Thursday, January 21, 2010

Guest Post: From The Amateur Icelandic Chef

I am excited to Introduce Guðmundur to you I came across his blog by chance The Amateur Icelandic Chef, and there is nothing Amateur about it fabulous recipes and great pictures, he is also an artist. We don't often think of Iceland for food, but I remember when I first started blogging reading a great article in the Wall Street journal about how good Icelandic food is, with free range lamb, smoked puffin and great desserts and with the economy how it is now is the time to visit. Its on my list of places I really want to go, and these recipes reinforce how good the food must be, enjoy...... (be sure to visit his blog and follow, lets introduce our new foodie friend to the blogging community!)

My name is Guðmundur Birkir Pálmason and I live in Stockholm Sweden. I have been studying chiropractic DC for 3 years and will graduate in 2011.

My love for food began at an early age and my first memory in the kitchen is when I was 8 years old making pancakes for the whole family. I was a lucky boy growing up because I was surrounded by great cooks, like both my grandmothers and my mother who was a homemaker and I always consider myself very lucky having her at home with the dinner ready every day. My mom would always try new things in the kitchen and i think I got that from her because I rarely make the same dish twice.

When I was eighteen I began writing down all the recipes from my family and I decided then that I would one day publish a cookbook with all the classics from my family. As time went on I began making my own recipes and that's how this food blog started. I am still working on my cookbook which will be published in Iceland this year. The food blog is about easy recipes rich in flavor and passion. I have a lot of passion for good food and I hope that shows in my recipes. I believe that anyone can cook if they simply take the time.

Icelandic Oatmeal & Blueberry Pie

This is an old Icelandic classic called "Hjónabandssæla" which means "happy marriage". I do not know if this is the secret of a happy marriage but it sure is tasty...:)


  • 200g butter, room temperature
  • 170g oatmeal
  • 170g plain flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1tsp bicarbonate
  • blueberry jam

  1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C (~400 F)
  2. Add the butter, oatmeal, flour, sugar and bicarbonate into a large bowl and work together with your hands…..or you can add all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until you get a fine sandy textured dough.
  3. Take 2/3 of the dough and push into a buttered cake dish with your hands.
  4. Spread the blueberry jam over and then just sprinkle the rest of the dough over the jam.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes in the middle shelf.

Minced Beef Burgers in a Brown Sauce

This is a recipe my mom used to make and always takes me back to my childhood. Good and wholesome home cooking is the best.


  • 1 kg minced meat, (beef 10%)
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 slices of bread
  • 1 egg
  • 2dl milk
  • 2 tsp all round spice
  • salt and pepper
  • 300ml beef stock
  • 1dl simple cream
  • flour to dust


  1. Put the bread in a food processor and pulse until you have fine crumbs. Put the breadcrumbs in a bowl and add the milk and egg. Mix well together.
  2. Add the minced meat and all round spice to the bowl and mix well with your hands. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Make 9 – 10 burgers and set them aside. Add the sliced onion and a drizzle of olive oil to a hot pan and fry them until brown. Then remove the onion from the pan and set aside.
  4. Dust the beef burgers in some flour , the flour will thicken the sauce and give the burgers a nice texture. Fry them in a little butter on both sides on a hot pan.
  5. Add the onion back to the pan and then add the stock. Let simmer for 3 minutes. Add the cream to the sauce and stir.

Serve with some boiled potatoes.

Now you want to go to Iceland don't you!!

photo from travel advisor

and the sweet Gera of Sweet Foods gave me an award, you are to mention 10 things about yourself- 1. love coffee 2. love bread making 3. travel addict 4. adore my hubby and little daughter and family 5 . I am a Brit 6. Short! 7. hyper at times! 8. determined 9. love blogging 10. a good friend, feel free to ask away, I want to share it with you all Love Rebecca
Food Blog Award Happy 101: Interviewed and Awarded x 2 in Different Ways

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  1. That is a gorgeous pie! I am so going to make this! Thanks for the great post. Although the puffin thing kinda gags me a bit.

  2. Icelandic Chef- these dishes look and sound greakin great!

    Did I read smoked puffin, I am going to have to research that!

  3. mmm great pie. I actually have been to iceland. I had an 8 hr layover on my way to Denmark, and another one on the way back. The hot springs were amazing although we had to fly back to the states wet. I loved Iceland and it is so amazingly beuatiful.

  4. Awesome guest post! I've never been to Iceland but after seeing these recipes you are right - I need to go. Immediately.

  5. Wow! Icelandic Chef - these look great! I definitely want to go to Iceland :D

  6. The cranberry pie looks marvellous! Cool guest post!

  7. i love the blueberry pie... the recipe is just fantastic, as well as the pictures! i'm so glad to meet this icelandig chef!

  8. Such an interesting post! the pie looks divine!

  9. great looking pie - and an icelander in Sweden - it must feel like summer to you...

  10. Hi Rebecca, I am blushing :)

    Thanks for your wonderful words and thank you everyone for checking out my blog.

    I like that you mentioned smoked puffin and lamb but your most treasured delicacy is rotten shark!! That´s something everyone has to try when they visit Iceland. I have some in the freezer for when we have guests from Sweden.

    Check out this video about Iceland. Gordon Ramsay goes to Iceland and hunts´s really interesting.

    Thanks again

    Gudmundur Palmason

  11. Thanks for introducing us to all these new bloggers! Definitely getting me out of my comfort zone. Smoked puffin - my kids think a puffin is a type of cereal, so that would blow their mind ;).

  12. HI Everyone I knew you would love this blog, he's very talented, going to check out the you tube clip I will add to my blog later

    love to you all thanks again Guomundur


  13. love the beef recipe... never thought about iceland food before!

  14. Oh my god, those burgers are to die for (I really havent a sweet tooth but the pie looks great too). Thank you so much for introducing us to your cuisine and to Rebecca for putting it on the spotlight. Certainly worth trying

  15. Love the oatmeal and blueberry pie. A perfect dessert for Nova Scotia!

  16. Iceland has some great natural resources. It is only fitting that it should have its own cuisine!

  17. Rebecca,
    Thanks for introducing us to another interesting blogger. the recipes look terrific.
    congrats on the award.

  18. Delicious! And that photo of Iceland.. I do want to go! (you know, in the summer.. ;-)

  19. Wow..these look too good..As you aid maybe I should visit Iceland too :-)Thanks for sharing !

  20. Guomundur,

    I've been reading your blog for a while now...your cheesecake recipe was very successful when I tried it!

    Good to see you out and about.

  21. thanks for stopping by all have a great weekend love Rebecca

  22. Congrats on the award, Rebecca!

    Icelandic Chef: Wow! Everything is stunning!

  23. What a delicious pie, blueberries and oatmeal never looked so good. Beautiful shot of Iceland, yes I want to go!

  24. Fabulous pie and looks so perfect!

  25. I've been wanting to go to Iceland for a long time! We often get interesting promotions and I never got around to go ahead and buy one. Love the food of our Icelandic Chef - and the picture of his cold country!

  26. Oh my, such a gorgeous photo(bottom)! And both the recipes looks awesome as well. Thanks for sharing, Chef!

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