The Czechmate Diary…


Another classic recipe: Zelnacka / Sourkraut soup June 18, 2007

Filed under: Recipes — Tanja @ 1:51 am

Zelnacka I consulted three cookbooks for this recipe of which one is taken from the “Velka Kucharka”(Big Cookbook) by Brabec – a favorite cookbook of my mom’s. “Velka kucharka” was written during deep communist times (1969) so the authenticity of this recipe is 100% guaranteed…



  • 7 0z. Sauerkraut
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 potatoes, diced
  • 2 tbs. of flour
  • 1 onion,diced
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • Polish sausage (kielbasa)
  • 5-10 white mushrooms, diced
  • 1 tsp. Caraway seeds
  • 1-2 tsp. Sweet paprika
  • (more…)

Paprika chicken / Kure na paprice May 30, 2007

Filed under: Recipes — Tanja @ 3:43 pm

cooking.jpg This is a classic Czech recipe that I used to love as a kid (and I still do). It wasn’t on my mom’s cooking repertoire but I learned to adore it from – believe it or not – the good old communist school cafeterias. There are a lot of slight variations of Paprika Chicken but the one I use has been created by Lada Kovarova ( I played around with the Czech metric system and converted it into the American “cup/tbs” system. I also played around with the recipe a little and added/tweaked some stuff to make it taste even better (and you can do the same!)…


  1. 1 lb chicken breast
  2. 3/4 stick of butter (more…)

Winning “kolache” recipe / Recept na tradicni kolace May 18, 2007

Filed under: Recipes — Tanja @ 9:10 pm

Hi Everyone / Nazdar vsichni!

5237.jpg I found this “State Grand Champion Poppy Seed Kolaches” (by Claudia Matcek). I haven’t made it according to her instructions yet but it seems easy to understand. I have a real appreciation for such recipes because I have countlessly tried to bake Kolace (and various other Czech pastry) but with…..let’s just say, little luck. The problem was that I was reading the recipes out of the Czech cookbooks and ingredients such as “kostka masla” (cube of butter) or “prasek na peceni” or (one package of baking powder) does not have an equivalent here in the US unless you have stocked up supplies from the Czech Republic.
Anyway, good luck, here it is and let me know how they came out!