Our apologies for not updating the blog in the last two weeks. We will now be updating it weekly again. While my mom was here visiting, Monika, our language teacher invited us all over for a traditional Polish meal. Then again maybe I wouldn’t call it so much a meal but more like a feast. She prepared 11 dishes in all--2 soups, 1 salad, 3 side dishes, 2 main dishes, 2 types of cookies, and one cake. Let me tell you, by the end of the meal, we were all stuffed to the limit. The first picture is taken after we had eaten our full. As you can see there were still tons left over. Monika tried to make a few different dishes from all the major Polish holidays. In the second picture is a Polish dish called gowomki. So far it is my favorite Polish dish. Translated literally gowomki means pigeon. Thankfully it isn’t made from pigeon. Gowomki consists of ground pork, rice, and a few different spices wrapped in a cabbage leaf and cooked in a tomato sauce.
The soup in the third picture is traditionally served at weddings. It has mushrooms, pork, sour pickles, and kielbasa in it. I have to admit I have never eaten so much soup until I moved to Poland, and I think I have only come across one that I didn’t like. The dish in the final picture is called Ryba po Grecku, which literally means Greek fish. This dish is always served on Christmas Eve. It is a tradition that all families must serve twelve dishes at supper on Christmas Eve. Some of the other dishes that Monika served us were stuffed eggs, which are a traditional Easter dish, noodle soup, and an amazing chocolate banana cake. I bet you are all hungry now, right? I guess you will just have to come visit us so you can try all the amazing food.