Anonymous asked: I was a wondering, What are some typical Icelandic dishes? Not like the traditional food but common food that I would find if I just walked into a families home or something like that.
Iceland has gone through such great changes in the past century, that the “normal food” heritage isn’t so strong. Of course we have all sorts of traditional food such as hákarl (shark) that we love to scare tourists with or eat when we are drunk… But the normal food you’d expect to find in an Icelandic home would be something similar to Scandinavia. Meats, lamb, beef, pork and chicken with potatoes as the most common sidedish would be typical. Lamb is much more popular in Iceland, than anywhere else I’ve been. We eat it in all sorts of ways and in the summer barbecue season it is by far the most popular.
So the family dinner you might walk in on and I wish I was having right now would be. Oven roasted leg of lamb, fresh boiled potatoes, warmed up green peas and rubarb jam. There might be a fresh salad or boiled carrots and root vegetables. I’d be drinking a glass of milk with it.
The “traditional” way of cooking things is almost always boiling (not exactly gourmet). Oh and on Mondays most people have fish.