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Published November 5, 2009

Icelandic lamb shanks are a hit, and most Icelanders think domestic produce growers should get a utilities rebate.
Sheryl Julian, writing for the Boston Globe, recently posted a recipe featuring Icelandic lamb shanks. They are apparently available at Whole Foods in the US, and will be in season for the next month. Although Julian normally prefers to buy domestic lamb, she decided to give the Icelandic shanks a go, and found she was “pleasantly surprised” by how much she liked them. While she braised them in white wine with beans, this reporter personally prefers to sear them in a very hot pan, just enough to brown them, and then wrap them in foil with a few splashes of soy sauce before baking them. Lamb shanks in Iceland are also pretty inexpensive, and can be found in the frozen foods section of most major supermarkets.
In other news, a recent poll conducted by Vísir shows that 84.4% of respondents believe Icelandic produce growers should receive the same utilities rebate that heavy industry receives. Most Icelandic produce is grown in greenhouses, which requires a great deal of electricity to operate. Meanwhile, heavy industries such as aluminum smelters – themselves owned by foreign corporations – enjoy a rebate in electricity costs. Many Icelanders have argued that domestic industries that directly benefit the people should receive such rebates, too. Protests held in front of parliament this week, in which fresh vegetables were given to MPs, emphasized this point.


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