Across the North Atlantic with Spinach Artichoke dip.

Elizabeth Pierce
Dr. Elizabeth Pierce at Calanais, Isle of Lewis.

Dr. Elizabeth Pierce takes time from her hectic summer schedule to talk with us about her research into the Medieval period of the North Atlantic and her work as a lecturer.

In the first part of the interview, she takes us to Greenland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands as we discuss her dissertation research. Elizabeth was examining the differences of Norse culture at the periphery. It is a fascinating talk about the cultural diversity across the North Atlantic.

A picture of the stones from the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney.


Next, she talks about her work as a lecturer aboard cruise ships. We’ve all heard about this excellent job. I always thought it was a fairy tale told to us in graduate school, but it’s true. Unlike unicorns, this position does exist, and Elizabeth has one! All kidding aside, Elizabeth works hard at bringing history alive for the folks aboard these ships. It’s a great story as she talks about her visit to Greenland.

Hvalsey church from southwestern Greenland.
The grave site where the Franklin expedition overwintered the first year at Beechey Island in Nunavut, Canada.

Finally, Elizbeth parts with her treasured spinach and artichoke dip. Apparently, this dip has made its way across most of the North Atlantic. I’ll be sure to make here in Norway!

The week’s recipe:

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
¼ C. mayonnaise
1 C. grated parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
½ C. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl in order listed. Put in an oven-safe dish and bake in a 350 degree oven until hot.

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