Pristine Travel Destination

In 2007, National Geographic conducted a survey of 111 island communities throughout the world. The Faroe Islands ranked as the most unspoiled island destination on the planet.

I remember reading about this on board of a flight with Atlantic Airways, while heading for the Faroes in May 2008. I was reminded once again about its pristine condition while reading this article Tread carefully on the pristine landscape of the Faroe Islands on metronews.

The article also mentioned the town of Gjógv, 67 kms from the capital of Tórshavn. In Gjógv, traditional dishes, such as the ones made with pilot whale meat, will soon be history.

A bit of Faroese paradise in Gjógv

The Faroe Islands, only accessible by plane or ship, are the most untouched destination I have ever been to. 75,000 sheep grace the islands compared to a population of about 50,000 Faroese.

The capital city of Tórshavn around 8:30 p.m. in May

For more about life on the islands, I also conducted an interview with my longtime Faroese friend, Mariann, before my trip.

To see the complete list of destinations rated by National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations, which conducted this fourth annual Destination Scorecard survey (aided by George Washington University), visit National Geographic.

Homemade Faroese Dish – Hassel bakaði eplir

During our stay on the Faroe Islands, my friend Mariann prepared a homemade Faroese potato dish called Hassel bakaði eplir. She believes it is originally a Danish recipe with the name Hasselback-kartofler.

Down here in Germany we basically live on potatoes, so this dish makes a nice variation to the many other regular potato dishes we already now…

Ingredients:

* potatoes

* paprika seasoning

Instructions:

*Preheat oven to 170C°

*Peel potatoes and cut them – like a grid –  but don’t cut all the way through the potato, so the potato bottom still stays together.
*Add some liquid butter or oil with a brush and season with paprika powder.
*Put in the oven for 45 min. at 170 C.°

Tip: Take only big potatoes as their unfolding weight will keep them open and this helps to bake them evenly.

Hassel bakaði eplir or French fries the old-fashioned way

Hassel bakaði eplir or French fries, the old-fashioned way

They can be served with meat and gravy and they are more pleasing to the eye than regular cooked potatoes!

House for Sale in Skála on the Faroe Islands

Just a few months ago my daughter and I had visited my good friend Mariann in Skála. Now she has just informed me that she has put up her house for sale. I guess it is time to move to the happening place, namely Denmark, again.

We had spent four days at Mariann’s place and my daughter and I loved the house. All, but the bathroom, have been completely redone and it is a nice and welcoming house. There is a supermarket in walking distance and the school is right across the street.

Strange to think this house will change hands and title soon.

Home for Sale

If you are thinking about getting a house on the Faroe Islands, then take a look at its location and interior:

then click on Eysturoy, then click on Skála, then on Vis úrslit for Sethús: Skálavegur 235, 480 Skála


Enjoy taking a pictorial stroll through a beautiful Faroese home.

19 July 2014 edit: the house is no longer on the market

Homemade Faroese Dish with leverpostej

On my flight to the Faroe Islands, I read in the Atlantic Airways magazine how many young Faroese chefs return from their vocational training on the continent with all kinds of knowledge about continental cooking, but, of course, with hardly any emphasis on their local cuisine.

While I was staying with a friend on the Faroes, she gave me two jars of Leverpostej and the following liver pâté recipe to take back to Germany.

Ingredients:

– two jars of liverwurst (one jar at 180 gr net weight)
– a topping of finely cut onions, mushrooms, bacon bits, and apples; sautéed in a pan
– a small bake-proof dish (about 20 cm in diameter)

ingredients for leverpostej

before and…

Instruction:

– preheat oven to 170 C
– place liverwurst into the bake-proof dish
– add sautéed topping and put into the oven for 20 minutes
– serve with potatoes or bread

leverpostej

and now ready to eat

Thanks, Mariann, for sharing this wonderful recipe!

Honoring Faroese banknotes in Denmark

Before leaving for my trip to the Faroe Islands, I bought 700 Danish Kroner (DKK) from our local bank here in Oberursel/Germany.

On our way back to Germany, we had another four-hour layover in Copenhagen/Denmark and still some money leftover to spend.

At World of Delight, a fine food shop at the airport, I bought a bottle of Ice tea and tried to use one of the banknotes I had been given as change on the Faroes. The clerk refused to take it by telling me: “It is no longer good. Please go to the bank.”

Having more than enough spare time on my hands, I went to the bank and inquired about it. The bank clerk was very eager to take the note out of my hand… I actually had to pull the money out of his hands again. Anyway, up until then I had not realized that the Faroes have their own banknotes. Since it was only a 50 Faroese DKK banknote (about 7 Euro), I decided to keep it as a souvenir. Had the World of Delight sales clerk accepted it (which he was supposed to by law), I would have never realized the Faroese carry their own DKK banknote.

From banknotes.com I learnt one 50 Faroese DKK banknote – like the one I have – is being offered for sale at $ 25.–

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