Eating around the world – Greenland

We had a break last week due to being on our jollies, but back this week with this Greenlandic style slop soup. I’ve really sold it to you, right?? It wasn’t too bad, the boys willingly ate over half of it.  It seems a lot of reindeer and whale blubber feature in Greenlandic cuisine.  I remember watching a documentary years ago where Inuits would kill a seal then wrap it up and store it under their house whilst it ferments, this is extreme feasting. Evidently we have no whale blubber, seal or even easily accessible reindeer meat in the UK,  I can’t even begin to imagine the scandal of eating seal in this country, just look at what happened with the horsemeat! So there were a few adjustments to this traditional dish and I also cooked it in the slow cooker.


  • 500g diced beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5-6 dried (porcini) mushrooms, rehydrated in boiling water then finely chopped
  • 1 carrot finely diced
  • 100 ml pearl barley
  • 2 litre water
  • 2tsp vegetable boullion
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • 50g chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • A few sprigs of  thyme

In a saucepan fry beef in a little oil until browned. Then add onions for 5mins, chuck in all other ingredients and bring to a boil. Tip into a slow cooker and cook on low for 7hours.  We served it with various bread items out of the freezer as at the time the damn thing was failing.
Kalaallit Kaagiat
For dessert we made Kalaallit Kaagiat (no idea how it’s pronounced). It’s a sort of bready cake.  I followed this recipe, it was quite quick to make due to a huge amount of yeast and surprisingly I stuck to the recipe, for once. The Fireman decided he didn’t like it before i’d even managed to slice it, but soon changed his mind and ate two slices.
Polar scene painting
I prepared a splatter painting craft thing, which didn’t really work.  The Farmer had a go anyway, it creates mess so he liked it. The Fireman was very tired so we sat around the computor and watched some brilliant BBC video clips on polar bears, they liked the cubs.

The Farmer has chosen Canada for next week, which reminds me, happy (belated) Canada Day to all you Canadians, oh and any recipes suggestions very welcome 😉