Halloween in Poland - pumpkin soup
Updated: Oct 29, 2019
How do Poles spend Halloween nowadays?
It is known that this is not a Polish tradition, but rather an imported one.
After the fall of communism in Poland, news from the West, including fun of dress-ups on Halloween, slowly began to penetrate to Polish reality.
Currently, opinions are still divided, mainly in Catholic circles, whether it is an “appropriate holiday"; in the time of meditation (All Saints' Day on 1st of Novemember and All Souls' Day on 2nd of November).
But we're leaving that dispute behind.
On this day, children, dressed up, wearing masks or painted faces, go to their neighbours with the traditional text “candy or trick".
Not every adult is prepared for it, so in order not to disappoint children, snooping around in the kitchen corners in search of sweets starts. It happens that instead of candy, children get a few pennies for candy.
In schools and kindergartens (non-Catholic of course) there are games in costumes. Adults rarely party that day. Dressing up in costumes is more popular during the carnival, after Christmas.
But it happens that companies, especially foreign ones, organize a Halloween party for their employees and their families.
The Halloween spirit is omnipresent in malls, supermarkets, restaurants, everywhere. The most recognizable gadget - pumpkin - presents itself in every form: teddy bear, disguise, mask, as a decoration hollowed out with a candle inside or painted etc.
And since there is a pumpkin season here is a recipe for delicious pumpkin soup:
800 g pumpkin (500 g after peeling)
250 g of potatoes
25 g of butter
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoonful of turmeric powder
1 teaspoonful of freshly grated ginger
1 tomato or 1/2 can of sliced tomatoes
1 and 1/2 cup of broth
1 glass of milk
Peel the pumpkin from the skin, remove the seeds, cut the flesh into cubes. Peel the potatoes and cut them into cubes.
Glaze the diced onion, peeled garlic and sliced garlic in a larger butter pot. Add pumpkin and potatoes, season with salt, add turmeric and ginger. Fry every now and then stirring for about 5 minutes.
Pour in the hot broth, cover and boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for approx. 10 minutes.
Blanch the fresh tomato, peel, cut into quarters, remove the stalks and seeds from the chambers. Cut the flesh into cubes and add to the soup. The canned tomatoes are ready to use, just add them to the dish.
Mix and cook for 5 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Mix in a blender with milk.