Polish Christmas Traditions

If you follow my blog regularly, you might have noticed already that this year I am spending Christmas in Poland which makes me incredibly happy. Aside from missing my family and being able to simply be with them, Christmas is just different here. I think the reason might be the amount of traditions we follow….

Ginger cinnamon cookies

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. No question about it. I’m waiting for baking and preparing Christmas food more than anything. Gingerbread cookies and cinnamon ginger cookies are awesome because of their great christmasy flavor and the fact that they are ready in no time. And let’s not lie to each other, if…

Lviv salad

Lviv salad (or sałatka lwowska in Polish) is a delicious salad with somewhat surprising ingredients. I was watching tv at my parents’ house and saw a show called ‘Kuchenne rewolucje’ (‘kitchen revolutions’) in which a famous food critic and chef Magda Gessler told owners of one Ukrainian restaurant to inculde this salad in their menu….

Smoked mackerel salad

I often mention my childhood flavors. I grew up by the lake where we had most amazing fresh fish and among them my all time favorite- smoked mackerel. I swear it doesn’t taste like that anywhere else, I looked everywhere . My mom used to make me and my sister this simple paste very often…

Zupa szczawiowa (sorrel soup)

Hello there! It is my first blog post from Poland. I’m spending the whole month here before Christmas and it is the best time of the year to prepare delicious stuff with my mom and my grandma and add some great recipes to my website. After a quick visit in Warsaw where I landed and…

Jam filled butter cookies+ video

Today I made butter cookies filled with homemade strawberry jam. They are delicate, very buttery and a perfect coffee addition. I love simple butter cookies but adding jam to them gives them a nice moisture and a fruity flavor. They look beautiful and very appetizing with a jam dollop in the middle. Cutting them out…

Pierniki (gingerbread cookies)

Pierniki (gingerbread cookies) are known and made in Poland since the Middle ages. They are a part of the Christmas tradition and usually made about 3 weeks to a month before since they get better with time. You can serve them right after baking when they’re soft or place them in an airtight container so…

Zapiekanki

Zapiekanki are open-faced sandwiches, made with baguette, mushrooms and melted cheese, sometimes with more ingredients, served with ketchup. The word zapiekanki is a plural of the word zapiekanka which means more or less something baked, zapiekanka can also mean casserole. This dish became popular in the 70s in Poland and is one of the most…

Bigos (hunter’s stew)

Bigos, called hunter’s stew in the US, is an Eastern European staple. This dish is traditional for Polish, Lithuanian, Belarusian and Ukrainian cuisines. Bigos was even mentioned by Polish author Adam Mickiewicz in one of his most important novels ‘Pan Tadeusz’ in 1834 as “wondrous taste, colour and marvellous smell”. Pretty special! This dish is very…

Krupnik

Krupnik is one of the oldest Polish soups. To be honest for some reason we didn’t have it for dinner too much growing up but both my grandmas made it a lot. It’s seriously delicious and I think it’s pretty special that my ancestors made before me for so many years. It is based on…