Greenland: Kalaalit Kaagiat

When I researched Greenlandic recipes I learned a lot about the country’s cuisine. Unfortunetly the ingredients that are commonly available in Greenland are near to impossible to find where I live- like seal or whale.

When I choose a recipe, it not only needs to have ingredients that I can find but it needs to be something that my family will eat. I am all for expanding their culinary horizons, but I know I would have had a hard time eating a stew made from seal fat and meat.

Luckily for us there is Greenlandic Coffee Cake or “Kalaalit Kaagiat” and Greenlandic Coffee!

Kalaalit Kaagiat

This is a cross between bread and cake. It isn’t sweet enough to be dessert but not savory enough to be anything else. We really enjoyed eating the Greenlandic cake after dinner or for breakfast with a touch of butter.

You can find the recipe I followed here.

I really enjoyed it, especially with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Greenlandic Coffee

Greenlandic coffee is similar to the world famous Irish coffee but this one packs more of a punch. This drink is designed to warm you up on those frigid arctic nights, both with the hot coffee and with the strong spirits.


  • 5 parts coffee
  • 1 part Grand Marnier
  • 1 part Whiskey
  • 1 park Kahlua
  • Whipped topping


Combine the coffee, whiskey and kahlua. Then set the grand marnier alight before pouring it into the drink. Finish it off with whipped topping and enjoy!

This drink is a real kick in the pants, and it would keep me warm in the coldest of places for sure!

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