A Polish dish that’s easy to polish off!

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A Polish dish that's easy to polish off!

I stumbled across these delightful dumplings at Lidl recently in their Polish range – oh wow are they something! They are potato based dumplings filled with a terrific tasty mixture of pork and beef mince with leek, onion and carrot. They are called Pyzy Zmiesem – not easy to say when you have had a few glasses of vino….! Anyway, they come frozen. You just need to pop them in a large pan of boiling water with a tbsp of oil and a little salt. After about 10 minutes they rise to the top, then you reduce the heat and simmer for 8 minutes. I made a lardons and tomato sauce to accompany these beauties. I pan fried garlic, cumin seeds, crushed dried chillies and a bay leaf for a minute then added a 100 gm of lardons.

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As it turned a gorgeous lightly crispy colour I added a 40o gm can of chopped toms plus a little sugar. I brought this to the boil and then turned down the heat for 20 minutes and let it thicken a tad.Then I turned off the heat, popped a lid on and left it whilst the Pyzy got busy. I drained them, gently laid them on a dish, added a splash of red wine vinegar and good olive oil to the tomato mixture and ladled this silky sauce over them, adding a basil leaf or two for colour.

The family wolfed it – I would love to have a go at making my own – though it would be hard to match the texture and flavour of these demon dumplings.

A fine supper dish when time is at a premium!

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This is real fast food….

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This is real fast food....

Coming in tonight from work at almost 8pm, apart from a large glass of wine, I need something quick and tasty to devour. I defy anyone to come across a simpler, tastier, fast food recipe than this which centres around the humble courgette.

And tonight I wanted to augment it with a symphony of fresh herbs. In a pan….see the pic above, I pan fried a courgette – zucchini – choose the name you will – sliced and cubed in olive oil. After 5 minutes I added a carton of lardon. When it started to brown lightly I added a sliced and diced deseeded red chilli – a dash of garlic oil, black pepper and a grind of rock salt.

Then I stirred in a small handful of chopped fresh Greek basil. The pasta was already on the hob…I now turned the courgette mix down, getting the lardon nice and gently crispy. Then turn off the heat – add a good tbsp of fresh golden oregano just before serving. Pop a good portion of the pasta on a plate, then spoon on a portion of the courgette mix. Snowfalls of parmesan finish off this super simple real fast food dish. Who needs Domino’s or MacDonald’s or Chinese takeaways? The whole meal takes only the time it takes to cook the pasta – ten minutes tops.
THIS is real fast food!