Split pea soup inspired by Polish military field kitchens

This is the ultimate Polish soup recipe. The soup is called “Grochówka” which means it’s made out of dried split pea and few more typical for Polish soups ingredients. If you drive across Poland you will notice roadside stands and food shacks in the woods inviting you to have a bowl of the “Grochówka Wojskowa” or “Grochówka Polowa” which translates into the “Military Split Pea Soup”. Stop by and you will most likely end up with something really tasty. Something […]

According to Polish conventional wisdom homemade, veggie pickles cure hangover. Test it today

How about some good, old, home made veggie pickles? Just like our grandmas used to make. You can make them at home, pack in a nice jar and give as a gift. They are perfect alone as a snack, appetizer or an addition to your sandwich or dinner. Polish people say that they are great for hangover. I think you should test that. Quick pickled veggies Shopping List (makes approximately 3/1-pint jars): 1 tsp. coriander seeds 1 tsp. black or […]

This Carnival treat your date to the sophisticated version of Polish cabbage rolls. This vegetable brings love and sexual potency to your life!

So you are an immigrant. Perhaps Polish, like myself. You landed in a foreign country. You fell in love with the place, culture and people. You decided to stay and settle down. You got a job. You made yourself a cozy home. But something is still missing. You can’t put your finger on it. Perhaps it’s that special someone missing in your life? That person you have always dreamed about but you haven’t had time for? The person you can […]

I know. It’s cheesy but I miss Polish farmer’s cheese

Do you want to know the food product from Poland I miss the most? Polish style farmer’s cheese. During my childhood this was my favorite food and it was relatively easy to get, unlike most other food products. During the 80s most of food items were rationed per person. However this cheese was never rationed. I would walk into the often times bare market and get the whiff of that unique sour smell the cheese produced, especially strong when there […]

This dark, green soup made out of California weed might surprise you

Ok, so Easter is right around the corner and being Polish I know that all the Polish housewives have been busy in the kitchen for the last two weeks. Probably baking babkas, hard boiling eggs, and maybe even painting them… I am Polish and I don’t paint eggs this year but I painted my mashed […]

The Lonely Winter Brussels Sprouts Soup. It’s “lonely”, but you don’t have to eat it alone

I am fortunate to spend this Holiday season with my family in Poland. It has been 16 years since the last Christmas together and a very long time since I experienced the “real” winter for longer than a week. Although it’s cold out here, I am still super excited because the trip triggers so many culinary memories. Winters in Northern Europe offer very limited variety of local produce but Brussels Sprouts are in season now. So, here is my sentimental winter tale about this “little” vegetable. I grew […]

Go green with your potatoes!

Ok, so Easter is right around the corner and being Polish I know that all the Polish housewives have been busy in the kitchen for the last two weeks. Probably baking babkas, hard boiling eggs, and maybe even painting them… I am Polish and I don’t paint eggs this year but I painted my mashed potatoes green. And painted my potatoes not because it’s Easter time, but because green potatoes are delicious, healthy and they look really cool. I am […]

Pork schnitzel breaded in buckwheat as guiltless pleasure

The Pole’s relationship with pork chops is like the American’s relationship with steak. Although I love steak, I also love pork. After 25 years of Polish Pork Cuisine,  pork has become an integral part of my diet. Sometimes when I get cravings for the old times and Slavic–Germanic culinary tradition, I make a simple pork schnitzel accompanied with potatoes and dill. When the spirit of Californian speaks to me and I want a healthier version, I make a pork schnitzel… breaded in buckwheat flour. So here is a recipe for a […]

My miserable youth was filled with this cucumber dish

As I started exploring my Polish food memories, there was a moment when I realized many Polish dish names have pretty negative associations. Let’s take “Mizeria”, a simple dinner side dish, which basically translates to “Misery”. Mizeria consists of two main ingredients. Sour cream and green cucumbers. That’s it. The sour cream was sometimes swapped for similar dairy products like kefir, buttermilk or yogurt, if they were available. Or some people used heavy cream instead. To add a boost of […]

Holiday Eggnog Martini just like grandma used to make

When I was a little girl, I felt in love with the home made treat called kogel-mogel. It was made out of raw egg yolks and white sugar. Sometimes I would have it with a touch of raw cocoa powder or lemon juice. At times of my childhood in communistic Poland, when sweets were rationed and for most of the time not available at all, this treat meant to me a lot. Particularly, because I could make it at home […]