Glorious snow! It’s official, the Metro D has ushered in the first measurable snow of the season. So it’s all red starbucks cups and sweaters from here on out… at least till we’re back in the 70’s this week. While I was sipping my java on a snowy Wednesday, looking at what recipes we could do that weekend for Poland and reading the news on my ticker, there came up a story about Poland! Kismet! Turns out we are looking for a Nazi gold train the tunnel system beneath Poland, sort of a la Monuments Men (stupendous film, btw. see it.).
Anyway, it’s pretty interesting and I hope they find it. I love that National Treasure kind of stuff. I also would love to hope that a midst all the trauma and turmoil that Poland endured in the Nazi persecution, that they would have a payoff like a train full of treasure.
THE DINNER: We had a tough week in Brovskyland and we were due for some serious comfort food. What better than Polish food?! I mean, it’s got it all going on. Traditionally, it’s all up in the sour cream, kielbasa and dumplings. It’s piping hot cabbage stew and rib sticking meat and potatoes in the form of pierogi. What’s not to love?? Marry me.
As such, we had such a hard time picking a darn recipe this week! In the words of Parks & Rec’s resident silver fox, Rob Lowe’s character, Chris Traeger, “Everything literally looked amazing. Literally.” We finally settled on, zupa grzybowa ze świeżych grzybów which is “Mushroom Soup with Fresh Mushrooms”. And it’s completely veggie, which is awesome for those of us that are not eating meat. In addition, it could probably become vegan very easily.
zupa grzybowa ze świeżych grzybów Recipe: http://www.kwestiasmaku.com/kuchnia_polska/zupy/grzybowa_tradycyjna/przepis.html
OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:
Ease of prep and cooking: ONE STARS out of five this meal!
This one was a cake walk. It had to be translated from Polish and converted from metric, so that’s really where that one star comes from. Apart from that, it was so simple. It took no time at all and we were able to visit one grocery store for the ingredients; though to be fair, many of us have these ingredients on hand and you might not need to run to the market at all. Handy if you’re gonna get snowed in 😉
Best dish of all time scale: FIVE STARS out of five for Meal!!
Well, was it everything we hoped for in our quest for comfort food? It was indeed. It was warm and full flavored….which is a puzzle because it had NO spices in it. Like many of the Eastern European countries we’ve handled on AW195S, it calls for only “salt and pepper” to taste even and not as a hard and fast rule. But it was totally flavorful! We chose leeks for our “onion” because it didn’t specify and we adore leeks in our soups. Beyond that paired with the two types of mushrooms we took the liberty of picking (portabello and porchini, btw. Which was a stroke of genius). It was altogether 5 ingredients and served over noodles (we chose mini bow ties, because… I mean, always pick the cutest pasta you can find). Simplicity and brilliance. We all gave this one a five.
Next week on AW195S we will travel to France for #77!! For those of you keeping tabs, this is the last AW195S that we will be having before Thanksgiving! As foodies, we are big fans of this holiday, but for me particularly, it’s one of my all time favorites. Food, football, family and sweatpants. This is the good life, indeed. We picked France because we all have that country on our minds and in our hearts as of late, and this is our Foodie Tribute Salute to our brothers abroad.
Je suis Paris ❤️,
– L & K