Sunday, January 27, 2008

Polish cuisine

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.


dan and cheryl forbes said...

My Polish Uncle, Johnny Ligda, made what we called stuffed cabbage. It looks and sounds like this very dish, and YES it is wonderful! We will have to dig out the recipe and make it again!

Hairgrove's Hangout said...

what a feast!! It all looks good. So glad to read something from you Ginger! Love the update that your Mom spent Christmas with you all. What a great Dad! We love you all. Have a good week.

The Stover Family said...

Stuffed cabbage sounds about right--I think I've heard it called that back in the States. I don't know all that it's stuffed with and maybe don't want to know but it's good stuff.


Linda :>) said...

Gowomkes are awesome. This is something grew up on and now Chris and the kids get the pleasure of eating them. I fill them with seasoned ground beef though. Pork dosen't always sit well with us. Grandma used ground beef most of the time also.
Glad you had a feast of great Polish foods... one thing I don't see is Kizka...that's my favorite.
Talk to ya soon