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Love Food - Gosia’s gorgeous goulash

Love Food - Gosia’s gorgeous goulash

Goulash is delicious eaten with potatoes, pasta or traditional Polish potato pancakes. You can also serve it with hunks of bread added to the pot so it becomes a very special soup and a meal in itself. This version is cooked on the hob and needs only one pan.

Hello! Tell us a little bit about yourself please: My name is Malgorzata but people call me Gosia. I grew up in Poland and have lived in the North East for the past four years with my son. I love living here. I'm trying very hard to improve my English and reading recipes is a good way to do that.

When did your love of cooking begin?: When I was six my mother gave me my first recipe book and I cooked every single dish in it! I still own the book and it brings back lovely memories. The Polish take our food very seriously and at this time of year we are famed for our Christmas Eve dinners when we eat no fewer than 12 dishes!

What kind of food do you most like to cook?: I love cooking so much I sometimes think the kitchen is my life! I love Polish food but I like to try all types of food, especially Chinese and Indian. I always bake my own bread and never buy it from the shops. Homemade bread tastes so much better and it’s good to know exactly what you’re eating.

What have you picked to cook for us and why?: I’ve chosen to cook goulash because it is a wonderful, warm winter meal. In my hometown we call this dish Lumberjack’s Feast and it is served between two potato pancakes. It’s a meal that is loved by families – a dish that is close to our hearts. It is often served at parties and in restaurants.

Try it yourself! 

Ingredients:

  • 750g steak chunks 
  • 3 large onions thinly sliced into half-moons
  • 2 red peppers thinly sliced
  • 2 tomatoes diced or canned pre-chopped
  • 1 garlic clove chopped or grated
  • 1 spoon of tomato puree
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of allspice
  • 300ml water or vegetable stock
  • Half glass of red wine
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Heat 1 table spoon vegetable oil in a flameproof casserole dish or saucepan with a lid.
  2. Sprinkle in the stewing steak chunks and brown well.
  3. Add in the onions, garlic, red peppers, tomatoes, allspice, paprika, bay leaves, and vegetable stock or water.
  4. Cook, stirring occasionally for about an hour until the meat is soft. Then add tomato puree and wine and cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Season with salt or pepper to taste.
For more recipes from Gosia, search World Smells of Food on Facebook.

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15 December 2020

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