June – seasonal fruits & vegetables journal

Seasonal Chezdomia By June 15, 2017 Tags: No Comments

Strawberry -Truskawka

(June-middle of July most popular genre)

This tasty and delicious fruit, which is enjoyed by most people, it’s not a work of nature, but man 馃檪 Strawberry we know today is a cousin of wild strawberries, with is the crossroads of two variants: the Virginians and the great Chileans. Some stories say that this it’s thanks to French kind, Louis XIV, who loved the taste of wild strawberries, and asked his botany to create a new and bigger type of these fruits – as a result the first strawberry was born 馃檪


Polish Royal Broth (Ros贸艂 Kr贸lewski)

Soups By June 2, 2017 Tags: No Comments

Persons:聽4 聽 聽聽Cost:聽$$$$聽 聽 聽Level:聽medium 聽 聽聽Time:聽1.5h聽 聽 聽聽Ingredients:聽easy to find

The Polish Royal Broth (Ros贸艂 Kr贸lewski) recipe that I鈥檓 sharing with you today has quite a special place in my heart. First off, it has been passed down to me from my mother. Secondly, this dish always reminds me of sitting in my mum’s聽kitchen, enjoying all the amazing aromas, tasting the ingredients and of course (the best) watching my mum cook. Let鈥檚 be honest, the best parties always happen in the kitchen 馃槈


Buckwheat with smoked bacon (Kasza gryczana z w臋dzonym boczkiem)

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

Persons:聽2 聽 聽聽Cost:聽$$$$聽 聽 聽Level:聽easy 聽 聽聽Time:聽25-35min 聽 聽 聽Ingredients:聽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鈥檚 start with a bit of history 馃檪

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.


Meatloaf stuff with pear on beetroots & mashed potatoes (Kotelt mielony nadziewany gruszka na burakach i puree)

Dishes By February 4, 2017 Tags: , , No Comments

Persons:聽2-4 聽 聽聽Cost: $$$$聽 聽 聽Level:聽easy 聽 聽聽Time:聽30-35min 聽 聽 聽Ingredients: easy to find

Most likely, the origins of today’s Mielony cutlet (meatloaf) can be traced back to the Pozharsky (Pozarski) cutlet, named after count Dmitry Pozharsky. In fact, both share a similar preparation, with the exception that the Pozharsky cutlet is a breaded ground chicken or veal patty and Mielony cutlet is usually made with ground pork or beef with the addition of an egg. In Warsaw, restaurants served Pozharsky cutlets as far back as the mid-nineteenth century.

I like to think about Mielony (or 鈥淪znycel鈥 in Malopolska) as a polish hamburger; in fact, when I was younger my mum would often pack Mielony sandwiches in my schoolbag – it was always the best, as it’s really tasty even when eaten cold.

Traditionally in Poland, we serve this dish with beetroots and mashed potatoes, however as the flavour is not too imposing, is easy to be paired with various side dishes. Today I have prepared my mum鈥檚 recipe with my own personal touch – and my grandfather Stasiek鈥檚 recipe for mashed potatoes.


Borscht (Barszcz czerwony)

Soups By November 5, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

Persons:聽2 聽 聽聽Cost: $$ 聽 聽聽Level:聽medium 聽 聽聽Time:聽1h15min cooking聽+ 1 day to rest聽 聽 聽聽Ingredients: easy to find

Borscht is a soup that will charm almost anyone from the very first sip. Rich taste and elegance, almost hypnotic ruby color, makes borscht just absolutely gorgeous. It’s no wonder that it even charmed king聽W艂adys艂aw聽Warne艅czyk and became one of his favorite soups.

However, the soup of these royal times does not resemble today’s version. For years it underwent a culinary revolution, but what has never changed is that borscht is a pure vegan dish based on soured (sourdough) beetroot juice. Its main ingredient beetroot, which is full of anthocyanin (the same pigments present in red wine), helps build our resistance, slow down signs of aging and prevent the occurrence of cancer.

Traditionally, we served Borscht at Christmas dinner in one of three main versions:

  • Pure – the recipe from this post
  • With polish ravioli “uszka” – my family ‘s Christmas version
  • With polish croquet – a more casual, every-day recipe often served in bars

As we’re all聽very busy, we don’t聽always have time to prepare soured (sourdough) beetroot juice in the聽time-consuming traditional way. In Poland, shoppers聽can聽easily find聽prepared natural one at local shops; however, as someone who lives in Paris, I know how hard it can be to find聽abroad.聽For this recipe which is very聽close to my heart as it has been passed down to me by my beloved mom, Jola. I’ll show you how to make your own聽soured-sourdough taste in just one minute, which is excellent for everyday use.


Open-faced Sandwich (Zapiekanka)

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

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

鈥淶apiekanka鈥 is a most聽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 馃檪

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


Apple Pie Cocktail (Szarlotka)

Drinks By September 1, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Persons:聽1聽 聽 聽Cost: $$ 聽 聽聽Level: easy 聽 聽 Time:聽preparation 10 min 聽 聽 聽Ingredients: easy to find

The “apple pie” cocktail is among our most iconic cocktails, prepared with 呕ubr贸wka庐, a brand of Polish bison grass vodka. This cocktail owes its聽cute and tasty name to its second ingredient, the apple.聽

呕ubr贸wka vodka has been made near the聽Bialowieza Forest (Puszczy Bia艂owieskiej)聽since the 16th century. The nobility聽believed that blades of bison grass聽were聽an aphrodisiac, which is why, by the 18th century, pure 呕ubr贸wka became a favoured drink among nobility (szlachta) and peasantry alike.聽

There are聽plenty of delicious 呕ubr贸wka-based drinks, but let’s begin聽with the most iconic!