Polish Christmas in pictures…

I thought I would share with you what the Kruczynski Polish Christmas meal looks like. It isn’t the full 12 course Wigilia but these 5 courses have become our very own family tradition.

First up my lovingly homemade uszka in barszcz (beetroot soup)…

Then a cold course of two types of sledz (pickled herring) one cooked and one uncooked, red cabbage salad (note…may cause unsociable side effects…eat at your own peril), Polish rye bread and gherkins…

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I believe most Polish families cook a whole carp but it’s always been our family tradition to eat fishloaf made from cod instead, served with roast potatoes. We also have to have a tomato and a mushroom sauce because we love both and can’t choose between them. This is probably the most un-photogenic but tastiest course…

Then we move onto sweets and have a refreshing bowl of kompot (dried fruit salad), which is prepared by slowly rehydrating dried fruit in a mixture of orange juice and earl grey tea and then served cold…

and finally it’s time for cake!…

This year my Mum made her yummy makowiec (poppy seed roll)…

and a layered cake called Kulin, which is made with a bread like dough that sandwiches a variety of fillings such as dried fruit, walnut paste and plum jam…

I’m sure it must sound like strange old meal to many people but Christmas Eve just wouldn’t be Christmas Eve without it.

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