Ellen had had concerns about the lack of seasoning for ENGAGEMENT CHICKEN, and she's taking the high road here while still announcing her own vindication. Recall that this was a trial run for the dinner she was going to make for Philip, to induce a proposal, on the occasion of their second date despite a couple of weeks without any contact at all from him. Garnish is definitely the problem.
Review: the "boyfreind" lost to Hurricane Sandy was David, who never called to check up on Ellen. He's made quite a few attempts to reconcile since then, but no go.