> Lemon and Strawberries: February 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Classic polish tomato soup

This tomato soup is one of my favorites. Why? Because it's very simple to make, delicious and perfect for colder days. It can be made with an addition of rice or noodles and I prefer the latter. The main taste comes from either fresh tomatoes or tomato paste - I like both versions, but the one with tomato paste usually gets thicker and I think it makes a better comfort food in the Winter.
In my recipe I've used kritharaki pasta (also called "orzo"), but any type of pasta will be good!
Tomato soup is pretty fast to cook so I make it often when I don't have much time. If you're looking for an idea for easy, delicious and comforting dinner, then you should try my tomato soup!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

It's Fat Thursday! You need to have them: polish pączki with marmalade.

Happy Fat Thursday everyone! It's one of my favorite polish holidays! It belongs to the tradition of celebrating Carnival and marks a beginning of the last week of that period. During that day we're eating huge amounts of sweets - because when the Lent starts, we shouldn't do it anymore - it's a time of fasting in Catholic Christian religion. Traditionally on Fat Thursday people are eating "faworki" ("angel wings") and other delicious sweets, but the hero of a day are "pączki". Pączki are polish type of donuts with rose marmalade filling, but recently other variations appear like for example pączki with chocolate or vanilla and even eggnog cream.
My favorite are the ones with rose marmalade and since I couldn't get it in Greece, I've decided to mix hard strawberry marmalade with some rose water - it came out delicious!
They say you've got to eat at least one pączek on Fat Thursday to have a good luck for the rest of a year, so forget the calories and grab one!