in PL culture it's not cool not to eat whatever the hosts offer anway. vegetarianism is not an acceptable excuse. not kidding.
Loco, I need to update it. Polish culture is a very broad complex phenomenon and you can`t sweep all Poles under one carpet.
No kidding and no excuses may probably happen in very primitive circles, in families where members happily pounce on any reason to start fighting. One of such reasons is the refusal to eat or drink, it is then when the brawl is likely to start.
But people who I spend a lot of time with are not like that. You may refuse anything and nobody will say a scornful word. They might think you are a bit of a freak but they won`t express it in public.
the alcoholic excuse is the same thing.. no fly.. no such thing as an alcoholic in PL and russia.
No. Why lie about it? You just simply say you don`t drink and that`s all. People usually gently encourage you for a while but they give up seeing you have made your mind and won`t change it. And the case of your drinking is finished, also for the future. I always encourage my non-drinking bro-in-law to have a glass of sth, but everybody knows I am joking as he is a confirmed abstainee, so it is a good reason for laughter at the table, not scorn/contempt.
That`s how such matters are resolved in my circles...
i sure didn't mean that a fight breaks out when one refuses alcohol or food but no polish host i know would be pleased. not at all; not one. food and drink are way more of a social/family event in PL then USA.
Are potatoes truly despised in Poland? I am curious to hear more about this... Also, your comment about pizza being a "fancier" dish is intriguing. It is pretty much a staple here! It would be interesting to hear more about what are considered to be "fancier" dishes in Poland.
At least in the region where I live potatoes are very much loved and prepared in numerous ways Although I prefer makarony or pasta. Both are only a part of dish. As to pizza - it is 'fancier' as it is not eaten as often as potatoes or makarony
potatoes aren't despised in Poland. they are the main staple and in almost every resipe in PL. I think polish cuisine has more ways to use/make potatoes then any other.
I will stick to my opinion. It is of course true that potatoes are basic food in Poland, served for lunch and dinner every day, but it doesn`t mean they are loved and missed when absent.
Guys, try to see it in psychological terms, how can staple cheap food be not despised? People eat potatoes because they have to, but whenever there is choice, they prefer other food.
How else do you explain the lack of potatoes in pizzas? Or the lack of potato salad in Poland? I saw this dish in US and was surprised how anyone could make a salad from potatoes and like it. How do you explain that most Poles eat potatoes practically in one form: mashed ?
Doesn`t it all mean that potatoes are eaten because they are cheap but whenever a Pole gets better-off, he/she gives up eating them?
As for pizza, it`s popular here, yes, but Poles don`t eat it every day like potatoes. E..g, we eat pizza during holidays when there is no time to cook, but during the school year we have it once a month or so.
PS. My preferences: I don`t like mashed potatoes, fried ones are OK. I have rice or buckwheat for lunches/dinners prepared at home.
Now that it is very cold, does any one have a soup recipe that they will share, please.
Czernina (from the Polish word czarny - black; sometimes also Czarnina or Czarna polewka) is a Polish soup made of duck blood and clear poultry broth. In English it is referred to as Duck Blood Soup.
Generally the sweet and sour taste of the soup comes from the addition of sugar and vinegar. However, there are hundreds of recipes popular in different parts of Poland and Lithuania. Among the ingredients used are plum or pear syrup, dried pears, plums or cherries, apple vinegar and honey. Like most Polish soups, czernina is usually served with fine noodles, macaroni or boiled potatoes.
Until the 19th century czernina was also a symbol in Polish culture. It was served to young men applying for the hand of their beloved ones after the parents rejected their proposal. It is a plot element in Pan Tadeusz, a famous Polish epic poem by Adam Mickiewicz.