Menu: Poland (& Giveaway)

Have you ever heard the saying “All the goats jump onto leaning trees”? (“Na pochyłe drzewo wszystkie kozy skaczą.”) It’s Polish.

The saying means goats know to make due with what they are given – they leap to take advantage of the opportunity that presents itself. Real practical, those goats.

We should be more like them. Which brings me to our menu. This week, this beautiful week of October, we are given ruddy apples harvested fresh from the orchard, comforting potatoes with dirt still clinging to their rough skins, and the last cucumbers off the vine (it’s Oklahoma, what can I say).

It’s the perfect set up for a Polish feast. Will you join us?

All recipes and the meal review will be posted throughout the week.

White Cucumber Salad | Mizeria [Recipe]
Mizeria means misery in Polish, but this creamy (but slightly sweet and sour) salad is anything but. A refreshing combination of cucumbers, sour cream, dill and a hit of vinegar and sugar.

Cheese & Potato Pierogi [Recipe]
Comfort food to the rescue. These traditional pierogi are stuffed with caramelized onion, cheese and mashed potato.  Serve after browning in butter with even more sweet caramelized onion.

Polish Apple “Pie” | Szarlotka [Recipe]
Bring in the harvest with this apple dessert. The crust is something between pie crust and shortbread cookies… and is enhanced with their beloved sour cream. The filling is a cinnamon apple delight.


**UPDATE: GIVEAWAY WINNER”: Congratulations to the winner of our weekly giveaway – Megan, who said

The best soup I”ve ever eaten was a homemade Italian Escarole Soup. It was made mostly of vegetable broth, cannelloni beans, an entire head of escarole, and a little bit of orecchiette. The best part was the mix of tastes and textures, especially when you add your ideal portion of grated Romano cheese, Italian herbs, and even olives or hot sauces. The best soups are those that you can personalize! (Vietnamese pho or your recipe for Burmese Coconut Chicken noodle are others that come to mind!)

Yum. Please email me by 10/15/12  to claim your Saffron Road Gift Basket, Megan!

Get your fall cooking in gear with this Global Gourmet Gift Basket from Saffron Road.

This gift basket has a set of super cute wooden spoons, spring green measuring cups, a coordinating dish towel and a World Cuisine apron. Finally, you will be equipped with three premium quality broths to whip up your favorite fall recipes.

If you can’t use the gift basket yourself, the holiday season is just around the corner. Gift hunting for your Great Aunty, twice removed? Done!

Love, love, love!

These are the all-natural (yay!), kettle cooked broths you’ll find tucked inside:

And, in case you were wondering, Saffron Road offers All Natural, Halal certified products. In their words:

“We know that great food begins at the farm, so we source our ingredients from only the finest producers available. It’s no coincidence that we buy from small sustainably run farms. All of our livestock are humanely raised with 100% vegetarian feed and are never given antibiotics. Our Halal tradition demands their proper care and welfare.”

.. they can be found in your local Whole Foods. Plus… they are now at more than 3 dozen retail locations nationwide, including Stop and Shop, and Food Giant. Hello… that’s great news!


Answer our Giveaway Question:

What’s the best soup you ever had? What made it so good? Was it the taste … or the company … or even the setting? This can be a recipe from any country in the world.

There’s no right answer, so have fun with this one…

That’s it!

Bonus entries will be provided for those that tweet this giveaway with hashtag #globalgiveaway and/or share it on Pinterest and Facebook.

Leave your answer in the comments below. One winner will be chosen at random and announced in the Monday Meal Review on October 8 , 2012. Prize must be claimed by October 15, 2012. Saffron Road is sponsoring this giveaway. They wanted to share some global foodie love with you. Enjoy!


  1. Tough question…. I think the best soup I ever had was a mushroom soup in a restaurant in Hawaii (of all places), at the Turtle Bay Resort. It was creamy, smoky, incredibly delicious! I think the setting helped, of course, the company too, it was a romantic dinner just me and hubby… but we’ll never forget that soup

    great giveaway, my fingers are crossed already 😉

  2. Megan says

    My favorite is my baked potato soup! It warms me through and through and makes a cold winter night warm and cozy! Might be a good meal for this weekend now that I think about it!

  3. Monique says

    I’m a soup lover, so it’s difficult to narrow it down…but if I had to choose, the Turkey Noodle soup I make after Thanksgiving with homemade turkey stock. Post thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without it at this point! Even the kids look forward to it.

  4. Definitely Ottolenghi’s green soup with avocado and cucumber and, as always, herbs, herbs, herbs!

  5. Lobster bisque at the Lobster Pot in Provincetown on Cape Cod. In the company of my family – looking out on the bay at sunset – luscious lobster swimming in creamy, sherry infused bisque – oh my – I will be there in a week – can’t wait!!!!

  6. I’d have to say the best soup I’ve ever had was a Romanian Wild Mushroom soup that I made with some foraged chanterelles from the woods here by where I live. I also added in oyster and porcinis, as well. It was delish!

  7. Michael p says

    Best soup I ever had was when my daughter was going “ethical” vegetarian. I discovered a recipe for tortilla soup that was amazing. Then my wife added fresh avocado slices and no now it is a staple in our house

  8. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    The Best Soup I Ever Had Was When I Went To Ecuador, I Had A Soup In Which The Pasta Was Fried Lightly Before Boiling, It Was Loaded With Fresh Veggies And The Broth Was Amazing! Not Sure of The Name But That Was The Best Soap Ever 🙂

  9. Ellen says

    I love tomato soup. I make it all the time and it never gets old. I might make it tonight, in fact.

  10. Tiffany George says

    The best soup…….while I am a vegetarian now, when I was a child, my mom made the BEST meatball minestrone soup packed with fresh veggies and pasta elbows (had to be Creamettes Brand!). I would love to recreate it with vegan ingredients.

  11. I found a recipe for an Egyptian potato soup that doesn’t use any cream, so it’s lighter than a more standard potato soup, but still just as satisfying. It’s a great cold weather soup. But when it really comes down to it, I have a hard time picking one favorite soup. I like almost any kind. There is a lunch counter place here in Baltimore that changes up their soup selection every day so they always have something (or 4 somethings) interesting on offer (they also have sandwiches and salads, but in my family we refer to it as “the soup place”). I’ll often go there when I get a soup craving.

  12. Oh man, the sunday soup of my childhood. It was tradition, same meal, same day, same time, same people. Every single week. And I love it. I don’t know what I’d call it other than Sunday soup, but that’s enough for me.

  13. annaclarice says

    My father’s homemade seafood chowder. Jam packed with whatever fresh fish and shellfish was available plus potatoes and corn. Soooo warm and comforting on a cold winter day.

  14. The best soup I’ve ever had is a recipe that changes every time it’s made— my mom would make her version of vegetable soup, but called it “Lindsay soup” because as a child, I would stand on a stool next to her and add ingredients as she taught me about them. While Lindsay soup changed every week according to what vegetables were around, it always included canned tomatoes, cabbage, chicken stock, and garbanzo beans. I make Lindsay soup in my home now, and this past Monday it was definitely a fall soup– swiss chard, sweet potato, the last of the season’s tomatoes, and quinoa (among other veggies).

  15. No question – ribollita in a small cafe in Florence, Italy sitting next to an Italian man that didn’t understand that I didn’t speak Italian. He really wanted to talk to me and explain all the foods that we both were eating. I love Italians!

  16. Cem Aksoy says

    My favorite soup was a tomato soup which I had when I was sick in winter. It was a hot creamy tomato soup with cubes of roasted bread inside. I loved it because it was really really tasty and eased the effects of the flu a little bit. Also, the feeling of being taken care of is nice.

  17. Jeanie K says

    The best soup I’ve had is just about any soup with chicken in it. For a meatless soup, I love shorbat addas, which is a Middle Eastern lentil soup. Red lentils, to be precise. It’s so tasty!

  18. Toss up (I’m allowed to toss on your comments, right?) between Italian Chicken and Zucchini Soup with long basta or Posole. The Chicken and Zucchini has a light chicken broth and soothing on a icky feeling tummy. The Posole has a red based broth and is as authentic as you can get. Both=tasty drips of gold.

  19. Kc192 says

    Ahh definitely a steaming pot of homemade borscht my friends taught me to make back when I lived in Russia!! Talk about bringing the world together over tasty goodness!!

  20. Amber says

    I love soup so much, it’s hard to pick a favorite! My husband (boyfriend at the time) and I once whipped up a spectacular hot and sour soup together early in our relationship. It was so loaded with veggies and tofu and mushrooms; it took us quite a while to prep everything, but we enjoyed working in each other’s presence so much that it was no issue. I remember eating it with the slider door to my little patio cracked, and it was cool and rainy out — perfect soup weather. Everything about that pot of soup was wonderful. The soup itself may not be my favorite ever (though it was really delicious), but the experiences surrounding it made it a very memorable meal.

  21. best soup…butternut squash w/ sundried tomatoes…so creamy, flavorful and all without dairy! I think the company also made it taste pretty good!

    and, I tweeted!

  22. Nicole says

    I rarely cook direclty from a recipe. My family jokingly calls our meals together “Concoctions”. (I blame it on my husband who started that when we were first married and taught the kids as they came along) A few years ago we had a bumper pumpkin crop — with the sweet pie pumpkins. So I thought I’d try my hand at pumpkin soup. Everyone sat at the table that night and looked at the “concoction soup”, then at me, then back at the soup. PLEASE TRY IT, I begged. They did. They loved it! They now ask for it every year. By name.

  23. I love pepper soup. It’s very common in most West African Countries. It’s very spicy, delicious and beats the cold! Pepper Soup can be made with meat, chicken, fish, oxtail. Now, that soup for Fall.

  24. Jamie says

    The creamless creamy tomato soup from Cook’s Illustrated. I make up a giant pot of it and put it in empty plastic juice bottles to give to friends when the fall hits. We eat it with crusty rosemary bread and good red wine by the fire, and my friend’s cat always manages to get his tail in someone’s bowl.

  25. Sharon says

    WOW, that’s a hard question! My recent favorite has been a miso soup with lots of veggies (some cooked in the broth, a few fresh on top) and soba noodles.

  26. The best soup I”ve ever eaten was a homemade Italian Escarole Soup. It was made mostly of vegetable broth, cannelloni beans, an entire head of escarole, and a little bit of orecchiette. The best part was the mix of tastes and textures, especially when you add your ideal portion of grated Romano cheese, Italian herbs, and even olives or hot sauces. The best soups are those that you can personalize! (Vietnamese pho or your recipe for Burmese Coconut Chicken noodle are others that come to mind!)

  27. Stephanie says

    The best soup I’ve ever eaten was this butternut squash soup I had at a health clinic I was touring in rural northern California. The clinic provides care to a lot of very rural, lowincome, uninsured Californians, who live too far away from a major town to get care. The clinic provides delicious and healthy meals and sells them to the patients for next to nothing. This butternut squash soup was to die for. It was so full of flavor, and I loved the addition of the roasted pecans on top. Yum!

  28. michele malone says

    last year I was given some butternut squash, so not knowing what to do with them I found a soup recipe. it turned out to be wonderful. I loved the spininess and texture.

  29. The best soup I ever had is my Grandmother’s chicken soup with egg noodles. She lives on the farm, and used to even kill her own chickens. Homemade noodles, of course. My favorite because no one ever made this soup like she does. I miss the soup and I miss my Grandma who lives in Poland, thousands of miles away from me:(

  30. Kelster says

    Mannish water – it’s a Jamaican soup made with goat. It’s hard to describe the taste. There’s an intense goat flavour and depending on how the goat was killed it may have a smokey flavour too. It’s packed with vegetables and small dumplings. Mannish water is usually had at special events so each time I have it, there’s usually a memory being made.

  31. Tamara Al-Aaraji says

    My favorite soup is Bahmia, or a classic okra soup. It’s very simple, all you put is chicken or beef stock, tomato paste, cubes of lamb, slices of garlic, and baby okra and let it cook until the lamb is tender. You add your favorite spices, I prefer cardamom powder, turmeric, cumin, 5 spice, and lemon. We eat this with rice and it is such a warm and hearty dish that’s perfect for this upcoming cold season.

  32. Patty says

    Butternut squash soup with apples and crispy uncured bacon. It was served to us during a candelit dinner fundraising event on Valentines Day a few years ago. I wanted to ignore the steak they served afterwards and keep eating the soup. Candlelight, beautiful string intrumental music…a perfect night. A perfect soup.

  33. I made a cider cheddar soup last year that I want to revisit this year. It was so beautiful… I love soup!

  34. Barbara says

    The best soup I’ve had was a sweet potato soup with spicy sausage. Yum….I love that sweet & spicy combination. I had it in a sandwich shop in a small town in NC. I’m not sure what country it’s from….

  35. Nancy says

    My friend Margaret makes a really good soup with sweet potato, sausage and kale. My husband and I enjoy it with her and her husband, and the we play cribbage afterwards. It’s the soup and the company that make it wonderful.

  36. amanda says

    My favorite soup right now is the lentil stew with cinnamon and cumin from The New Best Recipe by America’s Test Kitchen. Yum, yum, yum.

    And by the way, this is the best comment section ever! So many ideas to try…

  37. Nance says

    The best soup I ever ate was Tom Yum soup at a new Thai restaurant in my town, with a good friend to celebrate her birthday. We were amazed by how thin the broth was, yet it packed so much coconut, chicken broth, and galangal flavor!

  38. Leslie says

    for a meat soup my top would be Sherba soup from Libya, lamb soup with orzo,red and green peppers, onion chickpeas, tomato ,spices . I first had it in Libya . Followed second by Pho from a small restaurant down the street from me, there is skill in that kitchen and love. Very good for a cold or bronchitis. As for veggie soups, A three mushroom soup I make from my own recipe with white button, morel and portobellos. Or my Moms pumpkin soup with some sweet spices, cream and a touch of curry powder.

  39. Kendra says

    My favourite soup would have to be chicken noodle. My Grandma (on my father’s side) and my mom used to make it. They would use extra large egg noodles too. It was a comfort food for me. It was always something made when the weather got coo and eaten together as a family. Or if one of the grand kids was sick, my grandma would make it for us and come sit with us, along with homemade biscuits. I have started making it on my own, without their recipes [they’ve both passed away]. I think it taste’s alright, but I suppose never as good as my grandma or mother’s. 🙂

  40. Adeline says

    The best soup I had was in Australia made by my ex-boyfriend’s mum haha. She made it from scratch too! It was like a whipped up ‘brothy’ creamy mushroom soup, but she had chopped up carrots, celery, mushrooms in there. Was really hearty and great to warm up on a cold rainy day. Dipped some buttery toast and it was heavenly! Hmmm just salivating! 😉

  41. Sharifah says

    I wish everyone was as smart as polish goats, lol 🙂 if we all only new how to be happy with what we have…life would be grand.

    And sugar? With the cucumber dill salad? I make this quite often with yogurt. Sugar, I never would have thought. Very interesting.

    As for my favorite soups, mine is an Egyptian red lentil soup. It’s also called shurbaat aads. It simple to make and very good. My mother taught me how to make it which is why it’s one of my favorite (not to mention the flavors too among other things). When we have this soup it reminds my family of times of childhood in the cooler weather in the Middle East.

  42. Holly says

    My favorite soup is Pasta e fagioli. Every Friday when I was a kid my family would go to this pizza place in the neighborhood called CJs and Id always order this soup. This restaurant made the best pasta e fagioli!

  43. Christina says

    My favorite soup is green bean soup (which my ancestors learned to make while living in Danzig/Gdansk) because my grandmother made it a lot. I also have fond memories of tomato soup & grilled cheese sandwiches–my mom would use the Campbell’s condensed soup & American cheese, which now makes me go ick!

  44. I lived in Bosnia for a few months with a family who ate the exact same soup with every evening meal…it was chicken broth, carrots, celery, onion, and some sort of noodle (the only variant). It was delicious, but what made it truely wonderful was the giggle I would get when my friend who made the soup would remark on how today’s soup was so much better than yesterday’s…I could set my watch to her daily comment even though I could not detect a difference! 🙂 I love to travel and these are the little moments I kep in my heart forever.

  45. Bridget Horne says

    The best soup I ever had was Bulgarian Red Pepper Stew. My husband makes it every fall as soon as the air gets chilly again, so now it simply means “Autumn” and “Love” to me!

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