About me

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kitty smallI was born in what was Czechoslovakia in the 60’s and even though we left Europe and came to Manitoba before the 70’s I grew up with homemade Czech food.  Both my parents cooked and all our meals were always from scratch.  My father may have been a chef in Europe but my mother’s culinary skills are just as good if not better than my father’s. I’ve had a life long love affair with Czech food even though we have moved away from some of the heavier foods, like knedles and roast pork with gravy and sweet cabbage, those meals still feel like home to me.

My recipes, or rather instructions are not weighed and counted but rather shared with approximations of measurements and suggestions and pictures.  I’ve been taught to cook, “til it’s done” and season, “to taste”.

So if you are adventurous and do not require exact detailed instructions visit me often and I will share my favorite food.

 

I appreciate you stopping by and you can always email me at czechinthekitchen@gmail.com.

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42 Responses to About me

  1. sally Macl says:

    I’m looking forward to more recipes.

  2. Gillian Leschasin says:

    Hi Charlotte, I’d like to send invitation to you for an upcoming culinary event. Could you please send your email to me at gillian@tourismwinnipeg.com? Thanks!

  3. Hi Charlotte,
    Great post on oxtail soup! Please e-mail me at natdecants@nataliemaclean.com. It’s about wine of course 🙂
    Cheers,
    Natalie

  4. Jeannie Buma says:

    Hi Charlotte,
    I discovered your blog while looking for the Medovnik recipe. I’ve been browsing your blog and enjoyed it. A couple of years ago, my husband & I visited Prague and love it. I also discovered Goulash Soup and enjoy it so much. May I please ask you if you can share with us your recipe for the Goulash Soup. Thank you.
    Jeannie

    • Pussycat says:

      Ummm ummm… yummy… I hadn’t thought about Goulash Soup in a while and it’s probably been even longer since I’ve had it. I will put it on my list and get it up soon… I promise… thanks for the request :). I absolutely agree that it’s a good hearty soup that’s full of flavour though I have to admit that my favourite has always been tripe soup, I’m guessing you didn’t try that one? I know most people are off put by the tripe. But the flavour is sooooo good. Anyway, hold on for the Goulash soup…. I’m on it! Thanks for the comments!

    • Pussycat says:

      Hey Jeannie, I finally posted the Goulash soup…. hope you like it! 🙂

      • Jeannie Buma says:

        Hi Charlotte,
        Thank you for sharing your Goulash Soup recipe. Yippee! I can’t wait to try it and I was drooling reading your post on it. Yum! Yum! I’m sorry to read about your spilled Goulash Soup tho’.
        I’ve not had tripe soup tho’ I’m curious. Tripe is not available in the supermarket where my husband and I live. If I stop by a mediterranean butcher in the future, I’ll ask for tripe to make the soup coz it looked really yummy on your post on it.
        Thank you once again, Charlotte.
        Have a wonderful week.
        Big hug, Jeannie Buma

        • Pussycat says:

          You’re very welcome Jeannie, I have to admit that I made a second pot for myself and our dog had a nice treat… 🙂 When my mother and I were back in the Czech Republic several years ago we would consciously seek out places that had tripe soup. It tasted the same everywhere we went and it was SO GOOD. The texture of the tripe puts many people off, as does the thought of it. It can be an acquired taste but I must say that the tripe adds a very different dimension to the broth. Let me know how the recipes work out for you…. Big Hug back…. you have a great week as well! 🙂

  5. Teresa says:

    Although I wasn’t born in the Czech Republic my parents, and every other in my family before me was. I, too, love Czech food and grew up with approximate recipes. Thanks for sharing yours!

  6. Jeannie Buma says:

    Hi Charlotte,
    I made the goulash soup this week and love it!!! Yum! Yum! It brought back memories of our visit to Prague. I did just like you and your mother when my husband and I would go out for lunch. I would order a bowl of goulash soup when I see it on the menu. It tasted different in every restaurant we went to but it was great to try different versions. I love soups anytime.
    My husband and I were not able to find tripe at a local butcher shop as it’s not available, we were told. We’ll try the mediterranean butcher when we are there in the future.
    Once again, Thank you, Charlotte!
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Big hug, Jeannie

    • Pussycat says:

      Hi Jeannie,
      I’m so glad you like it… your and my home versions…now you can have a little taste of Prague whenever you want… 🙂 I’m curious to know where you live. We can get tripe at pretty much most grocery stores here, the regular ones as well as the Asia markets, I’m in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Thanks so much for following my blog… big hugs and have a great weekend also!

      Charlotte

      • Jeannie Buma says:

        Hi Charlotte,
        I finished my last bowl of goulash soup today and it was still good. Yes, every time, when I make goulash soup, I’ll think of you for sharing your recipe and also of Prague. I live in the Netherlands and although I’m not Dutch, I’m married to a wonderful Dutch. I’m Malaysian born. I’ve never thought about looking for tripe in Asian stores and I’m not much of a fan of offals tho’ I would like to give your tripe soup a shot.
        Take care.
        Big hug, Jeannie

  7. Alice says:

    Ahoj!
    What a nice surprise: I found this blog while I was looking for the Česnečka and Bramboračka receipts on the web. I am 29 and I live in Florence, Italy, but my mother comes from Karlovy Vary, so I am half Italian and half Czech: one day we eat spaghetti, the other one knedliky and I love that!!!So thanks a lot for your blog and words, you made me so happy!

    • Pussycat says:

      Ahoj!,

      I’m so glad this feels kind of like home to you. There is certainly something so comforting about food isn’t there? Have you been to the Czech Republic? I was there last about 6 years ago, and Karlovy Vary are so beautiful though I have to admit that I wasn’t such a huge fan of the minearl waters. 🙁 thanks so much for stopping by and sharing!

      • Alice says:

        Hi, thank you for your reply!
        Of course I have visited many times the Czech Republic and still my grandma and my aunt live there, so I am in touch with them.Moreover, it takes only 1 hour/ 1 hour 30 to go from here to Prague by plane, so I can go there quite often
        I totally agree with you: mineral waters are simply terrible, they don’t make me feel better at all, but oplatky do!!!Last week my mother was in Karlovy Vary to visit my grandmother and she brought me a lot of receipts for Christmas cookies, I can’t wait!!! 😉

        • Pussycat says:

          OPLATKY! That’s what they’re called, I was thinking about them when you mentioned Karlovy Vary but couldn’t think of the name. Yes…. Those were amazing! Makes me smile just thinking about them. If you have any interesting recipes for Christmas cookies I would love if you would share? I haven’t been posting much lately to my blog because I’m just finishing some university classes but will have lots of time in December to bake… and I’m looking forward to it! I’m jealous that you have such a short flight to Prague, and I’m going to guess you could also easily get their by train. From the middle of Canada so many beautiful European places are very far away.

          take care,

          🙂 Charlotte

  8. Petra says:

    I just found your site while looking for the tripe soup recipe. My family came to the US in the 70’s from Praha. I love the recipes, thank you for posting these and sharing your passion!!

    With love,
    – Another Czech Foodie

    • Pussycat says:

      Hi there Czech Foodie, Thanks so much for the compliment, I’m so glad you like the recipes. They are certainly some of my favourites. Tripe soup is definitely one that people either love or hate and it’s one that I have grown to love over the years. When my mom and I were in Prague a few years ago we would always be on the lookout for Tripe Soup and indulged frequently and might I say, guilt free! On a cold winter day it’s a ‘stick to your ribs’ kind of soup. If you have any others that you can think of that you’d like me to post by all means, please let me know. My dad was a chef in the Czech Republic before we came to Canada and between him and my mom we continue the Czech food traditions even though we have gotten away from eating many of the heavier foods as often.

      Thanks again! 🙂

  9. NiEstá says:

    Hi there:
    You never can imagine the internet ways 🙂 I found this website through an online friend who was searching for the medovník recipe. She told that she found the same recipe of medovník I passed to her, even thought I translated the one found on ekucharka.net 🙂 She came to Prague a couple of years a go, and fell in love with that brilliant cake, so she asked me for the recipe. We both are Spaniards, and living abroad. She lives in Finland (her website is http://www.cardamomolond.com) and I live in Brno. Yes, the Czech Republic. Both of us are a keen cook. Actually, more than Spanish food, I am interested in study, cook and taste Czech food. But there are not so many resources on the internet about traditional Czech food. I also have a section on my blog about Czech recipes, to spread them into my Spanish readers, but it is not a cookblog. Unfortunately, it is only in Spanish.
    If you speak Czech, I would like to recommend you a book: Poklady klasické české kuchyně by Roman Vaněk.
    So, I am so glad that also in Canada there are Czech foodies 🙂
    Cheers

  10. NiEstá says:

    The right website is http://cardamomoland.com/. Sorry for the typo.

    • Pussycat says:

      Oh my goodness… thanks so much for sharing. I had translated that recipe so long ago, I couldn’t remember where I found it (it was before I started blogging) I’ll have to go back again and see what else she is cooking/baking. I also appreciate you sharing the blog… for sure I’ll go look. As for the book recommendation, my Czech is not proficient, but I can read if I have plenty of time. I will look into it. I have family spread out all over the Czech Republic and my nephew lives in Brno… it is a small world.

      Thanks so much for your comments… and stopping by! 🙂

  11. Elise Senkerik says:

    Hi, my grandmother and grandfather came to Canada in the 1920’s. They came from the Brno area. We grew up with Czech cooking and it was delicious. I am looking for a recipe of my Grandmother’s layer cake. It had several layers (maybe 3 or 4), and I think it had a coffee layer, nut layer, and Rum layer. I am not so sure of the nut cake layer. I remember it had a cream layer that looked like coffee cream colour but I don’t know what her recipe was. If you have any ideas of this cake, I would love to hear about it and any recipe suggestions. She might have even sprinkled something on it like coconut or nuts, but I can’t remember. I lost my dear grandparents over 20 years ago and my dad doesn’t have any recipes.

    • Pussycat says:

      Hi Elise,

      As soon as I read your description it felt so familiar. My mother has also always made a cake similar to that but the layers were a little bit different, hers were vanilla, chocolate and nut. Certainly the vanilla one could easily be changed to coffee. I know that the basic recipe is the same with just the additions of various extras, nuts, cocoa, or for sure even the coffee. I don’t have that recipe handy but will certainly get it from my mom and pass it along. I just remember that it had a ridiculous amount of eggs in it. As for the cream, it is the same as the cream recipe in my chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting found here. My experience with my mom’s baking is that is cream can be flavoured any way you like, ground nuts, chocolate, coffee…. you simply add to taste.

      My mom used to make this cake in an oblong pan, glue the pieces together (alternating them) with the cream but of course first brushing rum on the chocolate ones. Then she would cover in homemade chocolate (with rum added of course) and top with nuts or almonds. Then you would cut the cake on a drastic angle so that each slice would contain a layer of each flavoured cake. The pans were specific to this particular cake. But alas you can’t buy them here. That’s not to say of course that you can’t simply make 3 different flavours of cake and stack them!

      I have to admit that I haven’t made this cake in years though I’m fortunate enough to have a set of pans of my own, courtesy of my mom! If this sounds like the cake your remembering let me know and I’ll try to make it and post before Christmas.

      Sorry for the extra long post… but it brought back some memories…. thanks so much for stopping by and again, let me know if you think this sounds like it!

    • Pussycat says:

      Hello again Elsie, I finally got around to making that cake that I’m pretty sure you were thinking about… it’s srnci hrbety… found here. I have to tell you, I made the cakes about a week before I sliced and finished them and kept them in my cold room. (about the temp of a refrigerator) The following week I made the cream and filled and covered them and took them to work. Then I left them at room temperature for the morning before I gave them to staff at work. I have to say… the cake got rave reviews. It was so good and moist and the cream holds up so nicely. I hope you give these a try and let me know how you make out.

      Happy Holidays!

      Charlotte

  12. Rachel says:

    I am so glad I came across this page! My family came over to the US from Czechoslovakia in 1949 after they survived the Holocaust. From March 2013-December 2013 I have been doing nonstop research on my family and finally learned more about Czech culture as well as what happened to my family members that were killed in the camps. I have been trying to set up an entire 4-course meal for my mom as a surprise and this site has been a huge help!!! Thank you for sharing all of these recipes and pictures! Our family keeps kosher so I will have to change a few Czech recipes that I found, but this is a great start to making this meal for my mom 🙂

    • Pussycat says:

      Hi Rachel, I’m so glad you found me too! I’m not as familiar with true Czech culture as I’d like to be given I’ve been getting ‘Canadianized’ since I was little but I do love the food… sometimes some things are a twisted version of… but I give it my best shot.

      You will have to let me know how your meal turns out and let me know what you actually end up making and I’m sure your mom will love it!

      Happy Holidays…. Charlotte

      • Rachel says:

        I made the dinner for my mom. I made Vanilkove Rohlicky, your chicken and rub recipe and cabbage soup 🙂 My mom smiled the entire time we had dinner. She came home from a very long work day and smelled the soup and chicken and just smiled 🙂 It was her childhood all over again! I will show my mom your site and she can make more of your recipes. We want to keep the Czech culture in our house and food is a great way to do so! THANK YOU FOR YOUR WEBSITE!!!

        • Pussycat says:

          Hi Rachel,

          I’m so glad you had a nice evening with your mom and I’m sure she was smiling more about you than the recipes. But I’m honoured to be a very small part. Food is always best when prepared with love and your meal had lots of that so I’m sure it was amazing.

          Thanks so much for keeping in touch and I’ll try my best to post more of the authentic Czech recipes in the new year. All my best to you and your mom…. Happy Holiday and have a great 2014!

          Charlotte

  13. Dollye Zezulka says:

    I just have to say how happy I am to have found your site. There are some things I would love to have instructions on from you. One is liver dumpling soup. Then also do you have a simple way of making dough for kolaches? The bread ones with various fruit and Mok as well.Yes and of course the fruit knedlicky ,strawberry ,plum and so on. I love the Czech people,their food and also trying out the language.Please post some of those if you have them readily at hand. Thanks so much.Dollye Zezulka

    • Pussycat says:

      Hi Dollye,

      I actually posted the fruit dumplings (knedliky) a long time ago, with a mediocre picture and you can find them here http://www.czechinthekitchen.com/2012/03/06/fruit-dumplings/ I would say that if you’re going to make them, use regular white flour, as much as I try to make healthy versions of things, sometimes you really just have to use the original ingredients to make them taste as good! I have to admit that I’ve never heard of liver dumpling soup but now I’m curious and I’ll ask my dad (he was a chef back home for many years) I’m sure he’ll know about it.

      As for the kolace I will certainly get on that as well. Keep checking back and I’ll have some of these up for you in the next few weeks. (I haven’t been posting this month as I’ve been finishing up classes at university but will be back cooking/baking and posting the second week of April!)

      Thanks again so much for your suggestions…. I’ve been running out of some ideas but this gives me food to look into for my next couple of posts!

      Charlotte

    • Pussycat says:

      Hi Dollye, I finally posted the liver dumplings which I’ve added to a chicken soup though as I’m thinking about it they would be amazing in garlic soup for sure! Here’s the link to the dumplings http://www.czechinthekitchen.com/2015/03/07/chicken-soup-and-jatrove-knedlicky-liver-dumplings/ and garlic soup I posted a while back found here http://www.czechinthekitchen.com/2012/02/23/garlic-soup/.

      I had to laugh because I must have repressed the whole idea of liver dumplings, turns out I have had them, just not since I was a kid and my tastebuds seem to have matured since then…. these are awesome! Hope you enjoy!

  14. Šárka says:

    Hello. I had come across your site looking for Czech Rum Balls for Christmas. It seems like such a simple recipe that I must try. I also had immigrated to the US back in the 70’s and grew up with Czech traditions/values. I miss so much of the delicious foods and have traveled back many times to visit all my family, most of which is in Dvur Kralove. I look forward to making these Rum Balls and will be surfing your site for other yummy recipes. 🙂

    Feel free to write.

    • Pussycat says:

      Ahoj Šárko… That’s also my birth name… 🙂 though I changed it legally many years ago when I came to Canada. It just always sounded so foreign when non-Czech speakers said it. So nice you found me…. I’m curious, where in the U.S. are you? And by all means, feel free to email me at http://www.czechinthekitchen@gmail.com!

  15. Valerie says:

    Hey Charlotte it’s been awhile since I “Czeched” in the Kitchen. I’m anxious to try the roasted vegy wild rice salad. Keep them coming girl!

  16. Kaya says:

    Ahojky all fellow Czechs.
    I just found this site, great. A question with regards to kolace recipe. Where do you buy fresh yeast? I would love to make “krkonosske kyselo” which is my favorite food I eat pretty much daily on my visits to the old country, but cannot make it here. I need yeast, the kind you buy in a cube in the grocery store back home. I suspect, your fresh yeast ingredient means the same. Thank you all. Happy Christmas baking, by the way.

    • Pussycat says:

      Hi Kaya,

      Yes my ‘fresh yeast’ means the same as what you are talking about. I will get fresh yeast at the bakery section of the grocery store where they make fresh bread. For me that’s Safeway, though they don’t technically sell it, if you ask, or rather, anytime I’ve asked they would give me a block the size of a block of butter and I’d pay for it. Easy. I’m not sure where you live but if you go to a larger grocery store where they make the bread they may be able to sell you some.

      let me know how that works out for you,

      regards,
      Charlotte

  17. Lynn says:

    Hello!
    I lived in the Czech Republic for 2 years, from 1993-1995 in Zlin. I was a teen during that time. I really miss living there, the people, and the food. Today I went searching for a yummy mushroom soup that a friend would make and came across your site. I cannot wait to go searching for more recipes that I enjoyed eating while living in Zlin! Some day I hope to share my love of the Czech people, food, and the culture with my kids and husband.

  18. Lauri Schultz-Sidener says:

    So happy I found your site!!! My dad was Czechoslovakian,Mom was Irish and learned to prepare so many meals to perfection. I miss the meals and tradition so much. I will be dragging out the old cookbooks and trying my hand at it.

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