julekalender – luke nr 12

One of my favorite things about living cross-culturally is that I’ve gotten to know so many people from different countries.

Part of that comes from our time in language school. And I think part of it is simply the natural attraction of people with something in common. In this case, that something was that we are all the non-locals!

Today’s Christmas Calendar item is a recipe from Poland. It comes from my dear friend, Gosia. She and I met in our final Norwegian language course. We later studied together with a couple of different private tutors. And now we just get together for the fun of it!

Gosia has a beautiful spirit and a great sense of humor. Whenever we are together, we are sure to be laughing. She has quite the green thumb: her house is filled with so many beautiful plants. She has a precious daughter, and a husband who adores her. We were so grateful to be able to attend their wedding earlier this year!

Here’s Gosia’s story and recipe.


Kutia is one of the traditional Polish Christmas recipes (one of the 12 which should be prepared and consumed during Christmas Eve dinner).

It is traditional Christmas desert which is mostly known in the eastern part of Poland and Ukraine.

I come from a small town in Poland which is located not far away from the Polish-Ukrainian border. I remember my grandmother always prepared it for Christmas. I loved it and couldn’t wait for Christmas as it was that one special day of the year when I could enjoy the taste of this dessert.

Kutia is a mixture made of poppy seed, wheat grain, honey, and dried fruits. It is sweet and chewy due to the fruits, nuts, and honey.

*The recipe includes approximate values. You can add more or less depending on how you like – more or less sweet.

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  1. Place the wheat grain in a strainer and run plenty of water through it to clean it.
  2. Soak the grain in cold water for 5-6 hours (you can even leave it for all night and continue next morning) and then cook on low heat around 3 hours. The grain should be soft, but not overcooked.
  3. Place the poppy seed in a small pot and pour boiling water on top. Cook for 15 minutes, then strain, grind 2-3 times, until smooth.
  4. Chop the walnuts or pecans; soak the raisins in water or in rum.
  5. Chop the dates.
  6. In a mixing bowl, mix the poppy seed, the wheat grain, honey, nuts, and dried fruits (orange banana or what ever you like)
  7. You can add more dates, raisins or nuts, if you like. You just have to taste it and see what you want to add. And that's it - enjoy!
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