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Polish vs British vs American - Clash of cultures


Rysavy 10 | 308
17 Oct 2012 #181
Rysavy,do you know how to prepare most Polish dishes and if so what do you like making the best?

Actually I prepare German and Boheme most ,which share a lot with Polish ones-same food different names with very slight variation of a single ingredient or spice set. A lot of Portuguese Basque and some Russian (and of course a lot of US Southern Fried & TexMex and what few unique cherokee dishes there are) Polish and German foods in Int'l delis are as close as I can find to my childhood comfort foods.I do prefer Polish prepared pork to German.

Am a foodie so I like everything and cook what I like; even what I don't like to accomodate a guest;
I am very fond of pickled items, sausages, farm cheeses and hearty combinations. I make a lot of casseroles, pastry based dishes, goulashes and meat /pies, as well as desserts. I like best one-two skillet dishes that take less than an hour, because I'm lazy as far as cleaning the aftermath and have cramped kitchen lately. So I make breads and pie crusts from scratch less often.

You need to come on the thread about what polish dishes would you eat.
Pawain is throwing mouth watering distinctly Polish dishes in there often! ^_^

Miles and miles of frozen food freezers:

Miles is right!

Fish sticks, french fires, fruit, ice cream and chicken fingers are all I acquire from frozen.
I try to stay out of markets like that.
Last time I was in a Super WalMart , I was sick, they had just finished another reset of the displays.
I couldnt find anything. I hadn't eaten and my meds were wearing off so symptoms up inluding asthma.
I realized that my list had things I missed on other side of store and I'd have to trek yet again all the way.

I started crying like a big goon in the middle of the canned goods.. I had already been wandering 3 hours.
One of teh few things I miss of WA state is the farmers market and small farms to buy produce at.
I walk to a market that is double+ Walmart price but I can't being my self to return!
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
17 Oct 2012 #182
Miles and miles of frozen food freezers:
A view not available in Poland.

We went to Auchan hypermarket in Krakow. I like it because not only is the choice there the greatest in the city but prices are lowest too.

The ready-made-dish freezer is so tiny. Definitely, a clash of cultures. :):):):)





OP pawian 161 | 9,971
17 Oct 2012 #184
Joe, the young man in the first pic is holding a bottle of grape juice drink! I remember it from my stay in US. Shyt, it really tasted like grapes. Yes, I know it was all artificial like Matrix, but nevertheless, I loved it.......
joepilsudski 26 | 1,389
17 Oct 2012 #185
Yes, we still have real grape juice here...But I have purchased some cheap, good imported Polish grape juice from the produce stand also, owned by a Belo Russian.

The young people and Mr. Romney in the pictures were just a spontaneous reaction on my part about how insane the culture is many times.,,They're all crazy.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
17 Oct 2012 #186
But I have purchased some cheap, good imported Polish grape juice from the produce stand also, owned by a Belo Russian.

Because of your patriotism?

The young people and Mr. Romney in the pictures were just a spontaneous reaction on my part about how insane the culture is many times.,,They're all crazy.

I fear I am not sure how to understand it. Did you put those young coloured men together with Romney as representatives of the same culture or are they juxtaposed to each other as contrast?

A few weeks ago Americans, Brits and others celebrated Halloween

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while Poles observed their All Saints` Day

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pip 10 | 1,661
19 Dec 2012 #187
don't know where you live but they have started with the halloween stuff here in Poland too. quite sad really.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
19 Dec 2012 #188
They already started in 1990s where I live. Fortunately, it was only a start ..... :):):):)

PS. But I made my kids a pumpkin lantern, too....... :):):)
Marco TU - | 2
19 Dec 2012 #189
Halloween is fine, and interesting for children to dress up and be part of their communities. It looks like Polish mentality is very insecure, judgemental and ignorant all at one time. Comments and comparisons to other countries are not realistic in this thread/site. In my country we celebrate a Day of the Dead. People are ignorant and misjudge us as well so we are used to it, but it does not make it wrong or bad. Judge yourselves before you judge other, Polish.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
19 Dec 2012 #190
Hey, Mister No-Judgemental, relax! :):):) Take it easy! It is only a forum....... :):):):):)
TommyG 1 | 361
19 Dec 2012 #191
Excuse Mr Hypocrite, you said:

I was in Poland for a long time and saw mostly plain and ugly women. The reason why there is no PL is because your women are ugly. Get into reality, stop kissing yourselves. This is why there is no PL women on the internet lists for beauty. Beauty is everywhere, even in PL, but very rare, and not that great. From a non-PL person, Polish women are not good.

What's the matter? Didn't any of the prettier girls want to talk to you?

That list of women is a joke. It's just celebrities, most of which have taken their clothes off for money, either on or off camera.

There is no way your average Monika or Agnieszka who are much more beautiful than any of those flakes would ever get the fame to be on such a pointless list.

Additionally, Hallowe'en is an old pagan tradition... another one that the Christians borrowed ;)
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
19 Dec 2012 #192
Tommy, relax, too. Now the troll is banging itself with your reply. Did you really want that? :):):)
TommyG 1 | 361
19 Dec 2012 #193
Yes:) Owning trolls is a hobby of mine. He's about to receive an introduction to pwnage, TommyG style ;)
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
19 Dec 2012 #194
In Polish hypermarkets, in seafood sections/aisles, in smaller shoips and even in streets you can often see giant fish tanks with live fish. Carp, of course, but if you think they offer it live only at Christmas time, you are wrong. Not all, but some work all year round.

Polish law forbids to take live carp in shopping bags. So, the fish is either killed on the premises or a shopper has to bring a bucket.

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What about Britain or America?
TheOther 5 | 3,878
19 Dec 2012 #195
What about Britain or America?

In the US, carp is mostly considered a junk fish. The Americans prefer salmon, mahi mahi and trout instead.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
19 Dec 2012 #196
Excuse me, Sir, but you missed the point. We are talking about the sale of live fish. We are not discussing the taste preferences of nations. Simple.
TheOther 5 | 3,878
19 Dec 2012 #197
They sell live fish for aquariums here, not for your bath tub at home... :)
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
19 Dec 2012 #198
I stopped buying fish for my home fish tank (not aquarium!) when I finished high school. Today I buy live fish for my bath tub.

That is why, I live in Poland, not elsewhere. :):):):)
TheOther 5 | 3,878
19 Dec 2012 #199
That is why, I live in Poland, not elsewhere.

If I want fresh fish, I hop in the car, drive half an hour and catch it myself. ;)
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
19 Dec 2012 #200
You forgot to add :with my bare hands...... :):):)

Quite possible.....

But..... are you sure they are fish, not tadpoles?? :):):)
TheOther 5 | 3,878
19 Dec 2012 #201
Fishing is very popular here, Pawian, and there's nothing better than fresh salmon or trout from a clear mountain stream. But you live in Poland and eat bottom feeders from muddy ponds, so how would you know ... :) (I'm kidding!)
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
19 Dec 2012 #202
Fishing is very popular here, Pawian, and there's nothing better than fresh salmon or trout.

Look, fishing is popular everywhere. :):):):) :):)

But you live in Poland

Yes, and I wouldn`t trade places with you! :):):)
p3undone 8 | 1,135
19 Dec 2012 #203
TheOther,have you ever had Haddock?It's very good and it's popular here in the Northeast.
TheOther 5 | 3,878
19 Dec 2012 #204
fishing is popular everywhere

In Poland you buy live fish in the supermarket, I heard... :)

have you ever had Haddock

I ate a lot of fish 'n' chips in my life, so yes.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
19 Dec 2012 #205
In Poland you buy live fish in the supermarket, I heard... :)

Isn`t it great? Saves a lot of time.
TheOther 5 | 3,878
19 Dec 2012 #206
Isn`t it great?

Doesn't compare to this:



OP pawian 161 | 9,971
19 Dec 2012 #207
The view is great indeed. But do you really think such views aren`t available in Poland and fanatics don`t angle fresh water fish here? :):):):)
TheOther 5 | 3,878
19 Dec 2012 #208
But do you really think ... people don`t angle fresh water fish here?

I said I'm kidding, Pawian... :)

But do you really think such views aren`t available in Poland...

No country in Europe will ever compare to the wide open spaces of Canada, the US and Australia. Much as none of the latter will ever compare to the historical places and cultural richness you find in Europe.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
19 Dec 2012 #209
pawian: But do you really think such views aren`t available in Poland...

Hey, why are you so wayward? First you show a photo of a lake encircled by mountains in the background, and then you jump to wide open spaces......

Come on....... Are you tired or what????
TheOther 5 | 3,878
19 Dec 2012 #210
First you show a photo of a lake encircled by mountains in the background, and then you jump to wide open spaces

'Wide open spaces' doesn't necessarily mean 'flat'. It can also be a synonym for

- huge
- spacious
- no other soul as far as the eye can see
- wilderness

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