It’s cold up here…

85% of this island is covered in ICE! Legend has it, that when Greenland and Iceland were mapped, the cartographers accidentally switched the intended names to the wrong islands; therefore, Greenland (mostly ice) is named for Iceland, and Iceland (mostly green) was named for Greenland… Sounds plausible.

Greenland is geographically part of North America, but culturally and politically associated with Denmark, Norway, and Iceland in Europe.  The main language is an Eskimo-Aleut language called Kalaallisut.  Read about it- it’s interesting!

Without further ado- I give you Suaasat (a barley soup)


  • 2 1/4 lbs of meat (seal, musk ox, or reindeer if you live in Greenland; beef if you’re me) diced small.
  • 8 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of barley
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 cup minced baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large russet potatoes diced small
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 tsp chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1/4 cup chopped dehydrated berries ( I used crasins)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Soak the barley in the water overnight
  2. Pour the water into a large pot (set barley aside in the strainer) and add the meat (uncooked) veggies, mushrooms, herbs, salt, and pepper and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about an hour on medium-low heat
  3. Add the barley, and check flavor for more seasoning, then simmer until soup thickens a bit (about 30 more minutes).
  4. Serve with homemade bread


And there you have it! Easy-Peasy.

We didn’t make a vegetarian version for Racheal, (sorry, kid) but when I first added the ingredients to the pot, the smell of the sage and thyme were so overwhelming, that she was kind of glad that she wasn’t getting any!  Fortunately for us, once the ingredients started really cooking together and marrying, the smell made me think of cold winter nights with amazing stew!  The flavor did NOT disappoint! We hardly had ANY left over, and more than one child got a second bowl.  There is a store in my town named “The Store” which sells odd (to me) meats, so I was thinking about maybe trying some of these recipes with the meats they’re supposed to be made with- I wonder what muskox tastes like?


Thanks for shivering through another meal with me!  This coming week, I plan to stick to my roots a bit.  We’re going to be having a dish from 3 different countries that my and my hubby’s ancestors came from… tomorrow- Germany!

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