A touch of Poland in Cairo

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June 16th 2009
Published: June 16th 2009
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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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Ready to be fried, Ready to be fried,
Ready to be fried,

I forgot to take a picture of the end product. The last step: cover them with powdered sugar.
The crowning momentThe crowning moment
The crowning moment

Photo courtesy of Jeff B.
Lauren and MurielLauren and Muriel
Lauren and Muriel

Photo courtesy of Jeff B.
Joslyn and I Joslyn and I
Joslyn and I

Photo courtesy of Jeff B.

16th June 2009

I'm proud of you. I learned how to make pierogi from the educational Polish Club demonstration.
21st October 2009

thanks for the photo credits!
ya ra3b!

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