When the last ice age finally backed off ten thousand years ago, the human population were more than happy to wave goodbye to snow and ice. But of course there were freaks in the Stone Age, too.
The first Norwegians were the ones who actually followed the glaciers back north. That’s right. These anomalities became ancestors to the modern Norwegians, and the gene for madness is what separates Norwegians from others, even today.
Let’s begin this by explaining a typical Norwegian eating habit.
Do you think it’s barbaric to eat with your fingers? Norwegians too. Unless the food has been wrapped in paper first.
From kindergarten and all the way through school, Norwegian kids are equipped with a matpakke from their parents. The matpakke is also common in public offices (where the cafeteria is a tragedy anyway) on universities and of course; on tur (hiking).
The food is supposed to be wrapped in paper, despite the fact that the matpakke always is squeezed and smashed to pieces by the time you’re supposed to eat it. It doesn’t seem to bother Norwegians much. They will wrap it in paper next time as well.
Brødskive. A matpakke consists of at least one slice of bread, but usually two or three.
Pålegg. In theory you can put anything on the bread. But not too fancy stuff. Salami is ok, pastrami is not. It depends on how long Norwegians have been aware of it. As long as it has been in use since the World War two, it’s ok.
1. Spread the butter on the slice of bread. Make sure that the butter fills every little hole.
Fig. 1 Precision
Rip off a piece of paper. Place the slices of bread in the centre.
Fig 5 Voila
Here you go. A perfect matpakke for a perfect lunch.
Text and photos: Tor Kjolberg