We’re so pleased to have K.A. Merikan stopping in today on their I Love You More Than Pierogi blog tour, and they’re sharing a tried and true comfort recipe, so check it out.
We’ve been thinking about setting a book in our native Poland for quite some time now, and the submission call for “World of Love” helped us come up with an angle 🙂 The two main characters are former high school sweethearts who meet after several years, and after the bitterness that resulted of their breakup, the reconnection is everything but smooth. Through those characters we explored two conflicting feelings many immigrants face – the longing for home and everything it stands for, and the unstoppable curiosity that pushes them to explore. Who knows, maybe one doesn’t have to choose 😉
Because I Love You More than Pierogi revolves around food so much, we decided to share a recipe for a dish, tested and tasted by us 😀 Lazy dumplings (kluski leniwe in Polish) are the comfort food that can be made from ingredients that are usually present in every Polish kitchen. Perfect for a breakfast in bed to show your partner just how much you appreciate them <3
300g polish fresh cheese (bialy ser or twarog)
A pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of potato starch
1/3 cup plain white flour
Several spoonfuls of breadcrumbs (preferably Polish, as they have a distinct texture)
Thoroughly knead together the cheese, the egg, and the salt.
Dust the clean countertop with 1-2 spoonfuls of plain flour and place the egg and cheese mixture on top, before dusting the starch and the remaining flour over the “dough”.
Knead to mix it all together and form into a ball. Cut in two and roll each into a sausage-like shape, which should be no thicker than a hot dog.
Flatten on top with the side of a knife, then cut into bite-sized pieces. Boil water with a bit of salt and add the dumplings. Cook 20 seconds after they emerge on the surface, and pull them out carefully.
Put the breadcrumbs into a hot dry pan and stir gently until they brown. Add butter according to preference and fry the breadcrumbs in the melted butter. Pour over the dumplings. Optionally, add sugar and cinnamon.
About the Book
Marek and Adrian dated in high school, but a bitter breakup led them to choose different paths. Adrian is out and proud while Marek is in the closet. Adrian embraces his eccentricity while Marek clings to a conservative image. And while Marek worked hard to build a successful life and financial stability by climbing the corporate ladder, Adrian threw caution to the wind and has spent the last five years backpacking across the world.
Now Adrian is back in Warsaw, Poland, but while Marek thinks they will have a hookup and have a blast from the past, Adrian is just looking for a place to crash. Worse still, Adrian turns up at Marek’s advertising agency for help with his outrageous new business venture, and if Marek wants to get promoted, he might have to work with the guy who broke his heart.
World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.
About the Author
K.A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are mistaken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.
They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of – it will be full of surprises.
Follow the Tour
December 29 – MM Good Book Reviews
January 4 – Boy Meets Boy
January 5 – Open Skye Book Reviews
January 5 – The Novel Approach
January 6 – Love Bytes
January 9 – Alpha Book Reviews
January 10 – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words