wonder if factory-made Polish food nowadays is any less chemicalised than what is sold in the West
Hmmm..I think key term is "factory made".
With so many special diets and food allergies in the house; I try to keep my packaged items minimal..though I do get microwave popcorn because I am so fail at popping natural ...
All that mention of pickled.. cabbage... and fish made me hungry. I don't mind exciting counterpoit now and then but I mostly prepare meals that are fresh, simple, hearty, quick to prepare & plain enough for any family member to eat.
I have to really search to find proper cured foods that use salts and not nitrate/nitrites. only thing I like more than pickles is sausages.
When (if..plan is 'when') my love decides to return us to Poland later; he will have to arrange a gym membership for me or shall become a cow! real chocolates available easier and all the sausages of Poland and Germany, ..*faints* and Pickles..pickled cabbage, cucumber, fish! (I make my own pirohy now)