A few months ago I complained about the lack of good ethnic sausages.
Over the weekend I found a cache of Polish sausages at my
(temporarily) local neighborhood store. Locally produced, they were emblazoned with intertwined Icelandic and Polish flags. I picked one of about four or five flavors, and brought them home, hoping that maybe, maybe Iceland was catching on finally. Yesterday I grilled them up and I am pleased to announce that the search is over. They were plump, spicy in the right way, and in no way containing the sheeps-dung smoke that permeates so many locally produced sausage products (and I'm not just talking about bjúga- think about it next time you eat the salami or pepperoni here, folks). These are some good sausages. Now all we need is a properly spicy Italian variety and I'll be happy as a clam.
In other culinary news, friend K introduced me to the ultimate in simple delicacies on those days when you need something to remind you of why it's nice to be alive in Iceland. Here's what you do- buy yourself a nice lil package of Icelandic lobster meat (available in the frozen section of your local Icelandic grocery store, pre-shelled or not). Thaw it out, pat it dry, then saute some chopped garlic in butter until fragrant. Add the lobster, some salt, and the seasoning of your choice (I went with a blended Italian mix, but next time I'm thinking lemon pepper). Simmer everybody together until the lobster is firm, then enjoy with abandon. It's even better if you have a nice fresh roll or loaf of bread to dip in the sauce afterwards. I had a carrot roll from the corner bakery near where I'm staying that was absolutely divine. If you want to make it a meal, serve with crisp chilled white wine and a blended-leaf salad. Divine, and takes all of a half hour to put together. I see more of this in my future!
now all I need is an apartment... any Icelandic readers have an aunt/cousin/sister's ex-boyfriend/grandma who has a small place that is not in Kjalarnes and is looking for a nice sensible tenant? Seriously, it's coming to the point that I am willing to beg on a blog.
Ship sighting: Cruise ship season continues with the arrival of the Deutschland. This German boat is on a tour of the northern lands, and is heading out to Greenland tomorrow. The ship is apparently working the vintage style for an older crowd, and you might have guessed from this poster view of it that I am quite fond of.