Maria Strybel is my culinary hero. She wrote the classic "Polish Heritage Cookery".
I used to buy the pre-made Bigos spice mix at the Polish store, which is good. But, since I used it so often for so many dishes, it helps to be able to make this mix myself. Since I asked my Babcia about it and her measurements were "However much you like it", this recipe helped me. Thank you, Mrs. Strybel.
2 tablespoons Marjoram
1 tablespoon Pepper (this time I used Herbal Pepper instead of Black Pepper)
1 tablespoon Onion Powder or Dried Minced Onion
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder or Garlic Salt
1 tablespoon Juniper
1 teaspoon Caraway seed
1/2 teaspoon Allspice (ground or whole berry)
1/4 teaspoon ground Bay Leaf (for me, it means one leaf)
Juniper is very difficult to find. If you cannot find it, try the Polish stores or other Ethnic stores. Here is the packet I bought, to give you a reference.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
Store in an airtight container, such as a sterilized jar.
You can use this in Bigos, as part of a Marinade, to help add flavor to meat dishes, soups, stews, sauerkraut dishes, etc.