2 great fermented beauties to cook from traditional Polish recipes - red barszcz (Borscht) and żurek - both sour soups common in Eastern Europe. Traditional barszcz is often made with a 'zakwas' or sour starter; sometimes people even chill this fermented starter and drink it, as you might with kombucha. However, if the soup is red, then the 'zakwas' was made with fermented beets (kwas buraków). If the barszcz is white, it was made with fermented rye flour or rye bread (żurek or kwas chlebowy). In our home, my granny always prepared zakwas and we ate borscht every week, usually with mashed potatoes and sour cream topped with dill and marjoram. On special occasions such as "Wigilia" (Polish Christmas Eve dinner) we would eat it with "uszka", delicate little pierogies bursting with dry porcini mushrooms - delicious!
White borscht, known as biały barszcz or żurek wielkanocny (Easter sour soup), is made from stock from white sausage, potatoes, sour cream, and hard-boiled eggs. White barszcz features a żur, similar to a kwas, but it's made by fermenting rye flour or bread with water in a jar for up to five days. During our classes we will learn how to prepare both red and white barszcz. There will be two meetings online. On one day I will explain how to make zakwas, than we will wait for a week and meet again to use this as the basis for our delicious soup.
For the last 5 years, I have been teaching people how to cook delicious food at my home, and I also run food workshops such as the Pierogi Power Workshop, Fermentation Workshop and more. Recently I was the host of a big food event for The Krakow Pierogi Festival and Harvest Festival. (I also appear regularly on TV and radio as a guest, discussing subjects related to home cooking, the sharing economy and food tech.) I’ve always enjoyed sharing my knowledge of my beautiful hometown, and more about the art of Polish cuisine, both through the website and with all the wonderful travellers I meet in person.
My grandmother and my mother were great cooks. That means delicious, home-made food freshly-prepared.
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 14 people at my home in Krakow and you’re invited. Please join me!
I did this class with my sister over Zoom. We were in UK with Marta in Krakow. I was amazed at how this turned out, it tasted just like the sernik we had in Krakow! Great thing to do whilst in lockdown!
Absolutely brilliant day! Marta went above and beyond to accommodate us and make us feel welcome. Lots of extra fun and treats. The experience exceeded our expectations. Thank you!
Pączki 10/10! Smakują potrójnie dobrze: bo smaczne, bo dochód idzie na szczytny cel, bo sam pomagałem przy ich smażeniu :-)
We had the most amazing time. Marta was an excellent host, with a lovely home, and our group of 'cooks' was lovely. Lots of good conversation about food & Krakow & much more.
Lovely good & wicked vodka!
The workshop was great! I was travelling on my own, but Marta made me feel very welcome and it was so nice and cozy to cook and chat in her kitchen. The pierogi were super delicious - way better than at a restaurant. Thank you!
Great experience as always :)
This cooking class with Marta was the highlight of our time in Krakow. She was the consummate hostess, and we had so much fun making pierogi. She even let us try some of her homemade cherry vodka. I would sign up for anything she leads/organizes in a heartbeat.
We had a brilliant workshop with Marta. She was incredibly insightful, not just about pierogies but about the sights of Krakow as well as hearing a lot of interesting stories. We got to make 3 different types of pierogy and had some coffee and cake with them too so you definitely get your monies worth. Would recommend to anyone coming to Krakow!
A great time if you are looking to learn about the authentic food and preparation. It was a small group which was nice. I would do another class with Marta.