Thursday, 26 August 2010

Polish cooking and pottery (or The crazy ladies road trip to Poland).

We did this trip ages ago. Sorry ladies, that it's taken me so long to post.

What a crazy, fun trip! We drove to Poland to cook, shop, explore, eat and to be pampered. In Boleslawiec, the best place to stay is the Blue Beetroot.  It's run by John and Barbara, who are just delightful. And they do fantastic guided tours, and cooking classes. They'll even organize pampering sessions (manicures, pedicures and massages) at the inn for you.

Some of the ladies did a guided tour with Jarek and some of us stayed behind and did the cooking class.

70 grams dry curd cheese (full fat)
1 kilo 20 grams potatoes, peeled and cut (older potatoes are best)
1 big onion or 3 small onions, finely chopped
Salt, Pepper
Vegeta (Polish vegetable stock seasoning)

Place cheese in large bowl
Boil potatoes in salted water
Drain and mash potatoes
Saute onions with butter and a little oil
Add cooled potatoes and onions to cheese
Add salt, pepper and vegeta to taste
Mix all ingredients until well blended

1 kg flour
4 tablespoons oil

Pour flour into large bowl
Add oil and salt to flour
Add water until right consistency
Knead in bowl initially, then move to floured surface
Knead for about 10 minutes, using palms not fists, and folding over in circular motion to add air
Sprinkle a little flour on surface of dough and wrap in cling wrap or cover with towel

To make pierogies:
Roll dough flat (less than ¼ inch)
Cut out circles of dough using cookie cutter or a glass
Spoon filling into center, rolling into a ball
Fold in half (like a taco); patting filling down
Pinch sides closed tightly
Place on floured dish

Place pierogies into boiling, salted water. Remove when they float to surface. Drain, wash with water and add a little oil.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve with onion and bacon sauteed in butter or sour cream

Bigos Staroplski
Cabbage 1,5 kg
Sauerkraut   0,8 kg
Bacon 0,2 kg
Sausage 0,4 kg
3 Onions
Tomato paste approx. 4 tablespoons
English spice
Bay leafs
Pepper, salt

There are so many amazing pottery places in Boleslawiec. We visited so many that I lost count after number 12. Ceramika is probably my absolute favorite. Next in line would have to be Andy's. Here is a excellent link that lists other pottery stores in Boleslawiec (includes web sites, addresses and opening times).


  1. Your blog is making me sooo hungry!!

  2. glad it triggered something... BTW, the food at the Blue Beetroot is worth the drive.