Lettuce Wrap Meets Marco Polo


So I was thinking about what my recipe might be this week.  I looked through a number of cook books and nothing popped out at me. Finally I saw a picture of a Chinese lettuce wrap and a recipe idea came to me.  I had a pound of Whole Foods Italian chicken sausage in the  refrigerator, and figured what the heck, lets make a lettuce wrap with sausage.  What could go wrong? Nothing!  The recipe is easy to make and looks and tastes great!

Recipe serves 4.


1 lb. Whole Foods hot Italian chicken sausage (or whatever you like)

1 head of iceberg lettuce

3 green onions – side cut into 1/2 inch pieces

4 or 5 water chestnuts – diced

2 cloves garlic – minced

1 Tbsp. pine nuts – chopped

1/2 red bell pepper – thinly sliced and short

2 Tbsp Szechuan sauce

1 Tbsp Hoison sauce

1 1/2 Cups of fine rice

1 Tbsp canola oil ( for wok because Whole Food sausage was very lean)

salt and pepper to taste


Slice all the vegetables, except the lettuce and red pepper, as described


Prepare rice according to instructions on bag.  When rice is 10 minutes from being ready,  wash 8 nicely shaped lettuce leaves. Plate one or two lettuce leaves on each plate. Thinly slice the bell  red pepper.

Preheat the wok on high heat, add oil, and brown the sausage (casing removed) in the wok taking care to break the sausage into small pieces while it browns. Add the Szechuan and Hoison sauce.

When sausage is browned add the chopped  vegetables and stir on high for another 2 minutes.

Spoon rice onto each lettuce leaf, add fried sausage/vegetables, and top with a little red bell pepper.

And that’s all there is to it, you just made a killer easy dinner for family or friends.


It’s been a tough new age week.  First thing that happened was my business domain went down. Blink. Gone. So, I started racking my brains to figure out why.  I have very little in the way of tech brain power.  So it wan’t long before I called in my IT guy. The server was fine, but there was a gap in the domain link. He suggested maybe it was a problem with the host.

I started racking my brain again.  This time there was a spark of awareness. I recalled the notice from  an unknown company that wanted money or my site could go done. I  had figured it was someone phishing and called my IT people who advised me that my domain name was paid for another year. Well my glee at thwarting the person phishing was short lived and replaced by despair when everything went dark.  I called the old host and was advised that the new host was so and so.  I called them and sure enough it was the unknown name that had demanded money.  Turns out they had been taken over by another company and didn’t send out notice of the name change to the existing customers. The nice person at billing apologised for any inconvenience. And the domain went back up.

All is now well, case closed.

The second problem occurred when our home tv/phone/wireless bundle cost increase hugely. I started interviewing the other providers. And found the best deal with a cable company.  I know what your thinking; wait for it.

Anyway, I spent a lovely afternoon with the installer, and at the end of the day all but one tv worked.  He thought all the channels on the kitchen tv would pop on shortly – no worries.

Three days later there had been no new channels popping up.  So I called for service. Two days later I spent a lovely afternoon and early evening (missing a dinner party in the process) with the repair guy.  He decided to tweak the cable here and there. And then he went through 4 cable boxes at the kitchen tv,  because for some reason none would provide the full range of channels.  At the end of the adventure no new channels were added on the kitchen tv, but he was confident they would pop up in no time.

They didn’t, and as an added value after now, all the tv’s in the house pixelate, and the wireless is as slow as dial up.

So, I called service for more help.  Good news they would be right over in 5 days to increase the signal.

Hopefully this is just a little glitch in what will be a long and wonderful business relationship.  But for now, I am haunted by the phrase, “you get what you pay for.”

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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