When you thunk of the Polish Easter comfort foods of your childhood, what comes
to mind? What were the absolute 'musts' on your family's Easter table? Do you still enjoy any of them at present?
Our family's Easter breakfast has not changed very much since my childhood, only it has become much more easy to buy everything. As it was mentioned before, eggs are a must. We used to boil some of them in water with onion peels, to give them golden yellow colour.
Biala kielbasa (Polish white, raw sausage, made from pork, not smoked, seasoned with marjoram), various types of ham, baked or raw and heavily smoked, etc. A must-have addition for kielbasa was horseradish, made from the scratch - not from the shop. It grew in our garden, and had to be baked and smashed. Bland and awful. The only Easter thing that is gone from our menu now, well, because I am the lady of the house ;) Remember a moment of confusion back in the 80's, when we by accident, baked the precious kielbasa polska (heavily smoked, fatty, spicy sausage, difficult to buy in crisis times) together with the biala kielbasa. It was suposed to be eaten with reverence, slice by slice, during a week, and we just baked it and had to be eaten on breakfast. Well, it was a good breakfast! For dinner, we always eat pork roast. Hopefully no vegetarians are reading this, anyway.
Proceeding now tactfully to desserts, the babka is a must. Well, babka is a sweet spongy
though we never made yeast cake, always bisquit-cake with cocoa inside. We called this
babka z dżouem, well, if you are wondering what is this dżou, I am afraid that it probably came from the English name Joe, and in the tricky politically incorrect way denoted reference to an Afro-American. Dunno why. 'Joe babka' is, anyway, delicious, and my favourite. I think that in the shops now they selling it as 'marble cake' (marmurkowe'). We also eat cheese cake - made from semi-shortcrust pastry (I mean that the cake has less fat than typical shortcrust... maybe someone has a better English word for ciasto półkruche...) White cheese is there stuffed with raisins and nuts. I must end now, for I am gettting hungry, and there is nearly 23.00 here in Poland.. ;)