Home food is what we love, in Italy or even here in Greenland. If you ask where we had our best meal in Greenland, I will tell you this dinner chez Sofie Kielsen is certainly in the top-3. In Qaqortoq you can book via Saga Lands a food experience at the homes of locals who like to cook for guests like us. In our case we are invited at the house of the very nimble 76-year-old Sofie Kielsen who darts around in her kitchen like a true professional. Sofie has her own garden where she grows everything which can grow in the South of Greenland. She digs up some new potatoes to boil them for our dinner. Simple and easy. Veggies this fresh and good do not need experiential treatments. Sofie also smokes her own fish in a self-made smoker at the end of her garden with views over the bay of Qaqortoq where icebergs are looming in the distance. The last rays of sun poor into Sofieâ€™s home, lighting up her kitchen table where she is doing some magic with some Greenlandic ingredients. A dash (or three) of garlic, some fresh herbs, a glorious tzaziki dressing to go with the salmon trout,â€¦
Sofie is by far not the only local with an own vegetable garden. We also meet Rosa HÃ¸egh who started 40 years ago with gardening as a hobby and since she retired has expanded her garden into a lush green zone where everything, from strawberries to carrots, grows and blooms. Or Poul Bjerge, 85 years old and the former manager of Upernaviarsuk, who is now retired. Gardening keeps this Dane fit and active. Being outside in the Arctic air moves all senses, we notice. Plus the fact you can come back inside in the warmth of Greenlandic houses with your own grown veggies, shows that this island is ready for a new and greener future.