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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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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Palm Sunday in Kurpie

Last Sunday before Easter is called Palm Sunday. It is a Christian feast that commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

The biggest folk feast takes place in Łyse village, Kurpie area. You can admire colorful procession – people are traditionally dresses and carry artificial palms. Each year there is a contest for the most beautiful and the biggest palm.

On the folk fair you can buy traditionally prepared food and sweets, handmade palms, Easter decoration and breath a folk feast atmosphere.

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Polish tripe soup – Flaki

Either you love or hate it. Tripe soup has lots of proponents and the same number of opponents:)

Several years ago it was a standard starter on weddings, usually nowadays you are faced with a choice: tripe soup or chicken soup (http://cookinpolish.com/polish-broth-chicken-soup/).

Using tripe, liver and other offal parts for me is a respect for the animal, that gave his life so that we could eat it. Some may say it is also in line with ‘zero waste’ trend that is getting more and more popular nowadays. I support it!

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