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Polish Easter Feast

"Gość w Dom, Bóg w Dom" ("A Guest in the Home is God in the Home")

Easter in Poland is the most important holiday, even more important than Christmas. The entire week before Easter is called Holy Week, and during that time there are a lot of things going on here. 40 something years ago I was born on Palm Sunday / you aren't just lazy-you are super lazy : ) and I always go to the church around this time with my palm. Some of the villages and small towns organise Holy Palm competitions. The most special one takes place in Lipnica Murowana, a beautiful village located next to Nowy Wiśnicz where I went to Art School. On Saturday in the morning we hard boil eggs and dye them with brilliant colours and engrave patterns on them. Probably one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions on Holy Saturday is blessing the food that will be eaten during the Easter feast. In front of the church priest blesses food brought by locals by sprinkling holy water waving incense over baskets with a small amounts of the most important food like eggs, bread, meat and butter, salt, horseradish. It’s a very important tradition in Polish culture so you can often spot entire families participating in it. Next day on Holy Sunday morning you are prepare for a BIG, traditional, family breakfast / brunch. After the breakfast is finished, people take a walk and enjoy the rest of the day and more food later on : ) To Poles, the holiest of all food is bread. Often when cutting into a loaf, the knife is maneouvred so as to make the Sign of the Cross. When bread is dropped to the floor (a sacrilege), the loaf is often kissed when picked up. On Wet Monday we celebrate Smigus-Dyngus, with is a lot of fun ! Watch out for water being thrown by passers-by !

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About the cook, Marta

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Hello! I’m Marta, I'm sculptor, but i also love cooking. I’ve always enjoyed sharing my knowledge of my beautiful home town, and more about art of fermented foods/probiotics/prebiotics, both through the website I run eataway.com and with all the wonderful travellers I meet in person.

I also love cooking. That means delicious, home-made food freshly-prepared for my family and friends, and fun evenings of conversation and shared experiences. I’ve often thought when travelling myself how great it would be to have a meal with a local person.

Restaurants are great, but sometimes it seems it would be better to enjoy a home-cooked meal with someone who can also tell me a bit more about their experiences, their lives and their cities. So, I’ve decided to do exactly that. I cook for up to 12 people at my home in Krakow every Wednesday, sometimes Saturdays from around 7pm. And you’re invited. Please join me!

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