Jacek’s sister invited us to her home for a Christmas party last Saturday where we enjoyed several traditional Polish dishes, a lot of vodka, some punch I made, and a lot of fun. In this case you did not have to drink to one another, but could only take shots all together. Dorota’s home was beautiful, and she put on a really wonderful party. Oh, and her friend was on the Polish version of “The Voice” and won another singing competition as part of a group.
My first cooking class with Ms. Ela detailed how to make pierogis, and something similar to tortellini that is put in soup. She began by teaching me how to make the filling using a grinder to puree both mushrooms and meat. Then we made dough, and she showed me how to form the dumplings. We cooked a few to make sure that they tasted okay, and then froze the rest for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner.