Polish Jellied Carp

Karp w galarecie

Polish jellied carp is very popular in Poland, it is traditionally served on Christmas Eve. My sister loves it, so each year she makes it for us. If you are not so much for carp, you can use another fish you like, it will be just as good:)

Jellied carp on Christmas Eve table
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Polish Apple Crumble – Szarlotka

I love the flavor of Polish Apple Crumble – Szarlotka in my house – buttery, with a bit of cinnamon. My children love it too, so I make it quite often.

As long as it is Autumn, I try to make the best of it, apples are now the freshest and the cheapest in the whole year.

Polish Apple Crumble - Szarlotka served on a plate
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Jellied Pigs Feet

Galareta, Zimne Nogi, Zimne Nóżki, Studzienina, Nóżki w Galarecie, Galert

All of the names above have the same meaning, they describe one Polish dish – Jellied Pigs Feet. In my family house we called it Galareta as it actually is and looks like a meat and veggies jelly. You don’t add extra gelatin as bones and skin has plenty of collagen and makes natural jelly. This is why pigs feet cannot be omitted in this recipe, you wouldn’t get broth set without it, you’ll get a soup instead of Jellied Pigs Feet.

Jellied pigs feet on the plate served with lemon and parsley
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Easter Eggs

An egg is a symbol of life. It’s an inevitable symbol of Easter, part of the Easter tradition. We dye eggs, decorate them and these pisanki and kraszanki we display all over the house for Easter. Decorating eggs is also a great time spend with children and family, time to recollect family tradition and just be together. We eat a lot of eggs for Easter:) We stuff hard boiled Easter eggs with yolk mixed with mayonnaise or make more complicated, for example stuffed with mushrooms and onion and pan fried in egg shells.

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Homemade Cream Horns

In my neighborhood there is a place with best cream horns in Warsaw. It’s called Rurki z Wiatraka, they were established in 1958. It’s family own small business, once pandemic started and we all got locked down, they came to the edge of the bankruptcy. They ask for support via Facebook and soon there was 2 hours’ queue of people wanting to try their delicious horns. Fortunately I was not forced to wait, I could make Homemade Cream Horns by myself, thanks to my neighbor Ewelina, who borrowed me her Grandma’s horns molds:)

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Jello Cold Cheesecake

I remember my sisters making Jello Cold Cheesecake years ago, when we were all living with parents. I don’t know if they used this recipe, but I know for sure it was as delicious and colorful and we all loved it:) My son Pit, who is a picky eater, even if it comes to sweets, he liked this cheesecake:)

Note: In Poland we have standard jellos packages for half liter of water. If they are different packages in your country, please take this into account and recalculate recipe or amounts of jello used.

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Baked Pate

Pasztet Świąteczny – Christmas and Easter Baked Pate

Baked pate is one of the meats we have for special occasions. It’s delicate and moist, so you can also just spread it over the bread. It takes quite a lot of time to have it and is rather costly, as we need a lot of meat, but totally worth it:) I also freeze few portions to enjoy baked pate later on, as having too much on one time make you not appreciate it as much as you could:)

When you choose meat – consider that you need rather fat parts of meat, otherwise pate would be dry. I choose mixed meat- pork and beef, sometimes poultry, but you can choose whatever you like or your religion lets you.

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Polish Sour Soup Żurek

Polish Żurek is a soup traditionally prepared for Easter. In some Polish families White Borsch is cooked instead of Żurek, the difference is Kvas/ starter that is used. For Żurek- rye starter, for Borsch – wheat kvas.

If you plan to cook traditional Polish Sour Soup Żurek, you need a rye starter. You can buy one in Polish store or – I encourage you to- make one at home. It takes a few days for the fermentation to make it job, so few days before making Żurek, follow these instructions: How to make Kvas/Starter for Żurek.

Polish Sour Soup Żurek served on the plate.
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Kvas/ Starter for rye sour soup

Zakwas

Kvas is a basic ingredient of Żurek, traditional Polish soup, prepared for Easter. It can be also called: kvas or rye sour soup starter, and is made by fermenting rye (for Żurek) or wheat (for White Borsch) flour. The process is easy, although you need few days to have your own homemade kvas/ starter for rye sour soup.

There is a whole variety kinds of starters, that you can prepare and use for soups, it depends on the flour you use. I prefer oatmeal one, because you can get very fresh flour on the spot- all you need to do is to grind oatmeal in an old coffee mill:) If you plan to make 100% traditional Żurek, use rye flour and follow the instructions below.

Kvas starter for rye sour soup Żurek
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Kvas/ Leaven for Borscht

Zakwas na Barszcz

If you plan to cook natural, healthy and delicious Polish beets Borscht, for example for Polish traditional Christmas Eve, you need to prepare beets kvas/ leaven for borscht few days before. Kvas is actually a water from fermented beets.

From this amounts of ingredients you will get about 2 portions od kvas to borscht. I usually prepare more leaven. One portion I use for Borscht and the rest I refrigerate and drink everyday half a cup of it. I love this taste, it is also very healthy drink. When you drink kvas, you get vitamins, minerals and probiotics. It’s so good to your immune.

Beets kvas/ leaven for Borscht
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