Polish Food

3 June 2015

The one thing I love about the multicultural society we live in is the variety of food that is available, you don't have to wander far before you encounter so many shops and delis which can supply you with the ingredients you need to prepare some unusual dishes.  What better way to tantalise your taste buds than experiment with different cuisines and having travelled quite a lot, there is nothing I love more than enjoying tastes of those countries.  You can learn more about the Polish culture by clicking Here.

Polish food is quite new to me, although on a recent trip out to a local city the food was widely available and after a delightful meal I needed to try more.

Potato Dumplings 
These dumplings are part of a traditional Polish dinner and are made purely from potato, potato flour and eggs and can be served with goulash.  To make them you need to boil and mash 1kg of potatoes, add some potato flour (roughly 1/4 of the amount of potato) add 2 eggs and mix together.  These can then be rolled in to a ball and a small indentation made in the centre.  To cook them you need to place them in boiling salted water for approximately 3 minutes.

We love the dumplings served with a stew or goulash as they are delicious with the rich gravy.  Below is a quick and easy recipe for a Goulash which I cook in the slow cooker.

Beef Goulash
2lb Beef Shin
2 teaspoons Garlic Salt
2 red onions
3 tablespoons of paprika
1 tablespoon parsley
2 teaspoons thyme
Large pinch of salt and black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pint beef stock
1 cup of red wine (feel free to drink the remainder)
2 red peppers

I brown the beef and saute the sliced onions and peppers before placing in the slow cooker with the remaining ingredients.  I usually put my slow cooker on at 8.00am and when I arrive home from work at 5.00pm my goulash is ready.

I intend to try preparing different foods on a weekly basis as eating the same thing seems to get really boring to me and what better way to learn about new cultures than to actually experience them.

This is a collaboration post.

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