Poland in an RV
Jan. 25, 2010 6:54 pm
Updated: Feb. 1, 2010 9:14 am
Tonight was the night for Poland! The menu was all taken from AR recipes: Super Easy Polish Cabbage Rolls (modified), Platski, and Excellent Apple Gingerbread (with no walnuts because our friend is allergic to them and there is NO way we are gonna eat that full pan of gingerbread, yummy as it is!)
Poland borders the Baltic Sea, Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Slovakia, Germany and the Czech Republic. The capitol is Warsaw. Poland's ancient capitol, Krakow, is among the best well-preserved Gothic & Renaissance urban complexes in Europe.
Although Polish cuisine is not as widely known as French or Italian, it definately does deserve recognition for it's original taste and appearance. Traditionally, Czernina (Black Soup) was served by the parents of a young lady to an unwelcomed suitor. It's prepared with duck or goose blood and that's what gives it the dark color. For Polish nobility in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it was a sign of prosperity to prepare food with liberal spices, and by liberal, from what I read...they mean liberal!
A delicious specialty is roast duck with apples. Other specialties are perogies and bigos. Perogies are stuffed dumplings. Bigos takes at least three days to reach it's full flavor. It's made from cabbage and sauerkraut, several different types of smoked and raw meats, and specailly selected ingredients, for example: dried plums, wild mushrooms, juniper berries, onion and sour apples. It's then seasoned with honey and red wine.
The gingerbread I made tonight was a form of piemiki, which is a marmalade stuffed gingerbread, just really simplified. The cabbage roll recipe I modified a bit. I poached 2 chicken breast halves and shredded them with 2 forks. I left out the marjoram and added just a touch of dried basil instead (about 1/2 teaspoon). I added a bit of paprika for color, a diced roma tomato and around 2 tablespoons of minced fresh Italian parsley. I left the Platski recipe as it was and it was a big, yummy, crunchy potato pancake type-of-deal.
My total cost for everything this week was $19.49, so I added 51 cents to the my "Beach Bag"..hey I figure 51 cents is better than no cents! My total after 4 weeks is $13.23...and I'm on my way for a night in Long Beach next January so I can watch the winter storms on the coast! I can't wait!
The first bite of the cabbage rolls and I could totally picture a quaint little home in a town with old buildings and winding narrow streets. After the first bite of the gingerbread, I could picture a little old woman with a red scarf on her head, about as round as she is tall, pulling this gingerbread out of a wood burning oven. I have to say out of the four countries so far: Italy, Mongolia, India and Poland...my favorite cuisine, so far, is definately Polish! Holy Yum!
I want to thank each and every one of the 34 people on the recipe exchange yesterday who voted for next week. My husband picked Cuba and I picked Cambodia. It was actually a pretty close vote: 19 to 15, but my husband is a happy guy because his country won...so next week is...CUBA! Stay tuned...same channel, next week!
My 2 Big Kids..Sasha and Puppa
Super Easy Polish Cabbage Rolls
Excellent Apple Gingerbread
Polish Dinner...Cabbage Rolls & Platski
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