Cheese, Wine and My Valentine

Gjetost/Brunost (Norwegian Brown Cheese). It’s the one that tastes like salted caramel.

Playing around with the camera settings in very low light: the pic above is at ISO 800, the one below is at ISO 100.

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Photographer: Bee
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: TS-E 90mm f/2.8
Shutter speed: 30 sec
ISO Speed: 100
F-stop: f/16

DEADLINE: Feb 28, 2009

More about GJETOST

Gjestost is our entry for La FĂȘte du Fromage @ Chez Loulou.

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  1. deeba says:

    One day I shall be able to figure out this ISO business…it fascinates me no end! Beautiful pictures!!

  2. Shillu says:

    Jai & Bee : Love the new avtaar of Jugalbandi. Very creative pics & beautiful settings. After looking at the pics – I want to taste this cheese now.

  3. Nirmala says:

    Wow! Thats absolutely fabulous! Love the second pic more!

  4. Linda says:

    Gjetost is my cousin’s favorite cheese, and while we’ve explored many other varieties together this is one I haven’t been able to sink my teeth into. I’m not prejudiced! It’s just that to me, caramel belongs on ice cream not in cheese. Kind of like chocolate and raspberry. I can’t wrap my brain around it. Who knows… maybe I’m missing something wonderful.

    I *love* the first pic. And I want to know if that’s an old pattern glass candlestick :)

    that’s crystal from the czech republic.

  5. WIJG says:

    Really enjoy the new site layout guys. The pictures do the cheese justice. It is a unique, yet gratifying taste. Enjoyed in smaller portions.

  6. Raaga says:

    I remember this from the AFAM Pears last year :)

  7. Happy Cook says:

    I have never had cheese like this.

  8. Asha says:

    I like the low light pic better, you can see the cheese in natural color. Brown cheese, must be tasty! :)

  9. Mamatha says:

    I tried this cheese after I saw it here last year and it truly was love at first bite. I can’t decide which picture I like better, but the first one has a certain quaintness to it.

  10. Deb says:

    Enjoyed both photos for different reasons. My eyes are drawn to the candle flame in the top photo but then are drawn back down into the semicircle comprising the bottom third of your composition. Very subtly done.

    In the second photo I really appreciate the reflected light of the candle. It will sound odd but that reflected flame seems to warm even the cheese that is close by.

    Both remind me of Dutch Master paintings – very appropos with the cheese featured. Nicely thought out. You not only have good equipment but a good grasp of how to use it to best effect and a wonderful eye for composition. Thanks for sharing!

    Such lovely crystal you have

  11. Ricki says:

    Gorgeous photos (as always). I’ve never heard of this cheese, but it sounds fascinating. I’ll have to look for it next time I’m at the market. :)

  12. Manasi says:

    Sweet n Salty Cheese !Sounds yum!
    The crystal is beeeyyoooooooootiful! U guys are magicians with a camera!

  13. Rashmi says:

    Beautiful….the crystal candlestand is very nice…

  14. Cham says:

    The cheese look like a soap block! Very romantic set!

  15. Manggy says:

    No way! I’m going to have to search this out next time I’m in a gourmet-y area (I hope it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg)!

  16. Soma says:

    Romantic setting. The cheese looks like a gift box. Like the relection of the candle.

  17. kalva says:

    Good to know abt this cheese..lovely pic

  18. londonwelsh says:

    That cheese is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever eaten.

  19. Cynthe Brush says:

    We’ve tasted Gjetost in our household…don’t remember which of us thought to purchase it.

    One needs to taste Gjetost with an open mind and NO ‘cheesy’ preconceptions. Quite special, unusual. Definitely has a caramel flavor.

    A “dessert” type cheese to be eaten in small quantities and savored. Haven’t figured out the best pairings to complement it? A fruit of some sort might be right? Wonder if it could be layered thinly into a fruit tart? Has anyone tried that?

  20. Purnima says:

    Bee, been to several malls which boast of cheese from famous countries but Gjetost/Burnost is simply missing..remembered ur description of the taste being subtle n caramalised flavor hence wanted to try it! :) No luck there!
    I did read all the lovely posts on Japan by Jai, was wondering if I shd fwd you Dorayaki link so that you could provide more insight on it! Tks for taking time n posting precious comment at mine, appreciate it greatly! :) Hv a great week!

  21. Purnima says:

    Pls pardon my typo..its Brunost!

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