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Chilaquiles

Folks, ummm, it’s been nuts in the ED. Nuts.

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As a bit of background, our ED is exceptionally well-ordered. We have a great director and are generously staffed with plenty of ancillary staff. Us residents do a few rotations at the other, traditionally lower-income ED in town (in truth, the town is painfully poor and both EDs have an unusually high number of uninsured patients, but our hospital provides more specialist services and is thus better funded), and the difference is night and day. Expected wait times at our ED, previous to this surge, were about 30 minutes, and as someone who has worked in more than a handful of hospitals at this time, that is miraculous.

Recently though, for unknown reasons, whoa! Everyone needs and wants care. It must be a statewide thing, because transfers have doubled. Those of you who have worked in food services doubtless know the term, “in the weeds,” and that is where we are consistently at. When I come on shift, we have 20-40 patients in the waiting room, which we patiently clear, but more keep coming. It feels like this when I walk through the waiting room:

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I had a sad, sad recipe failure this week. My attempt to turn the hideous bananas above into delicious banana bread produced an edible, but overly wet and dense loaf. C’est la vie, I suppose.

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In unrelated news, I really need to mow my lawn. For real, it’s out of control. If I wait long enough though, BS may do it. Sloth FTW!

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At least we have beautiful tree sperms all over!

When life seems overwhelming and the to-do list stretches endlessly long, I tend to turn to the tried-and-true, recipes that produce multiple days of food, and that I know will be tasty enough to steer me away from the cafeteria and its sloth-making, tummy-ache producing food. I’ve been making quiche for so many years that I know I can always pull it off, regardless of what ingredients are at hand (including that one time I started making it, realized I had no cream, and substituted sour cream; texture a little weird, but it worked). Given the cream in the filling and the butter in the crust, it definitely isn’t a permanent food solution, but it beats grilled cheese and french fries – we go to war with the army we have, not the one we want…

This particular quiche features cheddar and asparagus, which is one of my favorite combinations, and is especially well-suited to my current situation since I’m in asparagus land, baby! Locally produced stuff is popping up for under $2 a pound.

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QUINOA BRUNCH BOWL

Shark-dog has been much walk-neglected recently, a fact which he does not hesitate to get across with reproachful, mournful looks. He is the king of the guilt trip.

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I wouldn’t mind a walk; the ones I have managed to go on recently have been decidedly lovely.

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However, when I get home from work I’m ravenous and in a rush to make dinner. By the time I’m done cooking and eating it’s dark outside. I can’t wait to be back on ED in a week, where my more variable schedule allows for some daytime freedom, as well as to continue heading for the longer days of summer! Up this far north, by midsummer the sun doesn’t even seem to start setting until at least 9pm.

My dinner focus recently has been on foods that are fast, productive of good leftovers, and not too unhealthy. In addition, with an eye towards the hotter summer months (in my non-air-conditioned house) I’m moving away from recipes that require the oven, and leaning more heavily on the stove.

Towards that end, this recipe is definitely a winner! The only grain content is whole, it has two forms of protein, it’s chock-a-block full of flavor, it comes together quickly, and it lasts so it’s easy to make enough to cover lunch or breakfast for the next two days. It is barely adapted from i am a food blog. If you have never visited this site I strongly recommend it; besides having good recipes the photos are gorgeous.  Continue reading

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MUESELI

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Grey skies can be distinctly beautiful, especially if, you know, you have a happy tree to brighten your day.

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Mueseli has become one of my and BS’s favorite breakfasts over the years. It’s healthy, gets assembled the day before and improves overnight, and you can make several servings at once. All of this basically makes it sound like a painfully grown-up breakfast, a reminder that even though you can eat ALL the chocolate now, you’re going to be good and have brussels sprouts instead. However, it’s far from that! Continue reading

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