before electricity and designer kitchens there was the hearth and then wood
burning stoves. From them the griddle was born, perhaps a decedent of a flat
heated stone, who knows? What ever the case a griddle is as practical as a spoon,
but sadly regulated to memory by most. You might just associate griddles with
pancakes, but for preparing many ethnic foods a griddle is a useful.
Norway a griddle is an indispensable for preparing basics, such as flat bread,
lompe (a type of soft tortilla) or svelle, the Norwegian equivalent of American
In a pinch a cast iron frying pan will do. A griddle gives
the added advantage of a much larger cooking surface, quicker and more even
For heavy duty food preparation there are large electric griddles. For more
daily use there are smaller metal griddles that are placed right on the burner,
such as the one produced by Hardangermaskin in Norheimslund, Norway (see advertisement,
click yellow to right).