Witamy! The weather is getting hot now and we’re turning our attention at lunch to some of the cool summer soups so popular in Polish cuisine. We love to visit area farmers markets and take advantage of the huge red strawberries, crimson cherries, plump blueberries -- all of which can be easily blended into healthy and refreshing soups. They’re like milk shakes but with less sugar and calories. The basic recipe is in our book on page 38. YUM!
Another classic summer dish I enjoyed immensely as a child is Sour Milk (Siadle Mleko), served with baby potatoes and fresh dill. Before you turn up your nose, I promise that it really tastes good. It has the tang of fresh yogurt, and the consistency and texture of a light pudding or flan.
First, the milk has to be “cultured” to become thick and tart. Pour 1 quart of whole milk into a glass or ceramic bowl (anything but metal); add ½ cup of sour cream OR 1 cup of cultured buttermilk. Whisk or blend the mixture thoroughly. Place the bowl into a very warm spot (80 degrees F is great) and let it stand for 24 hours or until thick. Do not move or disturb the bowl while the milk is setting up. When it thickens to the consistency of flan or a light pudding, place the bowl into the fridge and cool for half a day or so. To serve, spoon it into serving bowls and serve with young white potatoes that have been sprinkled with butter and fresh chopped dill. Smacznego!
Footnote: we just made a bowl...kept it a full day in the warm garage, and now it's ready! Just had a spoonfull - tastes like fresh yogurt. It's cooling in the fridge, can't wait to have it for lunch tomorrow. p