It’s Punch Keys Speakies:
Today we have reason to celebrate, yesterday was a really dud of a day. Today we honor the Polish Paczki or as it is pronounced (Punch Key). What is this great Polish word, mean simply a pastry or doughnut but not just any doughnut? It is a deep friend piece of dough shaped like a jelly donut and covered with powder sugar, icing or pieces of orange zest. Even some sneaky cooks place a small amount of Spiritus (pure grain alcohol) to the dough before cooking. You can stuff them with jelly, cream, blueberries and apples if you like. There was only one Paczki baker in our family and that was Granny Orlowski, my grandmother. As a kid I watched her throughout the entire preparation and baking procedure. She had all of her ingredients but never gave out her secret way of making them. All I know is that I watched them boil in the oil and float to the top of the pot golden brown and light as a feather. She then set them aside covered them in powder sugar and told me to wait till they cooled. They were so light and that powder sugar made them a treat from heaven with a glass of milk to wash them down. I’m glad I was subject to a great Polish treat that’s been around since the Middle Ages in Poland.
It’s a great day for food lovers for today is also “CHILI DAY.” A few weeks ago we had our annual Chili Cook-off at work and I’m proud to say Roe’s chili took first place and a 3 time champion since I’ve worked here. No matter what kind of chili you prefer with beans or no beans, today is the day to enjoy that bowl of warm rib sticking stuff.
Get this holiday “National Sleeping Day”, what a way to celebrate this one, eat a bowl of chili for lunch and after that take a nap at work or if you are off today plop down on that easy chair close those eyes and take a snooze for a few hours. Tomorrow is the last day of February so I think I’ll start getting ready for March and just wish all my Guys and Dolls “Happy Leap Year Birthdays and Anniversaries.” See you in March.