Phrase “peas and cabbage” in Polish common language is defined as mixing two things which do not match. Peas and cabbage stew is not a mess, try:)
Historically in Poland cabbage is one of the most popular vegetables. It is cheap, so it’s available for poor people. Is easy to store during winter, so can be used during the whole year. For years people in Poland use it widely, so we have many traditional dishes with cabbage as ingredient.
Peas and cabbage stew appears on official list of traditional polish cuisine of Łódź voivodeship, but is known in the whole country. Can be prepared as fast dish with fried onion, or with greaves.
Children love them. Kopytka Potato Dumplings can be served as a side dish or with a sauce, as a separate meal. Meat sauce, mushroom or vegetable would taste so good. In June try Chanterelle Cream Sauce.
Recipe is easy and you use potatoes left from a dinner. This is what our Grandmas have been doing in the past – using everything and not throwing away a thing. Give a second life to old cooked potatoes:)
Byczki Sweet Sauerkraut Soup is not a popular soup in Poland nowadays, but this is a soup my Grandma was cooking years ago. Her roots were in Eastern Poland, she was born on the area, which after a II Worlds War has become a Belarus territory.
Szembeka Market was open in 1944. It is located in Grochów- district of Warsaw which is on the right side of Vistula River. People from many other places come to this place every Saturday for best quality vegetables, meat from local producers, eggs, bread, fish, but also clothing, second hand old products, Chinese products and actually whatever you could imagine.
You don’t see many queues nowadays, but not there- there are sellers with people queuing almost always.
Bazar Szembeka is open from Monday to Saturday from early morning till 4-5 p.m.
If you are preparing chicken stock, you can quite easily make some more for future use. I usually buy more fat meat and prepare 3 portion of stock, one to be used at once and two, which I preserve in jars. Then during a week I open the jar, add whatever is needed to my chosen soup and then – preparing soup takes much less time.
Once you have chicken stock, you can easily make one of Polish Soups.
Polish Kotlety Mielone could be called meat balls, but in Poland we make them more oval and flat compared to a ball:) Some may call them Polish hamburgers, but we usually made them with pork while I associate hamburgers mainly with beef.
In Polish cuisine they are a staple for family dinner, specially with children. I sometimes add shredded carrot to them, so that my kids ate more vegetables;)
This herring salad has few layers of ingredients with herring on the bottom of it, that is why it is usually called Herring under a blanket. This is one of my favorite herring dishes for Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, which is a 40 day period of fasting, reflection, repentance and prayer . On Ash Wednesday you go to church and the priest sprinkle your head with ash and says: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. This is to remember, that our mortal life should not be of our biggest concern. What we really need to take care of is our eternal life.
Sauerkraut salad is a great immune support during autumn and winter, is a source of vitamins and probiotics. It makes good job for your intestines and your skin condition. You can eat it when you are on diet or just want to stay healthy.
Remember to buy sauerkraut from trusted seller, as it can be cheated and added vinegar instead of traditional longer procedure of fermentation.
Mackerel is a taste of my childhood. During communism in Poland there was a shortage of food and almost no choice in stores. Now there is a whole variety of fish species to choose from, but mackerel is still the most popular smoked fish in Poland. My Grandma used to prepare Smoked Mackerel Bread Spread for us on Fridays, because we didn’t eat meat then.
Fat Thursday is traditionally the last Thursday before Lent. You can eat sweets and specially lots of polish doughnuts that day, because in few days carnival is over! For Catholics Lent is a period of 40 days of abstinence in expectancy to Easter.
There is just few steps from chicken soup to Krupnik. If you are cooking broth – you can change your mind almost anytime, add barley and potatoes and here it is- Krupnik – chicken soup with barley:). It is ‘all in one’ kind of soup, nutritious and healthy. If you add millet instead of barley – it would be great for colds, as millet is helping to dry the flegme;)