In 1925, master carpenter Thor Bjørklund invented the ostehøvel. The ostehøvel is world famous (in Norway) and Norwegians think themselves quite clever for introducing such an ingenious device to the world (meaning Norway).
@thor I remember as recently as the 80's of was impossible to find one of those in France. These days you can find them though
@loke In Norway, people just assume the whole world uses them, since how the fuck else would you make thin slices of cheese? In other countries, especially the United States, they have the guy behind the counter at the deli slice it for them, using some kind of machine, presumably. I mean, I don’t think you can cut thin slices line that with one of those cheese cutting strings.
@thor I think that's why they have cheese in a spray can over there.
Don't belive me? Look at this. And sorry for scaring you. https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Cheese-American-Snack-Ounce/dp/B00IO2GM8U
@loke Yeah, I’m aware of that. America has everything in a can though. I’m sure you can even find canned bread lol
@thor I think we've had them in Sweden since they were invented. I agree that life without them must be quite the struggle
@loke You have macka and we have smørbrød. The slices need to be kinda kinda unevenly thick or it just isn’t a proper open-ended sandwich, is it...
@loke ...and the bread should ideally be sliced right before you make it, and of course at the wrong angle so the slice of bread is uneven in thickness too...
@loke ...and then there is of course the special grip around the skorpa...
@thor of course. Over here, when I buy bread, they keep asking me if I want it sliced. Very annoying.
@loke Where are you at currently?
@thor I'm in Singapore.
@loke Be glad there is cheese at all.
@thor well, that would be slang, for some reason I never liked that word and I use the more formal smörgås.
@loke It’s always like that with Norwegian words in Swedish. You always have them a slang or dialect words. It’s almost as if it’s intentional...
@thor actually I was referring to the Swedish word. I don't think we ever refer to the Norwegian one unless we specifically want to say it's a Norwegian style
@loke I thought you said smörbröd was slang in Swedish
@thor not that I know of
But now I need to check SAOB.
Apparently it has been used, but the example is from the 1700's: https://www.saob.se/artikel/?seek=sm%C3%B6rbr%C3%B6d&pz=2#U_S7809_64792
@loke Then what slang were you referring to then?
@thor the Swedish word macka.
@loke Every Swede I’ve met seems to like to call it macka, so much so that I wasn’t even aware it was slang. Just thought it was, uh, “kökspråk”, like, very everyday informal language.
@thor yeah, that's what it is. I don't think you'll find it in formal text though.
@cy Yeah, I assumed it would be a meat slicer. We just like to do it at home. Gives better control of the thickness too. You vary the angle of the slicer.
@loke @thor Oh it’s possible. There’s no gravity assist or leverage though. You just have to brace the grater against the counter in one hand, while pushing the block of cheese against it with the other, and also sliding it downward. It might have actually not been torture, if they didn’t make sure the slicers always have to be facing sideways, never upwards or downwards. Also… melted cheese… 🤢
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