Happy Feast of Saint Thorlacius.
It is the reason for the season, the excuse for all Manly Men, and Women, to go somewhere suitable (like the garage, your uncle’s house, or a restaurant desperate enough to put up with the smell and serve the stuff) and eat the food traditional to this Eve of of the Day of the Advent of Yule.
Þorlákur, is the patron saint of Iceland, in what is a truly novel game of Thor’s – to have one of his own be the patron Saint.
His feast has been celebrated on this day for 809 years, by law.
Tindaskata – from fauna.is
Copyright Jón Baldur Hlíðberg, www.fauna.is.
If you like funky fish, fowl or plants, www.fauna.is has the most comprehensive and gorgeous set of pictures, drawings and plates of the wildlife of Iceland.
In celebration of this day, leading into the festive season, the obscure custom of eating cured skate has spread – since skate is poisonous fresh, it has to decompose sligtly first, and is then eaten, either lightly salted or strongly salted, and rotten.
With potatos, and butter, or molten lambs fat with crispy bits of abdominal membranes.
You only eat the wings! That is important.
I can’t find skate for sale on the web.
It has to be hand carried to the US, past airport security and customs (Iceland’s airport security knows the hazard of skate – imaging if the jar broke open in mid-flight! Even diverting to Greenland or Halifax could take 2-3 hours…