Mat går framfor kjærleik.
Eating is preferable to amorousness. [There are some who prefer eating to sexual activity. Cf. Without bread and wine even love will pine.]
Det veks ikkje eggplantar på melonrankar.
Egg plants do not grow on melon vines. [There are different kinds of folks too. Cf. The onion will not produce a [sweet-smelling] rose.]