Fish Racks

We still dry fish this way on our island. Then we sell some and eat the rest. It's like beef jerky: just as tough to bite off but flakier and unspiced. Super good when smeared with fresh Icelandic butter.

Those who are acquainted with Asian cusine will have come across dried-fish-as-snack before, and some of you may even appreciate it's appeal. I know that when growing up in California, though, my non-Asian friends thought just the idea of dried fish disgusting. Those who dared try it, though, usually ended up liking it.

Icelanders, on the other hand, can't grasp the concept of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And the few who've bravely tried it at my urging have taken wary bites, grimaced, spit it out and hated it even more.

6 comments:

HEL said...

me and my 3 kids actually love peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches, and mister ulf.blogspot.com eats peanutbutter and fisheggpaste (hnetusmjör og kavíar) sandwiches
What we dont get however is dipping vegatables in peanutbutter.. like cellery and such..
yeaccchhh!

Maria Alva said...

Ok ok, I generalized, didn't I? Turns out my Toggi also likes pb&j.
Another reminder not to believe everything you read.

(I'm lucky enough to have very alert readers to keep me in line, though!)

Cy said...

How about a compromise?

Peanut butter, Jelly, and Dried Fish sandwiches?

Maria Alva said...

Between the stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth peanut butter and the how-am-I-ever-going-to mulch-this-stuff-down hardfish, I'm thinking that would be sandwich mighty long in the eatin', cy.

Along those lines, though, I think the above-mentioned Úlfur has the perfect solution!

Anonymous said...

Dry fish isnt gross at all.
Here, in the Quebec province, we have lots of access to native americans territories( i am also very found of their antique culture) and when we pass by, its still possible to see fish racks somewhere and go have a sniff of it;) Oh well, i love ancient ways of conserving the food, i think we gotta have respect for those who wanna keep alive such traditions.
For whats concerning peanut butter and jam....one thing to say: ITS GROSS lol..hate the mix..and i would prefer 1000 times to have a try on rotten shark at Porri in january( not to mention the rest of the meals).
Serious! i wanna try that out!!!
Nice picture btw missy.

Anonymous said...

oh btw that was me again who posted the previous comment, Chantale.
Cheers;)