One of my fondest memories of Norway is lomper and gudbrandsdalsost cheese. Lomper is best described as a potato tortilla. It’s great wrapped around a hot dog but if you’re vegetarian you can treat it the way you treat a tortilla, pita, etc. Gudbrandalsost is a sweet brown cheese. I swear I gained 10lbs during my 2 month Norwegian stay because I was hooked on lomper not to mention smoked salmon, lingonberry jam, sausages, Norwegian waffles, and Norwegian pancakes. Unfortunately I can’t get lomper and gudbrandsdalsost where I live. I found a recipe for lomper but failed. All I have now are memories and the occasional google image.
Now why was I in Norway fattening myself up with their good food? I found an internship with the Norwegian Emigrant Museum. I wrote the museum stating my love for Norwegian-American stars and to my surprise, the museum had just inherited a Greta Nissen collection including photos, newspaper/magazine clippings, paintings, and letters. I was offered to create a database. Who is Greta Nissen? Well she was a well-known actress during the silent era. She was set to star in Howard Hughes Hell’s Angels (referenced in the film, The Aviator) but since it was to be redone as a talkie, the part went to Jean Harlow. Unfortunately in the annals of film history, this is Nissen’s most famous role, a role that was not to be.
My biggest regret from my Norway sejour was not visiting the Sonja Henie Museum. Sonja Henie, the Olympian ice-skater was top-box office in the 30s. She, along with Tai Babilonia and Katarina Witt, is one reason I enjoy ice-skating. I can’t think of a bigger Norwegian Hollywood star. I also thank her because she along with Betty Grable, Alice Faye, John Payne, Don Ameche (I saw him in real life when he filmed a movie in my hometown), and Carmen Miranda were the ones who introduced me to classic films.