Matjes Herring Tartare

Ash Wednesday marks the end of all New Year’s and Carnival festivities, and the beginning of the 40 days long Lent. The word Carnival derives from Latin “carne vale” – meat, farewell! Religious people are fasting today and abstain from meat. Some people, like myself, use Lent to exercise self – discipline.  I’m giving up desserts, sweets,…

Babka (Yeast Cake with Raisins)

This cake is traditionally baked in the Christian regions of Eastern Europe for Easter and is one of the typical Easter foods being blessed on Holy Saturday. The blessing of the Easter food, or the “Swieconka” is a tradition dear to the heart of every Pole. Being deeply religious, he is grateful to God for…

Zurek (Polish Easter Soup) Part 2

The sour flour for my Polish Easter Soup is now ready. Here you can read again how I did it. After the fermentation process was finished, I let the liquid pass through a sieve and stored it in the refrigerator in a jar. Now, I’m going on with the cooking of my Polish Easter Soup. I wish you all…