A festive food shopping basket with a difference

Published 25/12/2012 | 14:54

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Justine, Oliwia and Slawek Gendola pictured with a carp, which is part of the traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner.

IT'S A Christmas shopping basket with a difference. Sauerkraut, cucumber and fresh or cooked carp.

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Polonez on Harmony Hill is packed with customers stocking up on such goods.

Sligo's Polish community is gearing up for the Christmas Eve 'Wigilia' meal.

Supervisor Agnija Ksilandere said: "The Polish Christmas is certainly different. There is a heavy emphasis on the Christmas Eve feast, which can consist of twelve courses."

Agnija says the build-up has been busy.

Among the big sellers are varieties of pickles, pierogi (dumplings of unleavened dough), herring fillets and sernik – a Polish cheesecake. There is also makowiec – a poppy seed pastry.

Agnija said : "Traditionally there is no red meat served so therefore there is a big emphasis on fish.

"Buying usually continues up to Christmas Eve."

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