Five Polish Dishes That You Must Try

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If you are on a strict diet or looking something with fewer calories than Polish diet is not for you. A traditional Polish meal usually has enough calories to keep you satisfied all day, but once you get past that mental barrier, you will not stop after the first bite.

Owing to the extreme weather conditions in the country, Polish cuisine is rich in various kinds of meat – pork, beef and chicken and is also known for the famous sausages. The Polish prefer to enjoy the natural taste of their food and hence keep spices to a minimum.

The basic ingredients used in a Polish meal are – beetroots, sauerkraut, cucumbers (pickles and gherkins), mushrooms, sausages, kohlrabi, sour cream and different herbs. This flavoursome cuisine has become a hot favourite of many.

The oldest written cookbook on Polish cuisine is the ‘Compendium Ferculorum albo zebranie potraw’ by Stanislav Czerniecki in 1682. During the Middle Ages, a typical Polish diet was based largely on agricultural and farm produce. Owing to the weather conditions in the nation, salt has become a primary preservative and had enabled the families to preserve the food for about 3-4 months.

Another factor that largely affected the food was the dense forests in the country. Slyvan fruits like berries continue to dominate the taste buds even today. Wild mushrooms were also eaten by Polish with great joy even though they are undervalued in western Europe.

So here are our selection of tastiest five:

Placki ziemniaczane (potato pancakes)

 

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It is a thin pancake made with grated onion, parsnips, carrot and other vegetables. It is best tasted when eaten with a dollop of sour cream or sprinkled sugar.

Pierogi (Polish dumplings)

 

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Dumplings are made up of thinly rolled dough and can have a variety of fillings. The most popular ones are meat, sauerkraut and mushrooms, seasonal fruits, buckwheat, cheese and fried onions. This is the traditional dish that is served on Christmas in almost every Polish household across the globe.

Barszcz (Polish red borscht)

 

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Although Ukranian in origin, barszcz has found its way into every Polish’s heart and stomach. It is a soup with beetroots as the main ingredient which gives it the distinct taste and red colour. The dominant taste in the dish is sweet and sour which is obtained by adding fermented beetroots.

Lazanki

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A type of pasta made by stuffing wheat, rye, buckwheat and rolled into smaller cutlets. The name has been derived from the Italian dish ‘lasagna’ and the pasta is a diminutive form of lasagna. The dish was introduced in the country in the early 21st century by an Italian queen and has amalgamated with the local cuisine.

Blueberry mazurka

 

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A traditional sweet delight, this is typically served in the weddings. The secret ingredient in this pastry is the blueberry vodka that spikes the taste of the blueberry filling inside.

Despite the limited access to seas during the wars in the 20th century, Polish food has spread across various countries. Polish immigrants who moved out continue to enjoy a scrumptious Polish meal on holidays and weekends and are getting major gluttony goals for others to try.

How Have Women In Poland Have Become Pioneers In Entrepreneurship

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A large number of businesses in Poland are now being owned by women. The percentages are as high as 20% of all small and medium-enterprises and about 19% for sole proprietorship.

For a country that was torn apart in WWII, the women have definitely carved a niche for themselves.

Many people are astounded by the business sense of Polish women, and few have taken to analysis how have they mastered the art. One of the cynical views is that the women got a very strong footing in the market before the gender discrimination from the West got a chance to hold them back. Another popular opinion is that the skills learnt during the socialist regime where women held so many different job titles had played a greater role as they had learned how to balance professional and personal lives beautifully.

However, one of the major reason for their great success was that these women took the word ‘equality’ quite literally. They stepped into the market in 1989, after the system changed, hungry for more power and with a fierce determination to prove themselves. Many women pulled out the hidden money from under the mattress and from jars to open their businesses focusing mainly on franchising and consulting. These women, without their knowledge, had paved a track for many younger Polish women who will eventually become the future of Poland.

Apart from the great business acumen, the solid background in education had also been an important factor. Polish women from rural and urban areas were engineers, lawyers, doctors and held several key scientific posts. Gradually, they started holding important managerial posts in factories and were also present on the factory floor as a major backbone. The credit system in the country was fine – unlike today. There was no discrimination and the only reason why someone was refused a loan was because of their business and not gender. Although the few sectors that were dominated by women like clothing have declined, the Polish women have become the pioneers in other sectors like economy, finance, and banking.

Some of the most notable names in Poland are Hanna Gronkiewicz Waltz, the former President of National Bank of Poland, Alicja Kornasiewicz, former Treasury Ministry’s financial-sector privatization chief,  Maria Wisniewska, former Pekao President, Helena Luczywo, the owner of Agora SA and Gazeta Wyborcza.

All this has been achieved despite the numerous setbacks and stereotypes. Traditionally in Poland, women are seen as homemakers. However times are changing, and today, Polish women are more determined and equipped than before. Many women over the age of 40 are entering the business game and setting up businesses in their small cities and towns. The younger women are moving shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts in the various industries and are sending a strong message of ‘we have arrived.’ The women have formed their own associations to help each other grow. The Polish Association of Women Entrepreneurs began with eight companies in early 1998 and now has over 200 companies on the list.

In the current competitive market, the women have helped the Polish economy sustain and have put it on a fast track to success. Poland wouldn’t have been what it is today had the Polish women not stepped out of their homes to conquer their dreams.

Our XTRF Diary

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XTRF

Earlier this month we made the big move to the world-renowned XTRF, Poland’s own Translation Management System. At the end of March, our system was ready to go, but we thought we’d share our journey with you so you can see how we got on.

Friday, 23rd March

We got the good news that our system has finished going through it’s testing phase. It’s taken over 2 months of data migration, testing, setting up, more testing, resetting, and testing again. We’re both confident and anxious about this investment paying off, but on the other hand, we’re a bit nervous…

Monday, 26th March

The system is clean and ready for users. Today, we’ve embarked on the massive job of inviting our translators to log in and check their accounts. Their initial reactions were enthusiastic. Surprisingly, only two people reported problems logging in. To be honest, we thought there’d be a lot more issues than there actually was.

Monday, 2nd April

The office was pretty nervous as today was the last day using our old TMS. The team has been working tirelessly migrating over projects over the last few days. It was interesting to see how the team saw the task. Several members were quite relieved that the move was over, while a handful of the team was more hesitant about moving everything over just in case the system failed. I’m eager to see who’s right!

Tuesday, 3rd April (Morning)

XTRF is live and working! Our PMs waited several hours by doing all the mundane things in the office to put off using it. It didn’t take long though as soon there wasn’t anything to do apart from logging in and work on jobs and work their magic! I kept my door open listening to the office chatter from the team, expecting someone to need help….

Tuesday, 3rd April (Afternoon)

It’s now past lunchtime and the whole team is working away happily, reminding each other how to find and do tasks. XTRF Support called to check in and to ask if we are alright. Everything is actually going fine! Several issues appeared during the day but we sorted them by ourselves. No overtime today!

Wednesday, 4th April

It’s now day 2 of using XTRF. As we dive deeper, we encounter more serious problems. Some actions cannot be canceled. Several mistakes appeared during the day but the workflows are becoming more fluent. We had to call support several times for help resolving some of the issues. In the end, no overtime again!

Thursday, 5th April

After the issues we had yesterday, we were nervous about what might pop up today but in fact, there’s nothing interesting to report. Everything went smoothly and we even found ourselves wishing for even more swift solutions and enhancements. Every now and then someone says, what if this were possible? Soon it turns out that almost all our dreams can come true as the team finds ways to make them possible. The view editing option was the feature of the day.

Friday, 6th April

This week’s been nerve-wracking being constantly on call, waiting for a disaster that never happened.

For the first time all week, I’ve been able to close my office door confident that the team are happy with the new system. I focussed on sorting the invoices and discussing finances which will be handled next month with some of the translators. Surprisingly, the translators seem to be very familiar with XTRF and in fact cannot wait for the new system to be in full operation.

XTRF Support hasn’t heard from us all day, and it’s now 4.30 and the team has finished all of their work early. I think they deserve an early day! Hopefully, it will be a nice weekend for everyone.

Friday, 13th of April

Nothing really interesting to report this week. Oh, wait. A Skype message pops up and it’s one of our PMs telling me “I love invoicing in XTRF”.

Signed

Agata Rybacka

If you’d like to learn more about XTRF and how it’s helped us and our workflows, all you have to do is ask!

Aploq’s guide to GDPR and what it means for our customers

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Aploq’s guide to GDPR and what it means for our customers

 

What is GDPR, and what does it mean?

The General Data Protection Regulations or GDPR for short is the EU’s long awaited update of the 1995 directive of the same name. It was announced in April 2016 but won’t come into force until May 25th, 2018.The outdated data protection directive 1995 was far too broad in regards to what it specifically covered. The aim of the new directive is to give control of personal data back to EU citizens and to simplify the regulatory environment for companies doing business with the EU. So rather than having 28 different standards of data protection to comply with, the new GDPR directive gives companies one set of rules to follow.

Who needs to comply with GDPR?

Any company, business or even website that has visitors or clients that are EU citizens needs to comply. This includes any business around the world who are in possession of personal information of anyone living within the  Europe Union.

What does GDPR protect exactly?

GDPR is not new. It protects exactly the same data as the old GDPR. Here is what’s new:

  • You have a right to request your data to be permanently deleted (but only if we don’t need them to comply with other regulations, like Labour Code or Accounting Act)
  • You can request your data to be made available to another company
  • We need to be very thorough when choosing the outsourcers processing your data, like cloud-based services, accounting office, IT service
  • The penalties for not complying  are as high as 20,000,000 EUR

 

Here’s the list of what’s covered;

 

  • Your basic identity information such as name, address, ID numbers, and usernames
  • Web data such as your location, IP address, cookie data and RFID tags
  • Your health and genetic data,
  • Even Biometric data,
  • As well as racial or ethnic data, political opinions, and sexual orientation

 

What promises are Aploq Translations making to comply with GDPR?

We promise to request client’s and vendor’s permissions to process the data.

We promise to gain special consent from users who wish to get our newsletters and offers.

We promise to proof and update our IT security policy to comply with the requirements.

We promise to audit our suppliers to make sure they comply and provide the requested level of security.

 

All in all, GDPR sounds scary, but as a user, It gives you the power to take control of your data. If you have any doubts or questions, feel  free to contact us

Secret Polish Holiday Destinations

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Secret Polish Holiday Destinations

 

Poland is such a visually impressive country, but its so often overlooked as let’s be honest – eastern Europe isn’t everyone’s no1. holiday destination. We’ve previously written about Wroclaw and the Best polish phrases to use on holiday. To expand on this, this week we’ll be looking at the 7 of the lesser seen spots Poland has to offer.

 

 

Zalipie – the cutest village ever!

In eastern Europe, it’s really normal to have a little cottage in the country that you visit every weekend during summer. If you ever road trip through villages in Europe, you’ll probably see them and think nothing of them. Zalipie (Pronounced “Zal- i-pie” ) takes such pride in their summer cottages that the locals have taken great pain-staking pride in painting everything with simple yet beautiful floral designs. No surprise that its home to the well-known artist  Felicja Curyłowa.

 

 

The Coloured Little Lakes/Kolorowe Jeziorka

What was once a series of abandoned mines has been drastically changed into a place of natural beauty. When the mine was closed, the decision was made to turn the quarries into a public area due to the vast amount of surrounding forests. The scenery was further enhanced by allowing the natural minerals that were exposed during the mining process to color the waters, hence the name. Depending on the time of year that you visit, you can see three wonderfully coloured man-made lakes, which are the ideal secret retreat for summer breaks. Don’t let the color of the water fool you, it’s perfectly safe to drink, and even better for swimming in on hot summer days. This is a road trip must and located just outside of Wieściszowice if you were wondering.

 

 

Zamosc (Pronounced “Za-Moosh”)

This beautiful little city is known as the “Pearl of the Renaissance” as its one of the few surviving renaissance towns. It was built in accordance with some of the best Italian architects of the period to be the “ideal town” and that it truly is. It’s located in southeastern Poland it forms the southern part of the Region of Lubin. The town founder had three ideals in mind – an urban area for living, residential area and finally a fortress for protection.

 

 

Sandomierz – One of Poland’s oldest cities

While you’re in southeastern Poland, another must-see town is Sandomierz (Pronounced “Sandohmee-ehrzh”). The City dates back to the 13th century when the original town had been burnt down on three separate occasions by invading forces from the East known as the Taters. It was after the third time that the High Duke of Sandomierz decided on refounding the city, this time building it in from brick and stone as you see it today.

 

 

The Skull Church or Kaplica Czaszek

If ever there was a road trip must see, this is it! This very ordinary looking church is home to the skeletons of over 24,000 people. You’d probably assume they’re located around the back in the graveyard, but no, all 24,000 have been used to decorate the church interior. This is the result of a Czech priest and gravedigger effects which took over 18 years to put together. Built at the end of the seventh century, the priest and gravedigger took advantage of the many wars and disease in the region and often spent weekends looking for mass grave sites. At least all of their work hasn’t gone to waste, the church is still open to visitors. If you’re brave enough that is!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Kudowa-Zdrój (Pronounced “koodova zdroi”)

This is our last secret spot of lesser seen Poland, which is perfect as it lies just between the skull church and the border of the Czech Republic. Kudowa is one of Europe’s oldest spa towns dating back to the 1600s. The Mineral water in the town is famous for its healing properties and curing disorders of the heart. But let’s face it, if you’re doing a road trip with your partner and he’s dragged you to the church of skulls, you deserve to spend a day here!

 

Bonus location! – Wieliczka Salt Mine 

Located nearly a mile underground the mine spans for miles underground with added value for money that the tour last over 2 hrs, bringing through the development of the mining process and displaying how the traditional methods worked. Towards the end of the tour, you enter the cavern which was hand carved by one of the workers. If you’ve got a few thousand euro to spare you can book it as a wedding venue and it’s worth every penny once you see it in person.