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 →

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 →

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 →

Vegan fish cakes

After vacationing in Denmark, I realized something. While there were fabulous vegan restaurants, none of them had vegan takes on traditional Danish food (at least none that I’ve found.) Since I didn’t find a Vegan Viking restaurant, I decided to try to make my own. Fish cakes were popular on all the restaurant menus I... Continue Reading →

Olivier Salad (vegan option)

The first time I had this salad was on Easter in Poland, with my now-only platonic dining companion’s family, and brings back a memory of a wonderful, comforting meal. Since I was initially worried about finding veggie foods, I was delighted by this dish. Packed full of veggies, it’s much lighter than the mustardy American... 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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