Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Icelandic and Greenland- Food-Fiskibollur & Icelandic Pancakes,

While coming up with new meal plans for next week I thought of Iceland and Greenland. I have never been in either country but have flown over a number of times. Most of Icelandic food evolves around fish and lamb/mutton. They do eat some of the local birds, caribou, salmon, shark and seal. For the most part, the recipes I found were versions of Norlanic, Scottish and English recipes. Shark is a typical "gross out food" offered to unsuspecting foreign visitors. She mentions you cannot eat shark without it being cured but I have personally eaten shark many times with no ill affect. It is possible it could be the type of shark.

I did find a few recipes that use ingredients that can be found just about anywhere in the world. These are some of the ones I am planning on trying. I will most likely make the pancakes this weekend and the fish balls next week. Jo's Icelandic Recipes is the best site I found with traditional recipes but last time it was undated was 2001. It still is a very interesting site. The follwing is her recipes and the link to her website.

Jo's Icelandic Recipes .

Fiskibollur - Traditional Icelandic fish balls
Fish balls are one of the many ways in which Icelanders like to cook fish, and the recipes are numerous. When I was little I loved to eat fish-balls in pink sauce (see recipe below), mostly because of the color of the sauce!
1 large fillet white fish (cod, haddock are traditional), skinned and de-boned

1 medium onion
150 ml. flour
50 ml. potato flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
as needed milk

Finely chop or grind the fish fillet and onion. Mix together in a bowl (or just throw both ingredients into a food processor and let it do the work). Add the dry ingredients, mixing well. Add the eggs and then the milk (the fish-dough should be just thick enough to stick together when you form it into balls). Form small balls with two tablespoons or use your hands. Fry in oil or butter over low heat, until done. Serve with fresh salad and boiled potatoes. Ketchup also goes well with fish-balls.
-If you must have some sauce on your fish-balls, serve with melted butter, brown gravy or cocktail sauce, or make pink sauce.

Make basic white sauce and add ketchup until it turns pink. Serve with fish-balls.

Icelandic Pancakes (crepes) with Whipped Cream Batter

3 cups flour
4 eggs
3 tablespoons butter(melted)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 1/2-3 cups milk

Separate egg white and beat until stiff. Mix together all other ingredients and add the egg whites lastly. Bake paper thin on a hot cast-iron griddle (about 9 inch s in diameter. Spread with preserves, jam or jelly, one tablespoon whipped cream/ fold into triangles. Serve with afternoon coffee or as dessert (Traditional)

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