Blog about Poland - Polish traditions, holidays, food and places worth visiting.
Poland is a beautiful and full of traditions country.
It is known for its hospitality, rich culture, breathtaking architecture and great food!
Poland ("Polska") is definitely worth seeing when travelling to Europe.
It's still a winter season in Poland, so I thought that some of you may find the winter vocabulary useful.
Poland has beautiful mountains in the south with many great skiing and snowboarding resorts. Polish three main mountain chains are: Góry Świętokrzyskie, Karpaty and Sudety. Personally, I am more of a hiking fan than a skiing fan (oops...), and trust me, Poland has some breathtaking views to offer.
My favorite winter activities are: hiking, snowball wars, making a snowman, sleigh ride ("kulig") and drinking hot chocolate! What about you?
For pronunciation, I recommend a Google Translator - it's pretty good! Have fun!
"Ostatki" is the name for the last days of Carnival, starting on Fat Thursday and ending on Tuesday - day before Ash Wednesday. Among the most famous Carnivals are without a doubt Carnival in Rio de Janeiro (5 days of partying and colorful parades), Carnival in Columbia, Carnival ball in Venice and Carnival in New Orleans in the USA. Clubs, pubs and restaurants in Poland organize "Ostatki" parties.
One of the oldest customs was to dress up, sing, dance, visit neighbors and do different tricks. This custom used to be popular in many villages across the country.
Today, people gather together to dance and have fun, before the Lent and more peaceful time of a year arrives.
Faworki are the best! I don't make them often, but at least once a year. And today is a day. Fat Thursday. I made them in the morning and enjoyed with my coffee.
Recipe: 2 cups all purpose flour, 4 egg yolks, 3 Tbsp sour cream, 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp vodka or white vinegar, 1 Tbsp water, 1 quart of vegetable oil for frying (can be canola, sunflower or coconut oil as well),
powdered sugar for topping
Mix flour, egg yolks, sour cream, sugar, vodka/vinegar and water. Knead a dough. It will be sticky and you might need to add a little more flour (tablespoon or so) during step 2. It should be elastic.
Roll out the dough on floured surface making sure that it's very thin - "paper thin". (Every time I do this, I think that it's thin enough and it's not. My recommendation: do your best).
Cut into strips (about 4 in. long) and make a slit in each one (approx. 1 in. long).
Take one end of the strip and put it through a slit making a bow tie.
Heat oil in a large pot. Carefully throw 4-5 faworki (note: faworki is already plural, so not "faworkis" 😊) into the oil. Fry until golden on both sides (It doesn't take long, so don't leave the pot with hot oil on the stove).
Drain on paper towels and top liberally with powdered sugar.
Valentine's Day (in Polish: "Walentynki" / "Dzień Zakochanych") is celebrated in Poland since the beginning of the 90's. This American holiday became very popular in Poland and won hearts of the younger generation, but not only. People find it to be another ocassion to celebrate, go out and have a good time.
And it's celebrated in the same way - cards, flowers, chocolates, dinner, movies... Who doesn't like a holiday like this?
It's a perfect day to tell someone "I love you" - "Kocham Cię" or "I like you very much" -"Bardzo Cię lubię" for the very first time. It can be done in an anonymous way ("anonimowo") by sending a card or by a song dedication on the radio. However, most people decide to be brave and confess their feelings ("uczucia") in person.
Here is some help, if you wish to write a Valentine card in Polish :o)
Valentine phrases and vocabulary:
Kocham Cię - I love you
Kocham Cię bardzo - I love you so much
Lubię Cię - I like you (a feeling)
Podobasz mi się -I like you (finding someone attractive)
Rafaello is a coconut dessert that is named like a popular coconut candy, and it's very easy to make.
All you need to do is make pudding. The rest is a piece of cake - literally :))
Sweet and rich coconut filling combined with salty crackers (yes, crackers) - what a great treat!
Please don't substitute crackers with vanilla wafers... - that's a completely different dessert :))
The crackers soften after few hours and they give a nice taste to this no bake cake.
And when there is food, there are memories! Anytime I think about this dessert, I think of my high school friend Ania, who shared with me the recipe for Rafaello :)).
It's been years since I made one, and I couldn't find the recipe that she gave me.
So I started searching for it online....
You can make your own pudding from scratch or make it simple and use vanilla Jell-o Cook & Serve Pudding. I went for Jell-o and skipped butter.
2 small vanilla puddings - Jell-o Cook & Serve (not the instant kind),
4 cups milk (for pudding),
1 stick of softened butter (optional),
2 cups coconut flakes plus 1 cup for topping,
2-3 rolls of salty crackers (I used Club and Ritz crackers )
In a small saucepan combine milk and pudding mix. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and set aside. Let it cool
Mix softened butter until fluffy. Add 1 Tbsp of cooled pudding at a time and keep mixing.
Stir in 2 cups of coconut flakes. Place in the fridge for 5-10 min.
Place crackers on the bottom of 9x13 in (23x33 cm) pan, spread some pudding filling and repeat the layers two more times (3 layers of crackers and 3 layers of pudding filling). Top with coconut flakes. If you wish, brown coconut flakes on a frying pan before topping the cake.