Icelanders take fish oil regularly from a young age (this photo is of an Icelandic girl who is 3 1/2 years old, shown with her fish oil she will consume with her breakfast). This photo was in the New York Times.
One evening I was having dinner with an Icelandic family at their home. We were going to have dessert (skyr with berries, of course) outside on their patio. As the various flavors of skyr, berries, cream, and bowls were spread … Continue reading
I found this sign at the Laundromat Cafe in Reykjavik to be representative of the overall climate in Iceland – supportive of women breastfeeding, supportive of mothers and children, and supportive of women in general. I was nursing my son … Continue reading
Last year during the Christmas season, I was home on maternity leave. I had a lot of time to bake long and complicated desserts. The dessert that was absolutely worth the time and trouble was the Sarah Bernhardt cake recipe. … Continue reading
Black Friday – even the name sounds grim, like something that should make you cower in fear. It is a time for fighting, pushing, shoving, and in some particularly gruesome cases, death. A few poor individuals have been stampeded to … Continue reading