Preheat the grill or broiler. Cut the polenta into quarters, then halve each quarter diagonally to make 8 wedges. Brush the wedges with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, set over the grill, and cook until slightly charred and crispy, about 10 minutes.
Yield: 4 cups
Keep the heat at medium as you stir in the onion and parsley. Cook 10 minutes, or until golden brown, taking care not to burn the glaze in the bottom of the pan. Stir frequently. Stir in the bay leaves and spices. Return the meat to the pan, turning to coat it with the vegetables and seasonings. Pour in the wine, adjusting the heat so that it bubbles slowly. As the wine cooks down over 10 to 15 minutes, use a wooden spatula to scrape up the browned bits at the bottom of the pan.
Add the tomato sauce. Stir in the olives, and bring the mixture to a very slow bubble over low heat. Cover tightly and cook over low heat 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper. Skim any fat from the surface of the sauce.