Name: Karolina Wiercigroch
Location: Warsaw, Poland
If you had to blog about one ingredient every day, what would it be?
Potatoes. They’re beautiful, delicious, and versatile and they are the love of my life. My blog, Couch Potato, would permit me to spend the whole day working my potato magic. Sweet potatoes and red potatoes, russet potatoes, and blue potatoes, young potatoes, and even regular potatoes would be craftily turned into purées, French fries, baked wedges, loaded skins, crispy crisps, gratins, casseroles, soups, salads, pies, and, obviously, sandwiches. I do have one potato sandwich on my blog, but there are hundreds yet to come.
Is there a food you used to hate but now you love?
Like many young minds of my generation, I was a victim of the anti-spinach propaganda. Kids were expected to hate spinach, so I decided it could never come anywhere near my mouth without even tasting it. Now I enjoy spinach, especially when paired with blue cheese. Also, I used to be afraid of chanterelles, which seems completely absurd given how astonishingly beautiful and breathtakingly delicious I find them now.
Who would you love to have over for dinner?
John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, the eponymous inventor of the sandwich. Genius. Probably the most brilliant man in human history. And Goethe, who, according to a completely fictional story by Woody Allen, was Earl Sandwich’s consultant and significantly improved hamburgers by suggesting to serve them on buns. And Woody Allen, too. And I do realize that most of these people are dead, so it would be just me and Woody Allen, surrounded by sad, empty chairs.
What is your favorite restaurant and what do you order there?
SOLEC in Warsaw. They only use local, seasonal ingredients from organic farms. Their truly innovative approach to Polish culinary tradition results in unexpected combinations, like chicken livers in orange syrup or beetroot horseradish whipped cream. The menu changes daily, so I don’t stand a chance to order the same thing twice. I particularly enjoy soups (like white wine-infused bread and cheese soup, or celery cream soup with caramel and rosemary).