with LIVE folk music!
Barszcz, barščiai or borscht, whatever you call it, is seen by many as the pride of old Polish cooking and according to traditional belief, holds healing power. Beets are wonderfully nutritious, full of vitamins like Folate, A and C and rich in minerals like potassium and manganese.
It’s a love affair that lasts all year!
You’ll start the class with a warm kompot and some bread. There will also be a short presentation on Polish cuisine then we roll up our sleeves and dive into learning how to make traditional Polish uszka, or mushroom filled dumplings, that are served with the borscht.
Maria will demonstrate the making & kneading of the dough, then provide individual amounts for each person to work with as well as provide the filling. She will also demonstrate how to prepare kvass, the beetroot concentrate that makes the borscht taste so darn good! Finally, she will also demonstrate the making of the actual borscht itself.
Singing while making food, or indeed during any work, is a deeply Polish tradition. While we make and then later eat our creations, guests will enjoy a delightful performance by Polky Village Band.
"The Polky Village Band are a professional Polish folk band in Toronto. They perform traditional Polish folk songs and dances using traditional Polish instruments: hammer dulcimer, fiddle, accordion, tapan & Polish frame drum. They have played at numerous cultural events in the GTA. Most of their repertoire is comprised of songs that singer Ewelina Ferenc learned growing up in Poland. With lively songs they can move to dance even those with two left feet!" ~Polky Village Band website
As an added feature, Maria will be providing various extra dishes at the communal meal, each one with a strong theme and history.
You’ll get a chance to try your creations in class with a sour cream topping, and remainders can be taken home and frozen (if you can resist eating them on the way home 😉
See you soon!