Yes I was confused by that title too. But it turns out Emmy is just a video blogger (vlogger) who’s on a mission to eat her way through various international cuisines.
I didn’t know Emmy until someone sent me this video recently. It’s over a year old, so chances are you might have seen it already, after all her YouTube channel has over 150K subscribers.
Emmy was sent a rather large packet of Polish sweets by one of her viewers and in this video she bravely goes through the contents of that parcel, giving her verdict on everything. In most cases she goes ‘mmm’ shortly after biting into something, which I assume is her stamp of approval.
I loved reading the comments underneath the video (until some trolls hijacked them this morning, that is). My favourite one was: “Ptasie mleczko rulez! I can have the whole box in one day!”
So can I, so can I….
Move over, spaghetti bolognese, pierogi is about to kick your ass. Well, maybe. Europe is falling more and more in love with Polish food, according to a quality Polish daily, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.
Last year Poland exported 13.3 bn euro worth of food. That’s a lot of kabanos. But Europe – and Germany in particular – wants more. In the first quarter of this year the number of food items with a “Made in Poland” sticker sold to other European countries rose by about 6.5% compared to the same period last year.
Polish food might be yummy, but it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted. Not sure what it says about the changing eating habits of our European neighbours
But Poland itself loves its meats too. Oh, very much so. Euromonitor International has just published a 900-page report called “Who Eats What”. Poles are in the top 20 most carnivorous nations in the world. An average of 74kg of meat is sold per head yearly in Poland, which makes Poland the 12th most meat-friendly (if that’s the right expression) country in the world.
Although we still have a long way to go before we catch up with Argentina, where, according to the same report, almost 116 kg of meat is sold per person every year. *burp*
And what’s your favourite Polish food?
The Independent seems to know the answer – eat Polish food. Quite a nice article on rustic Polish food, with a couple of recipes thrown in for good measure.
Clare Rudebeck tries her hand at pierogi and herring salad and seems to be fascinated by a spicy dish called ‘leczo’. I was surprised to see that she didn’t bother to explain that in fact leczo is not Polish, but Hungarian. But then I guess the article – although focussing on Polish food – is supposed to prove that (broadly speaking) the Eastern European cuisine is the best solution for long, wintery evenings.
Now, out of all – mostly favourable – reader comments, one hit me as slightly ignorant. A reader called Sammy wrote:
Having lived in Central Europe I can say that the food is very heavy, stodgy and really nothing special. Pork, sausage, bread dumplings and practically no salad or veg. Cheap though and winter food for sure.
It’s hard to disagree with Sammy. After all, pork, sausage and dumplings (pierogi) ARE a bit heavy, even though they are all staple foods in Poland. But then she also adds:
IMHO he best food in winter time is traditional british food – all those stews, suet-made dumplings pies, puddings – YUM – and not ‘bad’ for you either as some muppets say. Sadly, you cannot get this good fare anywhere any more in the UK. Pubs do not serve it, so busy are they with their Thai/Italian messes, and nowhere does – you have to make it at home.
Hmm, you see, depends entirely on one’s point of view. I love pork, sausages and dumplings, but as a fairly educated person I also know that I need to vary my diet and I do. I have this affinity with Polish ‘stodgy’ dishes because I’m Polish. Just like Sammy with ‘traditional British food’ because – I assume – she’s British.
But just like in most Polish places you won’t see a massive variety of other, more sophisticated Polish dishes, a trip to an average pub in England leaves you with an equally disappointing, unhealthy and often ridiculously tasteless selection of bangers and mash, fish (battered) and chips (deep fried) and possibly a Sunday roast with two veg. Boiled to death.
So you see, Sammy, there might be a reason why pubs serve ‘their Thai/Italian messes’.
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