Helena and Leszek spend about 250 Zloty (EUR60) a week on food. We buy good quality food we care very much about it. We don't shop in Tesco or other hypermarkets because the food there tastes of plastic. In those hypermarkets there are potatoes from Israel, carrots from Turkey etc but few Polish products. Poland is the biggest producer of apples in the EU but in the hypermarkets you only find apples from Holland. We buy our meat from a butcher and our bread from a bakery. Once a week we go to a supermarket in Pulawy to do a big shopping. In the spring and the summer we buy fruits and vegetables from neighbouring farms but in winter there are only potatoes for sale.
There are no restaurants in our village we only cook and eat at home. We cook only traditional food with local products. We like Polish cuisine not sushi or frutti di mare. Many young Poles are influenced by the TV and the magazines so they eat "fashionable" foreign food. Helena cooks and sometimes when Anita is at home she helps too. When the kids were young and Helena was working Leszek was doing the cooking. Helena learned to cook form her parents but she tries to do new things and experiment on Polish cuisine. In the winter we eat more soups and more meat. There are few vegetables growing naturally in winter so we eat kompot (Polish fruit stew) instead. In the summer we like light soups - milk soups with tomato, paprika, cucumber, berries, etc. We try to keep the tradition. We pass to our kids what we inherited from our parents.