Poland - it's the new Provence of food

Poland - it's the new Provence of food

There are 55 comments on the The Guardian story from Feb 16, 2013, titled Poland - it's the new Provence of food. In it, The Guardian reports that:

Britain's Polish delis offer expats a processed hit of nostalgia. But they're also a gateway to an undiscovered cuisine When I heard that Polish is now England's second most widely spoken language , I had a Proustian moment.

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“Been to Polakia...”

Since: Dec 08

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#1 Feb 17, 2013
Rachel Cooke:

" I had a Proustian moment. To be specific, I thought: mmm, sausages. I'm pretty sure that a long, skinny kabanos – they come folded in two, like whips, or meaty liquorice – was the first foreign food I ever ate."

YUP! WE READ YOU OUT LOUD AND CLEAR!
Annie

UK

#2 Feb 17, 2013
Although it makes for great comfort eating, East European food will never be haute cuisine. It was created for being snowed under during long Winters and keeping cool during brief and intense Summers.

TheRealMagyar

Since: Sep 12

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#3 Feb 17, 2013
Annie wrote:
Although it makes for great comfort eating, East European food will never be haute cuisine. It was created for being snowed under during long Winters and keeping cool during brief and intense Summers.
What do you know about Eastern European cuisine?
What even is Eastern European cuisine?

That is like grouping French, Spanish, German and British cuisine together as "Western European" cuisine. When in real life Spanish cuisine has more similarities with Hungarian than British.

“Dimitri at the races in Russia”

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#4 Feb 18, 2013
As we all know, Magayr cooking was & is just another slop cooked on lard & very unhealthy, I might add, it should not be compared to any French, Spanish delicatessens.
Anonymous

Brewster, NY

#5 Feb 18, 2013
Pesky army wrote:
As we all know, Magayr cooking was & is just another slop cooked on lard & very unhealthy, I might add, it should not be compared to any French, Spanish delicatessens.
What about Jewish & British food?

2 of the worst!

Spotted dick & Matzo crackers?

British & Jewish food is aweful!

“Been to Polakia...”

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#6 Feb 18, 2013
Polak food is good'ski!

for dogs and jewhs... the one's still live to tell the tail after all the industrial salt, horse meat and scum diet fed
Annie

UK

#7 Feb 18, 2013
TheRealMagyar wrote:
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What do you know about Eastern European cuisine?
What even is Eastern European cuisine?
That is like grouping French, Spanish, German and British cuisine together as "Western European" cuisine. When in real life Spanish cuisine has more similarities with Hungarian than British.
I wasn't talking about the Balkans, but you can group a large chunk of East European countries together when it comes to food. In fact places like Sweden and Denmark also share similar characteristics. Pickled vegetables, smoked meat and pickled fish, soups are all generic due to the climate and long winters. Some regional variations, but there are many shared dishes. It's comfort food rather than posh nosh. They probably eat pickled herring all around the Baltic. You can buy all variations in Ikea.

“Been to Polakia...”

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#8 Feb 18, 2013
Annie wrote:
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I wasn't talking about the Balkans, but you can group a large chunk of East European countries together when it comes to food. In fact places like Sweden and Denmark also share similar characteristics. Pickled vegetables, smoked meat and pickled fish, soups are all generic due to the climate and long winters. Some regional variations, but there are many shared dishes. It's comfort food rather than posh nosh. They probably eat pickled herring all around the Baltic. You can buy all variations in Ikea.
Ikea food?
Dear, dear , dear simple you!

It is a bit like "delicatessen cuisine" in tesco's economy range, with all the horse meat burgers and motoroil fat
Annie

UK

#9 Feb 18, 2013
ikea food is pretty good quality. They do amazing coffee and cakes. They have a fantastic business model.

But my point is that in Sweden they eat similar foods to Baltic countries in Eastern Europe (ie. food that stays edible during long winters). Looking at Lithuanian cuisine you have the usual beetroot soup, potato pancakes, dumplings smoked ham etc. Go to Prague and you will find similar foods (although they do love their dumplings more than anything else...). It's all fermented, pickled, smoked stuff. Rustic fayre.

“Dimitri at the races in Russia”

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#10 Feb 18, 2013
Any Scandinavian food cannot be compared to French delicious sauces.
Even Scandi salamis are sweet. It´s sickening to eat.

TheRealMagyar

Since: Sep 12

In your mind.

#11 Feb 18, 2013
Ha aha IKEA food.....:D
I find Northern food to generally be pretty poor.

Except some Baltic stuff is not bad, Lithuanian apples are the best I ate.

And I wasn't talking about Balkan either.

“Dimitri at the races in Russia”

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#12 Feb 18, 2013
One must understand, the above Annie is on welfare.
Therefore, Ikea slop she eats.

TheRealMagyar

Since: Sep 12

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#13 Feb 18, 2013

“Been to Polakia...”

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#14 Feb 18, 2013
Ikea grub is something, that dogs shouldn't be fed on.

“Been to Polakia...”

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#15 Feb 18, 2013
Pesky army wrote:
One must understand, the above Annie is on welfare.
Therefore, Ikea slop she eats.
"classy sassy lady" she is!
She likes polak kielbasa too!

“Dimitri at the races in Russia”

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#16 Feb 18, 2013
Hungary taxes unhealthy foods
12-01-2012

Hungary is one of the first countries to introduce taxes on “unhealthy” food. The tax aims to contribute to a positive change in the national diet therefore improving population health and also to raise revenue. The tax was enforced in September 2011. The Hungarian government formulated the policy recommendations supporting this in close cooperation with the WHO Country Office, Hungary and WHO/Europe.

The new tax stirred a global debate and has set an example for other countries. It was reported that in the last two months, 2.4 billion HUF were raised as additional resources for health care. These funds are to be used for a special bonus to 42 000 health employees. The health impact assessment and evaluation of the new public health tax will take place in 2012-13.

“Dimitri at the races in Russia”

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#17 Feb 18, 2013
Magayr food is good, and cheap, but not as good as other less friendly places. I’ve tried several; many are grimly bad, some just plain blah on my travels through Buda.
Also, be careful when your bill arrives. Magayrs have the tendency to add to it. In other words, they will cheat.

TheRealMagyar

Since: Sep 12

In your mind.

#18 Feb 18, 2013
Pesky army wrote:
Hungary taxes unhealthy foods
12-01-2012
Hungary is one of the first countries to introduce taxes on “unhealthy” food. The tax aims to contribute to a positive change in the national diet therefore improving population health and also to raise revenue. The tax was enforced in September 2011. The Hungarian government formulated the policy recommendations supporting this in close cooperation with the WHO Country Office, Hungary and WHO/Europe.
The new tax stirred a global debate and has set an example for other countries. It was reported that in the last two months, 2.4 billion HUF were raised as additional resources for health care. These funds are to be used for a special bonus to 42 000 health employees. The health impact assessment and evaluation of the new public health tax will take place in 2012-13.
Is this meant to offend me? lol? wtf...

TheRealMagyar

Since: Sep 12

In your mind.

#19 Feb 18, 2013
Pesky army wrote:
Magayr food is good, and cheap, but not as good as other less friendly places. I’ve tried several; many are grimly bad, some just plain blah on my travels through Buda.
Also, be careful when your bill arrives. Magayrs have the tendency to add to it. In other words, they will cheat.
So funny to see you pretend to talk about things you know nothing about.
You never tried Hungarian cuisine, you never had travels through Buda.

“Dimitri at the races in Russia”

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#20 Feb 18, 2013
Since Slovaks invented Csabai sausages, certainly every Magayr knows it, I took the time & tasted some of that Magayr slop. Just too lardy, spicy for my taste.
However, hairy Magayr girls were pretty enticing for my pals...cheap too.

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