Thursday: Dobrzyn

Yesterday was a quiet day in Dobrzyn: working, eating, making cherry jam and pie, and napping. It rained much of the day, fortunately after the day’s cherry harvest was done. There is one more day’s picking left, but they want to wait until the fruit dries off.  We also lost power (and thus internet) several times.

The upside of rainy weather is that the Princess stays inside (see below).

Hili 1


Hili 2


What else can you do when you see a cat on its back like this? BELLY RUB! So I did:

More jam was made (Malgorzata considered the first batch too runny, but this one was perfect):


And, of course, another cherry pie. Given the thoroughness of the pickers, pies have to be made before all the cherries are gone. I was ordered not to photograph this one as it was considered unsightly, but I flouted the orders. It was delicious; I’ve just had a slice for breakfast. As I’ve always maintained, pie is the perfect breakfast food.



Several people asked about the size of these cherries. Yes, they are large for morello (sour) cherries, at least compared to the ones I’m used to in the U.S.  Here is one to human scale:


And for felids that are reading, to cat scale:


Match that, White Basket Cat!




  1. Dominic
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    You are staying with pie perfectionists! I cannot see a fault in that pie! besides, it is how it tastes that is important!

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted July 24, 2014 at 5:43 am | Permalink

      Me neither – it looks great to me and probably tasted even better!

      • Mark R.
        Posted July 24, 2014 at 11:52 am | Permalink

        Maybe because it didn’t have the lattice top crust?

  2. Linda Grilli Calhoun
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Just FYI, “too runny” jam makes a perfect topping for waffles. L

  3. Posted July 24, 2014 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    For flouting a chef’s order, PCC needs to go cherry-free for at least a day.

    Regardless, the pie is a sight to behold: round, juicy, and oh so prettily rubicund as only cherry pies are.

    As an experienced jam maker told me, each batch is an unique learning experience.

  4. Posted July 24, 2014 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    “As I’ve always maintained, pie is the perfect breakfast food.”

    Indeed. Perfect after a plate of sausages! 🙂

    • Mark R.
      Posted July 24, 2014 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      I like dipping sausages in maple syrup. I think dipping in cherry pie would be equally yummy.

  5. Lurker111
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    Some kitties like belly rubs, some don’t. If I tried to belly rub my Big Orange Kitty, I’d be left with a stump. 😉

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Awwww Hili looks so cute! I’d want to kiss her every time I saw her looking like that!

  7. Kevin
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    I think Hili looks extraordinarily content and possibly wiped out after a long day.

  8. Hempenstein
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    Just visually, those cherries sure look like they ought to be sweeter than the typical US sour cherries – at least the kind you find in the eastern US. How does the flavor compare? (He asked, while munching on sweet black cherries from Washington state.)

    • Mark R.
      Posted July 24, 2014 at 11:55 am | Permalink

      I’ve been munching on Rainier cherries for the last couple weeks. Need to eat them quickly though…they seem more perishable than black cherries.

  9. Posted July 24, 2014 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Awwwww, Hili really trusts you.

    The cherries we had in our allotment garden were morellos too, dark red, almost black and smaller. They were really sour, wonderful for pies and as a fruit soup, but impossible to eat raw. We had two trees, one we left for the bird, the other got covered in a net.

  10. Michael
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Your going to come back cherry flavored if you keep eating cherries.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen sour cherries that large. The pies look delicious. Do they add anything to the cherries in the pies to soak up the cherry juice, like cornstarch or tapioca flour?

  11. Posted July 24, 2014 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    The pie looks great. Runny jam is good in trifle or on cheesecake!

    Hili looks blissful. I hadn’t realized what a petite, compact little cat she is.

  12. Posted July 24, 2014 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    thanks for the size comparison shot. The sour cherries I’ve picked were Montmorency cherries, very “stop sign” red and smaller. they make great wine (perfect with chocolate cake). Is there cherry wine from these morellos in Poland?

  13. Mark R.
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    I love Hili’s cherry necklace. Just like rubies – fit for a princess!

  14. Posted July 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    What else can you do when you see a cat on its back like this?

    Burying your face in belly fur works well, too….


  15. Posted July 26, 2014 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    That pie looks offensively good 🙂

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