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Published: June 16th 2009
Since a lot of my friends in Cairo wanted a taste of Poland, I decided to take on the task of cooking Polish food!?!? I thought it would be best if I had a Polish Party which would include food, drinks and music. When I told my mom that I was throwing a polish party she asked in a surprised tone, "Who is cooking the food!?"
Growing up, I would always see my grandma spending hours in the kitchen cooking pierogi or golombki or other traditional polish dishes. It wasn't until I made golombki senior year of college that I realized that polish cooking is difficult and time consuming.
My first challenge was to obtain a recipe for pierogi. When I asked my grandma to provide me with one, she couldn't because she doesn't use measurements or directions: she "just makes them." I went to the internet to find a recipe with ingredients that I could obtain easily in Cairo.
My second challenge was actually making the pierogi, although I was able to figure it out. I made the potatoe filling and dough from scratch. This was all done the day before the party because I knew I
would be busy cooking other food the next day.
The next morning, I took on the task to make chruszcziki (or angel wings), for dessert. I forgot to get a picture of them covered in powdered sugar, but they came out nicely. I also made kotlety mielone (a polish style meatball) with rice and a tomato onion salad and a cucumber-yogurt salad. Back home we use sour cream instead of yogurt, but I have not seen any sour cream in Cairo.
That night I got great feedback on my cooking, which I was very happy to hear. I hope to make some more pierogi before I leave Egypt.
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