by Holly on October 24, 2012

in breakfast,dinner,gluten-free,happiness,lunch,seriousness,travel,vegetarian

I have a nose complex…a rather large bumpy nose complex.

Naturally, as most inferiority complexes do, this one started in childhood. On a random day some 20-something years ago, my sister innocently looked at me (paused) crossed her eyes staring down at her nose (paused) and then, with the corners of her mouth curving up into a devilish grin, looked back up at me again (paused), “You know what Holly? I just realized that my nose is like the bunny hill, and yours is like totally a total black diamond.”

And thus it began, a lifetime of perpetual nose self-consciousness and a hatred for skiing.

Covering up the bulbous, bumpy nose fatefully bestowed on me by my genetics became a daily affair, one which included a strategic morning make-up application I learned from Victoria Principal on HGTV. There’s nothing like contouring your nose with frosted white eye shadow and make-up tips from a has-been 80’s TV start to truly reveal the extent of my sheer schnozz desperation.

While I secretly dreamed of getting a nose ring (I blame Dionne from Clueless), drawing attention to my black diamond was the last thing I wanted to do. I even went through a phase where I covered my nose with my hand when talking to people! That stopped a couple of years ago, I swear.

But last month, I did it. I got my nose pierced.

Because sometimes, the very last thing you think you should do is the exact thing you need to do. This I am learning. The more scared I am about something, the more that intangible feeling in the deepest part of me asks why…why are you scared? What is it about this that challenges you? What can you learn by doing this? And finally, at 27 years old, I am getting it.

You must do the scary thing.

A nose ring.  A 2-month break from blogging. A trip to Argentina.

Small and big – all of them scary, all of them done by me.

Ugh, does all of this super mature realization talk mean I am officially a grown-up?!

After having nearly 2 1/2 weeks of free time in Argentina to do a lot of life analyzation (and play lots of word Jumbles on my iPhone), I am not sure I have officially jumped into “grown-up” status just yet. But I am sure about homemade Tortilla de Quinoa from Tina. If you survive the harrowing drive to Iruya and visit Comedor Iruya in Argentina, you should first thank your manfriend for safely navigating four hours of narrow mountain passes and second, buy him a hearty vegetarian dinner.

I made sure to do both.

Then I ordered a steak for myself because well, I was in Argentina. Then I ate nearly all my steak and dove into half of his Tortilla de Quinoa because well, I guess I’m the man in the relationship? Don’t answer that. Just make this simple, nutritious BLD. It’s not scary, I promise. Just eggs, quinoa, onion, garlic, chili and olive oil. That’s it!

Top with a slice of cheddar, and throw between two slices of bread for a breakfast sandwich.

Eat crumbled in a salad for lunch or along side a baked sweet potato for dinner.

And if you’re self-conscious about a body part, go get it pierced.

Well…you know…within reason.

Tortilla de Quinoa
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

1/4 cup olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno or red chili pepper, deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
1 cup cooked quinoa
6 eggs
salt + pepper, to taste

In a 10-inch saucepan over medium-low heat, saute 2 T olive oil and onion until translucent. Add garlic and pepper, cooking an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat, pour into a medium-sized bowl and cool slightly.

In a small bowl, beat eggs together. Add quinoa, onion mixture and salt + pepper, and mix well.

Add reserved 2 T to the saucepan and pour the egg mixture in. Cook until the bottom is lightly brown, about 3 to 4 minutes.  Flip tortilla in the pan (or for amateur flippers like myself, shake the tortilla to loosen it and gently slide onto a large plate. Then place the pan over the plate, holding the plate underneath with your hand, and flip the uncooked side of the tortilla into the plan). Cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes or until tortilla is set.

Let cool complete.

Makes 6 tortilla slices


Charlotte October 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

O.M.G. A nose ring?! We are so twins…but I already knew that. I honestly just checked your blog earlier today to see if there were any new posts. Happy to have you back in action!

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I’ve had my nose pierced for 5 years now and I absolutely adore it – I love how you got yours done! Dionne was totally an influence on me as well. :-p

Karey @ Nutty About Health October 24, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Welcome back! Aaah, I’m envious of the nose piercing. I’ve always wanted one, but my husband is not a fan. Sad. Anyway, way to go on being brave & doing it! You go girl!! :)

Amber October 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Good for you!

Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner October 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

So happy to see you’re back! I’m sure Argentina was magical. And I think nose rings are just swell; mine draws attention away from my seemingly protruding Dumbo ears (no one else seems to notice but me).

dana@minimalistbaker October 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Mmm, I love. And I missed you. And I’m oh-so-happy you’re back with a nose ring in tow, no less. Now we’re SERIOUSLY besties with hardware to prove it. Fantazzy recipe, by the way. I shall try it when I feel the need to scratch my Argentinian itch. Hoogs, Dana

Danielle October 25, 2012 at 12:38 am

You’re back! From Argentina and into the blog world. I’m glad to hear you had such an amazing time. How lucky that you were able to see a great part of the country. I only got a weekend taste of Buenos Aires–which I managed to love though, especially my few bites of steak, mmm, manly, ha. This tortilla sounds delicious (and fibrous), and I’m sure your nose ring looks fab. I too went through a period of time when I was set on a nose job… but then I met Miss Eyelash Curler and found I could draw attention to my eyes (and away from my wide bridged nose) when pairing her with mascara. Hope you are well! And congrats again on the new accessory and trip well done.

Kathryn October 25, 2012 at 3:32 am

Happy to see you back! Argentina is somewhere that I’ve always wanted to visit but not quite managed it yet so I’m living vicariously through your pictures and this recipe!

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance October 25, 2012 at 4:29 am

I’ve missed you blogging, but glad you enjoyed traveling! Very fun about the nose ring. Let’s see pictures. :)

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes October 25, 2012 at 5:53 am

May I take this moment to quote yer grandpa who passed this gene along. “If yer gunna have a nose have a nose, god dammit, don’t have some little thing nobody can see!”

Lauren October 25, 2012 at 6:37 am

AHHH lady!!!! I’m so glad to see you back and to hear that you had a life changing experience! :) I knew you would. And I think you would look FANTASTIC with a nose ring! I can’t wait to hear more about this incredible trip.

Kristie October 25, 2012 at 7:28 am

With the way you started this post, I thought you were going to say you felt at home in Argentina – seriously, all the guys’ noses I saw were big (and it wasn’t in a bad way at all!). I even remember my host mom even commenting on how Chris would make a great Argentine because of his dark features and large nose :).

Alison October 25, 2012 at 7:36 am

You are not your nose! But I’m very happy to hear that you’ve decorated it with some bling. Love what your mama gave you! (I’m sure she does!)

xoxo, welcome home!

Stacie@ Snaps and Bits October 25, 2012 at 8:10 am

Welcome back Holly! You were missed but glad you had a nice time!!

Madeline October 25, 2012 at 8:59 am

Love you and I can’t wait to catch up and to hear all about your adventures!

Jessica October 25, 2012 at 9:06 am

Welcome back to the blogosphere! Can’t wait to here all about your Argentinian adventures!

A fan in NYC October 25, 2012 at 9:08 am

Welcome back! I’ve missed your blog posts and seeing a new post on my RSS feed from your blog put a smile on my face on a gray Thursday.

Alex October 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

Welcome back friend, you were missed. xxoo

Clair October 25, 2012 at 10:14 am

Yayy! So glad to have you back. This looks so, so good, and I just fell back in love with quinoa recently…perfect timing.

Do you think there’s such a thing as inner thigh piercings?

Jessica October 25, 2012 at 10:25 am

You’re back!! Hey yaaa! I wanna hear all about your trip and life, as of late. I’m sure you have tons to share!

And by the way, I love your nose. Never noticed one bad thing about it. ;)

Addy @ Six-Kick Switch October 25, 2012 at 10:39 am

So glad you”re back Holly! Looks like you had an awesome time!

I think you’re so right – there comes a point in life when you realize that the only thing holding you back from doing things, most of the time, is you. Such a small yet unconquerable mountain to climb, isn’t it? I think you’re awesome for going outside your comfort level and dealing with it! I bet the nose piercing looks great :)

elizabeth October 25, 2012 at 10:43 am

I’m SO happy you’re back!! And it sounds like you’ve had quite the past two months. Hope you guys had an amazing time in Argentina :) p.s must see a picture of the piercing!!

Kim @ Raising The Barre October 25, 2012 at 11:06 am

I ate a lot of tortilla while I lived in Spain but have never tried it with quinoa! Must make soon.

And congrats on the nose piercing….PICS!!!!!! I’m sure it looks awesome. I have felt the same way (really wanting something but being scared) about getting a tattoo for like 2 years now. *sigh*

Vijitha October 25, 2012 at 11:14 am

Hi Holly,
Glad that you are back. I am sure we will have loads to hear about your trip. Delicious quinoa dish. I started exploring with quinoa during my pregnancy as I had gestational diabetes. From that time on, I have made several dishes with it but have not made a fritatta with it.I am going try your recipe soon.

natalie@thesweetslife October 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm

YAAAAAAAAAAAY you’re BACK! :) Welcome back!!

oh, and I can relate to the nose thing. In 5th grade my BFF asked me why my nose was swollen…it definitely wasn’t!

Carolyn October 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm

GURL! I’m so glad you’re back! I was getting super-jealous of the pictures on Instagram! :)

You’ll be happy to know I quit the law firm! So damn freeing…and now I’m in the running for an amazing opportunity! Fingers crossed!

Frances October 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Welcome back, Holly!

I’m glad you’re the one stealing food off the man-friend’s plate. Superfuel. I look forward to hearing from you again!

Barb October 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I’m working on that whole grown-up thing, too.

I’m choosing to think of it as just another adventure – instead of thinking of it as growing up.

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete October 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Welcome back. I have a big nose too. I got it pierced, and I honestly think it looked a lot better after I got it done. Unfortunately, I had to take it out for my engineering job, and the hole closed up. I miss it. I hope you enjoy yours!

Hillary October 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Welcome back, Holly—to both the US and the blog world. You’ve clearly been missed!

Kait @ yogabeautylife October 28, 2012 at 1:47 am

Welcome home. :)

Alysha @Shesontherun October 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

Argentina? I would LOVE to go there! Glad you are back :)

Megan (Braise the Roof) October 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I’m so happy you’re back – I’ve missed reading your posts! Sounds like you had a great trip, I hope I’ll get to hear more about it!

lora October 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm

so happy that you are back :) can’t wait to see pics of both argentina AND that gorgeous nose ring.


Teri [a foodie stays fit] October 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm

WELCOME HOME!!!!! I’m dying to see pictures of your nose ring. Love your guts excessively.

Hannah-lyz October 31, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Welcome back Holly! I was wondering where you’d dissapeared to! I’m so glad it was on what sounds like a pretty amazing adventure! Congratulations on your nose ring too ;) I bet it looks fabulous!
Hope you’re having a fabulous week, and hopefully we’ll hear some more about your adventurous travels too?
much love! x

joelle (on a pink typewriter) October 31, 2012 at 8:39 pm

You’re baaaaaack – yay!

I 100000000% agree about doing the stuff that scares you, dude. I’ve recently come to that realization myself. I don’t think we’re grown-ups yet, though… least not me, but maybe one day. ;-)

Emily November 2, 2012 at 8:57 am

Hooray for you blogging again!

I used to have a complex about my big nose too. It partly stemmed from a girl at school saying to me ‘you’re really tall and slim – you could be a model, if you got your nose fixed’. What I have now decided is that strong noses give a face character. Or something like that.

I hope Argentina was amazing. This food looks delicious.

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