Peas and Cabbage Stew

Groch z kapustą

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.

Peas and cabbage stew served in a bowl
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Lenten Cabbage with Mushrooms

Kapusta postna

Lenten cabbage with mushrooms is in Poland usually served on Christmas Eve, but it is also popular dish during Lent. Healthy, sour – enjoy!

Lenten cabbage with forest mushrooms served on the plate with rye bread.
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Kopytka Potato Dumplings

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:)

Cooked and uncooked kopytka potato dumplings on the table
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Polish Yeast Cake

Ciasto Drożdżowe

Polish Yeast Cake is a bit demanding and difficult to me:) Probably it is a case of experience, or in my case – luck of experience:) Anyway, I don’t give up:)

Recently I received a recipe for a yeast cake from my friend Victoria. This is her grandma’s recipe and her family use it for years. She says it is easy and you cannot spoil it:)

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

Polish yeast cake served with coffee.
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Byczki Sweet Sauerkraut Soup

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.

The taste is sweet and sour, one of my favorites.

Byczki Sweet Sauerkraut Soup served in a plate.
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Local market in Warsaw-Bazar Szembeka

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.

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Chicken stock

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.

Chicken stock in a jar cooling on the table.
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Polish Kotlety Mielone

Minced meat cutlets

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;)

For more Polish main courses check the link: http://cookinpolish.com/category/recipes/main-courses/.

Polish Kotlety Mielone served on a plate
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Herring under a blanket/ Śledzie pod pierzynką

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.

Herring salad in a bowl
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Ash Wednesday/ Środa Popielcowa

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.

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Sauerkraut salad/ Kapusta kiszona

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.

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Smoked Mackerel Bread Spread

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.

If you like mackerel, try another bread spread: Homemade Paprykarz Szczeciński.

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Polish pancakes/ Naleśniki

Polish pancakes is my children’s’ top choice for supper. They like it served with maple syrup or simply with sugar powder. It is 15 minutes to have it on a plate. Try!

I like spelt flour, as it is less modified compared to usual wheat flour. We don’t use flour so much, so I prefer to spend more on a good quality product for my children, without home budget crisis;)

I also like ‘Krupczatka’ flour which is a wheat flour not so much grounded.

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Fat Thursday in Poland/ Tłusty czwartek

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.

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Krupnik – chicken soup with barley

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;)

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Polish broth – Rosół

What about a rich broth for Sunday dinner? Polish broth – Rosół is the most popular choice in Polish families:)

We buy chicken wings and vegetables on the local market. My husband is a Rosół specialist, my children say he cooks the best broth ever:)

As a kid I hated rosół, probably because my Grandma was making it too greasy and was pouring all the best, as she thought, into my plate. I choose meat carefully, not to be too greasy:)

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

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