Sometimes I’m stunned by his partial food memory. He could have a delicious meal today and not remember a single component the following week. That’s my husband. Last year, he went to Krakow (Poland) and in true foodie style, I organised with staff at the hotel where he stayed to make sure he tried pierogi. On his return, I inquired ‘How was the pierogi’? hoping to hear some long description about the pastry and filling and all I got was, ‘Nice’.Thankfully he brought back a Polish cookbook which I’ve opened up for this month’s Daring Cooks challenge – to make our own pierogi from scratch.
The August 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by LizG of Bits n’ Bites and Anula of Anula’s Kitchen. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make pierogi from scratch and an optional challenge to provide one filling that best represents their locale.Mandatory:It took me a while to decide on making fruit-filled pierogi.Before I sealed the pierogi, I put on a pan of water to boil. I sealed the pierogi using a fork, which I found the easiest way to keep them shut. By the time I was done, the water was ready. Gently, I slid the pierogi into the pan, careful not to overcrowd them. Once they floated up to the surface, I put the lid on for a few minutes and then removed them with a slotted spoon.I let them cool then in a pan laced with butter, I browned and crisped them as the sun went down and I hurried with the last of the sun’s rays bearing on the plate.Chinese dumplings, I would go for the latter but I will give it another go, this time with a savoury stuffing.Overall, I was pleased with my effort – glad I didn’t miss this month’s DC and even happier because I have something to share, for all those who love mint. And pancakes with caster sugar and lemon j. I suspect my friend, M falls into this gang – she reintroduced me to lj (lemon juice) and sugar on pancakes when she visisted last summer. And the secret is – the mint sugar is delicious with lj on pancakes. Its out. Celebrate this news and share it with friends.See what the other Daring Cooks created for this Pierogi challengeHere are some other recipes which showcase mint sugarJamie Oliver loves the mint sugar on pineapple, he calls it pukka pineapple and you know Jamie, anything called pukka is delish Merry-Jeniffer of the merry gourmet serves hers with a summery fruit saladEllie of Almost Bourdain serves her atop a Lemon Cheese cake mousse
- you have to make the dough from scratch (no ready made won ton wrapper etc. allowed!)
- you have to make filling from scratch
- you can choose your filling: be it sweet or savoury it’s your call!