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'Wigilia', the traditional Christmas Eve supper in Poland


ifor bach 11 | 152
13 Dec 2012 #1
An article describing 'Wigilia', and the 'twelve dishes'.

szczecinian.eu/2012/12/wigilia-christmas-eve-in-poland/
nika87 - | 4
13 Dec 2012 #2
There is a mistake:
"‘Wigilia’, Christmas Eve, December 25th"

Wigilia is on December 24th :)
OP ifor bach 11 | 152
13 Dec 2012 #3
Thank you for pointing out the 'typo'.
polonius 54 | 420
13 Dec 2012 #4
Kompot (stewed dried fruit), potable or eaten with a spoon from small dessert dishes, is also a common item on the Wigilia table, as are kluski z makiem.
nika87 - | 4
13 Dec 2012 #5
Thank you for pointing out the 'typo'.

I didn't know it was your article ;)

Also gingerbread cake is quite common, we eat it every year.
OP ifor bach 11 | 152
13 Dec 2012 #6
It isn't 'my' article, I'm just translating it. Here is the next one in the series. Hope there are no mistakes.

/the-twelve-dishes-in-a-polish-wigilia-1-oplatek-wafer/
polonius 54 | 420
13 Dec 2012 #7
BTW, it is hay not straw that is strewn across the table-top. (I presume the article was written by a city-slicker who doesn't distinguish hay (dried mown grass used as fodder) from straw (grain stems used for cowshed bedding). In the peasant cottages of yore straw was scattered round hte floor or tied to the table legs. A sheaf of unthreshed grain stood in the corner.
Marysienka 1 | 195
13 Dec 2012 #8
With "traditional" Christmas Eve dishes, you take a group of 10 unrelated people who live in the same area, and have roots there and will come with at least 20 dishes. Also the way you count to 12 is pretty arbitrary, is wafer a meal, are different versions of pierogi different meals, what about "uszka", or "kompot".
berni23 7 | 379
13 Dec 2012 #9
It all boils down to: Fish is a must, meat is a sin. ;)
Lenka 3 | 2,493
13 Dec 2012 #11
are different versions of pierogi different meals, what about "uszka", or "kompot".

Yes.

And carp is crap. Disgusting fish.

I just love it.
1jola 14 | 1,879
13 Dec 2012 #12
And carp is crap. Disgusting fish.

Is it more disgusting than the kebabs you live on?

Anyway, carp is a PRL relic.
berni23 7 | 379
13 Dec 2012 #13
At least he can afford a kebab.
Richfilth 6 | 415
13 Dec 2012 #14
No matter how I describe Wigilia to my Western friends, they all make a disgusted face and ask "how can anyone call that a celebration?"

The girlfriend has promised I can grab a burger before we go to her grandmother's this year, to compensate for the "meal".

And while I mean no malice to Poland or its cuisine, the traditional Wigilia dishes are at best bland, and at worst utterly revolting.
berni23 7 | 379
13 Dec 2012 #15
Just stick to your culinary extravagances like burgers...
1jola 14 | 1,879
13 Dec 2012 #16
The girlfriend has promised I can grab a burger before we go to her grandmother's this year, to compensate for the "meal".

In Poland, to grab a burger means you will have to hit McDonald's...on Christmas Eve. How sad for you. Why would you even go to grandma's? Come on, tell us "Out of respect, of course."

Don't worry, when your girlfriend finishes using you for free English lessons, she will dump you.
f stop 25 | 2,513
13 Dec 2012 #17
And while I mean no malice to Poland or its cuisine, the traditional Wigilia dishes are at best bland, and at worst utterly revolting.

lol
As much as I look forward to the pickeld hearing, ryba w galarecie, ryba po grecku, barszcz... my son can't handle that fare either, so I can sympathize. ;)
rybnik 18 | 1,461
13 Dec 2012 #18
the traditional Wigilia dishes are at best bland,

barszcz z uszkami done well is far from bland

ryba w galarecie

now that's another story :(
1jola 14 | 1,879
13 Dec 2012 #19
my son can't handle that fare

Well, I think it is sad that Polish emigrants like you can wipe out generations of our culture in one generation. The Russians have tried, the Germans have tried, but you did it. Live with it.
Richfilth 6 | 415
13 Dec 2012 #20
In Poland, to grab a burger means you will have to hit McDonald's...on Christmas Eve. How sad for you. Why would you even go to grandma's? Come on, tell us "Out of respect, of course."

Pretty much, yes. But don't worry, after all these years I think she's got all the English lessons she will ever need, so I'm sure I can expect her to dump me any time now.

barszcz z uszkami done well is far from bland

I completely agree. It falls into the "utterly disgusting" category.
berni23 7 | 379
13 Dec 2012 #21
Polska, Polska uber alles...no wait...that was somebody else.
I wonder why you try to imitate them.
Marysienka 1 | 195
13 Dec 2012 #22
Kids sometimes can't handle some meals, while they love other. If you are the person responsible for cooking you can spice it the way you like and choose what you think is the best for your family. There migh be dishes that are not traditional in your family, but are traditional in your region, I think there are at least 100 of different traditional potrawy wigilijne in Poland
f stop 25 | 2,513
13 Dec 2012 #23
First thing I had to do was to substitute Karp with a different fish.
I also add more dishes with shrimp, lobster and scallops.
polonius 54 | 420
14 Dec 2012 #24
Carp, mutton and wildgame can be reovlitng if not prepared properly. If properly handled, seasoned and cooked, they can be very nice indeed.
Carp was the imperial fish of China's emperors and any commner caught poaching them was beheaded. Today one billion Asians can't be wrong, because carp is that continent's prime freshwater fish.
scottie1113 7 | 898
14 Dec 2012 #25
Is it more disgusting than the kebabs you live on?

I would say yes except I only eat a kebab maybe once or twice a year. I prefer to cook my own meals. Lamb is great.
p3undone 8 | 1,135
14 Dec 2012 #26
Lamb is great if someone knows how to prepare it.If they don't,I find it to be quite bland.
OP ifor bach 11 | 152
14 Dec 2012 #27
The second dish, barszcz, Polish beetroot soup.
MoOli 9 | 480
14 Dec 2012 #28
Just stick to your culinary extravagances like burgers...

And em French fries and Crisps!
f stop 25 | 2,513
14 Dec 2012 #29
First dish - sledzie?
Marysienka 1 | 195
14 Dec 2012 #30
You always start with "opłatek", some people count it as dish, some don't.


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