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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Strawberry Cloud Cake

Strawberry Cloud Cake is a popular cake in today’s Poland, you can find recipe on each and every cooking blog. Actually originally this is ‘raspberry cloud’ cake, but I made my cake with strawberry. You can also make blueberry version or cherry one, this is up to your likes and what you have in your freezer. Yes, you can use frozen fruits or seasonal fruits- of course that’s better option.

Strawberry cloud is a delicious cake- buttery shortcrust is covered with strawberry jello with strawberries in it. On top goes vanilla cream and mascarpone finished with crispy meringue. Quite of lot of preparation, but with proper organization you’d be fine. Strawberry cloud cake need refrigerating, you need to make a day before and chill in the fridge overnight. Check my step by step recipe and enjoy this delicious cake.

Strawberry Cloud Cake served on a  plate
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Pączki

Pączki (pronounced as: punchkee) are one of the most popular Polish sweet pastries both in Poland and abroad. They are available on a daily basis in each bakery and confectionery in Poland, but there is one day when each Pole needs to eat at least one pączek (singular from: pączki) and it is Fat Thursday. Fat Thursday is a day starting last week before Lent. Looks like Poles need to celebrate ending carnival longer than for example people in USA, as the other celebrate Fat Tuesday, which is a last day before Ash Wednesday:)

Pączki are a sweet buttery yeast pastries, filled with jam and topped with powder sugar or powder sugar icing. The most popular filling is rose petal, but now there is many other available, like prune, strawberry, chocolate and custard. I like my Pączki topped with powder sugar:)

Happy Pączki Day everyone!

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Beef Tartare

Beef Tartare was a very popular appetizer during communistic Poland. It was always served on weddings, first communions, name days and other gatherings. Those days meat was cheap, although not so easy to get. Now meat, specially beef is one of the most expensive here in Poland.

Remember to buy beef from a trustworthy seller, meat needs to be of the best quality and the freshest.

Beef tartare might be a great appetizer on a Valentines dinner, don’t you think that raw meat gives a little bit of wildness? 🙂

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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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Vegetable Pancakes

In October there is still plenty of fresh and still cheap vegetables available in the market. I got large zucchini from my Mum, all other ingredients I had already at home, so I made easy Vegetable pancakes. Delicious, easy and healthy. Highly recommended! 🙂

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Potato Copa Śląska

I found Potato Copa Śląska recipe looking for plum cooking ideas. It so reminded me of Plum Knedle – the same ingredients, the same deliciousness. Making Copa is for me actually a lazy way to have the same great flavor, without time consuming knedle preparation. Silesian cuisine is still a greenfield for me, but all silesian dishes I know are super delicious.

Potato Copa śląska in a baking dish
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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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Fuczki – Sauerkraut Pancakes

I have lately discovered Fuczki – Sauerkraut Pancakes. I was surprised when I was frying Fuczki – their flavor reminded me of Sauerkraut Croquettes, which I love, but which are quite time consuming at the same time. It is so much easier and quicker to make Fuczki – sauerkraut pancakes!

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Bear’s Garlic Cream Cheese

Early spring is the only time in the year when you can obtain fresh bear’s garlic (also called ramps or wild leek). In Poland it is a perfect time for it right now. Last year I made delicious Pesto, from this year’s batch I decided to make a bread spread: Bear’s Garlic Cream Cheese and a Bear’s Garlic Soup, which recipe is coming up soon. Stay alert not to miss my next recipe;) You can for example subscribe to my newsletter or follow me on Facebook or Instagram. Maybe you prefer Pinterest? Feel invited to choose your favorite way to stay in touch with me:)

Bear's garlic bread spread served on a bread
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Polish Easter Mazurek

Polish Easter Mazurek can be made in many different ways. Basically if someone says Mazurek, you can imagine short, about 3 centimeters high shortcrust pastry with custard made of chocolate, fudge or caramel and decorated with nuts, dried fruits and chocolate. The topping composition is of your choice.

Try my recipe which is very easy to make, it is rather basic, you need just a few ingredients and you get delicious dessert.

Mazurek decorated with almond flakes.
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Murzynek Polish Chocolate Cake

Classic Polish Chocolate cake is easy and delicious. Moist and fluffy, delicate, with perfect amount of cocoa and sweetness. Classic Murzynek Polish Chocolate cake was the first cake I have baked myself:) It was so popular during PRL and still is now. My children love this cake, they love to bake it themselves, my son even choose it as his birthday cake. Try this traditional recipe, Polish chocolate cake would suit well on Easter table, if you prefer to keep it simple but delicious.

For more Easter dishes check the link: Polish Easter recipes.

Classic Murzynek Polish Chocolate cake served on a plate.
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Forest Moss Spinach Cake

Leśny Mech

Forest Moss Spinach Cake is not a traditional Polish cake, but is something that got very popular in Poland in the past years, so I decided to bake it and show you what are the latest trends in Polish cooking.

Forest Moss Spinach cake is easy and it doesn’t take long to make it, but the result may be spectacular and delicious on the same time:) It would also give a Spring touch on your Easter table!

I used recipe I found on one of the most popular Polish cooking sites: Kwestia Smaku. My favorite!

Forest moss cake served
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Mackerel and Farmers Cheese Salad

During Lent or if you just try to limit meat on your table, you may like to try this easy and healthy bread spread – Smoked Mackerel and Farmers Cheese Salad. Actually you can use any other smoked fish, if mackerel is not available in your area. I am using mackerel, because it is the cheapest and the most popular smoked fish available on Polish market. It have been always widely used by our Grandmas trying to feed large family on budget. Mackerel is a fat fish, soft and delicate.

Try more Polish bread spreads recipes here: http://cookinpolish.com/tag/bread-spread/.

Mackerel and farmers cheese salad.
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Beef Tongues in Aspic

Beef Tongues in Aspic is a dish that in Poland is served for Christmas or New Years Eve. This is an old style food, zero waste cooking and oh so yummy:) The best beef tongues in aspic I remember made our neighbor, Mirka:)

The whole preparing process may be repulsive to some people, but the tongue’s meat is very tasty and quite usual in texture.

Beef tongues served in aspic
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Polish Bigos – Hunter’s Stew

Polish Bigos (Hunter’s Stew) is one of the most known Polish dishes. It’s pronounced: [ˈbʲiɡɔs]. Each family has it’s own recipe for bigos and each bigos is different, but the core is sauerkraut or/and fresh shredded cabbage and various kinds of chopped meats. You can use meats you like or which have left in the fridge. Yes, this is a great way to get rid of leftovers:) The more kinds of meats you use, the richer the taste, just follow your likes.

You need to stew all the ingredients for couple of hours. Some cooks are making bigos for 3 days, each day stewing again and cooling, so that bigos’ flavors combine and give the best taste:) People in Poland say that the more times you warm up bigos, the better it tastes.

Bigos served with bread and vodka
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