It’s true. I’ve mentioned this fantastic tasting, beauty of a cheese (that can’t actually be advertised as cheese to foreigners, because it doesn’t look like any cheese you have previously tasted nor seen) that come from the mother country of Norway. It was actually invented in Gudbrandsdalen and therefore carries the name Gudbrandsdal’s Cheese. This year (last Monday actually) this brown/red cheese is 150 years old (we make new every year, most days probably. You don’t actually have to eat a 150 year old piece of cheese, that would be a little off, seriously!) and we are celebrating massively (not). I am celebrating while I am in Norway, because I have endless supplies. Yum.
And it seems I am not the only one enjoying this local delicacy, because last year Tine (the cheese and milk factory) sold 7.7 million brown cheeses (that’s a massive 3.3 million kilos of cheese) to the Norwegian people. Most of them live in Gudbrandsdalen so we must be quite patriotic. If you’re getting seriously concerned that you will never taste this amazing cheese because you’re not Norwegian, don’t you worry too much. It’s also exported to Sweden, Denmark, US, Germany, Canada, Russia and Australia. Quite frankly I have never seen any brown cheese in Australia. If you have, can you let me know where? I am not sure how happy the border security is about about me having packages of cheese sent to me on a semi-regular basis.
But, as if having brown cheese on it’s own wasn’t enough (you would usually eat in on freshly baked bread or on lappe though, not on it’s on) on Monday I found, wait for it, waiiiit for iiiiiit, Chocolate with Brown Cheese in it. Oh Em Ghee. My two favourite things at once (no, that’s not true, but when in Norway..) all mixed up to one delicious piece of deliciousness. M-m-mmmmm! I found it in Geiranger in a little place called Fjordnær, where they hand make all their chocolate. You also find other mixes such as Aquevit, Olives and Sea Salt, Strawberries and so on. It wasn’t really that hard to choose, brown cheese it was. Not a bad choice I would have to say, not bad at all!
I am sure the brown cheese chocolate taste better on the top of a Norwegian mountain or at a Norwegian summer farm (seter) next to the fireplace (where I had it, no complaints from me) or in the afternoon after skiing all day in a Norwegian winter. But hey, it might just taste mighty fine on the beach in Mexico (bring in a cooler), after a safari in Kenya or as a quick snack during a shopping spree in New York too. All I am really trying to say here is; Brown Cheese Chocolate is superb. In my personal opinion of course.
So, next time you are in Norway make sure you grab yourself some chocolate with added brown cheese (or if you can’t find, Norwegian milk chocolate is just fine too) and go find a mountain and climb it before you eat it (you know as well as me you need to earn it first!) and enjoy! And as for today, since you don’t really have access to brown cheese chocolate, why don’t you go and earn it anyway? What’s up for your Something today??
Have a fantastic day no matter what it will bring of physical activity 🙂