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Hollybet Aug 30, 2010 08:04 AM

Hi! I have a boyfriend that loves Polish foods, he likes to challenge me to figure out how to make things without any help. His most recent food is chinina (sounds like since he won't spell them for me). Does anyone have any idea what this might be?

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    taboni RE: Hollybet Aug 30, 2010 09:05 AM

    Try looking for czarnina...duck's blood soup. My grandmother used to make it.

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      fourunder RE: Hollybet Aug 30, 2010 09:09 AM

      As a joke, I would suggest you make something really horrible and inedible, and present the dish to him. Maybe he'll come around and make life and your efforts more appreciated.....:-)

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        Cathy RE: fourunder Aug 30, 2010 09:16 AM

        Czarnina is pretty horrible. Only adults ate it. We kids got kielbasa sandwiches.

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          epabella RE: fourunder Aug 30, 2010 06:17 PM

          "As a joke, I would suggest you make something really horrible"

          hahaha - i always wanted to do this with fussy-eater friends but i guess i'm such an ego-maniac and couldn't stand to serve anything i don't like. but your post had me laughing all morning. an alternative 'joke' would be to use challenging offal in normal polish fare. i imagine calf or lamb testicle pierogis wouldn't be bad and am certain will be delicious if done properly. might be difficult to procure such offal though.

        2. monavano RE: Hollybet Aug 30, 2010 12:27 PM

          Czarnina (we pronounced it "chahd-neena") can be difficult to make as you need fresh duck's blood.
          Why don't you start with stuffed cabbage, you know, something more accessible.

          1. mrbigshotno.1 RE: Hollybet Aug 30, 2010 03:44 PM

            Start off with abottle of Belverdere vodka, that's about as Polish as you can get!

            1. haggisdragon RE: Hollybet Sep 8, 2010 04:56 PM

              I have to ask. Did you make this czarnina?! Sounds like it may be an acquired taste!

              1. Vetter RE: Hollybet Sep 8, 2010 07:10 PM

                Looks like there is a Vietnamese analog. Maybe a Vietnamese market would have the duck blood? I think the soup actually sounds intriguing.

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