Polish Plum potato dumplings – Knedle ze śliwkami

One of my favorite Summer sweet dinners from childhood. Sweet & cinnamon flavored plums, soft potato dough and crispy buttered breadcrumbs, topped with sweet cream, make knedle a special dish, that is loved by all Poles.

One of the tastes of Polish Summer. If you have potatoes left from dinner, it is just half an hour of preparation and less than 10 minutes of cooking.

If you follow the recipe you will get 9 potato dumplings, it is 2-3 servings. Feel free to adjust the portion to your needs.

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Pigweed soup – Zupa z młodej komosy

Most of the farmers in Poland would say that Pigweed is just a weed, quite hard to get rid off, and you actually hate it if you plant vegetables. But on the other side, you can have it free, use in the kitchen and have healthy soup.

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String beans with breadcrumbs

In July in Poland string beans are getting cheaper and cheaper, so I’m having them every second day. I eat it steamed, keeping it low caloric or.. fry and add garlic and breadcrumbs:) Believe me, once you try it, you will love it. Or not, hmm, maybe it’s just me:)

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Smalczyk – Polish cottage pork lard with cracklings

Lard is made of pork fat, it needs to be said: it is not healthy. But as the fat carries a flavor – it is goood:) Tastes best on rye bread with pickled cucumbers. Yummy.

In Poland lard is served in restaurants with polish traditional food, as a pre-starter. It is something that you get free once you place an order and wait for your food. This Smalec is posh and exclusive;)

However the origins of it are not so rosy. In the past people in Polish countryside were poor. When they have a pig killed, they used all the single part of it. A lard made of fat was high caloric bread spread, that gave energy for the whole day of hard work.

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Young Cabbage Soup cooked on Pork Bones

Young cabbage is sweet and delicate, it is cooking fast. It is not likely to give a stomach problems as may an old cabbage, stewed for hours. In case of young cabbage soup I minimize the seasoning, to keep the taste natural.

For broth I used pork bones, which are really cheap. You can also buy pork chop with bone, use pork chop for Breaded pork cutlets and use bones for the soup. I remember my Grandma was using bones for soups, the reason were savings and her approach- not to throw away any food and have respect for food.

Traditionally ‘Zasmażka’ can be added to the soup to make it thicker and reach.

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Blok czekoladowy – Polish Chocolate Bar

Home made Chocolate Bar was a way for a treat in hard times of PRL. Anyway it is really tasty and worth trying, I assure you that not only kids will like it:) You don’t bake it, it’s easy and quick to prepare.

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White radish salad – surówka z białej rzodkwi

Surówka is in polish cuisine very important part of the dinner- you eat potatoes, meat and – Surówka.

It is a salad prepared from raw vegetables, grated or cut, served with various sauces – sour cream, mayonnaise or oil.

Try also Mizeria, which is very popular in Poland: http://cookinpolish.com/polish-cucumber-salad-mizeria/

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Chicken in aspic

In 80-ties in Poland it was very common to celebrate a name day. One checked the calendar and if your name was in it, he could come to you without invitation with potted flower and best wishes. You needed to be prepared for the day: polish vegetable salad, bigos and aspic were common dishes to put on the table.

For polish vegetable salad check: http://cookinpolish.com/polish-vegetable-salad/.

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Baked Polish sausage and onion

Sausage is an important part of polish cuisine:) There is a great range of different sausage types and Poles love: baking them, cooking, frying and grilling. Actually grilling is a new religion in Poland:)

1st and 3rd May are bank holidays in Poland, so majority of people get additional day off and enjoy ‘the long May weekend’. People in Poland start celebrating- they meet with friends and family in gardens and grill, grill, grill!

If you are staying ar home, bake sausages in the oven.

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Peas and cabbage stew/ Groch z kapustą

Phrase “peas and cabbage” in polish common language is defined as mixing two things which do not match. This dish is not a mess, try:)

Historically in Poland cabbage is one of the most popular vegetables. It is cheap, so it’s available for poor people. Is easy to store during winter, so can be used during the whole year. For years people in Poland use it widely, so we have many traditional dishes with cabbage as ingredient.

Peas and cabbage stew appears on official list of traditional polish cuisine of Łódź voivodeship, but is known in the whole country. Can be prepared as fast dish with fried onion, or with greaves.

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Polish pancakes/ Naleśniki

Polish pancakes is my children’s’ top choice for supper. They like it served with maple syrup or simply with sugar powder. It is 15 minutes to have it on a plate. Try!

I like spelt flour, as it is less modified compared to usual wheat flour. We don’t use flour so much, so I prefer to spend more on a good quality product for my children, without home budget crisis;)

I also like ‘Krupczatka’ flour which is a wheat flour not so much grounded.

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