Dessert/ Dinner

Less is More

I had an Amy’s pizza waiting for me in the freezer tonight but when I got home from work the weather was stormy and I felt like making something for myself instead of just heating up something for myself. So, I turned to the simplest and truest dinner I know.

Nothing more than bread, an omelet and a salad. This meal kept me going in Paris when I was living on my own and, at times, incredibly homesick. Eggs are cheap and I had a tiny gas stove and not much else. Before I went I always thought you needed to load up “stuff” into your omelet to make it a meal….and I think that is a typical American way of thinking (how can I get more?). But, the French don’t think like that. They see the perfection of the meal in the simplicity that it brings. Simple eggs, a combination of fat and protein that have kept people going for centuries. The perfect omelet need nothing more than a grind of salt and pepper and that’s how I always ate them at my apartment (and out in cafes) in Paris. They rarely serve omelets with ham, cheese and the like. Tonight, however, I did have a small piece of goat cheese I wanted to use before I go out of town tomorrow so I crumbled that up and added it as well. It was really small amount…maybe half an ounce if that.  And, yes, I realize I’ve had eggs two days in a row now but I don’t think I’ll die.  It just seemed good at the time. I also had a glass of red wine.


I watched the movie “Definitely, Maybe” tonight. It was okay. As girlie as I can be, I’m more of a fan of sweeping wartime epics than chick flicks and romantic comedies. Always have been. I’m a fan of Braveheart, The English Patient, Gone with the Wind, The Patriot, Last of the Mohicans….you get the picture. This was cute for a light comedy though and while I watched I snacked on a 100 calorie kettle corn popcorn bag with a couple squares of my 70% dark chocolate. Mixed the chocolate squares into the hot popcorn and the flavors were just fabulous. Kind of like mixing your peanut m&ms into your movie popcorn (my parents do this). I love the sweet and salty combo!


Off to pack and read!

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  • Little Black Dress
    July 1, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Looks like a delish dinner, Jenna. It really seems like you are enjoying your food choices lately and I am so happy for you!

  • Chef Erin
    July 1, 2008 at 1:42 am

    A very french meal!
    I like romatic comedies, but I love historical dramas- if there’s corsets and period costumes involved , I’m there!

    Have fun in North Carolina!

  • Kimberly
    July 1, 2008 at 1:47 am

    What a simple, appealing dinner! Thank goodness for cheap eggs… in college my go-to dinner was a tomato omelette, or just a scrambled egg on a piece of toast.

    Sweet and salty snack combos rock. I used to pair salted almonds up with Reese’s Pieces and pop ’em into my mouth together. Sounds weird, but so good.

  • Meghan
    July 1, 2008 at 1:49 am

    I had the exact same treat last night while I zoned out in front of the boob tube. (With the addition of tart dried cherries!)

  • Clara
    July 1, 2008 at 2:11 am

    ooh, I loved Definitely, Maybe! And I agree about the popcorn/chocolate, sweet/salty combo… soo delicious.

    Any chance you’ll meet up with Kath while in NC? 🙂

  • eliza
    July 1, 2008 at 2:39 am

    your journals are always so upbeat and positive! it makes me happy. i work at a restaurant and people are always trying to fit more into their omelet, like you American. glad you see the simplicity in it, it really is a better way to live your life all around (not just in the food aspect)

  • BethT
    July 1, 2008 at 3:17 am

    Why would you die from eggs two days in a row?

  • Cecilia
    July 1, 2008 at 4:12 am

    Hi jenna, just a quick question for you :0) You said you posted lots of your yummy stuff in the recipe section of your blog … i clicked on “Good Eats” but I couldn’t find some of the dishes that you mention :0(

  • jenna
    July 1, 2008 at 11:56 am


    Sorry! I was kidding :0

  • Sarah M
    July 1, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    Just wanted to let you know that I went to my first yoga class last night. It is a beginner Hatha Yoga class and the instructor was amazing. It was 1.5 hours and I loved every minute of it. The coolest part is that it is held at an aquarium which is closed in the evenings. Anyways, just thought I’d share with all the yoga talk on here lately.

    Have fun on holiday!


  • jenna
    July 1, 2008 at 12:22 pm


    Which recipes are you talking about? A lot of them I had to take down about 6 months ago because of copyright issues….the only ones I post now are the ones I myself create.

  • jenna
    July 1, 2008 at 12:23 pm


    haha! I wish! We are going to two separate parts though and I’ll be with Ryan and his family the entire time. I’m not sure yet where we are going but its some tiny town in the mountains..that would have been fun though!

  • mel
    July 1, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    yum! your dinner and snack look delish~ I love eggs and eat them at least once a week! great source of protein! I have been eating m and m’s or hershey kisses and popcorn together since I was in elementary school! its my favorite! I hope you have a great time on vacation! i know what you mean about getting to know someone (your bf) when you travel with them! i just got back from florida with my bf and his family and I miss him already! weve been dating for almost 6 yrs and have gone on tons of trips together and I feel it brings you closer together! I need some tips on how to make bbq tofu…should I bake it or skillet the tofu and add the bbq? thanks!!

  • rkw
    July 1, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    keep us posted on where you go!
    i know the mountains like the back of my hand…my husband is from their and my parents live there now. so lovely! nc is the best.

    ive enjoyed your posts the last few days. i know how you feel about kicking yourself a bit when you cant eat as immaculately as you want. but dont worry! we werent made for food, it was made for us. i am in latin america right now and the family i live with serves meat almost everyday. i had been vegetarian for a while! but in effort to be respectful and really get a sense of the culture, i just relax and enjoy the meals with them. life is much fuller when we can just enjoy things in moderation, isn´t it ??

  • Anne P
    July 1, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    i love the different food choices recently! you seem happier 🙂