Thursday, July 16, 2015

To Poland and Back - Smacznego!

What do Poles cook and eat? 

Poles love bread and they certainly have the best bread that I have ever tasted.

Why is that? Its definitely because Poles love bread and regard it as something precious. In retrospect, it is due to Poland's past socio-economic and political system.

During Communism farm collectives did not use the chemical fertilizers as often or ever in the same way as used today over and over again on the same soil. Also, Polish farmers to their benefit had only their seed stock to plant with ...untouched (manipulated) by human know-how.
The taste of bread and including potatoes is incredible. They both have a depth of flavor that tells you what it is and the care given to its production which makes you feel all their good nutrition flow right into your veins.

I love Polish breakfast. Poles enjoy an open face sandwich (on that awesome Polish bread) with a few slices of cheese and ham topped with sliced tomatoes and cucumbers. On the side or additionally, they like scrambled eggs, sausages, cottage cheese and some sweet cakes or bread rolls with butter and jam.

For dinner, one most certainly can expect soup first (chicken noodle, tomato or cucumber i.e.)

...and then meat and potatoes. Poles have a special fondness for salads as a complimentary side. My favorite is called Mizeria. This time of year, it is really delicious!

1 large cucumber
5 oz sour cream
juice of half a lemon
1 tsp salt
2 tbs freshly chopped dill (for garnish)
Peel and thinly slice the cucumber. Place it in a colander, sprinkle with salt and leave for 30 minutes for the juices to drain. Rinse and drain thoroughly. Arrange the cucumber in a salad dish. Meanwhile, make the dressing from sour cream and lemon juice. Pour over the cucumber and garnish with dill. Serves 4.


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