Summer in Poland means that all kinds of fruit is cheap and accessible on every corner. It’s something that you don’t get in the US. There are farmers markets that sell seasonal produce but in my mind I always recalculate the prices and it just makes me sad to see that I have to pay $5 for a small box of strawberries or cherries.  This time I was on a quest for prunes. I’ve seen different plums around but not prunes until my recent Costco trip. Who would have thought that I would find them there? I had to get them and the first thing that came to my mind was prune pierogi. I know that when most people think about pierogi they instantly think pierogi with meat, sauerkraut, mushrooms or cheese and potatoes.  But in the summer Poles like their pierogi with fruit. My mom would always make them with strawberries, prunes or blueberries, but you can make them with apples and cinnamon and other fruit. More »

prune cake

Football season in full swing, and that means Sunday afternoons will bring more cakes to eat with morning coffee.  I’m using Martha Stewart’s recipe but using a 9 inch (22 cm) pie dish to bake and prunes instead of plums. As soon as I saw them at the market I knew it had to be a prune cake day. There are all kinds of plums I could find at Jean Talon Market but my Polish instinct made me reach for these beautiful purple prunes. This cake is really fluffy and moist thanks to the buttermilk component and once you eat one piece youwill not want to stop. This is a no brainer recipe and it disappears as fast as it’s made. More »