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yodetta



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2004 6:40 pm    Post subject: on food Reply with quote

greetings,

i'm looking into teaaching opps in Poland and am curious about the food...is it as "meaty-starchy" as often portrayed, or are there more vegetarian-friendly options?

i'd appreciate your insights.

peace,
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booty



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2004 11:18 am    Post subject: Veggie options. Reply with quote

There are plenty of vegetarian options in Poland, especially in the main cities. For further information, check out the Lonely Planet guidebook to Poland. They have a food section
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dtomchek



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2004 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Czesc:

Yeah, vegetariamism was once a dirty 4 letter word in Poland but is becoming more accepted now (so I hear). That being said, the main staples are still meat, fish, and potatoes (the Bigos is to die for though). I knew a few vegetarians when I was there and none of them complained of it being a problem...
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yodetta



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2004 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dtomchek,

What's Bigos?

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Will.



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2004 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ask when you get there.
It is to die for.
You either love it or hate it. and then you learn hoe to cook it the way you like it.
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Gowump



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2004 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed. Bigos is to die for. It must be homemade though, the store bought stuff isn't that great.
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Will.



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2004 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And it must be 50/50 fresh and pickled.
Some people make it without meat as well. I believe they add more mushrooms and we know how good they are in Poland.
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XXX



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2004 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which mushrooms are you talking about?
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yodetta



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2004 11:36 pm    Post subject: "food" Reply with quote

hmmmm...there are good mushrooms in Poland Cool ?

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dtomchek



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Czesc:
Bigos is cabbage with sausage (Kapusta & Kielbasa) with some other things thrown in if you want...sort of like the national dish in Poland...I like it and I otherwise despise cabbage in any form...the other writers are correct though...I had some Bigos in Szceczin Glowny (main train station) and it was okrupny (horrible)...definitely the homemade stuff is the best...as I am writing, I am longing for it right now Crying or Very sad
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Gowump



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I will got to my neighbours for a big serving. Sorry dtomchek, but I will have enough for you as well. Smile
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Will.



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 3:16 pm    Post subject: Mushrooms Reply with quote

Yup!!
Poland has mushrooms, it is a national obsession to go out and collect them from now until late October. A good 6 weeks, so go looking.
I refer to Boletus Edulis and similar edible non-halucinogenics. The best is an umbelliform called locally Sowa (OWL) up to 14inches high and 8 across two together look like the eyes of an owl. Incredible taste.
These others do exist.
I saw my best examples of Amanita Muscaria in Poland... Football size... English football! (basketball size)
If you go, do it with someone local who knows their 'shrooms...
There are old mushroom pickers and bold mushroom pickers, but no old, bold.......
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XXX



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mushrooms aside, the best bigos I have ever had was made by an old lady who's grandson I gave lessons to for cooked meals. In town, I paid about 5 zlts. In Krakow , I paid 25. Both were excellent.
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yodetta



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so Bigos gets unanimus approval then! It's been yrs since I've eaten anything remotely like sausage...and I'm reluctant to revisit it. But beings it's such a central ingredient to many well-loved dishes there, I'm wondering if I can justifiably avoid it.

To refresh my original question: alot of white/refined flours and sugar?

How "open" are the Poles you know to alternatives to refined flours, sugars and "health foods"?

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dtomchek



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gowump:

That really hurt man Crying or Very sad

If I recall, I cannot remember seeing too many health stores in Poland...I do seem to remember there some talk about food grown there being "organic" or more so than the rest of the EU and how that might become a big thing in Poland...you must understand that this sort of thing is still in its infancy there...anyone else have any more up to date info on that???
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