Zurek (Polish Easter Soup) Part 1

Easter is around the corner and it is time that I begin with the preparation of zurek. For centuries, zurek was a poor people ‘s meal in Upper Silesia (today’s Poland). Today, it belongs to the classic Polish cuisine and is often served for Easter. Perhaps that is why this soup is known in the…

Hearty Polish Cassoulet (Fasolka po Bretonsku)

Fasolka po Bretońsku means beans in Bretonian style and is a traditional dish of Polish cuisine. Whether this Cassoulet actually came from Brittany to Poland, can no longer be traced, but it certainly originated in France. As with many traditional dishes, the Cassoulet also has many variations. Mine is refined with white wine. However, one…

Classic Polish vegetable salad (Tradycyjna salatka jarzynowa)

This dish brings back childhood memories. My Grandmother has served this salad at every family celebration. The ingredients grew in her fruit and vegetable garden. Her chickens provided fresh eggs. The salad likes to be prepared a day in advance, so that it can “ripen” overnight in the refrigerator. It tastes best with grilled meats. I…