Young Cabbage Slaw

New Spring cabbage is a deliciousness that I use for many dishes in Spring. I make it stewed, I make soup and lately I made young cabbage slaw in a different way than usual. I loved it, so I decided to share it with you. Recipe is so easy and there is only few ingredients needed to have this fresh and crispy side dish. I served it with kotlety mielone (minced meat patties, by some people called Polish hamburgers) and boiled potatoes. A lot of dill on the top and you get a perfect Spring dish.

Young cabbage slaw with sour cream and mayo
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Hop Shoots in Butter

I have read about it last year, but it was to late to forage, this year I remembered to collect young hop shoots and I made hop shoots in butter and garlic. I steamed it first and then sauteed on frying pan. Recipe is easy, while the main ingredient is not so obvious. One can associate hops with beer production, but with delicious dish? Never!

Hop shoots for me taste a little bit like asparagus and a bit like string beans, I would say something between them. They even look like asparagus and can be served the same way. You may try them with white sauce like the one in this recipe.

Hop Shoots in Butter served on the plate
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Hreczanyki – Patties with Buckwheat

Kresowe kotlety z kasza gryczaną

Hreczanyki – patties with buckwheat and ground meat – are of Ukrainian origins, still after XX century war migration they came to Poland and now they are a popular dish in a region of Bieszczady. I was looking for a dish that links Poland and Ukraine. In this dramatic time I am donating, I am sending clothing and hygiene stuff to people on Ukrainian border, I helped as a volunteer with organization of help, but this is what I decided to do as a cook.

Hreczanyki - Patties with Buckwheat
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Egg patties

Kotlety jajeczne

Egg patties is a simple vegetarian dinner idea, in Poland they are often served for dinner in school canteens and milk bars. They are also loved and cooked in Polish families. Crispy egg patties can be served with cooked potatoes or kasza: buckwheat or barley. They will taste great with carrot and peas with a roux, or with mushroom sauce. Check this easy recipe.

Egg patties served on a plate
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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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Roast Duck and Apples

Are you ready for something special for Sunday dinner? Try this easy recipe for Roast Duck and Apples. Roasting the meat with apples gives a duck moisture and fresh flavor. Rub the meat with marjoram and rosemary and grease with butter to get the perfect Polish dinner for special occasions. Roast Duck and Apples is often served on First Communion and Christening celebrations in Poland. It will be great for Easter dinner as well.

Roast Duck and Apples is a dish known in Poland from centuries. In old Poland the duck served in palaces and manors was rather wild, hunted by Polish nobility on popular those days hunts.

I don’t agree with hunts nowadays, there is a lot of farms that breed animal and there is a lot of meat in stores. Wild animal have less and less forest to live in and the number of wild animals is getting smaller. Let’s admire them free in their environment and not on our tables. Not only humans are inhabitants of the Earth.

Roast duck and apples in the baking dish.
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White Radish Salad

White Radish Salad can be a nice everyday portion of raw vegetables on your table. Surówka is in polish cuisine very important part of the dinner- you eat potatoes, meat and – Surówka.

It is a salad prepared from raw vegetables, grated or cut, served with various sauces – sour cream, mayonnaise or oil.

Try also Mizeria, which is very popular in Poland: http://cookinpolish.com/polish-cucumber-salad-mizeria/.

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Stewed Pork Chop

I make stewed pork chop every couple of weeks, each time I don’t have time or just not feel like cooking each day. I make a bulk portion of simmer pork chop and my family is happy with it, specially once I serve it with Kopytka – diagonal shaped potato dumplings.

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Polish Potato Pancakes

Placki ziemniaczane

Polish cuisine is full of potatoes dishes. It is a cheap vegetable and can be easily stored during winter. In old times it was a poor food, easy to grow, easy to cook and easy to fill the stomach.The old Polish cook book gives a simple recipe for potato pancakes. They are a bit like American hash browns. Try Polish Potato Pancakes and decide which one of them you prefer:)

If you are too lazy to stand in kitchen at the frying pan for several minutes, you may like potato pie, traditional regional meal in Podlasie- a region in north – eastern Poland. Check here for recipe: Polish Potato Pie.

Potato pancakes served on a plate with mushroom sauce
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