The poppy is flowering plant that belong to Papaveraceae family. It's got pretty red flowers, which have different symbolic meaning in many cultures.
Poppy seeds are widely used for cooking in eastern and central Europe, mostly in cakes and other desserts.
It's interesting that same seeds, if harvested before ripening, are used in producing opium (contain morphine and codeine - powerful pain relieving substances).
Here are my previously posted recipes for poppy seeds.
Short crust pastry-
2 cups flour
1/4 cup icing sugar
185 g butter, cold in small pieces
1 egg, beaten lightly
2-3 tbs cold water
400 g poppy seeds, ground
200 g sugar
1 cup milk
2-3 tbs honey
2-3 tbs rum
1/2 cup citrus peel and/or sultanas
(or, you can use canned, ready made mixture - 900 g; just add egg whites)
2 egg whites
First make filling (unless you're using canned-one)- Put all ingredients for filling into a pan. Bring to boil and cook for 5 minutes. Let it cool. Mix in beaten egg whites.
Pastry- Use food processor (or your fingertips) to mix ingredients for pastry. Knead a bit, wrap in cling film and let it rest. Dust working surface with flour; roll out thin pastry. Cut a rectangle to cover your tin (20 x 30 cm), and the rest of pastry cut into strips.
Preheat oven to 180*C, prepare baking tin, line with baking paper.. Place pastry on bottom of your dish, prik with fork, spoon filling over it. Smooth out the top, then alternatively place strips into a decorative pattern. Place in oven and bake for 30+ minutes. Take out, cool it, dust with icing sugar, slice and serve.