No Polish meal is complete without soup. Although hot soup is served in the summer in most traditional households, this refreshing alternative combines favorite ingredients like beets and dill for a chilly first course. This recipe for cold borscht, adapted from Treasured Polish Recipes for Americans (Polanie, $10.95) is a streamlined version of Polish chlodnik, a chilled beet soup traditionally eaten with boiled potatoes in the heat of the summer.
2 cups cooked beets, roughly chopped or 2 15-ounce cans beets, drained
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and rough chopped
1 cup sour cream or plain yoghurt
4 cups buttermilk
10 sprigs of fresh dill
1/2 cup scallions, rough chopped
salt to taste
fresh squeezed lemon juice, to adjust acidity
2 tablespoons dill, chopped
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
Puree beets, cucumbers, sour cream, buttermilk, sprigs of dill and scallions in a food processor until well blended and smooth. Taste and add salt and lemon juice – the soup should be slightly acidic.
Chill well. When ready to serve, garnish each bowl with fresh dill and a little chopped hard boiled egg.
A nationwide recall on 72,000 pounds of canned chicken salad has been announced after the discovery of hard plastic inside the packages. This comes after several other recalls of other poultry and meat products which the US food safety officials issued recently. The public is being warned by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service not to consume 8.2-ounce “Bumble Bee Lunch on the Run Chicken Salad Complete Lunch Kit” and 3.5-ounce “Bumble Bee Chicken Salad with Crackers” packages manufactured by the Suter Company.
Suter’s headquarters is based in Sycamore, Illinois, but its products are shipped across in between the east and west coats. The recalled packages, which specify an expiration date of August 2011 for the lunch kit and February 2012 for the cracker package, were bundled together and delivered to various distributors and retailers from August 14 to 28. Food authorities immediately released the recall soon after receiving reports of loose plastic pieces found inside the packages by consumers. Fortunately, there hasn’t been any report of people getting sick as a result of the contaminated packages.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service put the recall under Class II, meaning that there’s only a remote probability of consumer’s health being adversely affected. Meanwhile, two other recalls, albeit unrelated and separate from the Bumble Bee packages, were issued under Class I. The food products involved have been found by authorities to pose serious and adverse health effects, even death, to consumers. The products, which total 41,670 pounds of chicken tamale, were prepared by Diana’s Mexican Food Products from Lawndale, California.