Now that the grey and blowy days of November are arriving in Britain, it leaves you with two options - hibernate or escape. Since hibernation doesn't pay the mortgage, I'll have to settle for a bit of escapism via this new cookbook - Sugared Orange is a stunning Polish cookbook brimming with visual stimulation, recipes and stories from a winter in Poland.
published by Tabula Books, 2013, £25
This is Beata Zatorska and Simon Taraget's second cookbook. You might remember their first book, Rose Petal Jam, which was based on summer in Poland. Where rose petals are the essence of summer in Poland, sugared oranges are the winter equivalent.
There is a color and zestiness to Polish life that has been beautifully photographed by Simon Target, the author's husband. Traditions and recipes come alive through Simon's lens in an atmospheric way.
You might want to know the book leans heavily on the memoir side with the recipes lovingly sprinkled between the stories. I'm o.k. with that because the photography and stories immerse you deep into Polish culture. You feel like you are sitting right there in Mama Druga's kitchen.
The recipes all share a seasonal warmth. They invite you to step into a lesser known world of Polish winter and Christmas cooking. If you have your pantry stocked with poppy seeds, you are well on your way to exploring Polish cooking with recipes like Poppy Seed Pasta and Christmas Poppy Seed Dessert. And the recipe for Sugared Orange Cake is worth the price of the book all by itself.
Recipes for infusing your Christmas menu with a taste of Poland include:
- Tomato Soup with Rice
- Roast Turkey with Almond Stuffing and Juniper Sauce
- Beetroot and Horseradish Relish
- Christmas Eve Cabbage and Split Peas
- Gingerbread Cake