As for the not-so-pretty concoction on the side? Total snap too: Sauteed eggplant, mushrooms, some of those leftover tomatoes in some extra virgin olive oil and served it with sublimely crusty, fresh-from-the-oven (well, Whole Foods' oven down the street from home...) sourdough. Sometimes the best Sunday night dinners are the no-effort ones.
P.S. A special thanks to my dear friend Lily who inspired this idea, by illuminating the simple beauty of a Romaine lettuce leaf as a vestibule for any matter of deliciousness.