Celebrating the one pot wonder’s of Europe (Loud and Proud Scouse, the dish)!

Happy National Scouse Day!

 Today is February 28th, which for everyone in Merseyside means only one thing ‘Scouse’.

 Many a childhood memory has been made from this national dish, with recipes being passed down through generations along with the pot that will only be pulled out once a year that create those aromas from a not too distant past.

Follow on for the best Scouse this side of the mersey apparently…

  • 400g Beef (preferably a tough cut like Chuck or even Flank)
  • 4 Large Carrots
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 6 Medium Potatoes
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • A few twigs Thyme
  • 1 Stock Cube (Preferably Knorr if not homemade, NOT OXO)
  • 30 ml Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 500 ml Hot Water
  • Pickled Red Cabbage
Dice the meat if not already done into whatever size you prefer remembering the size will shrink slightly. Then Peel the Onion and dice about medium, (not too small). Peel the Onion and dice (But not too small).
Heat the Oil in the pan to a medium temperate and add the meat (Season very well at this early stage) stirring and turning until just brown all over. Do not drain. Add the onions and continue to stir on a medium heat for around 10 minutes, the onions must not brown.
Add the stock with the Water (or 500 ml of good homemade stock) and bring to the boil. Add the Bay and the a few little twigs of thyme, stir, cover and when bubbling reduce to medium heat. You want the stock to bubble but not violently for 1 hour.
Peel the Carrots, and Potatoes, cutting the carrots to around 1 – 1 1/2 cm and the potatoes to about the size of gnocchi (not too big!). After the hour is up uncover and add the Carrots and potatoes, turn up the heat until bubbling throughout and reduce slightly. Leave for another 45 mins – 1 hour with the lid off the pan so it reduces. (Whenever the Veg has been cooked through but retains some firmness, the best way to check is to see if it falls easily off the end of a fork without cracking or breaking… then it is normally done perfectly).
The Stew should reduce once the Veg is added and the lid , but you may need to add more water or perhaps turn the heat up to ensure the liquid is as thick as good gravy.
Taste and season again if necessary. Serve in a bowl with the red cabbage and plenty of juice on the top. Really delicious.
 Milego Dnia!
(Have  a nice day)
Happy Scouse Day
From us all at Merseyside Polonia

Celebrating One Pot Wonders of Europe – Polish Bigos


  • 1 cup pitted prunes
  • 1/2 ounce dried Polish or porcini mushrooms
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon bacon drippings or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small head fresh cabbage, chopped
  • 1 pound sauerkraut, rinsed well and drained
  • 1/2 pound smoked Polish sausage (“kielbasa“), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound cooked fresh Polish sausage (“kielbasa“), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound leftover meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup dry red wine, preferably Madeira
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Place prunes and dried mushrooms in a medium bowl. Pour over boiling water and let steep 30 minutes or until mushrooms have softened. You may chop the mushrooms and prunes, but leaving them whole makes for a chunkier dish. Set aside with soaking liquid.
  • Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven or large pot with a lid, saute onion and fresh cabbage in bacon drippings or vegetable oil.
  • When cabbage has collapsed by half, add sauerkraut, meats, tomatoes, wine, bay leaf and reserved mushrooms and prunes and their soaking liquid, being careful not to pour off the sediment in the bottom of the bowl. Mix well.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower heat and simmer covered for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally and adding liquid as needed to prevent burning.
  • When ready to serve, remove bay leaf and any bones from meats. Portion into heated bowls and garnish with a piece of “frisee” or other fancy greens to resemble the feather in a hunter’s hat. Accompany with whole, peeled and boiled potatotes.
  • The longer this cooks, the better it tastes, and it’s even better served the next day. It’s a natural for outdoors cooking in a cast-iron kettle winter or summer. The dish lends itself well to potlucks and tailgate parties, slow cookers and freezes well.

Milego dnia (have a nice day)

Merseyside Polonia x

Metquarter – Things To Do In Liverpool

Liverpool’s Metquarter is a designer shopping centre that houses decidedly select outlets ranging from fashion to beauty, the Metquarter is also home to Kurt Geiger shoes, Hobbs clothes and fashion chain Flannels. It also houses Kate Kuba, a not-to-be-missed independent boutique that carries everything from Zandra Rhodes’ latest collection to Ugg boots.

But Liverpool retail is not just for the ladies — there is something for the guys too at the Metquarter, from Gieves & Hawkes’ smart gentlemen’s tailoring to Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger and shirts emporium T. M. Lewin.

In the middle of all this Liverpool shopping, grab a restorative cup of coffee at the Metquarter’s illy or Costa Coffee, or combine the shopping with a meal with your girlfriends at Café Rouge. Doing a bit of exclusive retail in Liverpool always works up an appetite!

Milego dnia (have a nice day)

Merseyside Polonia x

The Beatles Story – Things to do in Liverpool

Located in the fab four’s hometown of Liverpool, the award winning Beatles Story Experience is an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and music of The Beatles. Join the magical mystery tour to see how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to the dizzy heights of worldwide fame and fortune to become the greatest band of all time.

Milego Dnia (have a nice day)

Merseyside Polonia x

World Book Day!! – ‘Lemistry’ – 1st March 2012

Inspired by Polish writer Stanislaw Lem, we will be presenting extracts from Lem’s novels, films that were inspired by his writing and presentations from people that were inspired by him. Due to this event being developed together with comma press there will be an opportunity to purchase ‘Lemistry’ – a book with three stories that have never been translated to English as well as contributions from other writers.

So join us for an evening of Polish/English literature, 6.30pm, Toxeth Library, Windsor Street, Liverpool L8 1XF

Milego Dnia (Have a nice day)

Merseyside Polonia x

Valentines Day Fundraiser Success!!

Successful fundraiser today, lots of support given for Merseyside Polonia, Thanks to Edge Hill for their support aswell.

Milego Dnia (Have a nice day)

Kocham Cie ( I Love You!)

Merseyside Polonia x

Love Is In The Air, nah, nah, nah ….

Spreading the LUURVE at Edge Hill University Valentine’s Day Event!

(I love you)

Kochan Chie

(Have a nice day)

Milego Dnia

From all at Merseyside Polonia X

The heart of love and languages…

To celebrate our upcoming poetry reading ‘Love In Every Language’, take a look at our Valentine’s Day heart. Learn how to be romantic around the world, with translations of ‘I love you’ in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Hawaiian, Czech and Dutch, and most importantly Polish! Poland’s national flower is none other than the red corn poppy, perfect to give to your loved one this Valentine’s Day.

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