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BBC article on Polish food in the UK


djf 18 | 166  
1 May 2008 /  #1
Many Polish immigrants are returning home, according to a report this week, but the big supermarkets have been stocking up on their native foods. Will classic dishes such as beetroot soup or pillowy dumplings, find their way into British kitchens?

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7375606.stm
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
1 May 2008 /  #2
Interesting - I stocked up on lots of goodies from a deli in Hammersmith last time I was there.... loved the pierogie, which made a reasonable dinner for two for a quid :) though less keen on the juniper sausage which was pretty lardy.

Any top tips for next time would be much appreciated....
szkotja2007 27 | 1,498  
1 May 2008 /  #3
I heard on the News earlier in the week that Tesco sells more Polish food in the UK than it does in Poland.

( I suppose they mean jars of Bigos etc, not fresh veg and stuff......you know what I mean )
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
1 May 2008 /  #4
I think u r right szkotja2007. Bigos is best home made, all Poles know that. When I showed some jars to my dad when I was back, he was quite happy to know what he was gonna eat. We translated the ingredients for him. I really think that Scots would go for gołąbki and bigos big time. Klopski and other things too. We like high fat food. The Scots had the potential to make such foods but the Poles beat us too it. The Poles chose well, they incorporated leczo, bogracz and goulasz into the Polish diet. Hungarian food is delicious too.
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
1 May 2008 /  #5
jars of Bigos

How about cans of bigos :)
szkotja2007 27 | 1,498  
1 May 2008 /  #6
Most of the Pidluski range of food in jars look disgusting.
I quite like Golabki but not when you see it in a jar.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
1 May 2008 /  #7
The size and shape reminds me too much of spam, hence putting me off it a bit but I'm sure it's more than edible. I'm not sure if bigos would be classed as pork stew tho. The Poles often use chicken and diced sausage.
telefonitika  
1 May 2008 /  #8
I quite like Golabki but not when you see it in a jar.

i get it in a tin :)
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
1 May 2008 /  #9
Gołąbki in a jar is quite ok but I get it from the local bar (that sounded bad). It's fresh and home made. Super tasty
incubus 1 | 146  
1 May 2008 /  #10
Any top tips for next time would be much appreciated....

try cooking from scratch, homemade food (any, not just polish) tastes so much better than ready made meals from tescos. there`s shiteloads of recipes available on the internet :)
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
1 May 2008 /  #11
Not a bad idea - I cook most of my meals from scratch anyway, however I just facied something a bit different. I'd been in Hammersmith for a meeting, and had to rush back to my office in East London, but stopped at the Polish Deli for about 5 mins... I had no idea what to buy....
PinkJewel  
1 May 2008 /  #12
try cooking from scratch,

I love cooking from scratch but unfortunately don't always have the time to cook big elaborate meals. It is very satisfying to cook from scratch though.

I had no idea what to buy....

No, it can be daunting those first couple of times. And often you want to buy and try everything ;) I find when I cook anything new I try to make it at least once a week, especially if it's a complicated dish :)
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
1 May 2008 /  #13
And often you want to buy and try everything ;)

Tell me about it... I wanted to clear the shelves and take it all home :)

There seemed to be lots of yoghurty type things as well as packet desserts that looked a bit like Angel Delight.
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
1 May 2008 /  #14
I'm not sure if bigos would be classed as pork stew tho

Bigos-hunters stew
I use pork-veal-kielbasa. Never heard of it with chicken, but you can make with any meat. (I have a tasty recipe here somewhere)

LOL check this stuff out:

Has anyone ever seen these in the UK? This is top of the line NJ Polish food ;)
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
1 May 2008 /  #15
I think it would sell, just because it has army brand on it. Pattie loaf?

U Americans and ur loaves, LOL
telefonitika  
1 May 2008 /  #16
Has anyone ever seen these in the UK?

nope i havent seen them ....
osiol 55 | 3,922  
1 May 2008 /  #17
Has anyone ever seen these in the UK?

Me niether.

big supermarket

By the way, Tesco will steal your souls. All of your souls. They will soon provide every service we rely on government for, including health, education and the military. They will own all the land, and they will even own the very air that we breathe. The omniscient, the omnipresent, the onmnipotent. The all-giving, the all-good. Look out Venus! Look out Mars! Look out Saturn! They will even own Polishforums.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
1 May 2008 /  #18
There was a book that I didn't buy but I wish I had. I was in Glasgow's rail station and I saw a book about Tesco's various malfeasances and misdemeanours. I like Tesco but that book may have changed my mind
osiol 55 | 3,922  
1 May 2008 /  #19
My local council won't take certain kinds of recyclable materials because Tescos already do it, and they reward club card points. Tescos already get involved with schools, so they have started on education. When I need an operation and get sent to Tescos for it, I think I'd rather suffer whatever adverse consequences might ensue rather than be as guilty as so many others are in this erosion of democracy.

If I want Polish food, I either:

1. Go to Poland.
2. Get the lodger to cook something (he has to phone his cousin for recipes).
3. Have something out of a jar bought at the local Costcutter.
4. Go without.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
1 May 2008 /  #20
I like the idea of sending groceries out, tho only for the elderly and infirm. Sainsburys do this I think.
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
2 May 2008 /  #21
There was a book that I didn't buy but I wish I had. I was in Glasgow's rail station and I saw a book about Tesco's various malfeasances and misdemeanours. I like Tesco but that book may have changed my mind

There are several books along this theme - you should read them.... very enlightening. And yes, I do try to avoid Tesco (except when I'm v. busy and run out of milk for my coffee, and the nearest place is Tesco).
brazilii 8 | 97  
2 May 2008 /  #22
I love polish food. It`s definetely on my top 5 list... it`s just a shame my husband is polish but vegetarian, so no bigos, no zurek, no kotlet ;))) And I`m such a meat eater :(

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