Thursday, March 08, 2007

Gifts from my Polish friend



I've been blessed to meet plenty of lovely people at SMU. Even though I'm literally on exchange from Kent Ridge to City Hall (haha.), I feel as if I'm in another country all together. It's probably also because of the friends I've made, especially Urszula. I know she reads my blog. Hey girl, I want to say that you're the sweetest! It's awesome hanging out with you!

Anyway she's an exchange student from Poland and I've learnt alot about her home country, especially how they celebrate Easter. It's amazing I tell you. Listening to her recounting events and what not - it really makes me want to visit Poland. Prior to meeting her, I will have to admit that I didn't know much about Poland - well except that the late Pope John Paul was from there, and they have nice polish sausages. How ignorant I must have been! Well I have Urszula here to educate me now so it's okay...

She went to Norway recently for a conference and brought some stuff back for me. That sweet dear; she's really thoughtful! This is some Norwegian brown cheese she bought for me to try:



That's that it looks like - brown. It might be too robust for some but I love it. It's not really smelly or pungent like blue cheese but it has a rich dark taste. It tastes good on its own or with some crackers. I love it! She told me that there are some people who love it and some who hate it.

Then there's Chrzan. It tastes very much like wasabi. I call it Polish wasabi. Ula didn't know what ingredients they used but I suspect it was horseradish. Yummy with cold meat, I had it with some ngoh hiah that day. :p




Herbs...




more herbs....




Barszcz. Something like Russian's Borsch; but slightly different...



Pudding & soft jelly drink mixes..



I know what you're thinking.... they're all in Polish, so how do I know what is what and how to use it? Ula gave me the instructions.. There were alot and I hope I remember them!

Oooo.. I stayed over at her place yesterday and we made Pierogi for dinner. It's some kind of Polish dumplings. My hands were dough-y so I couldn't really take photos. I will however try cooking them on my own at home for my family and let you know how it goes!

4 comments:

Naranja said...

Hi Cheryl! Your post makes me want to go to Poland again. I went to Krakow a while back and I love it. Great food and great shopping!

ann said...

Hi, I just want to say that you have faithful readers also in Poland :)
It was funny to see Polish on your site.

the baker said...

naranja: i've never been to Poland but now I'm dying to! haha

ann: hey! see, the wonders of the internet - i would never have guessed if you didn't drop me a note. I have to go to Poland... i want to try all the yummy polish food my friend keeps telling me. I believe Easter is a big thing for you Polish as well? oh oh, my polish friend taught me how to make pierogi and i totally love it.

Helmer Aslaksen said...

Hi, I like your blog. I'm glad to see that you liked the Norwegian cheese. The best way to eat it is on freshly baked bread!

By the way, I have some pictures of my Xmas baking on my blog, http://aslaksen-singapore.blogspot.com/2007/12/christmas-baking.html
but it is mostly about my kids.

Helmer

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