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Posts by Karinka  

Joined: 3 Apr 2009 / Female ♀
Last Post: 14 Jan 2013
Threads: Total: 9 / Live: 5 / Archived: 4
Posts: Total: 28 / Live: 15 / Archived: 13
From: USA
Speaks Polish?: nie
Interests: fencing, biking, camping, pets, good wine and cognac

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Karinka   
14 Jan 2013
Food / What is your favorite Polish Vodka? [607]

I recently "discovered" Luksusowa (Polish) vodka in my local grocery store. I used to love drinking white wines, but the sulfates in the wines suddenly became problematic for me. So, I switched to vodka. This is the only one I really seem to enjoy. It is very smooth, not "biting" at all.

Na Zdrowie!
Karinka   
9 Apr 2012
Food / Easter eggs colored with onion skins [8]

Yes. I let them cool down in the "skin water" for about 30 minutes. Then I placed them in the refrigerator. Should I have oiled them before refrigerating them?

Regards,
Karinka
Karinka   
9 Apr 2012
Food / Easter eggs colored with onion skins [8]

I did add vinegar and a little salt to the water when I boiled the skins/eggs. Perhaps it wasn't enough.

Thanks for your reply!
Karinka
Karinka   
8 Apr 2012
Food / Easter eggs colored with onion skins [8]

Dzien dobry!

Well, this year I decided to dye my Easter eggs with onion skins according to a "recipe" I got off of another Polish site. (They turned out beautifully! I had organic brown eggs from a local farmer's market. I used both red and yellow onion skins. The results were a beautiful crimson and deep amber color.) It stated that one could "polish" the eggs with oil to make them shiny.

Despite using only a little oil and being very gentle, the oil started to take some of the color off.

What did I do wrong?

Regards,
Karinka
Karinka   
23 Feb 2011
Food / Paczki - Receipe for polish donuts [19]

Merged thread:
Paczki recipe

Good day,

I did do a "search," but for some reason, I can't get to the "link."

So, forgive the repeated request. But, does anyone have a good Pączki recipe? Or, can you provide a new link?

Thank you kindly,
Karinka
Karinka   
25 Jul 2010
History / POLISH MEMORIES OF CHERNOBYL...April 26th 1986 [32]

Thread attached on merging:
Poland and Chernobyl

Good day,

I'm currently reading Life Exposed-Biological Citizens after Chernobyl. It's a disturbing, heart breaking read about the social/political/health after effects of Chernobyl. Poland is mentioned with respect to the radioactive plume hovering over the area initially after the "event" and possible "after effects".

To those of you living in Poland, how do you feel about the "event?" Are you concerned?

With respect,
Karinka
Karinka   
12 Jul 2010
Life / "Oh the Strawberry, Raspberry, Good wine that I drink......" Polka song request - need a good recording [11]

This is just my preference, with no offense intended to anyone's preference....but I just don't care for the "German type Oompapa" Polkas....I prefer the Polonian polkas Polonius3 mentioned...doing the "polish hop"....etc. That is what I grew up with and love dancing to.

Thanks for the link Raph. I too grew up listening to the Sunday Morning Polka Party! :)

Regards,
Karinka
Karinka   
11 Jul 2010
Life / "Oh the Strawberry, Raspberry, Good wine that I drink......" Polka song request - need a good recording [11]

Good day,

No harm intended....so sorry if I offended you.

Both sets of my Grandparents are from Poland. Both emigrated to the US.

I grew up attending/living the large Polish weddings with the live Polka bands,food, post wedding "Open Houses" with more food and more music!, etc. This song inevitably was always played. For some reason, I always loved it. I had no idea it wasn't "liked" in Poland.....

My apologies....I just remember the "good times"....

Regards,
Karinka
Karinka   
30 May 2010
Life / Help...any Polish remedies for hives? [17]

Thanks Skysoulmate....

I AM doing the "exercise thing" as well. I try to go to the gym at least 3 times a week and I fence 2 to 3 times a week. Usually, the exercise helps. But, lately, it isn't enough. :( (Things have been more than tough lately. Hence, the request for "HELP" from the forum)....I've used "Polish remedies" for colds, infection, etc. in the past with great success....so I thought I'd ask for advice for "stress"

Again....thanks....you have all been so kind and helpful. :)

Regards,
Karinka
Karinka   
30 May 2010
Life / Help...any Polish remedies for hives? [17]

Can you get rid of the third party?

I wish it were that easy... :) Thanks for the laugh. You made my day. I SO wish it were that easy. (Long, LONG, story...no need to bore you with the details.)

THANK YOU ALL, SINCERELY, for the replies.

I realize I need to deal with the "trigger". But, right now, that isn't as easy as it seems.

I'm doing the antihistimines...but it appears, too late. I will start using them as a prophylactic BEFORE I have to deal with the "third party".

I'm also doing Tai Chi. (My doctor recommended it as a form of "natural" stress relief. He knows I don't want to do the drug route.) It does help calm my mind....but my body still "reacts" with the hives.

Thanks again everyone who responded. Great tips and encouragement. Something I SO NEED right now.

Dziękuję bardzo,
Regards,
Karinka
Karinka   
29 May 2010
Life / Help...any Polish remedies for hives? [17]

Good day,

Hope someone can help. I've had several attack of stress induced hives. It appears the related stress isn't going to dissipate anytime soon. :( With each attack, the hives come on sooner, are more in number and last longer. The last attack required prescription steroids to alleviate the discomfort.

I'm in the throes of another bad attack. And I just don't want to go on steroids again. While offering relief from the itching, the other side effects were horrendous.

Does anyone know of any "natural Polish remedy" ? (The simple answer of "reduce stress" is out of my control. It's being caused by a "third party".)

I've done web searches and they all suggest either antihistimines (which I do take, but they offer little relief) or the steroids.....

Thanks in advance if you can help.
Regards,
Karinka
Karinka   
3 Apr 2010
Food / Lazanki recipe request please.... [12]

Good day,

I am looking for a recipe that includes a type of noodle, cabbage, bacon, butter (and can include sausage). I know the name of it...unfortunately I don't know how to spell it in Polish. I had the dish when I visited Poland last year. I have such a craving for it lately. :)

Thank you in advance for your help!

Kind regards,
Karinka
Karinka   
15 Feb 2010
Food / Simple recipe request.... Polish carrot salad [6]

Good day,

OK....it's been over a year now since I was in Poland. While there, I had "salads" that consisted of a combination plate of shredded carrots, beets, etc.

I loved it! Especially the carrots...there seemed to some sort of seasoning/dressing with it, mild, but noticeable.

I've looked everywhere for a recipe for this and the other items on the "salad plate"...on line, books, etc....and can't find anything that replicates what I had in Poland.

Is it anything special? Maybe, it's just that everything was so fresh compared to what is served in the States.

Thank you kindly in advance for any help.

Regards,
Karinka
Karinka   
2 Jan 2010
Language / Which preposition for 'at'? [58]

Ugh!

I too, am trying SO HARD to learn the Polish language. I already have a small library of "Learn Polish" CDs and books.

By the time I have figured out "who" I am talking to, "what" I am talking about, "what" context the conversation is, what "gender" the words are, what "case" I'm in and whether the conversation is "formal" or "informal", I'm exhausted and frustrated! By then, I've forgotten what I wanted to say in the first place! :(

Going to try the books recommended above.

Karinka
Karinka   
2 Jan 2010
Love / Opinion from Polish men on this please (Polish men so 'spiritually' romantic?) [43]

And Polish grammar is much more difficult than French or Spanish.
It's probably one of the 5 grammatically most difficult languages in the world.

Ugh! I am trying so hard to learn this language. I already have a "small library" of "Learn Polish
CDs and books. By the time I figure out "who you are talking to", what "case" you are in, what "ending" the word has, whether the situation is "formal or informal", and the context of the conversation.....I'm exhausted and frustrated!

I studied the French language in High School. That was easy compared to Polish!

But...the determination is there, so hopefully, I'll have some grasp of the language before my next trip to Poland.

Karinka
Karinka   
24 May 2009
Life / 3 reasons why you hate Poland. [1010]

Ok....I don't live in Poland....I live in the US. Both sets of my grandparents immigrated to the US. Since I was a little girl, I have always dreamed of visiting the country where my grandparents came from. Last year, I was finally able to visit Poland with a Polish friend of mine.

Not being a Polish native, I realize that my impressions will be different. But, I LOVED Poland. I loved the food (To me, everything is so fresh. It isn't loaded with all of the preservatives like it is in the States. My favorites were the trout, the cheese, and the salads. ). I loved the nature. The countrysides are truly breathtaking. It was so wonderful not seeing billboards everywhere. I really love the Polish herding dogs!!!!! I'm sorry, but I can't remember the name. But they are big, white, and wonderful!!!!! I loved the Open Markets. Got a GREAT pair of boots there!!!!

I have to say that I agree with the statements that some Polish people just seem so negative and don't smile. But, given the history of Poland, I can't say as I blame them. It is interesting to note, however....that in the US....at least to me anyway....the Polish people are much more positive, smiling, happy, and hospitable.

I realize that I don't live in Poland, so day to day experiences are different from a "week's visit"...but you truly have a beautiful country. I loved it and hope to return someday. It's better than you think.....

Karinka