Polish cooking Favors (kindlings)Written by Lechu
Favors (kindlings) according to Lech...
The name favors (kindling) was traditionally used to describe a dough that was deep fried, like donuts or paczki, another Polish pastry. Currently, this name is used to describe a deep fried pastry, that contains some alcohol, or vinegar and raises slightly when fried. Some of us remember it as “favors”, others know it as “kindling”. Everything depends on our roots.
Dozens of recipes exist, and every cook will insist that his/her recipe is best. Below is recipe that was used to make kindlings to be served at end of carnival season:
- 2 cups flour - 3 tablespoons sugar - 1 tablespoon vinegar - half cup sour cream - one egg
Mix in a blender, until dough begins to form. The dough will be relatively tough. Add one tablespoon of melted, cooled, unsalted butter, and continue mixing for a minute or so, until all ingredients are incorporated.
If you like kindling, you may prepare several batches, and freeze them individually. But do not double recipe, make several small batches. Remember, you make kindling only during carnival season, i.e. between Day of Three Wise Men (January, 6th) and Fat Tuesday, a day preceding Ash Wednesday. Making kindling in other periods is punishable by law. Some kindling addicts take this risk, however…
Polish cooking, Aspic of Pike, Written by Lechu
Aspic of Pike, Pike Township style
For centuries fish were plentiful. Poor people could not afford meat, but fish, wild mushrooms, or wild berries were always available, and considered as inferior foods. Polish people used to say “Fish and mushrooms, flour and meadow” to describe a rich country farm, where everything was plentiful. Sometimes, when even fishes ware scant, people stated that “A crayfish is also a fish, when there are no other fishes in lake”. Many other sayings and proverbs use fish as their subject. A rich and influential person is a “fat fish”. Sometimes “we are fishing in murky waters”, making not-too honest deals. Then we complain, that “the first part of a fish that rots, is its head”, meaning that corruption of government proceeds corruption of society. Sometimes children “go fishing at night” i.e. bed wetting.
But let’s leave kidneys alone, this is a culinary corner, so focus on stomach. Nowadays fish cost more than meat. It is difficult to buy quality fish in our area. However, a good cook can create very sophisticated dishes utilizing fish. This is case of cook featured today. The editor of this culinary corner is indebted to Margaret, for her willingness to share her secret recipe. It is fully understandable that, as expected, recipe will be sophisticated. It is unlikely to turn you into a rich person, but it will definitely enrich your culinary palate.