Wednesday: Dobrzyn

These are, as usual, photographs from yesterday, a day that started with a glass of fresh cherry juice and a cuddle with the Feline Princess of Poland.  Oh, Poland were paradise enow! (Click pictures to enlarge.)

A selfie:

Selfie

 

I was interviewed  in the garden by Kaja Bryx and her partner Jacek Tabisz, who work with the Polish Society of Rationalists and produce a series of videos with humanists, atheists, artists, and politicians. There were about six 10-minute videos that will eventually be posted in bits, and with Polish subtitles. The “tunnel” is a child’s toy, which blew back and forth during the interview, but wasn’t visible. It was in that tunnel that Hili set her famous trap using an apple as bait.

Interview

The interview gave me my first chance to wear the Official Hili Shirt™, which I’ll be wearing again in October at a very special event that I cannot yet announce. I posted this picture yesterday but it is so nice that I will post it again.

Hiroko, the shirtmaker and embroiderer, has now posted my review of this shirt, and a closeup of it, as well as the details, at her shop GoGo5 on Etsy (note that there are six views of it).

Jerry and Hili

Hiroko’s photo which shows the tail (not visible above):

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Hiroko’s description: “Embroidered brown tabby cat in the pocket with her tail. The fabric is blue cotton pinpoint oxford.”

Cyrus gets a substantial meal of “dog sausage.” (In the morning he gets dry food.)

Cyrus dinner

Cyrus had his teeth cleaned today (Wednesday) at a vet in Wloclawek (pronounced Vwote-slaw-vek”). The other day the lodger Gosia noticed that when Cyrus fetched a tennis ball, there was blood on it. So off to the dog dentist he went. He had a lot of plaque, but his teeth were healthy and none needed to be removed. He is now out of it, having been anesthetized for the procedure, and is sleeping it off at home:

Cyrus

Cyrus, out of it

Another 9 kilos of cherries were picked for the second batch of jam. 

Pitting

A pre-dinner snack (as I said, Poles are like hobbits, eating five or six times per day). This consisted of homemade cheesecake, a sweet challah (Jewish braided loaf), spread with butter and homemade apricot jam, and cherry pie, washed down with coffee. Dinner was two hours later.

Snack

Pre-dinner walkies by the river. Andrzej has a chat with Kaja and Jacek:

Friends

Sunset on the Vistula river, down a forested slope from the end of the orchard:

Sunset

Dinner: “Swedish lasagna” with pork and beef, served with a salad and a French red wine.  Chocolate from the Ukraine (!) followed for dessert.

Dinner

And, of course, the Princess is available in the evening for cuddling and photography:

Hili recumbent

 

48 Comments

  1. Marella
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    It all looks fabulous. I wish I could spend summer in Poland. Especially since it’s winter here.

  2. Posted July 23, 2014 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    I like Hili’s “white gloves” on her feet. “Cyrus, out of it” is a hall-of-fame photo caption.

  3. John Myers
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Holy smoke, I can certainly see why you vacation in Poland every year! Beautiful place, wonderful people, and delicious food!

  4. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    A pre-dinner snack (as I said, Poles are like hobbits, eating five or six times per day).

    That has started my belly growling!
    Mushroom omelette, I think.

    • Woof
      Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:45 am | Permalink

      With all those goodies, how is it that everybody in Poland isn’t at least 400 lbs?

      • Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:23 am | Permalink

        It’s their penchant for walkies that keep things in balance…

      • Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:36 am | Permalink

        Moderation in all things, even excess….

        b&

        • M Janello
          Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:22 am | Permalink

          Moderation in all things, even moderation.

        • Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:34 am | Permalink

          But do you do the moderation of the excess in moderation? Is there a fixed point?

          • Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:47 am | Permalink

            It’s moderation all the way down!

            b&

  5. Woof
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    D*G TIP OF THE DAY

    Easy way to keep their teeth clean: Add a raw frozen chicken wing to their dinner. No kidding, this really really works.

    • Malgorzata
      Posted July 23, 2014 at 7:27 am | Permalink

      Thanks! I will try it.

    • moarscienceplz
      Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      “Cyrus had his teeth cleaned today”

      Oh, poor Cyrus! Nothing like a trip to the dentist to wreck your day.

    • Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      I thought that chicken bones were deadly dangerous for dogs???

      • Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:07 am | Permalink

        Only when cooked. Raw whole chicken parts, especially including skin and even feathers, are great food for d*gs and cats.

        b&

        • Woof
          Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:19 am | Permalink

          Exactly!

          That’s why you don’t see many chicken predators in the wild with bones stuck in their throats.

          • Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:35 am | Permalink

            I presume the uncooked bones must crunch better?

            • Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:48 am | Permalink

              Actually, it’s the crunching that’s bad. Raw bones are chewable and don’t crunch.

              b&

        • Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:34 am | Permalink

          So I guess including live chickens…My grand-dog, Lloyd, was rescued by my son when the future Lloyd was found eating live chickens on the edge of a reservation north of Whistler. My Currie- the-Pooch once took a rooster for a ride, but the rooster seemed to have survived the “fun”.

          • Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:48 am | Permalink

            Most especially including live fowl, at least nutritionally…but that creates significant problems for people trying to raise chickens, of course….

            b&

            • Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

              Not to mention the chickens themselves…

              • Posted July 23, 2014 at 11:37 am | Permalink

                Yes, I imagine they’d object to predation by dogs…but, to be fair, many of those same chickens are destined for the stew pot….

                b&

  6. Kevin
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    That is a good picture of the Princess. Nice eye color. The Swedish lasagna looks sublime.

    • Prof.Pedant
      Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:43 am | Permalink

      Could we get the recipe for the “Swedish Lasagna” please?

      • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
        Posted July 23, 2014 at 11:30 am | Permalink

        Andrzej and Malgorzata knows this better, but I assume it is the mixed meat and the whole package (salad, wine).

        Oh, and instead of meticulous love substitute a lot of freewheeling fun, it is not lovesagna but la-la-la-lasagna.

      • Malgorzata
        Posted July 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

        Lasagne according to a Swedish cookbook (Vår kokbok, fjortande upplagan, Raben & Sjögren)
        You need:
        22-24 lasagne noodles;
        Meat sauce: ¾ kg ground meat (half beef, half pork)
        3 tablespoons of margarine or butter
        5-6 onions
        2 cans (400gr) of tomatoes
        4-5 tablespoons of tomato puree
        2 stock cubes
        2 teaspoons basil or thyme
        2 garlic cloves
        salt, pepper
        Cheese sauce: 1 liter milk
        1 deciliter flour
        50 gram margarine
        200 gram grated hard cheese
        salt
        How to make it:
        Meat sauce: Dice onions. Heat up a saucepan with margarine. Fry the meat in two portions. Transfer it to a big pan (4 liter). Fry the onions, add 1 deciliter water and transfer to the pan with meat. Add tomatoes from the cans, tomato puree, stock cubes, spices and pressed garlic. Cook for 20 min. Add salt and pepper.
        Cheese sauce: Mix flour with a little amount of milk to a smooth thickening. Boil the rest of milk with margarine. Add the thickening and boil for 2-3 minutes. Take the pan from the heat and mix in half of the grated cheese. Add salt.
        Grease a big and deep baking tray. Pour half of the cheese sauce so that it covers the whole bottom. Place one layer lasagna noodles and cover with half of meat sauce. Place another layer of noodles and cover with the rest of the meat sauce. Place the next layer of noodles and cover with the other half of cheese sauce. Sprinkle the rest of the grated cheese on top.
        Bake in 200C for 30 minutes.

        • Posted July 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

          Yum, thanks, Malgorzata!

        • Posted July 24, 2014 at 9:17 am | Permalink

          I wonder if that’s similar ingredientswise to Breen/Swedish meatballs …

          • Malgorzata
            Posted July 24, 2014 at 9:28 am | Permalink

            Not really, you usually make Swedish meatballs with grounded meat, breadcrumbs, potatoe flour, onion, milk and eggs.

        • Prof.Pedant
          Posted July 25, 2014 at 9:37 am | Permalink

          Thank you!

    • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
      Posted July 23, 2014 at 11:21 am | Permalink

      ““Swedish lasagna” with pork and beef, served with a salad and a French red wine.”

      Indeed. And Hili for dessert!

  7. Posted July 23, 2014 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Terrific — no wonder you keep going back! I loved Poland and the Poles. I hope to return there soon. I missed all the major cities when I was there in 1992, which was a very interesting time to be in eastern Germany, Poland, and the (brand new) Czech Republic.

  8. Alex
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    I’m hungry!

  9. Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Methinks that the Princess is hogging the couch, but I guess it’s just her due:-)

  10. Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    I can’t stand it–I am going to have to find cherry pie—but it will be NOTHING compared to your pics! :(

  11. jimgorton
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    In case anyone co-ing with a cat has missed the Aeon magazine post on the uncannily familiar cat, it is well worth a read. I have now renamed Prince, our rescue Himalayan, to Katmandu. He seems not to notice the word play, perhaps having been raised Polish.

  12. Prof.Pedant
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Amusing cartoon: http://farleftside.com/2011/6-29-2011.html

    • Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      Love the cartoon!

      • Mark R.
        Posted July 23, 2014 at 11:32 am | Permalink

        Tooooo funny! Thanks!

  13. Taskin
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Hili has such an adorable nose!

    Wow, those are some serious pies, I shouldn’t be looking at this website when I’m hungry…

  14. Mark R.
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Chinese stir-fry yesterday and Swedish lasagna today. That’s quite a cosmopolitan cook. I can almost smell the love from here. :)

  15. Posted July 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a million for your detailed relations of your stay in Dobrzyń, makes me feel closer to that beloved place!

  16. Posted July 23, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Coyne, those are the largest cherries I’ve ever scene. I’d love to see one in someone’s hand.

  17. Ironclad
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    The food, great outdoors and the people all are so inviting! Not to mention the beautiful Princess Cat and her attending Knight Cyrus

  18. marvol19
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    A “very special event in October”

    Good to hear they gave you an early notification for your Nobel Prize! ;-)


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