Bigos

Every European country probably has a traditional one-pot meal and bigos is one that belongs to Poland (and possibly Belarus, Lithuania & Ukraine too).  I can't lay claim to know much about bigos, in fact I didn't know of its existence until I went looking for an article on an Olympus OM-D Micro Four Thirds camera. As is often the case when looking for info on Olympus cameras the website run by Andrzej Wrotniak is the place to go. However, on this particular occasion I was distracted from my quest by an intriguing recipe for a dish called bigos or Polish hunter's stew.

Bigos in a large cast iron pan

Naturally, the image was taken with an Olympus camera, an OM-D E-M1 Mark 1 with M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm.

I won't repeat the recipe here as you can find the complete description on wrotniak.net but I can tell you it was delicious. The observant among you will have noticed the Holcroft pan is marked with a maximum volume of 12 pints, which is 6.8 litres. That's a substantial amount of stew. So, you can feed a big family or invite some friends round or eat it over multiple days.

One of the major ingredients of bigos is sauerkraut. My own sauerkraut production has started (it is about one week old) but wasn't ready for use in this bigos. Instead, I had to purchase a big jar of sauerkraut from the supermarket, but at least it was a Polish brand.

I have to admit to not following one part of the recipe: the cook certainly did not imbibe any Jack Daniel's, as superior quality whiskies are available. I suspect day two of the bigos will be accompanied by copious amounts of beer (it is Friday, after all). Na zdrowie!


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