Quick recipe: Cool soup for a hot summer day— white chłodnik

With the heat wave in Europe, I've been struggling to stay cool. Eating a lot of salad and not using the stove during the day is one solution. Adapting recipes so they involve no cooking is another. So, I transformed a favorite Polish soup of mine, chłodnik, but leaving out the beets. I've had this take... Continue Reading →

Why fictional hedgehogs steal apples

Spoilers: in real life, hedgehogs never run off with apples stuck to their spikes. But in pop culture in Slavic countries, they’re often shown carrying apples or other fruit on their quills. Here, at Christmas market in Poland, a herd of hedgies each  has a single red apple placed on their backs. It’s not just in... Continue Reading →

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