Curried Chick Peas & Chard with Poached Eggs


It would appear I’ve erased the photos of our 24 hours in Banff; not sure how I managed this, but I have. It’s amazing what I can accomplish when I’m not even paying attention.

So I can’t even show you the blast from the past photos from our old-school Banff overnighter – we had a sleepover at the Banff Park Lodge last night, and dinner (strawberry margarita and Loco Gringo Salad – hey, it’s tradition) amid snowboarders at Magpie & Stump.

W had his first introduction to chocolate bear claws and Rundle rock (chocolate dipped sponge toffee named after Mt. Rundle) at The Fudgery in the Sundance Mall. (As kids, this was our post-ski stop before the drive back to Calgary or our hotel; my sisters always got candy apples, but I chose fudge or something chocolate-and-caramelly – I wasn’t about to get suckered into fruit on a stick, disguised as chocolate.) M and W spent much of the evening/morning in the pool, and I did a talk to a group of anesthesia residents, who were subjected to listening to me babble and make romesco dip and bean cookies for an hour or so.

But I guess I can tell you about the quickie I made when we got home and I needed some sort of ballast against our breakfast buffet, road coffees and far too much nibbling from the fudge bag. (I did not intend that to be a metaphor for ANYTHING, just to be clear.)

We weren’t much in the mood to eat or cook when we got home, but I needed something – so I skilleted a can of chick peas in hot oil and garlic, much the same way I do roasted chick peas with chard, but quicker, and with a dab of curry paste. I tore in a few sad chard leaves, then topped it with a poached egg, as W had required poached eggs on toast for dinner.

Honestly, it was one of the best things I’ve eaten in awhile.


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13 comments on “Curried Chick Peas & Chard with Poached Eggs

  1. Divina
    February 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Beautiful dish. Simple but so full of flavor. I love anything with poached eggs.

  2. Jennifer Jo
    February 28, 2010 at 4:27 am

    I love sauteed chard with a fried egg and Gruyere. Or chard with a saucy meatball. Or chard in a quiche or in a gratin or in anything, really. Chard with curried chickpeas? Count me in.

  3. Jan (Family Bites)
    February 28, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Such a simple wonderful dish. I’m booking mark this one for a future dinner.

  4. Cheryl
    February 28, 2010 at 7:45 am

    I once met Jesse Borrego from old school “Fame” at Magpie and Stump. He was very nice and forever after that I begged my parents to have dinner there every single time we went to Banff.

  5. lauren
    February 28, 2010 at 7:59 am

    this looks fabulous, and that egg is poached perfectly! I was planning to make a chickpea curry last wee, but I never got around to it. May try yours instead.

  6. Stacey Snacks
    February 28, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I always make your recipe for Romesco, it’s the best!
    This weeks NY Times (Bittman) has a recipe for fried chickpeas and chorizo w/ greens, I think I’ll try it!

  7. Kalynskitchen
    February 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I believe it, because I am drooling at your description of this!

  8. Su-Lin
    February 28, 2010 at 11:17 am

    A totally homey one dish meal!

  9. Kathy
    February 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Today we are having a “Julie meal” for lunch–your better butter chicken and for dessert, your easy Cocoa Brownies from One Smart Cookie!

  10. Barb
    February 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Those go to dishes are often the best.

  11. Melissa
    February 28, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you for your talk to the Anesthesia Residents! We all thought you were awesome and couldn’t stop snacking on the bean cookies afterwards (definitely a hit during breaks – more so than the hotel pastries!) It was a total highlight and such a pleasure to meet your family too!

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