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It has been a sincerely odd couple of weeks in our world. I have been sitting here contemplating what to write about and nothing was really coming to mind. All I have been doing is continuing to think about this virus and how it is effecting all of our lives.
I am sorry my post is a day late, but I worked yesterday on my day off. My store has been decimated by this whole situation, and I just really wanted to help and get things on the shelves, so people can take care of themselves and their families.
Families, Rodzina in Polish, means more to me than anything else in the world.
I was suppose to get together in a couple of weeks with my cousins to celebrate one of their landmark birthdays. Debbie is a nurse, and on the front lines of this craziness! We have decided to postpone her celebration until this pandemic has ceased. I think of what she is experiencing every day, and praying for her safety.

That day in Warsaw is one of my absolute favorite days ever. Being with my family, and sharing this day with all of them, made the day priceless! We went to Łazienki Park, and walked around the summer royal palace, where peacocks freely roamed about. It was so beautiful, with flowers in full bloom, filling the air with their fragrance. There were boats sailing with locals and tourists on the small pond, all of them enjoying the warm May sun.

In this park there is a giant Bronze statue of Frédéric Chopin, and on Sunday afternoons, there is a free concert recital played in the park for everyone to enjoy. We sat, my Rodzina and I, and listened to Chopin, while relaxing on the lawn, his music sweeping me away in the heat of the afternoon. How I wish I was there now.

Afterwards we walked to a wonderful Indian restaurant that my cousin Jenny had found online. It was most of my family’s first experience with this kind of cuisine, and it was so enjoyable discovering it together. After dinner we strolled back to our hotel through the streets of Warsaw. I was thinking of the devastation this city endured during WWII and couldn’t believe what I was looking at had been reduced to rubble only 60+ years before. Including that beautiful statue of Chopin. I had an amazing conversation with Debbie during this walk. I won’t ever forget it. The perfect ending, to a perfect day.

I found the Indian flavors so delightful and shocking, that after I got back home, I started exploring and using them in my own cooking. What rock had I been living under that I had never tasted this flavor profile before? One of my favorite salads is today’s recipe. I kind of combined a few recipes that I have tried and this weeks recipe is the result. I make this salad, and take it to work for lunch a lot. I hope you enjoy it too.

It is being presented in this ginormous Polish Stoneware bowl by the Vena factory. I have to say how great this bowl is, from its shape to it’s functionality, it is marvelous! It’s beautiful Folk pattern drew me in at first sight. Regularly $199.99 it is on sale 20% off for $158.99. Also pictured is a uniquely shaped sushi dish in Blue Pansy, an appetizer spoon in Soaring, and the perfect friend to accompany your meal Jack Rabbit with Egg.

I hope that everyone of you is taking the necessary precautions to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe and healthy. Nothing is more important than taking care of those you love.

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From my heart to yours, Smacznego!

Kim’s Curry Chickpea Salad

Dressing ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the salad

  • 2 15 ounce cans chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions or shallots. I prefer shallots, but can’t always find them
  • 1/2 small bunch cilantro, chopped fine
  • Two bell peppers one red one yellow chopped
  • 3/4 cups raisins
  • 3/4 cups cashews chopped

Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. I use my immersion blender, but a small whisk works really well too.
Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl, add dressing and toss to combine. I then refrigerate for several hours so that the flavors have time to melt.
I have also added chopped chicken breast to this recipe.