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    Wesolych Swiat ~ Merry Christmas Poland

    Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:52 pm
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    From Nana Lee:

    Jak będzie Wigilia, tak będzie caly rok.
    "As is wigilia, so is the entire year," a Polish proverb.

    Christmas Feast/Food
    The traditional Christmas Eve (Wigilia) supper consists of 12 dishes representing the twelve months of the year. No meat is served during the supper, only fish, usually herring, carp or pike. Other traditional dishes appearing on the table include Borscht, "Zupa Ze Swiezych Grzybow" Polish Mushroom Soup or fish soup, sauerkraut with wild mushrooms or peas, Dried Fruit Compote - Polish Kompot and Kutia, a dessert especially popular in eastern Poland.

    Boiled or fried Pierogies, Polish dumplings with a wide variety of fillings, are among the most popular Polish dishes. For the Christmas Eve supper, pierogis are usually made with sauerkraut and mushrooms.

    Additional recipes that might appear for the Christmas Eve meal:
    Ryba W Sosie Chrzanowym -- Fish in Horseradish Sauce
    Pickled Herring (Sledzie Polish)
    Crocus Restaurant Dill Pickle Soup
    Chalka -- Polish Egg Bread

    In Polish families, Christmas is a time for friends to pay each other a visit. That means a glass of Christmas cheer, coffee or tea, and sweets, if not a full-blown meal. That's a lot of entertaining, so weeks before Christmas, families get out the cookie tins and start baking traditional Polish cookies or ciasteczka na święta
    Grandma's Kolacky Cookies
    Polish Rum Balls
    Chrusciki- Bow Knots
    Mazurek Migdalowy or Orzechowy (Almond or Walnut Mazurka)
    Rogaliki (Polish Croissant Cookies With Jam Filling)
    Ciastka Makowe (Poppy Seed Crisps)
    Zozworki - Ginger Polish Cookies

    This is a link on how to celebrate a Polish Christmas Eve.

    This(below) is a traditional Christmas Crib from Krakow in Poland. These cribs are designed around the architecture of the Wawel Cathedral which dominates the city square of Krakow, where these cribs are brought during the first week of December to a huge Christmas market and competition. The best are kept in the Ethnographic Museum, which sponsors the competition. The rest are sold at the market.

    I wasn't there for Christmas but I was there(the square in Krakow is called the Rynek) for a month in the summer back in the '70s. I spent my last day in Poland there and cried from a broken heart that I had to leave. It was so beautiful! Every noon the trumpeter(a real one!) would play a special song from the tower of the church. It's been a long time but I remember that the song and trumpeter were a reminder of some special event in Poland's history.
    The land of my ancestry was very hard to leave!

    ETA: If you buy fine glass ornaments, look at the package fro where they are made. Most are made in Poland! Check out Pier 1.
    Some examples from PolArt Gift Catalog (link)

    Last edited by Molly53 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:43 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:24 pm
    Forum Host
    Thanks Molly - Great po0st!
    Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:48 pm
    Forum Host
    Aw, you're welcome, but the credit really goes to Nana Lee. icon_smile.gif
    Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:52 pm
    Forum Host
    This is just lovely. I am Lithuanian, but we share at least some of the foods and traditions. Such a wonderful time of the year.
    johnny s
    Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:53 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    thank you for the wonderful pictures molly! my family is slovak and it reminded me of home in new jersey. do u have a recipe for poppy seed bread or nut rolls? your food looks tremendous. johnny s. icon_biggrin.gif
    Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:51 pm
    Forum Host
    Here are recipes from the data base for poppy seed bread
    and nut rolls Hope this helps.
    Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:04 pm
    Forum Host
    johnny s wrote:
    thank you for the wonderful pictures molly! my family is slovak and it reminded me of home in new jersey. do u have a recipe for poppy seed bread or nut rolls? your food looks tremendous. johnny s. icon_biggrin.gif
    Thanks, John.

    Most of the recipe names in the post are clickable links. Is your version of poppy seed bread anything like the mackowiec or the nut rolls like the mazurek?
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