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

    1. 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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      1. re: fourunder

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

        1. re: fourunder

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

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

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

                1. Czarnina is actually pretty delish. My grandmother used to make it. (i'm 43) It's a sweet but tart soup made from duck blood, duck meant, apples, prunes and raisins, with either dumplings or noodles. Alas, my grandmothers recipe passed with her. I live in LA now, but the lst few times I went back to Milwaukee I was able to find it at restaurants/poultry stores.

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                  1. re: auralfix

                    It's tough to find duck's blood to make it at home.
                    My grandmother used to make it a lot because the Polish grocer up the block had live ducks!