Sunday, 13 January 2008

Polish Christmas dried fruits drink

Polish: rodzynek
Tajik: мавиз
Portuguese: passa
Malay: kismis
Greek: σταφίδα
Bavarian: Weinberl
Ukrainian: капелюх
Catalan: pansa
Sicilian: zibibba
Norwegian: rosin
Persian: كشمش
Furlan: passide

Dried fruits spicy hot beverage is a must on a Christmas Eve dinner in Poland, but in my family we drink it the whole winter. It is called kompot z suszu. Susz means all the dried fruits possible: usually apples, prunes and raisins but often also figs, apricots, pears, cranberries and dates, plus cinnamon stick and cloves, or also cardammon, nutmeg or ginger or everything toghether. You can add sugar but much better would be sweetening it with honey. A spoon of lemon juice is a good idea when you choose only sweet fruits, like for example a mix of raisins and figs (which is a very tasty composition and I strongly recommend it)

2 glasses of dried fruits all kinds
the biggest pot you have, full of water
1-2 spoons of honey
1 spoon of lemon juice
1 stick of cinnamon
1 spoon of gloves, cardammon or other spices from above

Cook the water. When boiling, add dried fruits and spices. Cook for half hour. Let it cool a bit and add honey and lemon juice to taste. Never add honey to a boiling beverage or water, otherwise you kill all the vitamins or minerals from your honey!

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