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 Spring Menu

For me Spring in Poland has a flavor of fresh vegetables: dill, radish, beets, cucumbers, young cabbage and potatoes. In Spring you can get first wild mushrooms – chanterelles. Very popular ingredient of Polish desserts is rhubarb. You can get first strawberries and cherries. So yummy! I tried to choose the best of Polish ingredients and recipes in Polish Spring Menu.

Today I’ve got 2 dinner menus for you, one is for usual Spring day, the other one is more special. Actually as I was writing this I decided, that I need to mention few wild plants soups, as an alternative to standard Polish Spring menu, as they are underappreciated, but so worth trying – full of vitamins, ecological and the main ingredient is usually free (like stinging nettle) 🙂

Let’s cook seasonally and let’s cook Polish dishes!

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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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Polish Crepes with Farmer’s Cheese

Naleśniki z Serem

Polish Crepes with Farmer’s Cheese are one of the favorites sweet suppers in Poland. These thin pancakes served with Polish white cheese, heavy cream and almond flakes are the best!

Maybe you would like to check Polish Pancakes with Apples? Apple racuchy are really delicious!

Polish crepes served on the plate
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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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Fresh Tomato Soup

Last days of summer and the beginning of autumn is a perfect time to cook Fresh Tomato Soup. In the middle of the season tomatoes are cheap and beautiful, there is a whole range of tomato species available. Remember to choose only the ripest pieces of your favorite tomatoes. They may be soft and not really best looking, but believe me, they will make delicious soup.

Check also winter version of Polish Tomato Soup with tomato concentrate. Believe me, it is also delicious:)

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5 kinds of Polish Potato Dumplings to love

Review of Polish Potato Dumplings – check if you know them all!

Potatoes are one of the most popular food ingredient in Poland. They are cheap and can be easily stored during winter. Potatoes may be easily called a poor food. In the cities you can have pasta and rice more often, but in historically poorer countryside – you have potatoes! It is a popular side dish and a start to many other dishes, such as delicious Potatoe pie, Polish Farmer’s Casserole with sausages or: Polish potato dumplings. Check if you know all 5 kinds of Polish Potato Dumplings, I’m sure you will love it.

There is a whole variety of Polish potato dumplings, they vary in size and ingredients, whether cooked or raw potatoes are used, what kind of flour is used and is it served as a side dish or a main course.

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Apple Racuchy

Polish Apple Pancakes

Apple Racuchy are one of the favorite Polish suppers. Children love them and they are simple and easy to make. I don’t add sugar inside, so you can keep them low caloric or sprinkle Racuchy with lots of powder sugar. My Racuchy are crispy and fluffy, even though I don’t use yeast nor baking powder – are you ready to find out what is the secret of my perfect Racuchy: fluffy, crispy and moist inside? 🙂

Apple racuchy served with powdered sugar and apples.
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Polish Redcurrant Kompot

I cooked Polish Redcurrant Kompot, as lately I got a plenty of redcurrant from my friend. Kompot is a drink, that Poles usually drink to dinner. It is served in every Polish office and school’s canteen.

Kompot is a fruit drink made of fresh or dried fruits. Wikipedia says that the tradition of kompot drinking has more than 700 years! The most special kompot is made for Christmas Eve- you cook dried fruits with seasonings like cloves and cinnamon. It smells like Christmas:)

In the Summer when there are many fresh fruits available, you can easily have this nice, healthy, simple drink for kids and adults. You can cook kompot using cherries, apples, rhubarb, strawberries, plums or peaches. You can also mix few different fruits in one pot. It is much better than soda. It’s fresh, with no preservatives and you control the level of sugar, or use healthier sweeteners, such as stevia.

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Polish Plum Yeast Cake

Taste of the childhood in Poland. My Grandma was baking this traditional Polish plum yeast – risen cake on Saturdays afternoons. We were eating still warm piece of cake with cold milk. Yummy:)

You can have this Polish Yeast Cake actually with any seasonal fruits. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, rhubarb – all will go great with a yeast cake. I love a smell of baking plums, so I choose plums:)

If you prefer apples and crusty desserts you may want to check my Polish Szarlotka recipe.

Polish plum yeast cake on the plate
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Quick Pickled Cabbage

This quick pickled cabbage is crunchy, sweet and spicy. Can go as a side dish to a dinner, can accompany meats (Polish kotlety schabowe), potato casserole or any dish that needs a kick.

It’s ready to eat on the very next day. Use fresh young spring cabbage to get the best of it.

Most importantly quick pickled cabbage can be stored in refrigerator for even 2 months, but don’t worry, usually it disappears before then:)

Recipe I use comes from my sister’s private recipe book.

Quick pickled cabbage in the jar
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Chanterelle Cream Sauce

Last Saturday I found fresh forest chanterelles on a local farmers market. They are not cheap, they cost 60 PLN per 1 kg, which is more than 15 USD. However they are sooo good, that I couldn’t resist:) I was waiting the whole season to cook Chanterelle Cream Sauce.

I had some for delicious scramble eggs for breakfast.

For dinner I cooked cream sauce, which I served with grilled turkey breast, young potatoes and mizeria (cucumber salad). However you can have any nice piece of grilled or fried meat with chanterelle sauce: pork chop, beef steak or pork tenderloin. If you prefer to stick with veggie, potato dumplings, crepe and pasta would go very well with this sauce.

Chanterelle cream sauce on the plate with potatoes and grilled turkey
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Polish Plum Potato Dumplings – Knedle ze Śliwkami

Polish Plum Potato Dumplings are one of my favorite Summer sweet dinners from childhood. Sweet & cinnamon flavored plums, soft potato dough and crispy buttered breadcrumbs, topped with sweet cream, make knedle a special dish, that is loved by all Poles.

One of the tastes of Polish Summer. If you have potatoes left from dinner, it is just half an hour of preparation and less than 10 minutes of cooking.

If you follow the recipe you will get 9 potato dumplings, it is 2-3 servings. Feel free to adjust the portion to your needs.

If you prefer potato dumplings to accompany meat dishes, you will love Kluski Śląskie recipe.

Polish Plum knedle served on the plate with breadcrumbs and sweet cream
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Polish Stuffed Zucchini

I remember when I was 6-8 years old, we were spending vacations on our large garden plot and sleeping in a Summer small house. My father was planting tomatoes & cucumbers for sale and other vegetables for our own use. We had zucchinis, but not eating them while they are small, but waiting them to grow to 2-3 kg each:) Then my Mum was cooking Polish Stuffed Zucchini.

Nowadays it is hard to find these big zucchinis in stores, but when I go to Farmers market, I get them from real farmers, not the sellers that buy in wholesalers and just distribute goods. They cost about 1 USD per kilogram.

Polish Stuffed Zucchini was one of the dishes that my Mum made for our big family those days. It was quite cheap to make: you use minced meat mixed with rice, so you can manage on your own the ratio between them:)

Ready baked Polish stuffed zucchini on the plate with tomato sauce.
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Polish Apple Pie – Szarlotka

Polish Apple Pie/ Polish Apple Crumb Pie – Szarlotka is one of the most popular desserts in Polish families and in cafes in Poland. Can be served cold or warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a whipped cream.

This a a recipe of my mother, with one difference: she always topped the pie with meringue.

Cinnamon, taste of butter and a sourness of apples makes Szarlotka a perfect dessert:)

For more Polish desserts check: http://cookinpolish.com/category/recipes/desserts/

Polish apple pie served on the plate with blueberries and mint.
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Young cabbage salad

It is the middle of the Summer, fortunately in Poland you can still buy young spring cabbage. The taste and texture is delicate and sweet, exceptional:) Yesterday I bought one on a local market, I paid 7 PLN, which is about 2 USD. I prepare Young cabbage salad according to the directions of my sister:)

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Fried cauliflower

In Poland we love cauliflower. We use it in soups, as a side dish, in salads. In high season can cost only 1 USD per piece of cauliflower. And we love fried cauliflower.

Raw cauliflower has a high content of vitamin C and moderate levels of vitamin K and B vitamins, it’s good to have it on the plate! You can eat it raw, steam it or fry.

Fried cauliflower is a great idea for supper or just an appetizer. If you would like to try other very popular Polish side dishes, try String beans in butter with breadcrumbs.

Fried cauliflower served on the plate with parsley greens.
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Goosefoot Soup

Most of the farmers in Poland would say that Goosfoot is just a weed, quite hard to get rid off, and you actually hate it if you plant vegetables. But on the other side, you can have it free, use in the kitchen and have healthy Goosefoot soup – Zupę z młodej komosy.

When I say Goosefoot I mean a herb called in Poland Komosa. To be sure what kind of plant it is, please check wikipedia source: Chenopodium ficifolium.

What is interesting that a Goosefoot plant and Quinoa are very close cousins. While Quinoa is quite pricey and so much appreciated (at least in Poland), usual Goosefoot is still mostly considered a weed.

Pigweed soup served on the plate.
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