Living in a
different country gives you the chance to compare its culture, custom and
gastronomy with the one from your birthplace. Today, I'm summing up a few of
the most typical dishes from my own country and my hosting one: Spain and
Some of them you'll probably know, but I hope I can surprise you with some of them as well!
Common soups in the country are barszcz (beetroot soup), chłodnik (cold soup made of young beet leaves, soured milk, cucumbers beets and chopped fresh dill), czernina (duck blood soup), grochówka (pea soup), kapuśniak ( sour cabbage soup), zupa grzybowa (mushroom soup made of diverse species of mushroom), zupa szczawiowa (sorrel soup) and żur (fermented rye flour soup with hard-boiled egg and/or white sausage).
Some of the main dishes are mizeria (sliced cucumbers and sour cream), kaszanka ( Polish Blood Sausage), kasza gryczana ze skwarkami (buckwheat cereal with chopped, onions and fried lard), kaczka z jabłkami (roast duck with apples), kotlet schabowy (a breaded pork chop), pierogi (dumplings, commonly filled with sauerkraut and/or meats, mushrooms, potato and/or sweet curd cheese, savory cheese, with blueberries or vanilla), placki kartoflane/ziemniaczane (potato pancakes ordinarily served with sour cream), and sztuka mięsa (a meat dish alike to the Austrian Tafelspitz or Bavarian Tellerfleisch).
The traditional desserts in Poland are budyń (pudding, ordinarily comes in numerous different flavors, such as chocolate, sweet cream and even cherry), faworki/chrusty (light fried pastry wrapped up with powdered sugar), kisiel (jelly-like fruit liquid), makowiec (poppy seed cake), pańska skórka (variety of hard Taffy), and Sernik (cheesecake, chiefly made of twaróg, kind of fresh cheese).
It is hard to overlook the gastronomical variety of Spain. There are many regional specialties throughout the country, but there are a number of foods that you will find almost everywhere in Spain so, if you ever travel to Spain, make sure to try these tasty dishes.
Paella: Originating in Valencia, paella is a rice dish prepared with seafood. Of all the foods in Spain, this is the most popular. In this dish, savory yellow rice is combined with tomatoes, onions, peas, shellfish, squid, clams and chicken drumsticks. These ingredients are cooked in a large saucepan over an open fire with olive oil and salt.
Gazpacho: Gazpacho originated in the southern region of Andalusia, and it is very popular in the warmer summer months. This cold tomato soup can be served in a bowl or in a glass. Ingredients include tomatoes, onions, garlic, bell peppers, oil and vinegar.
Spanish Omelet: The Spanish omelet, or tortilla española, is one of the most common dishes in this country. It is very simple to prepare, and most tapas bars and cafés serve variations on the classic recipe. This dish is made from potatoes, eggs and chopped onions and fried in a pan with oil and salt.
Jamon Serrano: Large slabs of cured pork can be found hanging from the ceilings of bars, restaurants and bodegas all over Spain. They are hung from the rafters to dry, giving off a delicious aroma of ham and spices. Traditionally, jamon Serrano is cut and served in thin slices with a baguette or a slice of toast.
Turrón: This dessert is most commonly found in the northeastern Catalan region. It is a nougat confection made from sugar, honey and egg whites. Almonds are often chopped and added to the mixture. Spaniards often enjoy this treat around Christmas time.
If you wish to keep digging into Polish culture, don’t miss out INDUSTRIADA, an exceptional one-day festival presenting the industrial heritage of Silesia region.