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Polish food

Polish food is like German food only worse. Basically, most meals are made from a combination of beetroot, sausage, cabbage and potato.

We were visiting mrs f's Polish father at the weekend (he's not in Poland, he's in Wales btw) and he cooked Gwumpki for us. It's not actually all that bad, so I thought I'd share the recipe with everyone. Particularly Butts.

We have it without the sauce. The more you reheat the gwumpki the better they taste.

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Golabki ('golumpki', 'gwumpki') have three main parts: cabbage, filling and sauce. This is how to prepare them.

Blanch the cabbage and rinse it with cold water. Seperate the leaves. You can beat biggest, hard veins with a meat mallet, or simply remove them. Now prepare the filling. Cook the rice and mince the meat. For best effect use a mixture of different kinds of meat: pork, beef and turkey for example. Fry finely cut onion. Add it to the meat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix together rice and meat. It's up to you what the proportion will be. We suggest about 70% rice and 30% meat. But if you want more meat - no problem.

Now spread the cabbage leaves and put the filling on them. There should be enough of each leaf left free so you can wrap it around the filling. Roll up each leaf firmly. Put your golabkis in the pan side by side, so they fit tightly into the pan.

Prepare the sauce. Rinse and chop the mushrooms. Brown some onion on vegetable oil or butter. Fry the mushrooms with the onion. Stir, add salt and pepper. Keep heating until the sauce boils. Shortly before it does add a slight amount of cream. The sauce is very important as without it your galbki would taste too dry.

Pour the sauce to the pan where the golabkis are. Put the pan in the oven and fry your golabkis until they get brownish. When serving apply the sauce handsomely.


Carp

Interesting because it is a variation on a theme. In warmer climates they would do a similar thing but with vine leaves for example. I had such a dish recently in Croatia, and very nice it was too. As with any of these dishes, the secret is to pack them with flavour.
Butts

There's a Polish deli in Leeds market which I haven't been tempted to buy anything from yet. I like the idea of applying a sauce 'handsomely'.
fartcatcher

they are big on borscht as well, which is beetroot soup. You have pastry shells filled with cheese in them floating in it. They are called ouschka - which means ears in Polish. Bit off-putting really.

Borscht can play havoc with the digestive system if taken in too large a quantity.

Polish bread is nice though - i'd recommend that.
Butts

Borscht and a nice dollop of sour cream yum....
Plastic Man

Gwumpki. This has brought back some very happy memories. I loved the stuff. One particular Polish mother of a friend used to delight in providing this for our tea. I remember having it wrapped in both vine and cabbage leaves.

As to the exact serving style, you have to appreciate that vine leaves were not readily available in Wolverhampton in the 1980's.

If I remember correctly the sauce she used was mainly tomato based and was considered to be the key feature of the dish.
Grind

I don't eat shiny food on principle.
bearing

Plastic Man wrote:

As to the exact serving style, you have to appreciate that vine leaves were not readily available in Wolverhampton in the 1980's.


http://www.halfpenny-green-vineya.../show.php?show=home&page=home
Forest

Butts wrote:
There's a Polish deli in Leeds market which I haven't been tempted to buy anything from yet. I like the idea of applying a sauce 'handsomely'.


Isn't there one in CA?
fartcatcher

Received in the post today in a Jiffy bag a string of dried mushrooms picked by mrs f's aunt 'Czocia iszia' from a forest near Sriebodzin. They smell terrible.

You're supposed to soak them and then make some sort of  stuffing out of them.

They are now hanging up in the outhouse waiting to be used at Christmas.

Unless of course they 'disappear'  
Butts

Forest wrote:
Butts wrote:
There's a Polish deli in Leeds market which I haven't been tempted to buy anything from yet. I like the idea of applying a sauce 'handsomely'.


Isn't there one in CA?


There was one attached to Casa Mia Grande as his wife is Polish. It closed after a few months and is now a champagne bar. There was one a bit further down (towards the Methleys) which might still be there.
Carp

fartcatcher wrote:
Received in the post today in a Jiffy bag a string of dried mushrooms picked by mrs f's aunt 'Czocia iszia' from a forest near Sriebodzin. They smell terrible.

You're supposed to soak them and then make some sort of  stuffing out of them.

They are now hanging up in the outhouse waiting to be used at Christmas.

Unless of course they 'disappear'  


Brilliant. You are so lucky.....Assuming they are not poisonous.....Love playing with unfamiliar products
fartcatcher

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Assuming they are not poisonous


that's the bit that worries me!

i may have to do a bit of internet research
fartcatcher

This year in additional to all the above we had

Paroshki

Think ultra-thick ravioli with cottage cheese in.

Bigoss

Bits of polish sausage cooked with cabbage and the occasional lump of unidentifiable meat. May be mutton.

Topielec

Poppy seed cake

Just disgusting

Thank f*ck we only have to do this once a year.

I'm not surprised at the dearth of Polish masterchefs or Polish Restaurants in the Michelin Guide.

Their entire diet is based on leftovers and shoving as much cabbage and carbohydrates as possible down your neck.
Possibly a cultural thing resulting from always being invaded by bad guys who nick all your decent food.
fartcatcher

They are a nation to whom recycling comes naturally, having existed for centuries on stuff we would stick in the compost bin or give to the guinea pig.
Kevin Khatchadourian

Or send it to relatives in the UK.
Dock

Butts wrote:
Forest wrote:
Butts wrote:
There's a Polish deli in Leeds market which I haven't been tempted to buy anything from yet. I like the idea of applying a sauce 'handsomely'.


Isn't there one in CA?


There was one attached to Casa Mia Grande as his wife is Polish. It closed after a few months and is now a champagne bar. There was one a bit further down (towards the Methleys) which might still be there.


Its not there any more Gambo. Its a florists where I bought my Christmas tree from (£34 quid inc. delivery for future ref).

Re: Polish food. I went to Krakow one January. Cold as fucking fuck, but the food was just the job. Very hearty meat dishes with a lot of garlic I seem to remember.

Thanks for the recipe FC. I Probably won't make it like, but thanks anyway.
Late Doors

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Re: Polish food. I went to Krakow one January. Cold as fucking fuck, but the food was just the job.


So did we and dead right, the grease in the food was the only thing holding my Nads on
Forest

Just seen a Polish/Portuguese Supermarket in Harehills that also does halal products.

Piri piri cabbage anyone?
Dock

Forest wrote:
Just seen a Polish/Portuguese Supermarket in Harehills that also does halal products.

Piri piri cabbage anyone?


Plastic Man

Dock wrote:


Forest

Dock wrote:
Forest wrote:
Just seen a Polish/Portuguese Supermarket in Harehills that also does halal products.

Piri piri cabbage anyone?




I'm not joking, it's not far from the Fish Bazaar/International couriers on Roundhay Road.
Dock

Thats right across the road from Hamza's Multimart (one look and your hooked!)
Late Doors

 does he sell the odd glove or two
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
 does he sell the odd glove or two


Yes, but they cost a BOMB.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Dock wrote:
Thats right across the road from Hamza's Multimart (one look and your hooked!)



that's a shiite joke sunni
Dock

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
Dock wrote:
Thats right across the road from Hamza's Multimart (one look and your hooked!)



that's a shiite joke sunni


sheeps

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
Dock wrote:
Thats right across the road from Hamza's Multimart (one look and your hooked!)



that's a shiite joke sunni


Yeah, even I could Mecca better one that that.
sheeps

Dock wrote:
Thats right across the road from Hamza's Multimart (one look and your hooked!)


Thats just a Turban myth.
Dock

sheeps wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
Dock wrote:
Thats right across the road from Hamza's Multimart (one look and your hooked!)



that's a shiite joke sunni


Yeah, even I could Mecca better one that that.


I'm sharia for the poor quality.

Kevin Khatchadourian

What's their meat like. My favourite meat islam.

*groans at self*
Kingmaker of Lilliput

A mate of my from the formative junior years had a polish father, they always had the same garlic soaked Pork for Sunday Lunch, I thought it was ace...
Dock

Kingmaker of Lilliput wrote:
A mate of my from the formative junior years had a polish father, they always had the same garlic soaked Pork for Sunday Lunch, I thought it was ace...


Re: Polish father.

Was he called Mr. Sheen?

ITHANKAYOU!

*catches roses being thrown from adoring crowd of comedy fans*
fartcatcher

If you had a French Polisher who was Polish he's be a Polish Polisher
Dock

fartcatcher wrote:
If you had a French Polisher who was Polish he's be a Polish Polisher


Good point well made. And is a French Polisher in France known simply as a polisher.
bearing

Dock wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
If you had a French Polisher who was Polish he's be a Polish Polisher


Good point well made. And is a French Polisher in France known simply as a polisher.


Polissoir
Dock

bearing wrote:
Dock wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
If you had a French Polisher who was Polish he's be a Polish Polisher


Good point well made. And is a French Polisher in France known simply as a polisher.


Polissoir


You've always been dead cosmopolitan you.
sheeps

The dead bit sounds quite attractive.
Grind

sheeps wrote:
The dead bit sounds quite attractive.


Except for the smell.
fartcatcher

Paroshki followed by gwompki with bigos  and a slice of mazurek for pudding. Washed down with three glasses of mulled wine.

Go swivel Nigella

hic
Grind

You just made that up, didn't you?
Late Doors

 Fried Zinki, roast chzuplas with burgoski smoked Hazkula anyone ?
Grind

It would be foolish to have your Hazkulas any other way.

* Orders Polish-English dictionary on Amazon.

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