Gram Parsons: Legendary country singer and songwriter, both as a solo artist and also as a member of The Byrds, The International Submarine Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Fallen Angels.
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He died in 1973, aged only 26, of a drug overdose in a hotel in the Joshua Tree National Park, California.
His friend Phil Kaufman, acting in accordance with his wishes, and in official reports “unencumbered by sobriety", 'diverted' his corpse from the airport and attempted to cremate it in the desert. (Watch the film ‘Grand Theft Parsons’ for a great - if slightly fictionalised - version of these events.)
Incidentally, unencumbered by sobriety has now become a well-used phrase, brought into service when I want to tell Dave that he really doesn't need another beer!
So if Gram were a vegetarian he may have called his band the ‘Veggie Burrito Brothers’. I would like to think so, anyway…
And there would really be only one thing I could serve him.
150g quorn chicken-style pieces, defrosted if frozen
1tbsp ground cumin
1tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed or chopped finely
handful of coriander leaves, chopped
1 large tin black beans, drained and rinsed
200g cooked white rice
3-4tbsp mild chilli sauce
150ml sour cream
4 tortilla wraps
Heat oil in a large pan and begin to brown the quorn pieces. When almost done, add the garlic and stir until golden.
Add the spices and make sure everything is well coated.
Pour in the beans and rice.
Grate zest from the lime and add, along with a spritz of the juice.
Use chilli sauce to bind everything together.
Keep warm until ready to serve.
Warm tortilla wraps in microwave or pan.
You can assemble everything now or take individual elements to the table, as I have done here.
Place a tortilla wrap on the plate.
Spoon a quarter of the filling along the middle.
Top with the shredded lettuce and a dollop or two of sour cream.
Wrap up and tuck in.And here's some very rare footage of the man himself.