Elderflower Syrup

Both elderberry and elderflowers have amazing health benefits. They are a natural remedy for cough, cold and help to improve immunity. Elderflower syrup taste also really nice, so it is also a pleasure to have such a remedy:) My friend Ewa told me few days ago, that coctails with elderflower syrup got really popular in Poland this season, so why not try it this or the other way:)

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Polish Strawberry Jam

Strawberries got much cheaper, as they are in full season. To preserve this deliciousness for Winter, I made Polish strawberry jam, exactly as my Mom used to make in my childhood. With no jelling sugar, simple and short list of ingredients. Sugar and lemon juice are preservatives, they help to preserve jam over Winter. Although I added one magic ingredient, that makes strawberry jam taste exceptional and it was.. butter. Try that trick and you’ll never use the other method:)

My Polish strawberry jam is spreadable, I use it just like butter with bread and butter. It’s great with pancakes, waffles and cakes. And what’s most important it tastes amazing!

Strawberry jam ready
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Young Walnuts Tincture

Orzechówka, Nalewka z zielonego orzecha

My mum used to cure her stomach aches with this young walnuts tincture. Once I was grown up, she wanted me to use it too. I hated it, it was bitter and dark, but as we say in Poland the bitter cure heals best:) I have to agree that it really worked.

Now I’m making young walnuts tincture myself and I always have at least a small bottle in the kitchen cupboard. I add honey, so it has much better flavor, I can say it’s actually a pleasure to have such a medicine. You need to wait about a year for it to mature, so you’ll be able to try it next year. Start planning now, as you need to collect young walnuts while they are still green and soft, in Poland the best time to collect them is second part of June, in your part of the world it could be different!

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Half Sour Radish

It’s a great time to make half sour pickles. I love cucumbers this way, lately I tried half sour radish and all my family was happy to try it. It’s great to grill parties, fresh and crispy, with a dill flavor and a bit of garlic. I invite you to experiment a bit and try radishes or other vegetables. Let me know please how you liked it and what kind of vegetables have you tried.

Half sour radish in a jar
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Wild Garlic – Ramps recipes

I decided to make a summary on wild garlic and let you know about a range of their names, how they are beneficial to our health and finally I will present few wild garlic – ramps recipes.

Wild garlic - ramps - bear's garlic plant and dishes
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Prune Stuffed Pork Loin

Schab ze śliwką

Yesterday I was chatting at the butchers in a long queue, an old lady inspired me to buy pork loin and make Prune Stuffed Pork Loin. It’s a roast meat that can be served warm, as a main dish, with mashed potatoes and a favorite Polish slaw. For Easter we often have a white radish slaw, you can check recipe here: White Radish Salad. Prune Stuffed Pork Loin can be also served cold. Let the roast rest and cool down. Then put it into the fridge for few hours, then it would get firm and would be easier to slice. I bought smoked prunes, so that the smoky aroma enriched the flavors. I baked it in a baking bag with onion and apple, to keep the moisture inside and to have a base for delicious sauce to serve with a roast.

Prune Stuffed Pork loin roasted
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Roast Rolled Pork Belly

Rolada z boczku

When I was talking with my Mom on the phone, we were discussing Easter and what we wanted to make for it. She said, she wanted this year’s Easter to be a real fiesta, contrary to the political and social situation in our part of the world. Once I saw pork belly at the butchers, I decided to make her a surprise and make Roast Rolled Pork Belly. I am so sure she is going to love it. We had it store bought from time to time, this time I made it myself.

Roast Rolled Pork Belly served on the table
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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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Rapeseed oil

“Cudze chwalicie, swego nie znacie!”

Which means that we tend to appreciate more something that is abroad while we are not aware of resources we have. It reminds me of our polish rapeseed oil. Many people use oil of olive, while we have our own super- oil! Rapeseed oil is healthy, it’s cheap, it’s produced locally, probably that are the reasons it is the most popular oil in Poland. You can find rapeseed oil in most of Polish households and in 100% of grocery stores:) We use it, but at the same time we don’t appreciate it as much as we should. Let me present some facts on rapeseed oil.

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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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Homemade Canned Pork

Mięso w Słoiku

I remember eating Homemade Canned Pork made by my Grandma Emilka in our old house. Jars with this delicious meat was stored in a basement where was a pantry with canned food: fermented cucumbers, sauerkraut, red peppers, homemade tomato sauce, canned beets, forest mushrooms in vinegar, jams, fruit compotes and ‘mięso w słoiku’ – a rare delicacy for special occasions:)

Try this garlic flavored delicate meat with one more essential ingredient – a meat jelly, which moisturizes bread and make a sandwich with meat totally perfect 🙂

Make few jars to your pantry, it could help you to stay secure in this crisis times of pandemonium.

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Beets and horseradish – Ćwikła

In my family house beets and horseradish – Ćwikła is served during Easter and Christmas, it usually goes with home made cold meats and vegetable salad.

Check more beets’ Polish recipes on: http://cookinpolish.com/tag/beets/.

Beets and horseradish - Ćwikła served on a plate
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