The most well known Polish sauerkraut soup is Kapuśniak, but there is another Polish sauerkraut soup that arguably has an even more acquired taste - it's called Kwaśnica. The sour one. I personally prefer it - I like the omittance of pork and that feral...

"Placki" are where it all began as far as the slavic people are concerned. In Russia, they might say blini is where it all began, but that's just splitting hairs. Placki are everything that has that flat, round shape, and blini come under that category too. Archaeological evidence shows...

There is something about the humble apple that always reminds me of Poland. Even when there was nothing in the shops we still had apples, and therefore apple cake (Szarlotka) and apple "racuchy" were common during my childhood. Now that Putin has banned imports on Polish...

You know that summer has arrived when you can finally eat juicy, flavoursome, local berries. They don't taste quite the same at different times of the year. I always make it my general policy to eat as many berries as it takes to make myself...

It is the way of life to always take you by surprise. For many years I felt like I was writing "Polska" only for myself. Then finally it all happened at once – the dreamt-of book deal… and the pregnancy. Two babies had decided to...

Polish is not the first cuisine that comes to mind when you utter the word "vegetarian", and yet there are many recipes that are either vegetarian or lend themselves particularly well to being meat-free. Poland, being a Catholic country, has many "fasting" days. In days...

Sauerkraut doesn't sound terribly sexy I know. Yet it's one of the healthiest things you can eat due to its vitamin C, mineral and probiotic content. The juice from the cabbage is a brilliant hangover remedy, my dad assures me, although I haven't tried it...

Experimentation is always fun, as long as you keep your mind open, your ideas flexible and some degree of control over what you're doing. If you see something's not quite working out, why not change direction? This is what I did with this venison (and...

The human condition is a strange one. The closer we get to what we want the more anxious we become. The stakes get higher as we realise that we have more to loose than before. Recently, I have had to remind myself constantly to enjoy...