Jan. 28: What I Ate. I Baked Bread, I Baked Bread! Plus: These Jellybeans Are Going To Be a…

Outrageous experiments in sensible eating.
Jan. 28 2011 9:17 PM

Jan. 28: What I Ate. I Baked Bread, I Baked Bread! Plus: These Jellybeans Are Going To Be a Problem.

Walking the dog in the snow for an hour works up a powerful hunger. Breakfast: two eggs, two slices of whole-wheat toast with spreadable fruit, cantaloupe, and coffee with milk.

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Ellen Tarlin is a former Slate copy chief and writer of the "Clean Plate" blog. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston PhoenixBrooklyn Bridge, Bark, and  the RISK storytelling podcast. Follow her on Twitter.

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Lunch: split-pea soup, whole-wheat toast with melted Manchego cheese, and pineapple for dessert.

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Snack: cashews.

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Cashews made me thirsty. Orange juice. Yup: sugar!

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Stress chocolates: not because I was hungry but because it was the busy part of the workday.

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Dinner: big salad with green-leaf lettuce, baby arugula, cucumbers, carrots, yellow pepper, tomato, mushrooms, olive oil, salt. Plus: I made bread, I made bread! This is my first bread-machine attempt at whole wheat. It was a little dense (too little yeast probably) but otherwise quite good. P.S.: The last knife set I bought included two Santoku knives . I didn't know what to do with them, but I used one to chop vegetables for this salad and it was pretty great.

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Temptation surrendered to: chocolate-covered Jelly Belly jellybeans. Here's the backstory: Many weeks or months ago, I unfortunately discovered that Jelly Belly was making chocolate-covered jellybeans . To compound the mistake, I told my husband, who loves jellybeans. The fantastic candy store  unfortunately situated near his office recently acquired said jellybeans. Yesterday he sent me an e-mail:
Guess what I got for you?  
After he told me, I wrote, You are very, very bad.
I thought you wanted them.
I did, before I started the blog.
I'll leave them at the office.
No, b
ring them home.
I didn't want to be rude or ungrateful. There's that social pressure.
We'll freeze them or save them.
It's not like they ever go bad.

So, of course, I had to try them.

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Oh yeah, these are gonna be a problem. Fortunately he only got me about 2 tablespoons' worth.

At the end of the day, I noticed I'm quite low on dairy. I'm basically out of it except for cheese. Time to go shopping.