We are just back from a trip to Iceland. I plan to do several relatively short posts about it. First I will talk about food.
This was a plate of Icelandic specialties, fish and smoked lamb, served on different breads. The little cubes in the middle with the flag are marinated shark, very strong taste as I had read, but I wanted to see for myself. My favorite here was the cod mixed with mashed potato, second favorite the salmon with cottage cheese and dill. Yes, they have lovely cottage cheese.
They can bake bread in the ground close to hot springs. It is similar to a steamed pudding, not really sweet though. It is a rye bread.
We enjoyed the freshly baked bread (it does spend 24 hours in the ground) with Icelandic butter (unsalted).
We chose some items at a supermarket. I knew the cookies would have cinnamon and thought the can said something about apple and malt. The drink turned out to resemble Sprite or Canada Dry. I am trying to replicate the cookies.
This is a crowberry plant. There were berries to be found. They are quite small, black, similar to huckleberries. Our guide said they usually make juice with them because they have so many seeds. Seeds? Can I maybe grow some? Around here, some other animal would have eaten them all but apparently there are very few wild animals in Iceland.
There were splendid spreads at the hotel breakfast buffets—the surprise box like in the States contained scrambled eggs, baked beans, sausages. There were several preparations of herring, salmon, cereals, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, different breads, Wasa-type crackers, cheese, cold cuts, cucumbers, tomatoes, fruit, juice, their unique dairy products which are similar to yogurt/fresh cheese. We often enjoyed soup for lunch which was was served with a hefty slice of bread and a pat of butter.