The other day, after hemming and hawing all day about how I should prepare a beautiful piece of salmon I had bought, I ended up having kielbasa and some caprese salad. My love of pork products is well documented here, and this post is born from a kielbasa dinner, but it is about simplicity.
A fairly typical summer dinner for my family when I was growing up consisted of a kielbasa, rye bread out of the bag, and a plate of sliced tomatoes with onions or garnished with scallions. Nothing fancy. But it did the trick for dinner. It fed five hungry mouths (three of them also usually sassy) and my mother didn’t need to slave over the stove—although she probably already had for hours sterilizing jars and making pickles.
And so when I couldn’t spend another minute thinking about how to cook my salmon and what I should prepare to go along with it, I remembered I had kielbasa, and a loaf of fresh bread, and tomatoes, and some mozzarella. In just a few minutes my dinner was ready.
It was simple, but no less delicious than something fancier and more complicated would have been. Sometimes the fewer the ingredients the better.
Simple is good.