Polish dinner party? Please help!!!
My husband's boss is Polish..I mean, not from Poland recently, but his parents are. He's around 55?
And, he's coming to dinner!
I thought I would make Polish food...
Maybe some suffed cabbage rolls? cucumber soup?
I am looking for insights, advice and recipes!
Also, if you think this is a crappy idea, let me know. I can pull something else off. It just seemed fun! We just moved to Nothern VA from Vermont and I found this GREAT russian market, but I don't know what half the things in it are....maybe there some good stuff I could pick up there, too!?
My thought is to have a menu that combines comfort food with a couple of new things thrown in?
Thanks for your help!!
Bigos (sp?) (Hunter's Stew), the national dish, has kielbasa and saurkraut in it and sounds good, though I have not made it.
Are there maybe two sides to this idea? Years ago I knew a couple that got engaged where they lived on the East Coast---she was Catholic and he was Jewish. She took him home to meet her family in the Midwest not sure of how they would accept him. When they got there her brother asked him to come into the kitchen---my friend thought maybe for a not-so-nice private talk. What he found was that the kitchen table had been spread with stereotypically "Jewish" food---bagels, cream cheese, lox, challah, etc. On one hand the welcoming gesture was meant kindly, but on the other hand it was stereotyping---imagine if you are white and invite your husband's (black) boss to dinner at your home and serve fried chicken and watermelon. Or if your husband's boss were Japanese-American two generations removed from Japan and you served sushi with chopsticks followed by sukiyaki and the Tea Ceremony. Some people might not take it kindly. The gesture could be seen as heavy-handed as if saying "when I look at you, I see a person who is different and not one of us".
Hi again! I have made stuffed cabbage several times and it was great! I got confused about the bigos because there seem to be so many different variations...also, I may be totally off base here, but my guess was that he might have had more of a polish-american type of cuisine vs. completely authentic? I don't mind the tedium of stuffed cabbage if I can get it all done ahead of time!
My heritage is really not the most inspiring....irish...norwegian...
but, okay...if it sounds too smarmy...thought it would be fun to do something new!
thanks for all your tips!!!