Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Well chardfans, it has been a rough week here in Lord of the Chard's New England division. Maybe it is Boston's refusal to have nice weather. Maybe it is the terrifying reality that I will be done with school in less than four weeks. Or Maybe it is the post apocalyptic book I am reading where everyone dies of influenza. Whatever the cause I have been in a bit of a funk. I thought I would share with you all a few unrelated ideas.

On Saturday my roommate Amanda hosted The Manor's (that is what we call our apartment) third annual Cambodian New Year. It was lots of fun and there was much merrymaking and carrot shaking. Brian and I acted as sous chefs, and I must say I totally dominated spring roll rolling. Here is a picture Amanda took of our feast.
Not pictured: French 75s, the cocktail of the colonizer.
The feast reignited my love of wrapping things in rice paper and has inspired me to bring some spring rolls in my packed lunch. Rice paper is insanely cheap and you can wrap them full of any combination of veggies and proteins you desire. They are portable and you don't have to worry about refrigerating them if you are planning on having them for lunch. Win!

Monday was the day of the Boston Marathon aka "Patriot's Day" so everyone was off from work and school and they city was clogged up like a heart that was one step away from a myocardial infarction! After watching insane people run 26.2 miles I felt motivated to work out and finish with doing 1000 skips on my jump rope. I know it sounds kind of silly but I cannot recommend jump roping enough. It is weirdly hard and your calves will be sculpted like something on greek statue. Jump ropes are cheap, but if you have a boyfriend who you can steal one from, all the better. I followed up my jumping with a green smoothie. A VERY green smoothie.
Kale, papaya, pineapple, non fat plain yogurt, banana
I also wanted to let you all know about my new go to quick dinner. I was inspired by seeing this 101 cookbooks recipe for quesadillas. Of course she makes hers much fancier than mine, but I followed the same idea and am addicted. Better still I have been able to find a new use for a kitchen item. I have had a crepe pan for some time now (nicely given to me by my mother or grandma), but to be honest had only used it once to make crepes. Well, let me tell you, it is the perfect pan for quesadillas. Nothing sticks to it!
Said crepe pan
 First I scramble up one egg with salt and pepper and pour it into the heated pan.
Once the egg is half gooey/half cooked (this will only take a minute or so) place a tortilla on top, pressing it into the egg so they are glued together. Place your hand on the tortilla and flip it over so the tortilla ends up on the bottom. I guess you could use a spatula or something, but why dirty another utensil?
What you will have post flipping
 Now sprinkle on a small amount of shredded cheese. I like to add black beans as well. I don't think I have to tell you peppers or tomatoes would be good here too.
 After the cheese has melted take it off the heat and either roll it up or fold it like a traditional quesadilla. I recommend adding spinach and some hot sauce too.
Having mine with leftover jicama from Cambodian New Year
Honestly this all takes less than 5 minutes and it is weirdly amazing. Tastier than the sum of its parts for sure. Since I often get home late from school and THE HUNGOR has come out to play this is a perfect quick supper for me.

Anyone else have any quick supper ideas? Maybe we could do a series of posts: "What to eat when you have HUNGOR, aka when you are going down."


  1. Ellen, that meal looks amazing! I especially love the giant-sized sriracha bottle in the back corner.

    I think I know someone in my family who would very much like to try your tortilla egg wrap-up. When my HUNGOR takes over I go straight to the pantry. None of this waiting for the eggs and tortilla to heat up business. My go-tos: cookies, trail mix, crackers, or anything with peanut-butter. There is usually a yummy baked good out on the counter, so that'll suffice too.

  2. PS: Is that a lazy Susan I see in the background? You just don't see too many of those anymore!

  3. You better believe the Manor has a lazy susan!