I spent the last few months traveling from London to Beijing. Here is a taste of one place we spent time. Follow the links to read about others.
October 11th- 14th, 2005
A few days ago we arrived in Kraków, Poland where we will be settling in for a month and a half. This a much welcome rest from our manic travel schedule. We are teaching ourselves Polish and slowly exploring. Sadly, the sweet little apartment we are renting has no oven. I had been looking forward to baking bread again, though I will just have to wait a bit longer now.
We visited a lovely nearby bakery named Emmerys where John and I picked out half a round of Emmerys bread, a tebirkes, a foccacia, and hummus.
The foccacia was super oily, but other than that it was quite good. Flavored with sage, light and chewy, this was a tasty bread. The tebirkes was a new experience for me. A creamy, golden, flaky dough held sweet and mild flavors of honey, butter, and toffee. The top was dusted with poppy seeds, cutting the sweet tastes with nutty notes. Very delicious!
The Emmorys bread had a thin and chewy crust dusted with flour which was quite good, though something with a little more texture would have been even better. The crumb was soft and moist with white and whole wheat flours, a fantastic taste, and a pleasant sour aroma. A very nice bread.
The hummus was quite good, but fairly expensive. It had a smooth texture without being overly oily and a light citrus flavor. Very good, but nothing that couldn't be created at home.
On our last night in Copenhagen I made a nice little dish by sauteing pumpkin seeds and chanterelles in butter and seasoning with salt and pepper. A bit of arugula and toasted slices of Emmerys bread finished off a simple meal.
Next stop, Garmisch, Germany.