Guess what can you find on the Norwegian breakfast table other than a super cup of coffee along with a bunch of delicious foods?
Smoked Salmon Egg Omelette (above)
Oh, no - FISH again. Yes, You can find fish in sauces and marinades. Like sardines in tomato sauce; mustard sauce; oil and spices and herbal wine sauces.
What will they think of next? Oh, don't worry, they don't have to do the next - they already did...
You must be kidding, smoked salmon (we call it røkt laks), for breakfast? And you probably gathered already that eggs go very well with smoked salmon.
Open Face Smoked Salmon Sandwich
Yes, and ansjos, that is whole brisling in wine and herb sauce.
More fish? Yes, you can find cocktail biter (bite-size brisling fillets) in wine and spices, pickled herring (sursild), smoked sild, smoked white fish; caviar (kaviar), shrimp, crab meat and smoked eel, the list is almost endless.
Sliced (sliced is important) hard boiled eggs must accompany cocktail biter, u know (that is tiny sild fillets in various herbal wine sauces) - if you are real Norsk, that is. Might be strange to you, but I like Norwegian kaviar with sliced hard boiled eggs, (and kaviar is the correct spelling in Norway)... Delish.
Oh, by the way, many Germans visit Norway every year, I think they like our fish and blueberries, not together, and of course, our beautiful nature too. Brag-Brag I bet they like fish for breakfast? Nicht war?
Good coffee is super important to most Norwegians, especially me, and not just for breakfast. They drink coffee through-out the day, but never with dinner.
Coffee must be served after dinner in the living room - sometimes with dessert. The dessert is cake, never pudding. Dessert pudding is sometimes served after dinner at the dinner table. The coffee has to be FRESHLY brewed, otherwise the Vikings will wrinkle their noses at it.
This is how you say: "Would you like a cup of coffee?", "Vil du ha en kopp kaffe?" or you might say: "Vil du ha en kaffe tår??"; "Would you like to have a drop of coffee?" But a drop of coffee is not quite enough, is it?
More Norwegian Breakfast chat... you can have eggs cooked to order and bacon (røkt flesk also called bacon in Norwegian), but it is not common. They usually do not eat fried bacon for breakfast, but for dinner they do.
Usually the "bacon" is not smoked and is called flesk, as far as I am concerned that's even better.
It is more common to have one soft boiled egg and it has to be served in a proper egg glass with the correct, very tiny spoon that does not discolor. Silver spoons are never used for soft boiled eggs because the egg will make the silver a dark and an unappetizing color and it will also taste strange. I've tried it.
So, you would like fried potatoes early in the morning? Ja, "dat" would be a problem. Absolutely not in Norway! On the other hand, if you would like potatoes for dinner, you are definitely always in luck. Can't have dinner in that country without potatoes, "u no".
How about pancakes or waffles for breakfast? Nope - no chance and dry cereals are not that popular for breakfast either. They serve Norwegian waffles/Norske vaffler as a dessert with syltetøy, that is jam, usually crushed fresh berries with a little sugar or with thinly sliced brunost. Yummy.
And would you believe, pannekaker is served as dinner with tons of blueberry jam,(fried bacon) flesk og poteter - there I said it again - potatoes. YUP
These weird, but very nice, unbelievable Vikings eat tomatoes, sliced fresh cucumbers (the English kind), fresh sweet, red or green peppers, pickled beets and sweet pickles and other strange things for breakfast. And how about a little sursild to go along with all that? "Oh Ja, dat pickled herring would be good.
Yup, and of course, you'll find delicious jams and jellies (syltetøy) on the Norwegian breakfast table along with yummy breads of all kinds. I especially like the awesome whole grain breads you can find in any grocery store. You can't even buy the soft white breads that are so common in the U.S.A.
Have you heard that you'll find all kinds of scrumptious cheeses at the Norwegian breakfast table? This thing never ends, does it?
Lean and delicious Jarlsberg Cheese (left)
For sure you will find brunost (brown cheese,) kvitost (white cheese) and gulost (yellow cheese).
There are a variety of white cheeses - Norwegian Jarlsberg cheese, for example, is a lean cheese with lots of flavor. You might call it a Norwegian Swiss cheese, and if you live in the U.S. you'll find it at Sam's Club.
But there are other white cheeses, such as Norwegia, Gouda, Nøkkelost, Pultost, to mention a few.
Also, there are sweet, brown cheeses, as well. Some are made of goat's milk, others are made of cow's milk. In Norway, we call all the brown cheeses "brunost", it is kind of a generic name for them all, but there are many different kinds of brunost.Brunost Sandwich
In addition, you will find a number of cream cheeses. Some of them are made with shrimp, crab meat and some are made with herbs. - Yum.
Kremost med Urter
Cream cheese with herbs
Your Norwegian hostess might even shock you with extremely "aromatic" Gammelost. By the way, that was my grandma's favorite cheese. When she visited us, she brought it with her in a well-wrapped and tucked in an airtight container. (I wondered why?) stink - stink. I couldn't believe that anyone could eat it.
Don't tell my mom - this is a family secret... when I was a little girl, I searched for worms in grandma's cheese, though I never found any.
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I could tell you more about Norwegian cheese, but I am running out of space here. But why not hop over to Norway for breakfast and you will attend a Breakfast Taste-O-Rama - actually a Breakfast Smorgasbord.
So you think these Norwegians Vikings are a strange bunch, right? I agree with you and I am one of them.
Better come hungry to the Norwegian breakfast table, cause you'll find, oh yeah, delicious servelat, salami, mor, sylteflesk, farerull, rokt skinke, fenalar - that is sandwich meats of all denominations.
They might treat you to sausage made from lamb called fårepølse, which is fantastically yummy; thinly sliced Norsk skinke), syltaflesk, mør, lammerull and more. What else could you possibly want anyway?
Doesn't it seem that "the Norskes" have their lunch for breakfast? He-he
"What about LUTEFISK"??? No, now you are going too far, you will not find lutefisk at the Norwegian breakfast table, but you might find lefse and småbrød.
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