Posted by: internationalroutier | October 2, 2010

Polish Feast

When I first started this blog I made myself a little promise, never apologise for gaps between posts. So I shall not. After all it isn’t really mine but the whole club’s blog. The only apology, therefore, I shall make is to the organisers of the Polish Feast for not publicly acknowledging their splendid efforts on a more timely fashion.
On with the show.

The invitation read…

In July 1610 Polish cavalry led by Hetman Stanisaw Żłókiewski, outnumbered many times over, attacked and defeated a force of Russians and Swedes attempting to relieve the besieged fortress city of Smolensk. As a result, the Poles were able to occupy Moscow, and hold it for over two years, the first and only invaders in modern times to do so.
In celebration of this famous victory, you are invited to attend a Polish Renaissance Feast of five courses, with singing and dancing, music, swordplay, and beautiful ladies.

Intrigued, and thankful of an event that didn’t require emptying the contents of my garage into the station wagon and schlepping them cross country, Damien, Erin and I frocked up and went along. Erin even chose to leave a birthday party early to join in the festivities (no small call for a 12 year old!)

The Ku-Ring-Gai Town Hall is an excellent venue for just this type of caper and is well worthy of considering for further “do’s” (as always though, shame about having to drive home at the end). The space was a little cavernous for the intimate crowd but we did put the extra space to good use for both dancing and Quarf and Andy put on some splendid swordplay (hark! the sparks!) for us. There are even rumours that even Damien was seen to be dancing! Generous reward offered for photographic evidence of same. Damien may even go a higher price than I to protect a reputation otherwise unblemished by dancing.

There was the most magnificent of meaty feasts that a Routier could wish for (though Erin did baulk at the lard as appetiser (Polish bruschetta?)). White borscht, two types of pierogi, roast duck, beef with mustard, bigos, 3 different desserts- which included both cheesecake and poppyseed cake as well as fresh and dried fruit and nuts. The cooking was incredible and my one regret is that we left behind far too much, being far too few for such an impressive table.

The stage is set

After dinner the children gamble away their pocket money...

The poshest of Polish manners...

There were also a few select Polish cordials on hand for tasting for those lucky enough to have won the designated driver toss.

Smiles all round

Thanks to the Rev for the snapshots (’tis why he can’t be seen in any!)

It was lovely to see all the furry and embroidered finery and I can heartily endorse and encourage any future feasting adventures hosted by our special Polish friends!

The Official Menu a late-ish draft, and there were a couple of small alterations. If you wanted to know so much you should have come along 🙂

Basics (Always on the table)
pickled gherkins
Rye Bread
Buckwheat (boiled)
1st Course
White Borsht (soup made of soured rye flour and meat, usually boiled pork sausage or pieces of smoked sausage, bacon or ham).
2nd Course
Bigos (A savory stew of cabbage and meat)
Cabbage & Mushroom Pierogi or (boiled or baked dumplings of unleavened dough stuffed with varying ingredients)
3rd Course
Boiled Beef
Roast Duck
Green Sauce
4th Course
Court Dish (Pg 191 Polish Medieval Cookbook) Fruit Flan
Sweet wine sauce
Fresh Fruit
5th Course
Poppy Seed Cake
6th Course
Assorted pastries

And as a bonus- make your own pierogi!


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