On Fridays, we take turns at the Math Center either bringing in cake or making waffles. Today it was waffles... mmmm... I love when it's waffle day. There are two favorite ways to dress up waffles: with sour cream and strawberry jam, or brun ost and raspberry jam. I must say, sour cream and jam is shockingly good. Eating them with brun ost is, well, I suppose we should call it another authentic Norwegian experience!
Brun ost literally means brown cheese. While it is eaten in some parts of Sweden, it is otherwise unique to Norway. It's made from boiling down the whey leftover from cheese production until the sugars turn into caramel. This residue is then blended with cream until it congeals into a fatty brown block of a somewhat disgusting but strangely compelling "food." I don't really like it, but I find myself drawn to it nonetheless. I haven't turned it down the last few times it's been offered, behavior I find a little bit disturbing.
(pic from www.bakers.no)