Today, after watching the farmer haul my Christmas tree over to and on top of my car, I had worked up quite the appetite. Having not stopped at Tops I had to make due with what was in the fridge. What was on hand. In this case, it was a container of white rice with some soy sauce mixed in and a package of Field Roast Grain Meat Co. Mexican Chipotle vegetarian sausage, from Abundance Cooperative Market. Sauteed in olive oil on the stove-top, it took mere minutes.
For a meal like this, I like to use the ol' family heirloom bowl. Hidden way on the top shelf is the dish that my Italian-American grandfather sopped his marinara out of. Bart Monte Verde died before I was born, so this is the only part of him I've ever known. To my sadness I noticed a thin crack developing. (Dad, if you're reading, I swear I was gentle with it and never put it through the dishwasher!) Clearly this had to be its last meal.
It was simple, quick and Mexican-Chinese-American. Prepared with what I had in the kitchen (olive oil, salt, care) it came out excellently. A perfectly Italian retirement.