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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
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Excellent Apple Gingerbread
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Polish Dinner...Cabbage Rolls & Platski
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Waikiki Beach, Cape Disappointment State Park...Long Beach, Washington
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Jan. 25, 2010 7:06 pm
Fantastic and informative as usual WW! Those cabbage rolls look SO yummy, and the apple gingerbread...I couldn't keep looking at it. Delicious! Can't wait for Cuba. Great job!
Jan. 25, 2010 7:09 pm
You are simply AMAZING!! I love ya!
Jan. 25, 2010 7:11 pm
WW, everything looks and sounds great! I'm Polish, German & Irish...nice mix huh?..LOL! The cabbage rolls are so common and frequent to me growing up, and still now, my Mom makes them all the time. I guess that's why I have a strong love of cabbage, I really can't get enough, regardless how it's cooked. Your photos of the babies (dogs & cat Dave) are so beautiful and the sunrises/sunsets are breathtaking. You write so very well, get going on that book, I'll buy!! If you ever feel like frying, and in a Polish mood again, try Chruscik from the site, very authentic sweet treat. Pain in the rear end but worth it. Take Care~~~Cyndi :)
Jan. 25, 2010 7:18 pm
MMMMM, yum. I seriously don't know how you do it but keep doing it!! Love the descriptions, the info. and the photos.
Jan. 25, 2010 7:20 pm
I'm so proud of all the great meals you are making!!! Beautiful pictures.
Jan. 25, 2010 7:25 pm
Nice job WW. As you were describing the imaginary hamlet with the winding streets, I saw it too. As you were describing the "Babula" in the kitchen pulling out the gingerbread, I could smell it. Very descriptive writing style and I love it.
Jan. 25, 2010 7:28 pm
Excellent read. Our chfs are Czech, and that's why we employ them. Their cooking rocks!
Jan. 25, 2010 8:08 pm
Great Blog! Were you cabbage rolls from AR?
Jan. 25, 2010 8:21 pm
It all sounds and looks quite yummy. I laughed when I read about how you imagined the little round lady taking the gingerbread from the wood burning oven, you made her sound quite real to me. Great blog. Looking forward to Cuba next week!
Jan. 25, 2010 8:25 pm
Once again...taking me somewhere I have never been! You sure are making my world travels cheaper :)
Jan. 25, 2010 8:28 pm
I'm sad Cambodia lost. Will you be doing it eventually?
Jan. 25, 2010 8:36 pm
shanon...yes it was an AR recipe for the cabbage rolls..I didn't review as I changed it up a bit. Citrus Punch...I absolutely will be making Cambodian food eventually...it just depends on the majority rules type of thing!
Jan. 25, 2010 9:10 pm
As always, love your blog WW. You almost make us feel that we have made a trip to the country you are cooking from! You write so well, don't stop!!!
Jan. 26, 2010 2:49 am
Wonderful description of a place I'll probably never get to! I like cabbage rolls and gingerbread so that made it all the more interesting!
Jan. 26, 2010 5:43 am
Truly amazing! Please let me know when you get to Denmark. I have many recipes and know alot of its history ie longest ruling family.
Jan. 26, 2010 6:03 am
Another great post! My husband is half Polish, although he doesn't really like the food so much! But my Irish mother-in-law was always fascinated by Polish food - she would have loved reading this!
Jan. 26, 2010 6:04 am
Sounds yummy!! I cant wait to see next weeks!
Jan. 26, 2010 6:09 am
I will let you know, dogfish!
Jan. 26, 2010 7:59 am
Another incredible menu! You really are motivated! Being of Polish descent I was remembering my mom's (and her mom's) recipes. Unfortunately, they have been "lost". I'm glad you gave me a name to work with though, regarding "Black Soup". I loved this as a child when visiting the grandfolks up north, though I had no idea what was in it!!! When I was about 14 yrs. old I accompanied my aunt to the meat shop/farmer's market and discovered they were using duck blood. How weird, but good! The grownups always referred to it as chocolate soup. I've been searching for that recipe! Your trip to Cuba should be fun. Cuban fare is so yummy! Keep up the great blogs!
Jan. 26, 2010 8:39 am
great blog ww! i love how you give some comments on the country. polish over italian?? i dunno.
Jan. 26, 2010 8:44 am
great blog ww! i love how you give some comments on the country. polish over italian?? i dunno.
Jan. 26, 2010 9:01 am
Great read again, but I ask, "What's wrong with Long Beach on Vancouver Island?" You may recognize it from the movie Twilight.
Jan. 26, 2010 10:01 am
I didn't know there was a Long Beach on Vancouver Island! LOL! See I did learn something today. I watched the Twilight movie one time and when you grow up somewhere and they make a movie about it, it's really weird! And then to not really have the movie take place there is even weirder! Long Beach, Washington is one of my top 5 favorite places to go...it's only a little over an hour away, but I don't really go a lot, so it's never really lost it's magic for me. gderr...I know it sounds way far out there, but I really did like the Polish food over the Italian food, I don't know why...maybe because I made Italian first and wasn't fully confident in my abilities, I don't know...but, I really do like Polish food, again, something I've never had before and I thoroughly enjoyed preparing it!
Jan. 26, 2010 10:09 am
Yum! Everything looks and sounds delicious! I love Polish food, too :) Looking forward to Cuba next week!
Jan. 26, 2010 10:36 am
I'll have to look up the cabbage roll recipe, it sounds delicious. I have to Long Beach on Vancouver Isl. I am sure your Long Beach is just as nice.
Jan. 26, 2010 11:34 am
Everything sounds delicious! Nice post, I enjoyed reading it.
Jan. 26, 2010 12:52 pm
Nice job WW.
Jan. 26, 2010 12:53 pm
Great blog entry again WW! You are inspiring. I soooo wish you were doing Cambodia!((pout))Oh well. Look forward to your Cuba blog very much anyway!!
Jan. 27, 2010 11:03 am
Hello WW, thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. Excellent blog Poland culture is very interesting and you bring out the best in describing it. I don’t know if you are into soufflés but if you are you should check out my most recent blog “Molecular Gastronomists and the perfect Soufflé” I got my inspiration to connect science and cooking from you and reading your blogs. Your blogs offer a great deal to the reader in many ways. Keep up the good work you are one of my favorite cooks thus far.
Jan. 27, 2010 11:05 am
Thanks for that, Peev...it means a lot!
Jan. 29, 2010 4:02 am
Thanks for doing Poland! I am Polish and remember Grandma making duck blood soup (we called it Chanina as kids) for the holidays. Definitely something to try! Great post as always!
Jan. 29, 2010 10:02 am
Dear W.W. I found your blog while looking for some new and exciting (is this at all possible?), chicken recipes. For the first few lines, I truly believed you were touring Poland in an RV and enjoying the benefits of local produce. Wonderful writing style, very vivid, aromatic and plain ol' fun to read. Please put together a cook book, I would definitely buy it and recommend it to others. I hope that your "trip" to Cuba encompasses a family style Tamale. When I was a teenager (212 years ago) one of my friends was Cuban. Her Mom made the most delicious concoction wrapped in corn husks. It tasted like corn but had a slightly gritty consistency. Sometimes she would put pieces of ham or chicken in it, depending on the prior nights dinner. But, whatever you choose, I will be there to experience the adventure through your marvelous writing.... Pearl
Jan. 29, 2010 1:59 pm
A great blog. You have really taken on an ambitious project and are carrying it out with informative and interesting blogs. I look forward to reading about your Cuban experience.
Jan. 29, 2010 3:05 pm
Great blog as always. Sounds like you are really enjoying your "tours".
Jan. 29, 2010 3:40 pm
Enjoyed reading your blog. I am of polish decent and tried many of these dishes. My mom who is 94 years old, and a "babcia" still cooks and bakes and makes amazing pierogies in the summer stuffed with italian plums, sour cherries or strawberries and then sprinkled with a bit of sugar. Yum
Jan. 29, 2010 4:57 pm
OMG! YUM! Do you have a recipe that you would share? I'd love to have that one!
Jan. 30, 2010 2:34 am
A very nice job with your article! I am of Polish decent, so it was very informative. You should consider writing more articles or writing as a hobby?? I remember that my mom made the blood soup occasionaly and macufca (a xmas dessert)too. Thanks for sharing your recipes and im look forward to hearing more from you! P.S. cute names for your "kids".
Jan. 30, 2010 4:42 am
WW- Your blog was so interesting to read!! I'm 100% Polish and have always wanted to visit there! Thank you for the information and great recipes! Keep having fun!!! :)
Jan. 30, 2010 7:24 am
Hi! very interesting blog! I'm Polish and can recommend our cuisine. My fav dishes are : pierogi, borsch ( barszcz) and poppy seed cake. Here is some interesting link http://polishfoodrecipes.blogspot.com/
Jan. 30, 2010 8:12 am
Have you ever thought of writing a food column for a local (or not local) newspaper? I know I'd buy the paper to read the column?
Jan. 30, 2010 8:43 am
Hej, POZDROWIENIA Z POLSKI, meens - greeting from Poland, Warsaw:) My Arizonian husband, our two kids and I (I am Polish) sitting now in our kitchen in snowy Warsaw and eating....nacho cheese:) Kasia
Jan. 30, 2010 8:45 am
Cabbage rolls we call GOLABKI (gowombkee) which literally means...PIDGEONS. But don't ask me why. Actually being kid I always thought these are real birds;)
Jan. 30, 2010 11:05 am
Great blog! I'm with Pearl, I would definitely buy a cookbook from you! Thank you so much!
sunshine gal 
Jan. 30, 2010 2:13 pm
When you finish with Long Beach, Wash. on the west coast of the U.S., try traveling east to Long Beach, NY. The ethnicity of that town runs the gamut, Jewish, Italian, German and Irish. For a small town, ethnic food abounds.
Jan. 30, 2010 5:29 pm
Jan. 31, 2010 10:08 am
seriously....you rock!! I love reading your stuff!
Jan. 31, 2010 11:43 am
Thanks, Jess...how are the kiddos?
Jan. 31, 2010 11:45 am
If you would like to get in on the vote for next week's country the link is http://allrecipes.com/recipe-exchange/recipe-request.aspx?requestID=154123 My husband picked Morocco and I picked Portugal, so if you want to see me cook from either country's cuisine, please leave your vote on that thread! I will post the winning country on Cuba's blog...Thanks!
Jan. 31, 2010 5:17 pm
Ohhh, you have made me SO hungry for cabbage rolls! Haven't had them in ages. That platski sounds good, too!
Jan. 31, 2010 8:06 pm
I loved reading your blog.I was getting hungry reading about the Polish food..Yum! But when talking about the czarnina you stated that the dark color comes from the blood. It actually comes from the prunes and raisins. Now days few people put the blood in because of health concerns but the soup looks the same.
Feb. 1, 2010 1:42 am
I am Polish, and I remember Czernina (which I would'nt try!), it was also used to describe a type of lunchmeat that contained blood. It was sold in our local deli in Philadelphia, in a predominantly Polish neighborhood. I remember that I thought it was quite scary looking-dark maroon! It was supposed to build up the strength of one's blood. I had never heard the story about an unwelcome suitor being served this type of soup! Thanks for bringing back some good memories, and for giving me an idea to research the history of my ancestral cuisine. Looking forward to your upcoming posts as well. Linda
Feb. 1, 2010 9:14 am
You sound like a kick! When you go to Long Beach, try the Thai restaurant on the main drag. We love it! We are building a retirement home on the Peninsula. Maybe we'll see you sometime.
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