Icelandic traditions II

As most of you know there has been celebrated “Þorrablót” for a few weeks now and we have of course also been to one, a couple of weekends ago.  For those of you who don’t know what Þorrablót is then to explain it very simple, it’s just an evening where you get together and eat the old traditional Icelandic food. Many have huge gatherings, and it’s especially common on the country side to have larger parties.

Doddi’s work had invited all employees to come celebrate Þorrablót and since we wouldn’t have the opportunity to go to Akureyri and celebrate it with Doddi’s family, we decided to go to the one at his work. All the “great” food was there and I actually tried some of it. So for the first time in my life I tasted shark, and I must admit that it wasn’t as bad as I had thought, mainly because it doesn’t taste as bad as it smells 😉 I also tried some other things, but my biggest achievement was definitely the shark. I didn’t have the guts to trySúrir hrútspungar” (sheep balls), it just looks so horrible and just the thought about eating sheep balls were too much for me. Another thing on the table which I still haven’t tried issvið” (sheep head). It just does not appeal to me, but I guess I will have to try it at some point. The good thing is that Doddi doesn’t eat these things either so I’m kind of safe 😉 The best thing on the table is definitelyHangikjöt” (smoked lamb), which I have learned to appreciate now, so I didn’t starve during the evening 😉

An example of the food to be found on the Þorrablót-table
(picture is borrowed)

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