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“Wartime Child Displacement Seminar” – Thursday 8th September 2016

“Wartime Child Displacement Seminar” – Thursday 8th September 2016 The University of the West of England will host an all-day seminar “Wartime Child Displacement Seminar – Comparing Historical and Contemporary Cases”, convened by Dr Mike Richards, Dr Elizabeth White, and our own Dr Tillie Curran.  The Anglo-Polish Society is very proud to be a significant contributor to this event, and we encourage you to attend.  This seminar will be held from 9:30 to 16:30 on Thursday, 8th September, at UWE Frenchay campus.  A buffet lunch and refreshments are included in the admission.  More information, including how to register to attend, … Read more   

Courgette & Hazelnut Cake

The original recipe was for Courgette & Hazelnut Cake, from one of the physicists in the Bristol Radiotherapy Department, but it works equally well with desiccated coconut, or ground pecans/walnuts/ pistachios instead of hazelnuts. Ingredients: 100g chopped/ ground hazelnuts (if doing your own grinding, make sure to use blanched hazelnuts so no skins) 225g caster sugar 3 medium eggs 210ml sunflower oil 30ml walnut oil 225g courgettes (topped, tailed but not peeled) 280g s/r flour 1/4 tsp salt 1tsp ground cinnamon Method Whisk sugar, eggs, oils in mixer till thick and pale. Grate courgette, and squeeze in a tea towel/ … Read more   

Toad in the Hole

I chose this recipe because my family love it. I used to cook this for myself, my husband and our 6 children. The quantity can be halved for less people, or multiplied for more. 2 or 3 sausages (or more) per person Lard or oil for cooking Recipe for the Yorkshire Pudding 220 grams plain flour 1/2 tsp of salt 2 eggs 500 mls milk Method Sift the flour and salt into a basin and make a well in the middle, crack the egg into the well and add a little of the milk. Beat well until smooth using a … Read more   

Fruit Cake with Ginger

When visiting Wiola and Tom Hola-Peryer, I was offered this unusual but delicious fruit cake. Thinking of you dear members, I asked and received the recipe. Enjoy, I did! Ingredients: 450g / 1lb mixed dried fruits and nuts, such as roughly chopped apricots, quartered glace cherries, roughly chopped nuts, sultanas and raisins 100g / 4oz soft butter 1x5ml spoon / 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 175g / 6oz light muscovado sugar 225ml / 8fl oz water 2 large eggs, beaten 300g / 10oz self-raising wholemeal flour 2x5ml spoon / 2 teaspoon ground ginger 100-175g / 4-6oz stem ginger, drained of … Read more   

Rosemary’s Lancashire Cheese and Apple Cake

This recipe makes 12 slices. Ingredients: 15g butter 200g self-raising flour 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder 75g golden caster sugar 725g dessert apples (cored, peeled and sliced) 125g stoned raisins 1 teaspoon nutmeg 2 eggs (beaten) 110ml sunflower oil 150g Lancashire cheese Preparation: Generously butter a loose-based 23cm (9inch) cake tin. Preheat oven to 170oC / 325oF / Gas 3.. Sift together flour and baking powder. Add sugar, apples, raisins and nutmeg. Beat eggs into the oil and stir into the mix. Spoon half of the mixture into the tin. Add cheese. Top with the remaining apple mixture. Bake for … Read more   

Placki Kartoflane – Polish Potato Pancakes

These placki can be eaten as a savoury dish with sour cream, salt and chilli jam or sweet with sugar and lemon. Peel and grate about a pound and a half of peeled potatoes Place in a sieve and allow to drain for a few minutes. Squeeze out the rest of the liquid Into the raw potato mix in about one ounce of plain flour and 1-2 eggs so the mixture holds a good pancake shape Season and stir well to blend all the ingredients Heat a little fat or oil in a large frying pan When the fat is … Read more   

Muesli Biscuits

The muesli biscuits are a healthy addition to any lunch box and very filling for a coffee break or to snack on throughout the day. Ideal for hungry children when returning from school and a healthy alternative to usual shop bought snacks. They are very quick and easy to make and my grandchildren enjoy making these with me and then eating as soon as they are ready, we have often made them in all different fun shapes. Ingredients: 100 g (4 oz) margarine 50 g (2 oz) demerara sugar 15 ml 1 tbsp (tablespoon) honey 50 g (2 oz) self … Read more   

Pear and Ginger Chutney

When I was little, we moved into a house in Wembley, London. From the neighbour’s garden, lush pears fell into ours. The lovely neighbours have encouraged my mother’s use of the pears and also enjoyed the chutney as much as we all have over nearly sixty years. My mother is still making it – wonderful. Ingredients                                          25g / 1oz Root ginger, roughly chopped 1x5ml spoon / 1 teaspoon Cloves 2.75kg / 6lb Pears, peeled, cored and chopped 500g / 1lb Onions, peeled and chopped 100g / 4oz Stem ginger, finely chopped Grated rind and juice of three oranges 750g / … Read more   

2015 Autumn Concert

The Performing Arts Centre at Redmaids’ School, the oldest continuously operating all-girls’ school in the country (from 1634), was the venue for our concert on a lovely autumn day.  We settled down for an afternoon of light classical and popular operatic music performed by some of the most talented young musicians in the area. They had been brought together by Angela Hickey, a leading local voice teacher who had a long and distinguished international singing career, appearing in many opera houses and concert halls all over the world including Poland (Warsaw and Łódz). Pianist Helen Reid played throughout, mostly as … Read more   

In War and in Peace

Thanks to Pawel Julian Komorowski  for producing this film inspired by the Anglo Polish Society Official Book Launch which took place in the presence of The Lord Mayor of Bristol Councillor Faruk Choudhury, on 28 January 2014. Song “Army” by Katy Carr. Filmed and edited by Pawel Julian Komorowski  with the Chairman Chris Ottewell, Christina Zaba , Katy Carr and others.

The Rush Sunday Service 2013

It was like a day of my dreams!  I saw all these people including the Lord Mayor of Bristol, all the Councillors.  I was speechless, I didn’t know what to say or think it was just wonderful! It was really nice meeting all these people which I never saw before, I will never forget that when I walked past the Lord Mayor (who was standing next to the door) he said “dzień dobry” to me.  I was never that happy before!  It was just an honor for me to meet him. Although it wasn`t my first time.       … Read more   

A Dictionary of Bristle

The great and mostly beneficial influence of the Polish Community on Bristolian life and culture is undeniable and well recorded, not least by the APS.  However I was surprised and delighted to find out that this influence has now extended as far as the official Bristle Dictionary compiled by the unlikely duo of Harry Stoke and Vinney Green.  Having already sold over 50,000 copies of previous editions, the new fourth edition was published on 4th July with 50 new words included. One of them, very much a surprise new entry is “Polski Sklep” – defined as a “local shop selling … Read more   

Tracing Polish Family Ancestry

Compared to tracing any British ancestry you may have, tracing Polish roots can be difficult, as many records were destroyed in the war. So begin by researching Poland’s history, as surviving record locations may have changed over time.  Then find out as much as you can from your relatives, which is always a good starting point. The following resources may help you in your search.  Items preceded with ►are links that will take you to an external site.  Anglo Polish Society are not responsible for the content of external sites. ► Ancestry Search in Poland – A.A.Watta & Co. Professional … Read more   

Polish Scouting in Bristol

Following the end of WWII, and the majority of Polish soldiers, sailors, airmen and women in the armed forces who had fought alongside the western allies were unable to return to a Soviet dominated Poland.  The British government allowed them to stay in Great Britain.  A Polish Resettlement Corps was raised in 1946 as a corps of the British Army into which Poles were enlisted for the period of their demobilization up to 1948. Disused army and air force camps were utilised as temporary accommodation for the Polish Troops.  Later they were joined by their families who were scattered in … Read more   

Stefan’s Jajecznica

Oh, my favourite Polish recipe is just the simplest thing – Jajecznica. Scrambled egg , boosted with the smokey flavours of sausage or pork.  My father used to make it for us when mum was busy – so, even though it was man-cooking, it was always a special treat. My favourite version is with sliced Krakowska, but you can use smoked pork loin or even smokey bacon , perhaps even adding some sliced fresh mushrooms. Ingredients for 2 portions: 4 eggs, 6 slices of Krakowska sausage or smoked pork loin. Method: Chop your sliced Krakowska into bite-size pieces and cook … Read more   

Pork Chops with English Apples and Cider

With autumn approaching, English apples will be in season and being in Bristol we are spoilt for choice when it comes to good quality, dry cider. This recipe is easy to do and pork chops are an economic choice when it comes to meat. Ingredients: 4 pork chops (preferably nice thick ones) freshly ground black pepper and salt olive oil 1 large onion, or 2 small ones chopped 2 English eating apples, each cut into 8 wedges, and at least 3 whole apples a few fresh sage leaves (4 maximum) 1 generous glass of dry cider   Preparation and method: … Read more   

Creamy Carrot and Ginger Soup

I first had this soup at a pavement restaurant in Prague, served as it was just starting to rain (we were under umbrellas!). It was most comforting and warming. Serves four to six Ingredients: 500 gm carrots 750 ml vegetable stock 2-3 cm fresh ginger root Salt and pepper 200 ml cream Parsley as garnish Preparation and method: 1.  Warm the vegetable stock (vegetable stock may be made by adding a vegetable cube to water); peel and dice the carrots. Add to stock and boil until carrots are just soft. 2.  Meanwhile peel the ginger root and grate finely. Add … Read more   

Bożena’s Placek Jogurtowy (Yoghurt Cake)

As specified in the recipe, Poles tend to measure ingredients using a glass.  When you bake this cake, simply measure all the ingredients using the same glass, or cup, then you can’t go wrong with this easy, delicious cake. Ingredients:  Cake 2 eggs 1 glass of sugar 2½ glasses flour 1 glass yoghurt ½ glass vegetable oil 2 teaspoons baking powder Fruit (this can be fresh, frozen, tinned or bottled) Crumble ½ pack of butter or margarine 1 packet of vanilla sugar ½ glass sugar ½ glass flour Preparation: 1.  To make the cake, beat the eggs with the sugar … Read more   

Wojtek to attend the Oscars?

Well in 2014 or 2015 perhaps! We all know his story, but Hollywood has apparently only just discovered it. As you all know, Wojtek was adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps in 1942 and helped move ammunition during the Battle of Monte Cassino. Now Brendan Foley, a writer and director from Belfast, has bought the film rights for “Wojtek the Bear”. He plans to bring his story to the big screen with Ned Dowd, who worked as the producer on Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto. Mr Foley said: “It is an amazing story- a … Read more   

Sheila’s Quick and Easy Asparagus

Do you tend to ignore the Asparagus in the supermarket as “too difficult?” or scary?  Certainly we used to until we discovered this easy method.  Much easier than baking, boiling or steaming it. Now we’ve found out how to reliably cook asparagus in the microwave, we eat it much more often.  As it’s been on offer quite a bit recently we’ve had quite a lot of it this year. Ingredients: 1 Asparagus bundle 1 Approx tablespoon olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper Preparation: Wash asparagus spears and chop off the woody bottom part. Cut the spears in half … Read more   

Julia’s Zupa Ogórkowa – Polish Pickled Cucumber Soup

Zupa Ogòrkowa is a traditional Polish soup made from “ogòrki kiszone” or cucumbers in brine. You can buy these from Polish shops or delis. If you can’t find ogòrki kiszone, the more readily available pickled cucumbers or gherkins will do just as well. This soup is easy to make and delicious. To make it even better you can make your own stock but this is not necessary if you don’t have the time or inclination.  All Polish cooks have their own version; this is a very easy one based on what I remember of my mother’s recipe. Ingredients: Serves 4 … Read more   

Roz’s Chocolate Biscuit Fridge Cake

Ingredients: 1 packet digestive biscuits 8 oz/250 g unsalted butter 8oz/250 g dark chocolate 1 egg 1 oz/25g caster sugar Melt chocolate in a basin over hot water (this can also be done in microwave) Melt butter Whisk egg and sugar together Beat butter into chocolate, then egg Break biscuits into small pieces and add to mixture Turn into loose-bottomed sponge tin. Chill in fridge NB besides digestive biscuits, nuts, cherries or dried fruit can also be added Roz Rowe

Ela’s Bigos – Hunter’s Stew

Considered by some as the national dish of Poland; it is ancient in origin, traditionally cooked in a cauldron over a fire.  The ingredients were whatever game was shot from the forest, plus smoked meat and sauerkraut which travelled well.  Bigos is a wonderful winter dish which seems to improve each time it is reheated! Ingredients: 3 bottles or bags of sauerkraut (c.900gm) 1 fresh cabbage 400gm lean diced beef 800gm diced pork 1 large onion 1 large carrot 6 strips dried forest mushrooms 1 tablespoon peppercorns 4 bay leaves 2 tablespoons vegetable seasoning half a bottle white wine Preparation … Read more   

Rosemary’s West Country Flan

Ingredients 8oz (225g) short crust pastry 3/4pt (450ml) sweet cider 1lb (450g) cooking apples (peeled, cored and cut into 8 slices) 2 eggs 2oz (50g) sugar 1oz (25g) cornflour 1oz (25g) chopped almonds 1oz (25g) icing sugar Method 1.    Roll out the pastry and line a 7in (17.5cm) flan tin. 2.    Prick with a fork and bake at 400oF/200oC/Gas Mark 6 for 25 minutes. 3.    Bring the cider to boiling point and add the sliced apples. 4.    Simmer the apples until cooked and remove from the cider. 5.    Top up the cider if necessary to ½ pint (300ml). 6.    Beat … Read more   

Helenka’s Chrust

‘Chrust’ means brushwood which perfectly describes the appearance and texture of these sweet pastry twists.  In some parts of Poland they use the diminutive ‘chruściki’, and in other parts ‘faworki’, meaning ‘grace’ or ‘favour’.  It is connected with the name ‘faworki’ that used to describe colourful ribbons attached to male or female clothes (especially those that were given by knights to their ladies). And so fried faworki resemble twisted ribbons.  When properly made, they should be very thin and simply melt in the mouth. Chrust are often eaten during carnival (the time following the Christmas period and before Lent) but … Read more   

Grandma’s Easter Cakes

Over 80 years ago, this recipe was given to my grandma by a lady from East Chinnock in Somerset. 10oz self-raising flour 6oz butter 6oz caster sugar 3oz currants 1 egg ½ – 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg A little milk and extra sugar Oven 325F, fan assisted oven 145C Gas Mark 3.  Cook 15-20 mins (check after 10 mins) until pale gold. Mix flour and nutmeg, rub in the butter until like breadcrumbs.  Add sugar and currants.  Make a well (hollow) in the centre of the mixture.  Put in the beaten egg and mix to a firm paste.  Knead well.  … Read more   

Nina’s Jabłecznik – Apple Cake

Dough 2 whole eggs 1 egg yolk 500g plain flour 4 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons double cream 1 tablespoon baking powder 250g unsalted butter 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar or vanilla extract to taste Filling 1.5-2kg cooking apples Brown sugar and cinnamon to taste Crumble 250g plain flour 100g sugar 125g unsalted butter Flaked almonds (optional) Mix eggs, yolk and sugar.  Add flour, baking powder, cream and melted butter.  Mix gently to form a soft dough.  Note: You may not need all the flour, so add gradually until you have a soft dough.  Put the dough into a baking tray and … Read more   

2013 “Poles Aloud”

“It was very enjoyable afternoon with good music, I particularly enjoyed zuchy, (it’s always nice to see children sing and dance) Katy, and Górale with Ania were very good, and it was good to meet with friends.” “The best value annual cultural event in the West of England.” “Great to see the 8 to 80+ age groups all having fun together!” “With the addition of Polish drinks and food it’s turning into an annual Polish Festival – Fantastic!” “Katy Carr was the highlight of the evening captivating the audience with her songs and stories.” “A thoroughly enjoyable event with something … Read more   

Mushroom Pierogi Recipe

Pierogi (stuffed dumplings) are a quintessential Polish comfort food. Read more   

Esme Ottewell’s Traditional Welsh Cakes

Esme Ottewell’s Welsh Cakes
Like lots of us, I fondly remember my Mum’s cooking from when I was a child. These were my favourite cakes (and still are!). Read more   

2011 Picnic and Musical Recital

In June 2011, Penelope and Anthony Warne welcomed us to their converted medieval barn and extensive gardens at Sutton Courtenay for a picnic, and a musical recital performed by the Davey String Quartet and Jane Plessner on clarinet.  The Quartet started with Mozart’s String Quartet op 465 (dissonance), capturing beautifully the nuances of Mozart’s composition and filling the barn with heavenly music. Jane Plessner then joined the Quartet for Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet op 115; the clarinet blended brilliantly with the strings, evoking a warm serenity of musical elegance, complex, rich and brooding, a supreme achievement in chamber music. The recital … Read more   

2010 Concert to commemorate 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin

Let me start by thanking Anne Foot and the Bristol and the South West Anglo Polish Society for their invitation to the concert and for their warm hospitality.  Since attending it involves a round trip of some 240 miles I must admit that I had some doubts about coming, however, a sense of duty prevailed.  Rarely has duty been so richly repaid. I am no cognoscenti of classical music, but I have always believed that our great Polish composer wrote almost exclusively for the piano.  I was therefore intrigued to see a duet and a trio included in the rich … Read more   

2009 Joseph Conrad Lecture

When I learnt that the Anglo Polish Society in conjunction with the Bristol Central Library was holding a lecture on Joseph Conrad, delivered by Professor Tim Middleton of Bath Spa University, I knew this was an opportunity not to be missed.  I teach English at Weston Sixth Form Academy and have been introducing my current AS Literature students to Conrad and two of his works: Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent.  We have been exploring his life, ideas about colonialism and terrorism, his astounding use of English (more so as it was his third language) and of course, mankind’s … Read more