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World Aids Day – Światowy Dzień AIDS

Posted on 01. Dec, 2014 by in Countries, Culture, Health, Medicine

World AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome – Zespół Nabytego Niedoboru Odporności) Day is held on December 1st each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education (zebrać pieniądze, zwiększyć świadomość, walczyć z uprzedzeniami i poprawić edukację).

Source: IAR

Source: IAR

According to the National Institute of Public Health (Narodowy Instytut Zdrowia Publicznego), in September there were nine AIDS infections and 119 HIV infections in Poland. The worst affected was the Mazowsze region. Globally as many as 35 million people live with AIDS, with 1.5 million succumbing to the disease in 2013. In Poland 35,000 are estimated to have the HIV virus.
Although World AIDS Day is a great opportunity to get the public talking about HIV and fundraise, we need to remember the importance of raising awareness of HIV all year round!

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

Stanisław Mikulski has passed away:(

Posted on 28. Nov, 2014 by in Culture, Current News

He was one of my favorite Polish actors…Stanislaw Mikulski, who played fictional WWII agent Hans Kloss in one of Poland’s biggest TV hits of the communist era (“Stawka większa niż życie”), died on Thursday morning aged 85. 

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“Stawka większa niż życie” (More Than Life at Stake, Stakes Larger Than Life or Playing for High Stakes), a very popular in Poland Polish black and white TV series about the adventures of a Polish secret agent, Hans Kloss, who acts as adouble agent in the Abwehr during Second World War in occupied Poland.

The series was filmed from March 1967 to October 1968. There were 18 episodes, 9 of which were directed by Janusz Morgenstern and the other 9 by Andrzej Konic.

It became popular also in other countries, especially in former Czechoslovakia.

The premise of the series was that Pole Stanisław Kolicki, a lookalike of Nazi officer Hans Kloss, would be sent to carry out a series of daring acts of subversion on behalf of Soviet intelligence. According to some historians, the character of Kolicki was loosely based on Artur Jastrzębski, a Polish communist with German roots who was recruited by Soviet intelligence in 1941. Prior to the show, Mikulski had played supporting roles in films by directors such as Andrzej Wajda (Kanal) and Tadeusz Chmielewski (Ewa Wants to Sleep). Although the Kloss role brought Mikulski unprecedented success, to avoid being typecast he began to spend more time working in the theatre. In 2012, Mikulski reprised his role as Kolicki/Kloss in a silver screen sequel directed by Patryk Vega. 

May he rest in peace (niech spoczywa w pokoju).

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

 

Let’s have some gołąbki!

Posted on 25. Nov, 2014 by in cooking, Culture, traditions

I’m not a big cook…but I really enjoy cooking traditional Polish meals! I always kept telling my dad that my future husband will cook for me! He used to say: “You will never find a husband who will cook for you all the time!”

Well..I did…Although I really enjoy making traditional Polish meals! And my husband enjoys these nights when we have Polish dinners! One of his favorites are gołąbki! Gołąbki definitely remind me a lot about Poland..it was always my favorite dish! The history of traditional Polish stuffed cabbage begins in the nineteenth century. It comes from Eastern borderlands, from the vicinity of Tarnopol. Pigeons/Stuffed cabbage (gołąbki) were initially prepared as a Christmas dish with buckwheat and potatoes. Recipes passed from mouth to mouth, from generation to generation has evolved into a well-known forms – wrapped in cabbage minced meat with rice.

So today I would love to share my favorite recipe! It is almost like my mother used to make it…but I made few changes to make it my own:)

Składniki:

  • 1 główka kapusty
  • 1 szklanka ryżu
  • 1 funt mielonego mięsa wieprzowego
  • 1 funt mielonego mięsa wołowego
  • 1 puszka koncentratu pomidorowego (0.5 uncji)
  • 1 cebula
  • 3 liście laurowe
  • 2 łyżeczki vegety
  • 1 łyżeczka pieprzu
  • 1 łyżeczka soli
  • Sos
  • 2 łyżki mąki
  • 1 puszka koncentratu pomidorowego
  • 3 łyżki śmietany

Z kapusty wytnij głąb. W dużym garnku zagotuj osoloną wodę i włóż do niej główkę kapusty. Gotuj przez 10-15 minut. Wyjmij z wody i delikatnie oddziel liść po liściu. Odłóż je na bok (nie wylewaj wody w której kapusta się gotowała).

W międzyczasie ugotuj ryż (ugotuj na pół twardo, reszta ryżu dogotuje się w gołąbkach). Pokrój cebulę w kostkę i przysmaż na maśle.

W misce wymięszaj mięso mielone (wołowinę i wieprzowinę), koncentrat pomidorowy, ryż, sól, pieprz, vegetę , przysmażoną cebulę.

Z masy uformuj kulki (wielkość w zależności od wielkości liści) i zawijaj je w liście kapusty. Ułóż gołąbki w garnku. Teraz wodę pozostałą po gotowaniu kapusty użyj  do zalania gołąbków. Ja przeważnie do tej wody dodaję sól, pieprz i odrobię koncentratu pomidorowego, oraz liście laurowe. Upewnij się że woda zakrywa wszystkie gołąbki. Gotuj na wolnym ogniu przez godzinę.

W międzyczasie zrób sos: mąkę rozmieszaj z obrobiną wody. Dodaj koncentrat pomidorowy i śmietanę, wymieszaj na jednolity sos na gorącej patelni.

Gołąbki podawaj z gotowanymi ziemniakami.

Smacznego!

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Ingredients:

1 cabbage
1 cup of rice
1 pound ground pork
1 pound ground beef
1 can tomato paste (0.5 oz)
1 onion
3 bay leaves
2 teaspoons of Vegeta (Polish spice of mixed vegetables – can be replaced with any vegetable mix spice)
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt

sauce:
2 tablespoons flour
1 can of tomato paste
3 tablespoons sour cream

Cut the core of the cabbage out. In a large pot boil salted water and add the cabbage to it. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the water and gently separate leaf by leaf. Put them aside (do not pour out the water in which the cabbage is cooked).

Meanwhile, cook rice (cook half way through, rice will get fully cooked inside the cabbage rolls). Chop the onions and saute them on the butter.

In a bowl, mix the ground meat (beef and pork), tomato paste, rice, salt, pepper, Vegeta, sauteed onions.

Make meat balls (size depending on the size of the leaves) and wrap them in a cabbage leafs. Place them in a large pot. Now use the remaining water after cooking cabbage to pour over gołąbki. I usually add salt, pepper, a little bit of tomato paste, and bay leaves. Make sure the water covers all the gołąbki. Simmer for an hour.

Meanwhile, make the sauce: mix the flour with a little bit of water. Add tomato paste and cream and mix to a sauce in a hot pan.

Stuffed cabbage serve with boiled potatoes. Pour sauce over it.

Have a great meal!

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)