Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sundays in My City: Paczki Day

Unknown Mami

I work in a small community with strong Polish roots. Some people who live there have Polish names that were mutilated when their ancestors got off the boat. Examples include:

Przybylski, pronounced Shibilski
Szpredja, pronounced Sprayda
Chojnacki, pronounced Hoy-knot-ski
Przsbinicki pronounced Shiminicki
Krzyzewski, pronounced shuh-shef-ski

Apparently, when it comes bakery, the pattern continued. There's a wonderful Polish bakery in Tinytown. On Fat Tuesday, that place is absolutely mobbed with folks lined up to buy paczkis, pronounced poonchkies. Apparently, paczkis are made with an almost-lethal amount of butter and sugar, ingredients used up before fasting begins. I visited the bakery two days after the big day, but they still, thankfully, had plenty to go around.

I'm told that people come from all around the area to pick up paczkis.  I'm not sure how I made it this far in life without having a paczki, but I had had a cherry paczki at work on Fat Tuesday, and it was so delicious that I decided to have another (the next day, for your benefit, of course) and video part of it.

Of course, they call it "`Tuesday" for good reason;
I'll probably wait another year to enjoy one,
but wow.

To learn more about Paczki tradition, visit this link.
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visit Unknown Mami's Sundays in My City.

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