Poland brought me pierogi, adventure, and serial murders.

Book: The Tower of Swallows by Andrzej Sapkowski

This is the fourth book in the Witcher series, so it continues the story of Geralt, Ciri, Yennefer, and everyone else. There isn’t a lot I can say about this without giving things away from previous books. Like the others, there’s lots of action and adventure throughout the book. I started reading these after watching the first season on Netflix a year ago. Unfortunately, everyone else did too, so I have to wait months in between each installment. As a result, at the beginning I was struggling to remember what happened in the previous book. If you haven’t read any of the series, I suggest starting with the two books of short stories- The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. These are essentially the start to the series, even though they aren’t full length novels. They are also the basis of season one of the show.

Movie: The Plagues of Breslau

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There weren’t a lot of options for Polish movies on Netflix, so I chose this one. The Plagues of Breslau is a crime film about a serial killer. The murders are a repeat of ones that happened in medieval times, so once they figure that out they know it’s a waiting game for the next body to show up. It was a bit gruesome at times, but I enjoyed the movie. It’s less of a whodunit and more of a trying to catch them kind of movie.

No grisly scenes in the trailer, but I will give a language warning.

Food: Blueberry pierogi

I got the recipe for blueberry pierogi here and followed it exactly. When I looked at the recipe, I thought it looked pretty easy. Make the dough, roll it out, put blueberries inside, and boil. If only it was that easy in reality. I think there must be an art to making pierogi and needless to say, I have not perfected it. It took me an hour to get to make the dough, wrestle it into a flat-ish state, and put blueberries inside. Even then, they had to be the world’s tiniest pierogi.

Not the prettiest pierogi.

They did expand a little while cooking, which led to the next problem. My blueberry to dough ratio was very off, so it was a lot of boiled dough and not a lot of blueberry flavor! I ate a couple plain, and dipped the rest in yogurt. If I make pierogi again, I would definitely cut the circles bigger- I used a glass since I don’t have any cookie cutters, which is why they were so small. I originally wanted to make potato pierogi, but was out of potatoes. Maybe next time I’ll try to make those instead.

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