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
Continue reading “Wild Garlic – Ramps recipes”
Print/Share Recipe:

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
Continue reading “Dandelion Syrup”
Print/Share Recipe:

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
Continue reading “Bear’s Garlic Cream Cheese”
Print/Share Recipe:

Fried Parasol Mushrooms

Last weekend we went to Mazuria Lake district in the North East of Poland. We went mushroom picking twice and they both were successful:) Check more photos from the woods on my Instagram account. I was hunting for parasol mushrooms and I was lucky to find them in one of my places:) I made fried parasol mushrooms for dinner. They were a delicious alternative for a piece of meat. Remember to pick only mushrooms that you are absolutely sure that are edible or ask for expertise someone experienced and trustworthy, who can recognize them.

Check more seasonal recipes under section: Autumn food.

Continue reading “Fried Parasol Mushrooms”
Print/Share Recipe:

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
Continue reading “Chanterelle Cream Sauce”
Print/Share Recipe:

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.
Continue reading “Goosefoot Soup”
Print/Share Recipe:

Elderberry fermented lemonade

June is a month of black elderberry flowering, so great time to go to the countryside and collect some. You can use it for elderberry flower’s syrup, tincture or lemonade. This time I prepared elderberry and pineapple fermented lemonade.

This elderberry’s flowers fermented drink can be a start to your own experiments with fermented lemonade.

For more seasonal recipes check: http://cookinpolish.com/category/seasonal-cooking/.

Elderberry fermented lemonade in the jar.
Continue reading “Elderberry fermented lemonade”
Print/Share Recipe:

Young Pine Shoots Syrup

In May I am preparing syrup from pine shoots. Young Pine Shoots Syrup helps to heal cough and boost immune in autumn. You can stop here or you can take one step further and prepare a pine tincture, and have an immune booze;)

In May you may also like to check my Goosefoot Soup.

Continue reading “Young Pine Shoots Syrup”
Print/Share Recipe:

Pokrzywianka – Stinging Nettle Soup

Early spring is a great time for using stinging nettle in the kitchen. Pokrzywianka – Stinging nettle soup is healthy and easy to prepare. Remember to get only top parts of the youngest nettles, away from the motorways.

For the soup I also use other herbs I find. This time it was young sorrel and lovage. I also used bluszczyk kurdybanek: ground- ivy, which is very aromatic. In Old Polish cuisine ground-ivy was as popular as parsley is nowadays (wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glechoma_hederacea).

Stinging nettle soup served in the plate
Continue reading “Pokrzywianka – Stinging Nettle Soup”
Print/Share Recipe:

May Stinging Nettle

May stringing nettle discourages from collecting – its stinging hairs on the leaves and stems cause itching after contact with this plant.

Although it is really worth the effort – it has a great influence on health: it’s rich in vitamins A, C, K1, B and minerals: iron, potassium, manganese and calcium, it has also cleansing effect on the body and helps digestion.

Continue reading “May Stinging Nettle”
Print/Share Recipe:

Bear’s Garlic Pesto

Pesto z czosnku niedźwiedziego

Bear’s Garlic Pesto is a great Spring fresh dish – healthy and easy to make. This is an early Spring and only now you can get bear’s garlic (also called ramps or wild leek). It grows in forests, but it’s quite hard to find it over there. In Poland in is also partially protected. That’s why I got mine ramps from my friend’s garden, where I seated it few years ago. Thanks Agnieszka for this 0,5 square meter land tenancy:)

Bear’s garlic should be obtained from a trusted source, as it looks similar to
lily of the valley, which leaves are poisonous. Check twice before you eat something that is growing wild, it can be dangerous!

One thing that can help you to recognize bear’s garlic is it’s smell – yes! it smells like garlic:)

Bear's garlic leaves in the bowl for Bear's garlic pesto
Continue reading “Bear’s Garlic Pesto”
Print/Share Recipe:

Polish Sorrel Soup

Zupa szczawiowa

Polish sorrel soup is one of my top 3 best soups from childhood:) Sour and sweet, made of sorrel collected last summer and preserve in the jar for the rest of the season.

Polish sorrel soup served in a plate with hard boiled egg.
Continue reading “Polish Sorrel Soup”
Print/Share Recipe: