Golden beet soup with lemongrass

"Do you want anything from the store?" Such a simple question, but when asked this with a bit of jet lag, I have a hard time answering. When I return to the U.S. from Poland, I'm always dazzled by the sheer size and variety of produce and products in American grocery stores. Particularly in high-end... Continue Reading →

Polish summer stew: leczo

This recipe is like a well-kept secret. Leczo is not as well known as some Polish dishes, but it’s delicious, healthy and filling. It took me almost two years of living in Poland before I was introduced to it. It’s also very adaptable, particularly for when your garden explodes. It’s a rich stew with a... Continue Reading →

Chilled beetroot soup (vegan)

My last post was about chłodnik, a delicious Polish summer time soup. This dish is great because it's served cold and has minimal cooking time, solving the dilemma of "too hot to cook, but I still want tasty food." To make this recipe vegan, you'll need a good quality vegan yogurt. As the original recipe uses... Continue Reading →

Chilled beet soup (Chłodnik)

  Cooking in summer can be a dilemma. I want lunch, but I don’t want to be in a hot kitchen— and salads can get repetitive. A solution? Cold soup, full of fresh veggies and herbs, with a rich yogurt base. While some chilled soups are more like glorified salsa (I’m looking at you, gazpacho)... Continue Reading →

Krupnik soup (vegan and gluten free)

One thing I love about Polish food is the different names for kinds of soup. While English names usually just explain what’s in it (cream of mushroom, for example) Polish has different names for different varieties of soup. I saw this soup at a buffet, but it had barley in it. The smell was tempting... Continue Reading →

Ukrainian borscht (Barszcz ukraiński)

I’ve changed my mind about borscht, which used to conjure up images of a bright red Russian soup with sausages. Now I’ve come to love the vegetarian Ukrainian-style borscht, or barszcz, as it’s said in Polish. The word is friendlier to my midwestern accent and the soup is absolutely delicious. Beets are naturally a touch... Continue Reading →

Polish-style tomato soup, vegan

A classic Polish soup, I’ve savored this dish in several restaurants in Poland— as well as the Czech Republic. Simple, yet delicious and filling, I’ve always had this soup served with curly pasta (occasionally with rice.) This is a recipe you’ll need for the summer, when your garden goes crazy with tomatoes. While this soup... Continue Reading →

Vulcan Plomeek Soup (vegan)

Star Trek trivia: Vulcans are vegetarians. And after reading about the passing of Leonard Nimoy on Friday, I decided I needed to do something in memoriam, other than watch Star Trek reruns on YouTube and sniffling. Like many others, to me, Spock represented a slightly awkward, overly intelligent outsider, who never felt truly at home... Continue Reading →

Comfort food: milk soup

All my flatmates have colds, so I’ve been asking my students about Polish home remedies for coughs. One of my students mentioned garlic mixed with hot milk. Which sounded gross at first, but then I realized it reminded me of a childhood cold remedy: milk soup. While it’s very simple— just warm milk and a... Continue Reading →

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