Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Garlic, Thyme, Olives and Rose Wine

I am not a big fan of lamb and only eat it occasionally. Easter is one of these occasions, as lamb is the traditional dish served on Easter Sunday. There are different ways to cook lamb, slow roasting the lamb shoulder is an easy method as it does not require a lot of preparation. This recipe is from Nigella’s cook book “Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home“. I love how the Rose wine gives the lamb a lovely fruity flavour.

Easter Lamb

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Cranberry and Chocolate Easter Cake

There is a tradition in Poland for Easter, we bake very decorative cakes. They are very simple, based on a shortbread pastry topped with condensed milk, chocolate or jam. The cake is called “Mazurek” and there isn’t an equivalent translation for it in English language. Below recipe is simple, but it does take time as you need to wait for the layers to cool before applying the next one.

Easter Cake

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Grilled Sea Bass with Lemon and Thyme

Everyone always awaits spring and the warm weather. Warm weather means the start of the barbecue season and fresh green salads eaten outdoors. I always liked barbecue food. I remember as kids it was a big deal to have a barbecue and everyone prepared some food so we could all share. I remember sausages with cheese that would melt on the grill. I remember potatoes covered in kitchen foil and put right inside a fire. They would always take the longest to cook but the taste was amazing.

Today is my take on grilled fish, Sea Bass with Lemon and Fresh Thyme, which I have planted in my garden along with other herbs.

Grilled Sea Bass with Thyme and Lemon

It is an easy recipe so let’s get to work.

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Piri-Piri Chicken

Who doesn’t like chicken? It’s easy to cook, roast, grill and once you add your favourite spices your dish will change into something very tasteful and colourful. I remember my favourite chicken recipe was done by my aunt. Chicken legs roasted in the oven. Simple right? But there was something about this dish that stood out. Was it the spices or the marinate or the roasting method? I wouldn’t know as my aunt never told anyone. I remember when we would come over every Sunday after church and the chicken was already on the dinner table, served with bread and cabbage and carrot salad. I simply loved it.

Piri-Piri Chicken

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Silesian Dumplings

So today is the time for a truly Polish recipe. I will try to add one per month to show you that Polish food is not just about cabbage and sausage. It’s also about potatoes! And the only reason I say this, is because today’s recipe is based on potatoes. But don’t get put off.

Silesian Dumplings is a traditional dish from Silesia region in southern Poland but they are also popular in neighboring regions. They are round in shape with a little hole in the middle (that is of course optional), but when you serve warm dumplings with melted butter and cut them in half with your fork, the hole makes a funny squeaky noise.

Silesian Dumplings

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Mini Doughnuts

There is a special day we celebrate in Poland. It called Fat Thursday and it is similar to Pancakes Day in the United Kingdom. Except for one difference, we eat doughnuts on that day. Lots, and lots of doughnuts.

I remember when I was a kid, probably around 10 years old, I used to visit my godmother who lives near Warsaw. There was this Cake Shop near her that sold mini doughnuts. The doughnuts were no more than 2cm in diameter and covered in icing. There was no filling. But I do remember this lovely lemony taste in the icing and the fact that once you have tasted one, you could not stop.

Mini Doughnuts

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