Polish food for all seasons

Polish Food for All Seasons

International cuisine can be found in almost any countries national dishes, Italian recipes grace almost every menu in the World and the UK are famous for their interpretation of popular Indian dishes. Polish dishes however are firmly based in Poland and only those immigrating across international borders tend to be cooking the traditional Polish way. There are of course exceptions to the rule and in towns and cities with a large number of Polish residents, deli’s and Polish stores, bars [...]

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Traditional Polish homes lifestyle and culture

Poland – where culture and tradition are part of family life.

How much do you really know about Polish living and culture? Living in Poland over the generations has been far from easy a simplified look at Polish History show’s us that. Take a journey inside a typical Polish pre-war home and you will find  family members who have stayed in Poland’s remote towns and villages despite the odds. Choosing to live a simply hunter gatherer lifestyle often spending spring and summer working and storing food and supplies needed for the [...]

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Babcia secret polish babka recipe

Babcia’s Secret Polish Babka Cake

Having this time to share and experience first hand traditional Polish family values and become an integral part of a loving Polish community, is something I never could of anticipated and something I will cherish for ever. Considering I was raised in a comparatively developed country like the UK, in comparison to a Polish upbringing my childhood was very easy. I have come to realize over the last few years, that I never got to learn some of the valuable [...]

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Polish homemade vodka called Bimber or Samogon

Two Christmases, a pig and far to much vodka!

After surviving my third Christmas (well six really cause we celebrate 25th and 14 days later the russian Orthodox Christmas on the 7th of January) in Poland. I got to thinking that there really must be a limit to the amount of homemade “bimber” (often referred to as “samogon” due to our proximity to Russia) vodka one person Polish or otherwise can drink! Our friends insist on bringing the latest bottles of homemade vodka often gifted to them by family [...]

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green-lungs

Taking time to give thanks

Preparation for the forthcoming winter is essential for those that choose to stay and accept a partial hibernation. Giving thanks that the milder summer climates are so plentiful and fruitful comes second nature to Polish citizens as does saying goodbye to family members who chose to leave. This protocol is an essential part of life in the remote regions of Poland and in many parts of Eastern Europe and whilst you and I may think that six months apart from loved ones is a harsh reality!

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Polish families tending to their loved ones gravesides

Polish families brave the winter storms to pay respects to their dead

It would take more than a bad weather forecast to keep Polish families from visiting the graves of the dead. Braving the elements is not a question that is even considered for anyone living in Poland when it comes to this auspicious event! As Oct 31st Halloween to you and me is known as the eve of All Saint’s Day, a day where the dead are thought to be most active and inline with the living spirit. A day the [...]

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bannergreen

Poland’s natural resources and the enviroment

Bialowieza Forest is ruled by the European bison, Europe’s biggest animal. Great brown bears live in the Tatras and the Bieszczady, while white-tailed and golden eagles, Poland’s biggest birds of prey, wheel the skies.

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European bison

Saving the Bison – Bialowieza primeval forest in Podlaskie

European bison were hunted to extinction in the wild, with the last wild animals being shot in the Białowieża Forest in Eastern Poland in 1919 and in the Western Caucasus in 1927, but have since been reintroduced from captivity into several countries in Europe, all are descendants of the Białowieża or lowland European bison. They are now forest-dwelling. They have few predators (besides humans), with only scattered reports from the 19th century of wolf and bear predation. European bison were [...]

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Podlaskie Bison

Discovering Podlaskie “The Green Lungs of Poland”

The fight to save Europe’s last primeval forest is on, environmentalists have vowed to continue to appose the felling of trees and clearing of  undergrowth in the Podlaskie region of Białowieża which translates as “white tower”. Primeval woodlands over eight thousand years old yet only 16% is  protected by National Park status, home to wolves, bison, rare woodpeckers and insects this region of Poland is lovingly refereed to as “The Green lungs of Poland” and is part of Poland’s heritage. [...]

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Traditional Wooden Homes in Poland

Traditional Polish homes lifestyle and culture

How much do you really know about Polish living and culture? Living in Poland over the generations has been far from easy a simplified look at Polish History show’s us that. This is a journey inside a typical Polish pre-war home my sample homes belong to families who have stayed despite the odds to live a simply life spending spring and summer working and storing food and supplies needed for the harsh winters ahead. This may seem like a journey [...]

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White Storks nesting on rooftops in Podlaskie, Poland

White Stork’s of Poland – symbol of fertility and good fortune!

The white Stork’s of Poland are held in high regard and should you be lucky enough to get a breeding pair building a nest on your property then you can expect good fortune for the year ahead.

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Trance Atlantic - Love Poems and Letters

Internet Cafe by Stephen Pryce Lea

So you’ve found that special someone in a place you have never been You have made a web connection with a face you’ve never seen If i passed you on the high street would you turn and glance my way Would my face remain a picture you’d remember to this day. Now you sit there across from me a face that i can touch You’ve taught me how to love again you mean so very much A million words we [...]

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Bullfrogs

Bullfrogs and Bonfires

Spring arrived in Poland not a minute too soon. I had anticipated the winter too be harsh but not only did we experience long peroids of -30 but also weeks when the temperature never rose above freezing. During Jan the ice got so bad it was like walking on sheets of glass and when Robert took a tumble breaking his collarbone that was the last straw and depression loomed and only for the grace of god, some amazing loyal friends [...]

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Cycling with Butterflies- Podlaskie Poland

Cycling with Butterflies

On surviving my first Polish winter and now embracing the onset of spring, i find myself once again exploring the forests and lakeside paths surrounding the city of Siemiatycze. The vast area is a network of paths, woodland, lakes and streams and i can honestly say this is the greenest city i have ever visited. Exploring the tracks and paths of sand by mountain bike, miles from anywhere i took to thinking about my journey and how this actually came [...]

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I Left my heart in Poland

I left my heart in Poland!

Having first experienced “a taste of poland” in 2009, I instantly gave my heart and soul to the area and longed to return on my 4th visit in 12 months this became a reality and I sacrificed my English roots to connect with this beautiful region of eastern Poland

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my Angel

I miss you with a heavy heart although I try with all my might, to think of things to pass the hours and fill this distant void. Holding my breath until you wake, calling me here six hours ahead of time.

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In May Love Grows

Kiss away those nightmares i’ll keep you from harm, never going to hurt you, stay here in my arms,
Waking from our slumber your here next to me, touching, holding, loving you the way it ought to be.
Never dreamt i’d feel this, never been this place, wondering where you taking me, smiles across your face.

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Robert and Stephen as we know them

At one point of my life not too long ago, never have I expected to fall in love so soon and for this genuine love to grow. The thoughts of YOU that race through my mind, these are the very thoughts I was scared I might not ever find. The most wonderful thing of all. Is that I love you with every beat of my heart. I will help you up if you were to ever fall. When I first [...]

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Loving You so easy

Loving you is so easy, It’s like we are meant to be, This distance is a burden, A cross we have to bear. Remember that i love you, cause that will never change, more challanges we conquer, the closer we will become. I never feel alone now, i know your here for me, I will always stand beside you, Smiling, strong and proud. Calling you my honey, my angel from across the sea, I love you for who you are, [...]

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Through the clouds

Through the clouds, through the universe straight into my heart your love travels. When I talk to you, look at you, or just love you, my soul begins to unravel. Passed the stars, into the galaxies, or on earth while relaxing under a tree. Knowing that I always love you and you always love me. Right here, right now. This has always meant to be. Yes. You and me! You and me you and I, Whatever we may be…Prepare to [...]

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Trance Atlantic - Love Poems and Letters

So you’ve found that special someone in a place you have never been You have made a web connection with a face you’ve never seen If i passed you on the high street would you turn and glance my way Would my face remain a picture you’d remember to this day. Now you sit there across from me a face that i can touch You’ve taught me how to love again you mean so very much A million words we [...]

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