My autumn home made goodies.

14th November, 2016
In case you don't know yet I am originally from Poland. I've lived there as a kid and moved over to England around the age of 10. I love my country for the amazing and unique food. I absolutely enjoy sharing polish recipes and traditions with you. Here are my top 3 delicious autumn goodies that I make every year in my house around this time of the year!
Pickled mushroom
 I love, love, love mushroom! I'm the biggest mushroom fan, even though this might not be everyone's cup of tea I thought I'd still share it with you. Pickled mushroom taste amazing, I eat them on it's own or add on the side of my plate along with a nice bit of polish sausage and a slice of bread!
Hot to make it:
Wash mushroom and cook for 1 hour. Strain. Place into jars. In a pot with water add sliced carrots and onions, mustard seeds, allspice, bay leaf, salt, sugar and bring to boil. Near the end add 10% vinegar. Pour ready sauce into the jars. Place the lids back on and pasteurize for about an hour. Remove the jars, place them upside down and leave until cool down. The longer you leave the ready pickled mushroom to stand the better they taste. I left mine for just over a week - unopened!
Pea soup
Pea soup is amazing for the cold days, it warms you up and definitely fills you up properly! It has chopped potatoes, veggies as well as polish sausage in it. We normally eat it with a piece of bread which is of course extra filling. It has a very specific flavour that I'm sure everyone would enjoy.
How to make it:
Place split pea halves into water, leave for an hour. Cook until tender. Make veggie stock with smoked ribs or bones. Add chopped into cubes potatoes, cook until tender. Add bay leaves and allspice, and previously cooked peas, fried onions, fresh garlic and strongly smoked sausage. Near the end add salt, pepper and loads of marjoram.
Cinnamon apple pie
I love a home made cinnamon spiced apple pie. There is nothing better than a cup of tea with lemon and ginger and a slice of this bad boy! I always tend to use apples freshly picked by myself, especially when they're sour! It gives it that extra kick.
How to make it:
First step is to make a shortcake dough. Once it's ready place 2/3 of the dough at the bottom of the baking pan and pierce it with a fork all over then leave to stand in the fridge. Place the remaining 1/3 of the dough into freezer. Leave until frozen a bit. Peel and grind apples, squeeze excess juice out, add sugar and cinnamon. Place on top of the previously pierced dough and grind the 1/3 of the frozen dough on top to cover up the apples. Bake for 50 minutes - 180'c.
What's your traditional foods or snacks that you or your family
makes over autumn? Let me know as I'd love to try it out or at least
learn about different cultures and traditions! :)