Appetizer: Potato Perogi's
The Soup: Mushroom with Mushroom Pillows
I didn't forget to take a picture of this soup...I just didn't want to. In my opinion, this was the low point of the whole meal. Some people really liked it, some people did not. I personally don't like this soup, but I thought it would be better than serving borscht.
The Salad: Pickled Beets with Sour Cream Dill Cucumbers
Traditionally us Polish people don't eat a whole lot of salad, so I kind of just threw two recipes I knew together to make a salad. People loved it. The beets were very good thanks to my friend Jon the kitchen manager at school (he pickled them for me). And you can't go wrong with sour cream, dill, a little lemon juice, and cucumbers. Yummy! Presentation was a little sloppy.
The Main Course: Polish Hunters Stew
This was a sauerkraut stew that had duck, smoked ham hocks, ham, bacon, and kilebasa in it. It also had apples, potatoes, garlic, onions, peppercorns, red wine, veal stock, and vodka. I cooked this stew every day this past week (very slow and low) for at least 5 hours each day. Then I served it with dilled potatoes and some grainy mustard. It was really good (people liked it). And it wasn't overly sauerkraut tasting. The flavor had mellowed out a lot.
Dessert: Assorted Polish Cookies and Pastries
Pictured: On the left, rogaliki (a nut filled rolled cookie). Top, Krustichiki (a deep fried dough cookie). Right, Kolachki (apricot and cream cheese). Bottom, Makowiec (a poppy seed roll). Middle, Bobka (apple)
The dessert was very traditional. Everything was good except for the kolachki (I didn't like the apricot jam...I wanted raspberry..but we won't get into that either) and the poppy seed roll got all soggy (cause I baked them and froze them...but I think they were a little too warm when I put them in the freezer). By this time in the meal, everyone was full so a lot of people took their dessert home.
So of course kudos everywhere (no, not the granola bars) when I visited the tables. It was fun talking to the guests. One table (we dubbed it the Polish Table) brought Polish Beer, Wine, and after dinner liquor. They gave me a taste of the honey liquor and it was good (strong, but good). Very nice people!
And that's it...it's over. (Thank you Jesus). However, in a month I have the French Dinner for 72 people. Yikes! This will be the most we've ever had for dinner at our campus. (Normally the limit is like 60.) Thankfully, this will be my last dining series event for this school year, so I'm going to go out with a bang and make it super classy.
I was kind of disappointed to see rice pudding for the dessert. BOOORING! I'm not a big fan of rice pudding either. I always think "old people" when I think of rice pudding.
Basmati Rice: $2.49
Flaked Coconut: $2.29
Coconut Milk: $2.99
Total: $7.77 (Lucky Day!)
Fast: NO. It takes about 1 hour to cook and at least 4 hours to chill. Sorry, no instant gratification on this one.
Easy: Yes. Just dump and go. It's basically mixing everything in a saucepot on top of the stove.
Okay. Tommorrow is tip day. I may or may not blog. I haven't decided...depends on if I'm feeling lazy or not. Otherwise...I'll see you Tuesday!