Polish Easter

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Easter is that time of the year when you can say goodbye to the darkness of winter and let yourself be surrounded by flowers, birds singing in the morning and long walks along the river. Easter in Poland is probably the second most important Catholic festivity after Christmas and it’s a time to be spent with family, with grandmas and mums cooking and baking from the early hours of Friday and kids painting the eggs.

Traditionally on Saturday every family would decorate a basket with pieces of food that symbolise Easter and this would be taken to the church to receive a blessing. Everything would be shared afterwards with the family on Sunday whilst enjoying lunch.

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The traditional Polish Easter basket should contain the following:

  1. Salt and pepper
  2. Bread
  3. White sausage (or any other sausage)
  4. Eggs
  5. Hand painted eggs
  6. Babka (traditional Polish Easter cake)
  7. Lamb figurine
  8. Any other Easter items of your choice (I’ve put Lindt golden bunny, chicken and lamb characters)

Easter celebrations continue on Sunday when tables are decorated with colourful eggs, white linen table cloths and special crockery of finest porcelain and silver service cutlery.

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Easter lunch, which actually begins late in the morning and carries on for the entire day, is a composition of eggs as a starter – cooked, boiled and stuffed in different variations – home made soup followed by a meat dish, traditionally either chicken or lamb.

APPETIZERS

DSC_0178Eggs filled with mushrooms with a bed of red peppers

DSC_0194Eggs with mayonnaise and chives served with wild smoked salmon from Alaska

DSC_0202My mum’s Polish vegetarian salad – sałatka jarzynowa

DSC_0206Platter of cured meats – Gran Biscotto ham and home made steamed pork joint with tuna sauce

DSC_0207My mum’s pâté – królewski pasztet

MAIN – SOUP

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Żurek Wielkanocny (made with white sausage)

MAIN – MEAT

DSC_0226Roast chicken with liver, egg and bread stuffing (my great great grandma’s recipe, more than 100 years’ old!) – served with boiled potatoes and sauerkraut with mushrooms

CAKES

DSC_0230DSC_0231Sernik (Polish cheesecake) with hot cherries and fresh whipped cream

DSC_0155Coconut babka

Happy Easter!

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