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Summer Dinner in the mountains

We would like to invite you to Bukowina Tatrzanska, not far from Zakopane, where we are spending many of our weekends throughout the year and most of our holidays in the summer and winter. We have a little wooden house built by my husband Piotr’s mother 56 years ago on a plot which was bought by her mother-in-law in 1937. Our granddaughters are now a fifth generation in to spend their holidays and weekends in the house. Its name is Wrzos which means 'heather' in English.

It is our family's favourite place to rest and make short trips to the Tatra Mountains or the river Bialka. Here all meals taste superb. We would be delighted to welcome you in our house!

Bukowina Tatrzanska is one of the most popular Tatra Mountains resort located just a couple of miles from the Polish-Slovak border and the main starting points for many hiking trips, Palenica. It offers spectacular views of the highest Polish mountains and is a good stop to enjoy all the Polish mountains have to offer without the hustle and bustle of Zakopane, the mountain capital of the south of Poland. It is home to one of the biggest aqua parks in the area and a good base to continue the journey further into the mountains. The region is known for its food, especially oscypek which is a smoked sheep-cow cheese, and fresh trout which is abundant in the mountain rivers. Bukowina is also where one of the biggest festivals of regional music and culture, Sabalowe Bajania, takes place.

Our house is located very close to the top of the village and our guests can enjoy wonderful view of the panorama of the mountains from our terrace. It is just a short walk from the main bus connections to Zakopane and to Palenica. It is also a short walk from the closest border of the Tatra National Park. My husband and I can offer some tips on where to go and which hiking route is the best for a given time of the year. We have walked many of these routes ourselves and so did our children. We can definitely recommend the hike to the Black Lake which is located at the foot of the Poland's highest peaks, Rysy. It takes a while but it is worth every minute of it.

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About the cook, Małgorzata & Piotr

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Małgorzata: Although I qualified as an architect my career was actually focused on... fashion design. I still design clothes for friends and family and occasionally on commission.

Piotr: I worked as an architect for 40 years and now retired. My main occupation, actually by chance, became preserving food at home.

We both enjoy cooking albeit in different styles and according to different recipes. Malgorzata often cooks according to five elements theory, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian. Piotr cooks according to his intuition which is spot on as he improvises often and can surprise even the most sophisticated foodies. And since we both prepare a lot of food preserves, we have now accumulated a large cupboard of compotes, jams, chutneys, caramelised fruit and veg and gherkins which we often use in our recipes.

We live in an old flat in central Krakow together with our cat and a large number of plants that are scattered along every window to get as much light as possible.

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