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Small bites, or ‘’Zakąski’’ in Poland, are quite important in our gastronomical history. Hospitality is a renowned and integral part of Polish culture. We prepare small bites to serve unexpected guests, and they consist mostly of snacks with vodka. Generally they are rich and salty, and sometimes surprising—but I promise they are worth trying!

Smoked Haddock with summery salad (Wędzony plamiak z letnią sałatką)

Small bites By September 25, 2017 Tags: No Comments

Persons: 1     Cost: $$$$     Level: easy     Time: 10-15 min      Ingredients: smoked fish can be harder to find


Today’s recipe it’s just a perfect healthy way to say goodbye to our summer vacation mindset, catch last beautiful and warm sunrises and begin turning the page to more warm and cosy autumn vibes. During this transition, I love closing my eyes and smelling the changes in the air. These brief moments are so poetic and rare to catch, and make me dream about chill evenings with a warm drink, a light but rich meal and my favourite book or tv show 🙂  

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Buckwheat with smoked bacon (Kasza gryczana z wędzonym boczkiem)

Dishes, Small bites By March 6, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Persons: 2     Cost: $$$$     Level: easy     Time: 25-35min      Ingredients: can be harder to find kefir


The dish I prepared for you today is perfect, especially on late summer or autumn afternoons, when the day wanes and the air gets cooler. During this period, we all dream about something generous and rich – but nothing too heavy as winter is not yet here.

Let’s start with a bit of history 🙂

Kasha is one of the oldest and primal Slavic foods – and no, it’s not potatoes as one might think. This product gained its popularity thanks to the simplicity of its preparation and storage. Over the years, Slavs have cultivated the recipe, using many different types of grain, yielding various flavors and textures. The most popular variation is Millet, as it marries easily with sweet and salty dishes, making it very universal.

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Open-faced Sandwich (Zapiekanka)

Small bites By September 7, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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Persons: 2     Cost: $$     Level: easy     Time: 30 min     Ingredients: easy to find


“Zapiekanka” is a most popular Polish street food, and my favorite one. You will find it in almost every city, usually in places that are open 24h., which makes it easy to grab even after a long night of partying 🙂

What I love about Zapiekanka is that it’s simple, super tasty and looks gorgeous. It’s the perfect finger food for a party—and because of its fame, you’ll find it in many tasty combinations. But in my opinion, the best way to enjoy Zapiekanka is to discover its traditional variant first.

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Smoked Mackerel (Wędzona Makrela)

Small bites By July 5, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 3 Comments

Persons: 1-2     Cost: $   Level: easy     Time: –      Ingredients: fish can be hard to find


My hometown is near the Baltic Sea, so I am used to eating quite a lot of fish, especially smoked ones. This is something I miss a lot in Paris.

In Poland, I was pampered with different species of smoked fish, and for me the most precious one is mackerel. Luckily, in my little Poland at the Bastille Market (mentioned in a previous post http://chezdomia.com/?p=161 ), I can keep spoiling myself with this delicious and healthy snack.

FoodMarket at Bastille Paris

FoodMarket at Bastille Paris

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Herring Marinated in Olive Oil with Onion and Dill (Śledź w Oleju z Cebulą i Koperkiem)

Small bites By June 6, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Persons: 1-2    Cost: $$     Level: medium     Time: 20min (+3 days to marinade)      Ingredients: fish can be dificult to find


Marinated herring is a very old dish. Almost every Pole has had marinated herring with cold shot of vodka at least once in his life 🙂 This traditional meal was often served as an appetizer, to warm up your appetite, in Polish restaurants before WWII.

Why is this fish so popular? First of all, it’s super healthy; secondly, it isn’t so expensive. And third, it is easy to marinate. That why it became so popular in Poland and Scandinavian countries. As a result, we have developed a variety of delicious marinades to accompany it, each with a unique flavour: Spicy, bittersweet, sweet-spicy and natural.

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