In the comedy of errors that is my life, I came home Saturday afternoon to a keyboard that had suddenly forgotten its alphabet.
It appears that laptop preschools have started taking their curriculum from the New York City board of education, which forbids its teachers from actually teaching the nation’s youth. And so what is a keyboard to do, really, other than use its imagination! – the one skill that preK teachers (and Barney) are still allowed to nurture and encourage – and come up with its own character system.
Apparently qe, ad, and zc are going to replace the letters q, e, a, d, z, and c in the eventual future when machines take over the world.
At least, that is…if my keyboard has anything to do with it.
After trying fruitlessly to learn to live with this new language scheme for, oh…two hours. I realized that you just can’t teach an old dog new tricks or a twenty-something year old a new alphabet (I knew there was a reason I never studied Chinese or Japanese in high school…).
And that really, when it comes down to it. I have no desire to substitute “qe” for “e” every chance I get. even if that’s what all the cool laptops are doing these days. Who even knows how to pronounce such a phoneme? Surely not I.
So under my brother’s instruction and after I came thisclose to pressing “purchase now” on the HP website order form for a whole new laptop (I can be a bit trigger happy when it comes to new, shiny things). I went to Best Buy to get a new keyboard.
Only to come home an hour later to discover that, in a fit of nostalgia and/or temporary amnesia, my laptop had reverted back to normalcy and, you know. The English language. It figures.
So what’s a girl to do at a time like this other than throw her hands up at technology, walk away from the juvenile delinquent that is her very own HP Pavilion. And turn that frustration into a batch of smoky sweet salty and utterly delicious burritos?
No, I can’t think of anything more wildly appropriate either.
Chickpea, Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Burritos
Serves 4, adapted from The Food Matters Cookbook
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 bunch swiss chard, destemmed and torn into strips
- 1 large Japanese sweet potato (or regular sweet potato), diced
- 2 cups chickpeas
- 4 whole wheat tortilla shells
- 4 oz queso fresco, crumbled
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the onion and garlic and saute, stirring frequently, until starting to brown, 5-8 minutes. Add in the smoked paprika and a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Add the swiss chard strips to the pan and saute until wilted. Add the sweet potato to the pan. Turn the heat down to medium and, stirring frequently, saute until sweet potato is tender, about 5-8 minutes. Add in the chickpeas and cook until heated through. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Heat the tortilla shells one at a time, 30 seconds per side.
- Put 1/4 of the filling on each tortilla shell. Top each with 1 oz of queso crumbles. Roll up into a burrito and eat!