How do you make your husband happy? Bacon.

Quite a few of the recipes I’ve researched are very labor-intensive, and since there’s going to be more than one meal for Poland (due to my very slow pace on the book), I wanted to start off with something simple. The dish I chose is called Chlopski Posilek or Peasant’s Cabbage. Sounds like a perfect Sunday dinner, doesn’t it?

Polish food is a different experience for me. I’m a former vegetarian, and while I do eat some kinds of meat now, I rarely cook it. And never, ever pork products. I’m super fond of pigs as living beings, and eating them is a hurdle I don’t feel the need to jump very often. But I did for this dish…when in Poland do as the Polish do, right? I’m still needled by guilt, but my husband promptly declared this very humble (and rather homely) dish the single best thing I have ever made for him. Yes indeed.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Shopping needed to be done, so it was off to Findlay Market. As bacon and sausage are two of the main components of the dish, I went straight to an excellent source, Kroeger and Sons Meats. They had Belgian-style bacon on offer; I didn’t really know what that meant, but it looked good and had no nitrates. Sold. I HIGHLY recommend it; it had a much more “clean” smell and taste than your standard-issue mass-produced bacon.

Behold the power of Bacon.
(image by The Global Reader)

I also got some fresh kielbasa which was superior quality as well. If you’re going to eat something that weighs on your conscience, at least make sure it’s the best you can buy…

Recipe adapted from

Chłopski Posiłek

(Peasants’ Bacon and Cabbage)


  • 1
  • medium green cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 6
  • slices fatty bacon, diced
  • 1
  • medium onion, chopped
  • 1
  • large leek, chopped
  • 1/4
  •  cup water
  • 2
  • cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1
  • lb. fresh Kielbasa sausage cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2
  • teaspoons salt and pepper


  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon, reserving drippings in skillet.
  2. Crumble bacon, and set aside.
  3. Add all other ingredients to drippings; cover and cook 10 minutes over medium heat, turning cabbage once.
  4. Transfer to serving dish and add bacon.

 Makes 4 servings.

Peasant’s Cabbage
(image by The Global Reader)