Archive for the ‘Discover Poland’ Category
Sunday, April 28th, 2013
The city of Gdańsk is one of the most beautiful in Poland. Among its many delights are unique architecture, white sand beaches, the largest port, a power plant converted into a symphony hall, trendy night clubs, interesting summer festivals , UNESCO sites, museums, and gourmet cuisine served in stylish restaurants.
The Naptune Fountain on Dlugi Targ Street - Gdańsk, Poland
Gdańsk is more than 1,000 years old and part of a larger area called Tricity, an urban complex extending along the Bay of Gdańsk including cities of Sopot and Gdynia. The Polish spirit is strong here. The Poles regained their independence in 1918, after a century and a half of occupation, and it took them less than 10 years to build one of the greatest ports on the Baltic Sea. Gdańsk is where the strikes of 1970, 1980 and 1988 brought down the communist system. In 1980, Lech Wałęsa led the strike at the Lenin Shipyard that started the Solidarity social movement. Walesa later became the president of Poland and won the Nobel Peace Prize.
AROUND THE CITY
The architecture and displays of cultural heritage in the Tricity area are impressive, in spite of wartime destruction. The Main Town in Gdańsk is a classic example of a Hanseatic (coastal trading) town. The narrow façades of picturesque Mannerist houses line streets that were once lively with traders from many countries. Several museums feature displays that illustrate northeastern Poland’s rich and colorful history. The National Museum houses a collection of old paintings and other crafts. The splendor of apartments once occupied by Gdańsk’s aristocrats is displayed in the Gdańsk History Museum. Exhibitions of maritime culture can be viewed at the Central Maritime Museum.
The Neptune Fountain is on Długi Targ Street, and behind it is the Artus Court, once the center of political life and merchant societies. Also nearby is the Gothic Main Town Hall, which houses a collection of Gdańsk carved furniture. Just off a narrow stone-paved street is Mariacka (St. Mary’s) Basilica, the largest brick Gothic church in Europe.
Delicious pan-fried flounder served with beer at Gdansk Brewery & Restaurant.
Restaurants in Gdańsk feature every variety of cuisine — from seafood to meat-based to vegetarian. Here you can sample sophisticated meals based on traditions from the Middle East, Asia to original recipes from old Gdańsk cuisine and of course delicious Polish cuisine. The waters off the Polish Baltic Sea coast are rich in herring, cod, salmon, eel, turbot and flounder, so seafood specialties abound in the Tricity area. Beer that has become popular throughout Europe has been brewed in Gdańsk for centuries.
Famous Goldwasser liqueur from Gdansk.
Other local specialties include Goldwasser, a clear herb liqueur infused with gold flakes; Piołunówka, a modern version of absinthe; and Dzika Pszczoła (Wild Bee), a honey vodka made with forest herbs.
For an in-depth, off-the-beaten-path exploration of Gdańsk and Pomerania region join Poland Culinary Vacations on our “Coastal Cooking in Pomerania and Gdańsk” culinary and cultural vacation. We usually offer two trips to select from per year. Click here for day-by-day itinerary and vacation details. See you in beautiful Gdańsk, Poland!
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
Polish Easter traditions were born out of a combination of old Slavic customs, regional traditions and most importantly, the Feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. There are many Easter customs, many of them connected with the cuisine. Let’s enter the fascinating world of Polish Easter traditions!
Pisanki – colorful wooden Easter eggs hand-made in Poland.
Celebration of the Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday. Palm branches symbolize victory and triumph. It was a common belief that a child carrying high palm will grow tall in the future and that during Easter, a man will eat much more than he eats on any other holiday. Even in the homes of peasants, Easter time was a period of a great feast. That’s not only because of joyful nature of Easter, but also because it follows the season of Lent – the period of prayer and fasting in preparation for Easter. There were only few dishes which were allowed to be eaten during the 40 days of Lent and many people refused to eat anything!
Two most popular Lenten foods have always been Żurek soup or Żur and herring. Żurek soup (zhooh-rek) – made from sour rye starter, similar to that used in sourdough bread and served with hard boiled egg and herring – prepared in different ways.
Żurek – sour rye soup. Eaten without the white sausage during Lent.
Lent came to an end on Good Friday. Good Friday was a time of preparations, especially in the kitchen. Housewives and kids worked together to prepare foods for Easter.
The most important Easter foods have always been eggs. Easter eggs symbolize new life. Hard-boiled, beautifully decorated Easter eggs are called “pisanki” in Polish. Pisanki can be made by using different techniques:
Kraszanka (or malowanka) - is made by boiling an egg in a concoction of plants or natural products. It could be gold (made from bark of young apple tree), black (oak), brown (onion peels), pink (beet juice), and many other colors.
Drapanka – which is made by scratching the surface of an egg (especially kraszanka) with a knife or other sharp tool, to reveal the egg’s shell.
Pisanka – created by drawing on an egg shell with melted wax; the egg is then submerged into a dye.
Only women could decorate Easter eggs and men were not even allowed to come inside the house during that process. It was widely believed, that man entering a house, when women were preparing “pisanki” would bring bad luck!
More of colorful hand-painted Easter eggs – pisanki.
Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Pisanki are very important part of so called “Święconka”, which means the blessing of the Easter basket. Tradition of food blessing at Easter has very old medieval roots, and is still in widely practiced in Poland. A basket containing a sampling of Easter foods (including pisanki) is brought to church to be blessed on Holy Saturday. All baskets are very decorative. Foods inside have symbolic meanings, i.e.: eggs symbolize life and Christ resurrection, bread symbolizes Christ, salt – purification, ham – great joy and abundance.
After the blessing the food remains untouched until Easter Sunday morning.
Traditional “Święconka” – Easter basket.
Source: Wikimedia Commons.
So what are the main courses for a Easter Sunday breakfast (and dinner later), and typical, traditional Polish dishes for Easter?
All kinds of meat; baked or fried and in the villages across Poland pig roasts are common, too. Baked ham, roast leg of lamb or loin of pork, roasted veal, beef, turkey, duck or chicken. Fresh, predominantly white sausage, and of course famous bigos, know as a Hunter’s Stew. It’s ingredients vary, but most often it includes sauerkraut, cuts of meat and sausages, tomatoes (whole or pureed), honey and mushrooms.
Another characteristic dish is braised red cabbage – sweet and sour braised. Boiled potatoes with caramelized onion and dill, famous pierogi (dumplings), horseradish, various cheeses and chalka – slightly sweet, egg braided raisin bread. You can eat chalka for breakfast or with a meal.
For desserts, a full range from cakes, which could take many fancy shapes like Easter lamb. The most popular cake is “Mazurek” (type of pastry), “Babka” a rich bread-like cake, often shaped to reminiscent a woman’s skirt, hence its name Babka (Grandmother Cake). Honey cake, makowiec – which is Polish specialty (poppy seed cake), sernik (cheesecake) and many other delicious desserts.
Delicious poppy seed roll and blueberry cake.
Easter holiday is not, of course, just about food. It’s about getting together with extended family and friends and enjoying leisure time. Monday after Easter is also a holiday in Poland and most shops are closed for business. Easter Monday or Wet Easter Monday is known as Smingus-Dyngus day in Poland and that’s when boys chase after girls with buckets full of water and try to drench them with it, all in good fun!
Poland is worth visiting at Easter time, both for great food as well as wonderful atmosphere!
Wesołych Świąt Wielkanocnych! Happy Easter!
Friday, January 11th, 2013
Every year, in late August, in the small town of Boleslawiec, located in the Lower Silesia region of Poland, about 120 km west of Wroclaw, Polish Pottery Festival transforms this town into an outstanding place of joy with live shows and beautiful crafts. Everything to celebrate the most famous ceramics from Bolesławiec, and perhaps all of Lower Silesia – Polish Pottery!
Hand made pottery from Boleslawiec (source: wikimedia commons).
Hand made pottery from Boleslawiec is completely different from the pottery you will find in Italy or France. The tradition of making pottery in the region of Boleslawiec goes back hundreds of years. Today, white clay is chosen carefully and baked in high temperature kilns. As a result, you get unique pottery, which is flame proof, can be used in a microwaves, and looks great in your dining room. Pottery from Boleslawiec is also ecologicaly safe, because lead free enamel is used for decoration. Most patterns are detailed, geometrical and floral designs. Each piece is completely different than another, all are hand made, unique, worthy to be collector’s item.
Various sizes of pottery on display during Polish Pottery Festival in Boleslawiec, Poland.
This popular summer festival in Poland, offers unforgettable and entertaining events: parades, shows, culinary presentations, and performances. Ceramic goods are presented at the marketplace for sale, and the streets are full of booths, where you can buy regional products, sculptures, and so on.
Pottery everywhere! (source: Boleslawiec Culture Center).
Large baking dishes are often sold for little money (and you can always bargain!). You will be surprised that in Boleslawiec you can purchase pottery using US dollars! This is because pottery from Boleslawiec is very popular among US military personnel from Germany. So when you will visit the Polish Pottery Festival you will meet surprisingly many Americans. Communication with vendors is also not a problem – most of them speak English very well.
There are a lot of activities during pottery festival even in the night (source: Boleslawiec Culture Center).
You can also visit pottery museum, and pottery factories (where you can paint your own piece of pottery during a hands-on workshop), as well as many historical landmarks in Boleslawiec, for instance beautiful town hall.
Town Hall in Boleslawiec (source: wikimedia commons).
Folk dance group during pottery festival (source: Boleslawiec Culture Center).
Folk dancers at the Polish Pottery Festival in Boleslawiec, Poland.
Polish Pottery Festival in Boleslawiec, Poland is a really unique, wonderful experience! You should definitely consider visiting this part of Lower Silesia with Poland Culinary Vacations. Our August 18 – 24, 2013 “Flavors of Lower Silesia and Wroclaw” culinary vacation in Poland is scheduled around the XIX Polish Pottery Festival. Click here for all the details and start planning your 2013 Poland vacation today!
Sunday, December 16th, 2012
Christmas time is the most magical period of the year in Poland. The omnipresent atmosphere of kindness and happiness created by the presence of both locals and foreign visitors celebrating together is contagious.
The best thing about Christmas in Poland appears to be the combination of Polish traditions and customs together with the hospitality of the local people. Everyone seems to be more friendly, helpful and sociable than at any other time of the year. One can feel this unusual aura, at the main market squares in largest Polish cities like: Warsaw, Kraków, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Olsztyn, Toruń etc.
Christmas market in Wrocław, Lower Silesia region of Poland
Evening at the Christmas market in Krakow, in the Lesser Poland region
Christmas markets are the best places to meet with friends and relatives and have a cup of mulled wine or mead. It must be remembered that Christmas markets, which are set up every year a month before Christmas Eve, are a part of Polish tradition.
That’s why you should definitely consider visiting Poland during that time! Christmas markets offer unforgettable artistic and culinary events. At the markets you can purchase beautiful Christmas decorations such as: hand-made glass Christmas tree ornaments, tinsels and Christmas lights. You can also become a happy owner of a real Christmas tree. The joyful atmosphere at the markets is additionally created by the sound of Christmas carols, played in both Polish and English. However, the main attraction of each and every Christmas market in Poland remains nativity scene. The one in Krakow presents hand-made figures of the Holy Family and some replicas of Krakow’s famous monuments.
People listening to Christmas carols at the Christmas market in Wroclaw
Foreign visitors feel tempted to come to Christmas markets where they can learn about Polish traditions, get original presents, and try some home-made treats and products originating from various regions of Poland, e.g. meads, roasted chestnuts, gingerbread or oscypek - smoked sheep cheese made by highlanders from Podhale region.
Christmas ornaments for sale at the Wroclaw Christmas market
Gingerbread hearts for sale at the Wroclaw Christmas market
“It’s amazing to be here – said Graeme from Ireland. It’s my first time in Cracow (Krakow) and I’m impressed! I wasn’t sure about coming to Poland at winter time because my Polish friends told me that winters here are very cold and severe. But now I realize that the decision I have made was totally right! I’ve just bought some Christmas decorations for my parents and I’m sure that they’ll love it!”
Holiday display at the Main Market Square in Wroclaw
Here are dates for 2012 Christmas Markets – Jarmarki Bozonarodzeniowe in various major cities across Poland:
Warsaw (November 24 - January 6)
Kraków (November 25 - December 26)
Wrocław (November 23 - December 23)
Gdańsk (December 6 – December 23)
Olsztyn (December 13 - December 16)
Toruń (December 15 - December 23)
Merry Christmas - Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia!
Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
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Poland Culinary Vacations guests posing with chef Andrzej Polan while on “A Three-Day Culinary Adventure Around Warsaw”
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
The Tricity in the Pomerania region of Poland refers to the cities of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, all located on the Baltic Sea coast and only a few miles away from each other. Although Gdansk and Sopot have scores of wonderful attractions, Gdynia also has many charms and corners worth discovering. Here are a few photos from Gdynia we want to share with you. We just visited there this past July and enjoyed our time exploring this “hidden gem”!
Hala Targowa in Gdynia - Fresh Food Market. Visit this market for authentic, local shopping experience.
Fresh fish sold at Hala Targowa market in Gdynia.
Visiting T. Deker Patissier & Chocolatier in Gdynia- make sure you try the famous cinnamon/honey cheesecake while there!
Getting around in Gdynia is easy! Hop on their many electric buses which will take you to the beach, the harbour area and shopping centers!
The beach in Gdynia on a sunny afternoon.
The Port of Gdynia. It's easy to get from Gdynia to Hel penninsula on a water tram.
Join us in Gdynia this fall while on our “Coastal Cooking in Pomerania and Gdansk” culinary vacation, Follow this link for detailed itinerary: “Coastal Cooking in Pomerania and Gdansk”
See you in Gdynia, Poland!
Friday, December 30th, 2011
HAVE A FUN & COLORFUL YEAR!
Happy New Year! Szczesliwego Nowego Roku!
May your New Year be filled with peace and prosperity and Thank You for your continued support of Poland Culinary Vacations. We’ve enjoyed traveling and cooking with you in 2011 and are very excited about adding new Poland culinary adventures for you in 2012.
Here’s our New Year offer: if you register and pay in full for any of our 2012 culinary tours in Poland before January 10, you will save 15%. We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!
Friday, June 3rd, 2011
For centuries Poland has been a border country between Western and Eastern Europe. Polish regions experienced various rulers and were influenced by many cultures. Here are short descriptions of seven main Polish regions and our choices of the most interesting places worth visiting.
MAZOVIA - Mazowsze - Of course it is Warsaw that attracts the attention of most tourists. Not only is Warsaw a capital city but it is also a thriving business centre in Europe these days. Mazovia is one of the most dynamically developing regions in Poland. But again, historical and cultural region of Mazovia is much bigger than most of people think, it contains Łódź and Mazovian Voivodship. Łódź may be overshadowed by Warsaw but it is equally interesting. For centuries Łódź has been famous for its textile industry and often compared to Manchester. Today it is very lively and dynamic city, which was even competing to become European Capital of Culture for 2016.
The Royal Castle in Warsaw. Completely destroyed during World War II, the castle was rebuilt in the '70s.
Fryderyk Chopin birthplace - Zelazowa Wola, Mazovia region of Poland.
Lodz, Poland. City square with the monument of General Kosciuszko.
LESSER POLAND - Małopolska - With its cultural Kraków and Zakopane as ”The Winter Capital of Poland”, Lesser Poland is often filled with tourists. After Partition of Poland the region was annexed mainly by Austria. In fact the region is much bigger than the current Lesser Poland Voivodeship and it stretches over Lublin, Świętokrzyskie and Subcarpathia Voivodeships. Undoubtedly, beautiful Tatra mountains and wooden, Catholic churches are the pride of the region. But, there are many off-the-beaten-path small towns worth visiting such as Sandomierz, Kazimierz Dolny, Zamość or Puławy. They all share the same incredible atmosphere of remote but at the same time very historic and cultural towns.
Orlak hostel in Tatra Mountains of Poland.
Beautiful Sandomierz, Poland situated in Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship.
The ruins of a castle in Krzysztopor, situated in the village of Ujazd, not far from Sandomierz.
SILESIA - Śląsk - A historical region of southwestern Poland, which is divided into sub-regions, at the same time voivodeships of Lower Silesia, Upper-Silesia and Opole. Silesia is full of beautiful, off-the-beaten-path places. Over the century, this region was a part of Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany. Even though history has made this region very specific, its complexity cannot be grasped by even many Poles from outside Silesia.
The historic capital city of Silesia is Wrocław, today the capital of Lower Silesia Voivodeship, and one of the fastest developing cities in Poland. However, Lower Silesia is full of tourist gems such as: spa resorts in Kudowa or Duszniki Zdój situated in the beautiful Sudety mountain range. But, what’s really worth recommending is The Church of Peace in Świdnica listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This unique and beautiful church dates back to XVII century and was named after Peace of Westphalia of 1648, which allowed the Lutherans in the Roman Catholic parts of Silesia to build three Evangelical churches.
One of the unique Churched of Peace, Lower Silesia region of Poland.
Click on the following link to visit the church online and admire its beautiful interior. http://zieba.wroclaw.pl/kpg/kps.html
Wroclaw Dwarfs. Current symbol of Wroclaw. These little dwarfs can be found in Wroclaw streets and squares.
Nature at Szklarska Poreba, in Sudety mountain range in Lower Silesia region of Poland.
In contrast to Lower Silesia, Upper Silesia has always been considered less attractive, mainly because of its heavy industrial cities. However, nowdays some of Upper Silesian cities are flourishing. Old mine shafts have been transformed into concert halls and play host to many cultural events. Such places like Historic Coal Mine Guido in Zabrze have a tight schedule for the whole year.
Historic Guido Mine on The Industrial Monuments Route of Silesia region of Poland.
An outdoor live cncert at Guido Mine in Zabrze, Upper Silesia region of Poland.
A fabulous scenery and a hidden Moszna Castle, in Opole Voivodeship, Poland.
POMERANIA - Pomorze - Pomerania stretches over three voivodeships: Kuyavia-Pomerania, West Pomerania and Pomerania. The Baltic Sea coast witnessed many historical events but most people remember the beginning of trade union “Solidarity” in Gdańsk shipyard in September 1980. Gdańsk is also considered the most beautiful city in Pomerania. Together with Sopot and Gdynia they form a metropolitan area called Tricity (Trójmiasto). But, for people who prefer more peaceful places to visit there are beautiful parks such as Bory Tucholskie National Park, which has recently been designated by UNESCO.
Neptue Fountain in Gdansk, Pomerania region of Poland.
Crooked house in Sopot, Poland.
MAZURIA - Mazury - Northeastern region of Poland, best known for its lake area (more than 3000 lakes). Mazuria contains the Mazurian Lake Districs (Pojezierze Mazurskie) and the Iława Lake District (Pojezierze Iławskie). Here, the greatest battle in Polish history took place in Grunwald fields in 1410. Polish victory over Teutonic Knights is now commemorated by the inscenization of the battle in Grunwald fields. Because of its beautiful landscape Mazuria is often visited by many tourists.
Sailing in Mazury region of Poland.
GREATER POLAND - Wielkopolska - Not surprisingly Greater Poland is often called “The Cradle of the Early Polish State”. Historically this is the most important region. Here the Polish prince, Mieszko I, was baptized in 966, probably in Gniezno, which was then the centre of the early state power. After the Partition of Poland, Greater Poland was taken by Prussia which brought far-reaching political and cultural changes to the region. However, it is always remembered that the single successful uprising in Polish history, Greater Poland Uprising (1918-1919), led to the independence of Poland. Today the region makes an administrative voivodeship with its capital city in Poznań.
Greater Poland is famous for its oak trees located in Rogalin Landscape Park, which contains the largest group of monumental oak trees in Europe. In recent years a lot of controversy has been brought up by the largest church in Poland located in a small village of Licheń Stary. In 2004 a Sanctuary of Our Lady of Licheń was completed and is now visited by a great number of pilgrims. The church authorities have been criticized on spending too much money for such a monumental and lavish church.
Tenement houses on market square in Poznan, Greater Poland region.
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lichen, Poland.
PODLASSIA - Podlasie - Because of the beautiful national park known as Puszcza Białowieska, Podlasie is sometimes called “The Green Lungs of Poland”, and is listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. All kinds of unique animals can be found in the Białowieski National Park and Biebrza National Park. For people interested in bird watching or bisons, Podlassia this is the best place to go. Podlassia region stretches over Podlasie Voivodeship and some parts of Mazovia with Lubelskie Voivodeships. In the past, when Poland formed a joint state with Lithuania, the major trade routes to Vilnius crossed this region. As a typical border region it has been shaped and influences by various cultures: Polish, Lithuanian, Ukrainian and Bielorussian. Until the 19th century the region was also inhabited by Jews, Greek Catholics, Roman Catholics and Muslims. You can really feel the atmosphere of a cauldron of cultures in Podlassia.
Herd of European bison at Bialowieski National Park, Podlassia region of Poland.
Greek Catholic (Uniate) Church in Podlassia region of Poland.
To learn about Polish Cuisine – Region by Region – please visit Poland Culinary Vacations website by following this link: http://www.polandculinaryvacations.com/polish_cuisine.php
Various photos courtesy of:
Neptun Fountain in Gdańsk, Royal Castle in Warsaw, Orlak hostel in Tatra Mountains, Wroclaw Dwarfs & Nature at Szklarska Poreba – Anna Oszczęda and Aneta Łaszewska.
Sailing in Mazury - http://www.skysail.pl
Historic Mine Guido- http://www.paiz.gov.pl
Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
….not to mention delicious food, live music, dancing and fine Polish vodka drinking!
On July 24, 2010 I’ve attended my cousin’s Lukasz (Luke) and his beautiful bride Anna wedding in Wroclaw, Lower Silesia region of Poland and wanted to share the whole experience with you. Mostly through pictures, because as they say: ” A picture is worth a thousand words”. It was a lovely wedding and reception! If you ever visit Poland and someone invites you to join them at a traditional Polish wedding don’t hesitate to accept. You’ll have a great time guaranteed, as weddings in Poland last from one to three days, get to try excellent cuisine, drink the best of Polish vodkas, sing and dance with fun loving and hospitable crowd.
Marriage is an important rite of passage in all cultures around the world and is celebrated in unique ways in Poland depending on which region you visit. For example, every year in June, in Wegrow, in the Mazovia region of Poland, a festival is held celebrating marriage traditions. The Festival of Wedding Rituals is a fabulous event with contests for best regional wedding ceremony, foods and music. If you enjoy weddings, you will for sure enjoy this festival!
Priest greets and blesses couple before the Roman Catholic wedding ceremony.
Over 200 people attended Anna’s and Lukasz wedding. Four generations of family members and friends of the bride, groom and their parents. On Saturday, in the early afternoon groom’s parents and grandparents traveled to the bride’s family home for a special blessing before the church ceremony. At 4 pm the wedding ceremony started and lasted about an hour. During a traditional Catholic Mass the couple exchanged vows and everyone enjoyed soloist singing “Ave Maria”.
Anna & Lukasz at the altar during the wedding ceremony.
Olivia - one of the beautiful flower girls.
Here Come the Newlyweds! - greeting guests and accepting gifts on church doorsteps.
The parents welcome newlyweds with bread and salt in front of the reception hall.
Traditional wedding bread.
Ania & Lukasz in the reception hall. The sign above them states: " God Bless the Newlyweds"
The reception was a culinary heaven! The variety and quality of food was amazing. It was simply impossible for one person to try everything. The tables were “bending” from all the foods and drink. We all started our culinary adventure with the main course which included traditional clear broth soup with noodles – “rosol” then potatoes, Silesian dumplings, eight kinds of hot meats to choose from and various vegetable salads. Everything was so delicious!
"Rosol" - chicken broth with noodles. A must dish at Polish weddings.
Various potatoes and Silesian dumplings for main course.
Various meats for main course.
Various vegetable salads for main course.
More salads for main course - "buraczki" - beet root salad.
After eating main course, Ania & Lukasz did their first dance with wedding guests surrounding them.
Throughout the evening, guests could enjoy yummy desserts with their coffee and tea, various hor’dourves – like home-made cold meats, pig-roast, bigos – Hunter’s Stew and much, much more. To drink – of course - lots of Polish vodka, fruit cordials and red wine.
Wedding Vodka card encouraged all friends to drink up for the health of the newlyweds and have a great time!
Various wedding desserts.
Various cold hor'dourves.
Various home-made cold meats.
More of home-made cold meats.
Pig roast and sausage.
"Bigos" - Hunter's Stew.
Besides all the wonderful cuisine and drink, wedding guests joined together in dancing and singing. Each table received a booklet with traditional wedding songs.
Wedding song-book for guests.
Groom's grandfather (in middle) and other family.
Wedding guests/family singing and having fun with mother of the groom (in pink dress).
Anna & Lukasz sharing their wedding cake.
Ania & Lukasz getting ready for unvailing - "odczepiny".
Transfer of the vail.
On Sunday many guests gathered for a follow-up party called - ”poprawiny”. It was a great party again, with wonderful music, food and lots of dancing and outside grilling. Some out-of-town guests stayed until Monday to visit and party with the newlyweds and their parents.
The table is set at the follow-up party - "poprawiny".
Home-made cold meats platter at the follow-up party.
Fish & seafood platter.
A beautiful vegetable salad.
Deviled eggs platter.
Home-made pate platter.
Home-made ham and pickled vegetables platter.
"Salceson" - a type of head cheese, smalec - "lard with onions" and pickled vegetables.
Veal stuffed with spinach.
Grilling and beer drinking outside.
...and some more outside grilling.
Anna & Lukasz
ANNA & LUKASZ
July 24, 2010
ON THEIR MARRIAGE!!!
May your life be filled with happines and joy forever!
(and BIG THANKS for your hospitality!)
Sunday, December 20th, 2009
2009 Christmas Tree on Wroclaw Market Square - Lower Silesia region of Poland.
Wishing You and Your families Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Or, as we say it in Polish: Wesolych Swiat i Szczesliwego Nowego Roku!
With Wigilia only a few days away, many Polish housewives and chefs already started their preparations for this important traditional dinner for their family and friends. Especially baking is started days earlier to leave time for cooking of sometimes up to twelve, mostly vegetarian dishes for traditional Wigilia dinner. Many families, especially in the countryside, bake their own breads and poppy seed roll is a must dessert during Wigilia and for the rest of Christmas holiday. Other common Wigilia dishes include: red beet borscht, pierogi with cabbage and mushrooms, fried fish – often carp, mashed potatoes topped with mushroom sauce, stuffed cabbage rolls with buckwheat groats and mushrooms and many cold side dishes such as pickled herring in wine or sour cream, cwikla- shredded beets mixed with horseradish and red cabbage salad.
Celebrating Christmas the Polish Way is very special so, if you ever find yourself in Poland during Christmas make sure you’re invited to someones home to best experience this tradition-steeped time from both the cultural and culinary standpoint.
Once again, Wesolych Swiat i Smacznego!