“Polish Recipes” is a series of the Łódz Post. In this edition, we will look at Duck Soup (Czernina) which will most certainly help to keep warm during the cold winter months.
1 wild duck
4 cups duck blood
8 cups of water
1 teaspoon salt
1 stalk celery, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 sprig chopped fresh parsley
1 cup heavy cream
5 whole allspice berries
2 whole cloves
16 ounces pitted prunes
1/2 cup raisins
1 tart apple – peeled, cored and chopped
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon white sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1. Cover whole duck with water in large stock pot. Add salt, and bring to a boil. Skim off foam.
2. Place celery, parsley, allspice, and cloves in a cheese cloth bag, and add to stock pot. Cover and cook over low heat until meat is tender, approximately 1 1/2 hours.
3. Remove cheese cloth bag from stock pot. Remove duck. Discard bones, cut up meat, and return to the broth.
4. Mix in prunes, raisins and apple. Simmer for 30 minutes.
5. In a medium bowl, beat flour and sugar into cream until smooth. Beat in duck blood gradually. Add 1/2 cup hot soup stock to blood mixture, blending thoroughly. Pour mixture slowly back into stock pot, stirring constantly until soup comes to a boil. Season to taste with salt, pepper, lemon juice and vinegar.