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!

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Asparagus in White Sauce

I haven’t had asparagus in my childhood, there was shortage of food in a hard times of communism and we usually had a simple food. Nowadays asparagus is common on Polish tables, but I was convinced it was a piece of modern Polish cuisine. What a surprise it was when I found a recipe for Polish style asparagus originated in XVIII century! Here is a source. I made asparagus in white sauce in a comparable way that it was in that old recipe, ingredients for sauce are the same, but I slightly changed the way of preparation.

asparagus in white sauce served on the plate
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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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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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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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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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Last Minute Polish Wigilia Traditions and Food Guide

I’ve been really busy this December, I was kind of surprised of the time going by. Christmas Eve is next Thursday!

If you don’t have a detailed plan and feels a little bit lost, you may like to check e-book I prepared: Last Minute Polish Wigilia Traditions and Food Guide.

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Rice and Apples

I remember my mum would often make us Rice and Apples for supper, while we were spending Summer holidays in our Summer small house. We didn’t have a lot of attractions over there, several responsibilities instead 🙂 Rice and Apples was one of my favorite dishes, sweet and creamy, with a dash of cinnamon. We had it with a cup of Inka- popular polish grain coffee.

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Zucchini pancakes

A season for zucchinis is long, you can get it fresh and full of flavor for the whole Summer and most of Autumn. Some may say that it’s taste might be bland, I say – it’s delicate and once you add favorite seasonings you have your favorite dish <3 . Let’s take for instance Zucchini pancakes – an onion sauteed in butter and garlic sauce on the side add my pancakes a gorgeous twist.

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Blueberry Pierogi

Polish Blueberry Dumplings

Blueberry Pierogi is the best food in Summer, specially made from wild, picked in the forest blueberries. This year I picked blueberries myself, as a matter of fact I didn’t believe I would make it, but I made it! 2 hours in the forest and I got 3 liters of delicious blueberries. It was enough to make pierogi, blueberry yeast rolls and blueberry tincture 😀

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Apple and Carrot Salad

In Poland when you have standard dinner, you eat potatoes, meat and – surówka, which is a salad made of raw fruits and vegetables. There is variety of different salads that can be prepared, but one of the most popular is an apple and a carrot salad. This easy side is quick to make and so delicious. Both: carrots and apples are really easy available all over the year in Poland, so they are quite cheap! This make Apple and Carrot Salad very popular in school’s canteens:) I can live with that, it’s delicious and so healthy.

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Polish Cheesecake with Strawberries

I am lucky to have birthday in June! I love this month, as strawberries are in full and best season, the cheapest and the most sweet. Polish Cheesecake with Strawberries is a must for me to take to the office for my colleagues:)

This time I prepared baked cheesecake, very easy to make, delicate and not very sweet. It take some time to finish it, as the jelly needs to settle, but this is a case of work organization. Make cheesecake one day before serving, it needs a night in a fridge to get the best of it.

I like to have lot of jelly on my cheesecake, I use double package of it and together with strawberries I add some blueberries, this is the best mix I know:)

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Chłodnik – Cold Soup

This Chłodnik – cold soup – my Grandma was making us quite often, we loved to eat it accompanied by boiled potatoes sprinkled with sauteed onions and/or fried bacon. I remember that we used to have only one shared plate of potatoes (with onions, bacon and dill) for the whole family and we would scooped some potatoes and fill the spoon up with chłodnik from our own bowl.

Chłodnik – cold soup is easy and really quick to do. It’s enough to cut the vegetables and combine them with sour milk or other favorite milk drink, such as buttermilk or kefir. We’ve usually used sour milk- zsiadłe mleko, as it was the most easily available at that time. Our neighbor had a cow and we used to get fresh milk from her. My Grandma would left some milk on the counter covered with a cloth and after 2 days sour milk have been ready. Now it is hard to make a decent sour milk out of the carton milk or it may be even impossible.

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Dandelion Syrup

I’ve made Dandelion syrup few times so far. It’s so tasty. My children like pancakes splashed with Dandelion syrup just as much as with maple syrup.

In Polish folk medicine it is know from ages as a cure for cough and a help with liver cleansing. Dandelion syrup recipe can be found in Saint Hildegard of Bingen’s books and she lived in XII century:) It is sometimes called Dandelion honey, but actually it is a syrup. Try this easy recipe for homemade Dandelion Syrup. For more immunity booster recipes check: Immunity.

Important Note: Dandelion syrup should not be used by people suffering from hyperacidity nor with dandelion allergy.

Collected Dandelion flowers
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Bear’s Garlic Creamy Soup

Bear’s Garlic Creamy Soup is a full of vitamins Spring soup. A season for bear’s garlic (which can be also called wild leek, ramps, wild garlic) is quite short, use it and cook this healthy soup. If you still have some ramps left, you can try out other recipes: Bear’s Garlic Cream Cheese or Bear’s Garlic Pesto.

Bear's garlic Creamy Soup served on a plate with toasts and double cream
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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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10 Traditional Polish Soups

Few weeks ago I met a Greek couple leaving in Warsaw. Dimitris asked me to show him how to cook Bigos. When we talked about Polish cuisine, Anja said that soups are something special for Poland. And this is a fact: in Poland soups are a staple in Polish homes for dinner. You can get it also in any restaurant, served as an appetizer. Check my review of 10 Traditional Polish Soups, soups I like the most and which are the most specific to Polish cuisine.

Which one have you tried and which one is your favorite?

10 Traditional Polish Soups
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Millet Stuffed Peppers

Delicious vegetarian Millet Stuffed Peppers are a staple in my house. In fall months peppers are cheap, so I buy them often and serve them fresh and baked. This time I had them stuffed with vegetables and millet. I cook seasonally and locally.

Check also other Polish recipes best in Autumn: Autumn food.

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