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Typical Polish Diet

daffy 23 | 1,500  
2 Apr 2007 /  #1
Do you have breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper? (all four? combination off?)

I know its a generalisation that we each eat differently, but what is the norm per se?

What is a typical breakfast for you? lunch? dinner? etc?

For me, Breakfast consists of cereal (or porridge) with an apple or banana, orange juice, tea.

lunch, sandwhich/roll

dinner, meat and two veg

(generally) as i drink alot of liquids during the day like tea and cokes for eg.
RazZ 1 | 180  
2 Apr 2007 /  #2
my breakfast consist of two pepsi.

then at 5 pm i have my lunch which is of 3 cpkes, 4 burger/ sandwhich/ or some other stuff.

dinner. i dont have dinner.
2 Apr 2007 /  #3
breakfast: sandwiches(ham, cheese, eggs), tea

dinner (soup, meat, potatoes, salad)


and fruits, coca-cola. sweets...(bettween meals)

Typical polish diet
2 Apr 2007 /  #4
generally, I think poles don't eat enough vegies, apart from the spuds, carrots, cabbage, onion, beetroot and maybe some others.....I know my mother didn't cook enough greens and not enough fibre in the diet....most people who encounter polish cuisine tend to think it's too "stodgy" this still the case??
2 Apr 2007 /  #5
maybe yes...but that's why is so tasty...:-)

cabbage is not good?:-))
Matyjasz 2 | 1,544  
2 Apr 2007 /  #6
It can be very stodgy, but at the same time there is a great variety of "fast" dishes, that proves that meat isn’t the most important ingredient of polish cuisine. Or maybe I should have wrote "there was a great variety of "fast" dishes” as nobody is practicing 40 day long fast any more these days. :(
kaka 1 | 142  
2 Apr 2007 /  #7
breakfast: cerelas or sandwiches (cottage cheese, ham, tomatoes, egss, cucambers, cheese) or scrambled eggs or yoghurt. tea/coffee

lunch/dinner: soup, meat, salad or pierogi ruskie or pasta. water/juice/tea

supper: sandwiches
witek 1 | 587  
2 Apr 2007 /  #8
muzyka wrote,

"generally, I think poles don't eat enough vegies"

isn't "kotlet schabowy" a vegteble ? :)

here is recepie for "kotlet schabowy"

Pound out the pork chops until fairly thin. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and marjoram. Set aside. On separate plates, pour flour & egg . Dip each chop into the flour, coating on both sides, and then dip into the beaten egg. then back into flour, ensuring even coating.

2 Apr 2007 /  #9
here is recepie for "kotlet schabowy"

I dip mine in bread crumbs:)
now I am hungry again
witek 1 | 587  
2 Apr 2007 /  #10
I also love zalewajka and flaki :)
GrandeSande 2 | 119  
2 Apr 2007 /  #11
I can see that I am going to gain a lot of weight when I visit Poland!!!

FISZ 24 | 2,116  
2 Apr 2007 /  #12
Nah...I actually lost weight when I was there. But of course you can't just sit around and chug piwo all day either. I did walk around the city a lot. The food is mostly preservative free, so I wouldn't worry about MSG's or too many artificial ingredients.
Dziubek - | 4  
2 Apr 2007 /  #13
I miss zalewajka too:)... I'm in US since the end of the January... and I've never suspected that I would miss polish food so much!!
witek 1 | 587  
3 Apr 2007 /  #14
sometimes i like to make ,

kapusniak and fasolka po bretonsku :) yum
12 Apr 2007 /  #15
Hi everyone,

I have a question about breakfast coffee and a few other questions.

Is it generally made in electric drip percolators, stove top pots or in Bodum style presses?

I have a question about the water there, too. Is it flouridated and chlorinated already from the tap? Do people use water faucet filter systems (like Pur or Brita) or drink bottled mineral or other water there thruout the day?

Are most water pipes in older Polish apartment homes in the cities (we will live in Krakow) of lead or copper? Here they are mostly copper and PVC and the water is both flouridated and chlorinated, the taste of which I do not like, but we drink it to be healthy.

For me in US:

Breakfast: coffee, juice, cereal or waffles (frozen) or oatmeal or just toast and coffee

Lunch: sandwich and soup, or just sandwich, possibly just a salad or carrots/apple slices and water (though I do like Wendy's hamburgers and sometimes get a bacon cheeseburger and fries from there)

Dinner: meatloaf, crock pot roast, chicken breast with a salad and veg or a casserole (meatless, usually pastitzo, lasagna, cheesy noodle, or risotto style with a side of veg).
Bednarz - | 1  
17 Jan 2008 /  #16
Ok, I am new here... but, I have a questions about two things.
1) Easter egg soup
2) Poppy seed stollen
I am of Polish decent hince the name "Bednarz" and I need an authentic Polish recipe for both. My Dad's grandmother use to make these all the time when he was growing up but, now that she is gone he doesn't have the recipe. If you could help me out that would be great... Thanks
Dice 15 | 452  
17 Jan 2008 /  #17
Do you have breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper?

Breakfast: coffee, more coffee, cereal and coffee, then some coffee.

In the car on my way to work: a double espresso coffee.

Lunch: soup and a salad or a salad and a sandwich and... ice tea (sometimes coffee)

On my way home in the car: a double espresso coffee.

Dinner: enchiladas, or pasta, or tacos, or stake, or whatever w/ a side of salad and a beer or two or half a dozen.
RJ_cdn - | 267  
17 Jan 2008 /  #18
Polish Easter Egg Soup

I pound bacon
3 dozen large hardboiled eggs, sliced
1 pound polish sausage, sliced
1 pound ham, cubed
Garnish: fresh grated horseradish (if you don't like horseradish, you can substitute tabasco sauce)
Fry the bacon and cut it into 1-inch pieces. Slice the eggs and sausage. Cut up the ham into ½-inch cubes. Put everything into a large pot and cover with hot water. Bring to a boil. Simmer until the egg yolks are well dissolved. Serve with horseradish to suit your taste.

Poppy seed stollen

or Makowiec (in Polish) you can find here
Dice 15 | 452  
17 Jan 2008 /  #19
We all hope that this recipe is for at least 100 people or more? :)
Roberta - | 17  
24 Jan 2008 /  #20
Would that be "smoked" polish sausage?
19 Jan 2009 /  #21
a 40 day long fast does not sound very pleasant. I'm gald im protestant and not Catholic rofl. Well spraining my ankle in the wilderness wasnt bery pleasant either >.<
21 May 2009 /  #22
Polish Highland Diet! Want to lose weight? Try eating the Goral way!

As a half Polish 'Brit' whose WWII Polish/RAF Pilot father came from the Podhale (highland region) of Poland, I was introduced to the various types of Kielbasa (Polish Sausage) as a small child. The various types of kielbasa were already available in the large cities of the UK by the 1950s due to popular demand of the large numbers of Polish ex-servicemen who, thanks to Stalin, could not return home to Poland. They were given the right of UK residency in recognition of their contribution to the war effort and the fact that Poland could not be regarded as "free"; there was even the "Polish Government in Exile" located in London and this was not closed until 1990 when Lech Walesa came to power in Poland. With so many skilled and educated Poles in the UK it is hardly surprising that books on Polish cuisine were published throughout the 50s and 60s and, as many Poles had married with the indigenous British people, it is also hardly surprising that many Polish recipes such as Bigos became well known in the extended British families and friends of these Poles. By the beginning of the 60's the new (to the UK) supermarkets were stocking the most well known varieties of "Polish Sausage" (Kielbasa):- "Krakow Roasted" (Krakowska), "Cabanos" (Kabanosy), and "Vieshka" (Wiejska). As a result lots of people without Polish links who had tried Salami were tempted to try the "Polish Salamis"!

Because Father was 'afraid' of what he might find, he never went back to Poland in his lifetime, - even though his sisters and nephews were allowed out (but not together!) to visit him in the UK in the 1970s. I suppose that it never occurred to me to visit Poland either until after his death in the late 80's; - even then I didn't get around to it until 2006!

My impression of the Polish Highlander or Goral diet is that it is quite good from a Glycaemic Index/Load point of view. For example, recent research in the West has concluded that the original British Breakfast (before the low fat vegetarian types got at it) of bacon, eggs and tomatoes and/or baked beans has just the right sort of low glycaemic loading to power a person through the most part of the day without over stimulating insulin and laying down food not immediately used as fat. Certainly the Polish Highland Goral breakfast of kielbasa, ham, eggs, tomatoes with a small amount of rustic bread and honey and Oscypek (smoked sheep milk cheese) was more than sufficient to dispel any feelings of hunger while we climbed the hills and went sightseeing. All that was necessary for a late lunch (around 3 o'clock) was a small bowl of soup and a piece of fruit. For the evening meal, a small amount of bigos (which of course has quite a lot of vegetables in it) followed by prepared fruit such as cherry compote was all that was necessary to round off the day and get a good night's sleep I lost weight and never felt hungry.

I never saw any Goralski who were obese and the old Goral people of 70 and 80 could put me to shame with their fitness. They certainly lived by the maxim, "breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and supper like a pauper". In the West we all eat the wrong quantities at the wrong time of day and eat too many empty calories in the form of flour based products and large root vegetables (something that the Highland Poles don't seem to eat much of).

After eating the final meal of the day one day and drinking the second tiny after dinner wodka, I casually asked, "what happens if you're vegetarian?". They looked surprised and then laughed, - no-one knew any, - "poor people", they said, "why would anyone do that?"; I laughed too!

Na zdrowie!

Mike Cudzich-Mądry

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