A Polish Cookbook…written by a Food Blogger…in England?

Wild Honey and Rye, Modern Polish Recipes

on 11 October 2017
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
on 15 September 2017
I’ve been anticipating this book for ages as I’ve been following author Ren Behan’s food blog for years, and have come to know her as a blogging friend. The book is very much an extension of her blog — lots of delicious Polish home-cooking recipes presented in a very straightforward, concise and easy to follow way, most of them beautifully illustrated with lovely photos. This is very much the kind of cooking that’s perfect for all levels of cooks, and is not at all daunting. Many of the recipes are classics that Ren learned from her Polish parents and grandparents, others are Ren’s own twists on Polish cuisine, bringing them up to date.
A beautiful book and a great gift for those looking to expand their home cooking repertoire.
Too beautiful to wait until Easter to make these…Mini Lemon Babka

A love of good food and pride in her Polish heritage are the two things that inspired Ren Behan to write this book. After a bold leap from the courtroom as a criminal lawyer into the family kitchen as a new mother, Ren wanted to find a way of making the task of feeding her family into something more inspiring than an everyday chore and she now spends every day doing what she loves:
cooking, trying new recipes, writing about food, travelling and experiencing new food adventures – and feeding her family.
Inspired by the food of her childhood and by the new wave of flavours to be found in the fashionable eateries and farmer’s markets of modern Poland, Wild Honey & Rye is an evocative, mouth-watering collection of recipes, truly celebrating Poland.

Pink sauerkraut adorns vegan pastry rolls, ribs are slowly-braised with honey and vodka, a fresh cucumber salad with sour cream and dill sets off a homely dish of meatballs, and Polish charcuterie sits atop the darkest rye bread. And no book on Polish food would be complete without pierogi, the classic dumplings; little sumptuous pockets of dough – both sweet and savoury.

Pastry rolls with sauekraut and mushrooms. Perfect for barszcz at Wigilia but why wait…serve these to friends and family on fireworks night!
Who is Ren Behan?


Ren Behan nee Marczak is a British food writer of Polish descent and a mother of three. Her parents and grandparents came from Poland and her father fought with the 1st Polish Armoured Division during the Second World War before settling in England. Her Polish recipes have been featured in mainstream UK food publications such as BBC Good Food and delicious. magazine, as well as within a regular features column on JamieOliver.com.

Over the last six years she has maintained her status as one of the UK’s leading gastronomy bloggers.

Ren captures the attention of her global audience through her imaginative, homely and stunning images on renbehan.com.

To buy a copy of Wild Honey and Rye click here.

Ren Behan has generously donated signed copies of her fantastic book: Wild Honey and Rye to 46 Bal Polski fundraising! Come to 46 Bal Polski and join in the fun…

…maybe you’ll win a copy?

Commemorating General Kościuszko

An elegant Old Gold frame 28cm x 23cm and mounted in rich dark blue a commemorative three-stamp set honouring Tadeusz Kościuszko American Revolution heroes 1976 Bicentennial Series with reproduction of Tadeusz Kościuszko portrait by Julian Rys 1897


46 Bal Polski prizes fundraiaing Tadeusz Kosciuszko stamps
Donated for 46 Bal Polski fundraising. Dziękujemy naszym darczyńcom!


He is the purest son of liberty I have ever known.
Thomas Jefferson on Tadeusz Kościuszko

Close up detail showing the stamps in this framed collection. Size 28cm x 23.

Issued: January 1, 1976
Pasadena, CA
Quantity: 73,151,667

Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforation: 11

Color: Blue violet and multicolored


This three-stamp se-tenant shows a detail from the famous oil painting by Archibald M. Willard of a fife player and two drummers, leading American troops during the Revolutionary War. The original painting hangs in the Selectmen’s Room in Marblehead, Massachusetts.


The Bicentennial Series

The U.S. Bicentennial was a series of celebrations during the mid-1970s that commemorated the historic events leading to America’s independence from Great Britain. The official events began on April 1, 1975, when the American Freedom Train departed Delaware to begin a 21-month, 25,338-mile tour of the 48 contiguous states. For more than a year, a wave of patriotism swept the nation as elaborate firework displays lit up skies across the U.S., an international fleet of tall-mast sailing ships gathered in New York City and Boston, and Queen Elizabeth made a state visit. The celebration culminated on July 4, 1976, with the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.


The U.S.P.S. issued 113 commemorative stamps over a six-year period in honor of the U.S. bicentennial, beginning with the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission Emblem stamp (U.S. #1432). As a group, the Bicentennial Series chronicles one of our nation’s most important chapters, and remembers the events and patriots who made the U.S. a world model for liberty.



The portrait Thaddeus Kościuszko, by Julian Rys, c. 1897.

Philadelphia – Old City: Second Bank Portrait Gallery – Thaddeus Kosciuszko. Wally Gobetz Flikr


In 1897, the Polish National Alliance donated this portrait of Kościuszko to the city of Philadelphia. Polish expatriate Julian Rys probably based this painting on an engraving, which had been based on Josef Grassi’s 1792 portrait of Kościuszko. In 1897 the Polish National Alliance donated Rys” portrait to the City of Philadelphia this portait hangs in the for the  “People of Independence” exhibit-portrait gallery.


A military engineer from Poland, Kościuszko came to Philadelphia in August 1776 to offer his services in the fight against the British.

His defenses helped the Continental army win the critical Battle of Saratoga in New York, and he later worked on fortifications that secured key access to the Hudson River at West Point — now the site of the U.S. Military Academy. He also fought in the Carolinas.

After the war, Kościuszko returned to Poland and, in 1794, led a rebellion against Russian occupation. He became a hero to his countrymen despite Russia’s victory and his ensuing exile.


Kościuszko returned to Philadelphia while in exile and received a warm welcome. From November 1797 to May 1798, he stayed at a boarding house that now serves as the national memorial.

While here, Kościuszko rarely left his bedroom because of a severe leg injury suffered during the fighting in Poland. But he kept busy playing chess, painting and entertaining a steady stream of dignitaries and visitors, including his longtime close friend Thomas Jefferson.

Kościuszko soon went back to Europe with the ultimate goal of helping Poland regain its independence. It didn’t happen in his lifetime, and he died in Switzerland in 1817.


You could win this wonderful, elegant commemoration of Tadeusz Kościuszko at 46 Bal Polski. All monies raised will be going directly to our chosen charities via Bal Polski CIC -this prize has been donated to 46 Bal Polski fundraising efforts.

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A Chance to Win a Caricature by Małgorzata Gnyś

Małgorzata Gnyś – Pierwsza Dama Polskiej Karykatury. Jest członkinią Stowarzyszenia Polskich Artystów Karykatury. Baczna obserwatorka życia społecznego i politycznego w Polsce, Francji oraz Wielkiej Brytanii. Karykatura i zaskakujące, pełne humory komentarze są jej pasją.

Małgorzata Gnyś first lady of Polish Caricature, a member of Association of Polish Artists of Caricature. A keen observer of modern life and politics in Poland, France and the UK. Her caricatures are passionate, full of artistic skill,  and satire – drawings containing a commentary expressing the her artistic opinion and humour.

Małgorzata Gnyś, artist, satirist and cartoonist has donated an original cartoon artwork for 46 Bal Polski. For the 45 Bal Polski Małgorzata drew and donated a cartoon of Gen. Kościuszko.

Małgorzata Gnyś new cartoon  for 46 Bal Polski is yet to be revealed


Gen. Kościuszko by Małgorzata Gniś – donated to the Silent Auction 45 Bal Polski

Jestem członkinią Stowarzyszenia Polskich Artystów Karykatury. Zawodowo zajmuję się rysunkiem satyrycznym, specjalizując się w komentarzu politycznym i karykaturze. Obecnie mieszkam we Francji, w Thonon les Bains nad Jeziorem Genewskim.

I am a member of the Association of Polish Artists of Caricature. I professionally deal with with satirical drawings, specializing in political commentaries and caricatures. My passion is drawing cartoons and I have live contact with the recipient of my mark. Now I live in France in Thonon les Bains on Lake Geneva.

You can view more of Malgorzata’s satirical and caricature work at her website



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£100 Beauty Voucher Prize Donation!

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