My favorite childhood dish was the marinated meatballs in flavored tomato sauce that my grandmother was waiting for me with, when I was returning home from school. I remember having them hot, bathed in that amazing sauce and always responding with “marinated meatballs” when asked about the dish I wanted for the next day.
Then my grandmother went away and as an adult I tried to reproduce her dish, but never got close. And then I quit eating meat and totally forgot about the meatballs. This was just until a couple of years ago, when I got myself craving for the comforting dish of my childhood and started the experiments, this time using veggies, legumes and spices.