Feb. 1: What I Ate. Another Day of Fun Eating.

Outrageous experiments in sensible eating.
Feb. 1 2011 8:52 PM

Feb. 1: What I Ate. Another Day of Fun Eating.

Breakfast was Bob's Red Mill 10-grain hot cereal with dried cranberries and milk. It tasted a bit like Cream of Wheat—a little grainy, a little salty. Eh. Steel-cut oats are better. On the right is papaya. It was OK, a little overripe.

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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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Snack No. 1: an Asian pear-apple. Once in college I tried one and didn't love it, but this one was quite good: crispy, juicy, and pearlike. They are huge, though.

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Yesterday I bought some duck eggs:

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They look similar to chicken eggs—a bit more oblong and narrow at the top, and spotted. The shell is thicker and harder to crack.

Lunch was one fried duck egg, a pile of baby arugula, and leftover wild rice and cranberry salad from yesterday. The egg tasted similar to a chicken egg, though a bit richer and gamier.

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I also saw emu eggs —they are large, dark green, and bigger than my two fists put together. They seem as though they might contain a baby dinosaur. Should I try one? They are also $6.99—each. And what does one do with quail eggs ?

Afternoon snack: yogurt with apple butter. Yum.

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Plus Tazo chai tea:

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The Twinings from yesterday was spicier.

Fact: I get really hungry around 5 p.m. Since I don't eat dinner till 8ish, a snack at 5 is helpful. Today's: edamame.

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Commenters have been posting such amazing recipes and ideas. Tonight I tried my first, sent by "Jane Doe": Roasted Corn Pudding in Acorn Squash . Here's how mine came out:

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The house smelled amazing, and aside from cutting and hollowing the squash, it's super easy. (Let me give my Santoku knife another shout out!) You don't have to do a lot of preparation or tending to it. I wouldn't call it diet food: It's hearty, total comfort food for vegetarians (though not vegans). It would be great at Thanksgiving for vegetarians (or carnivores), and it makes a hearty, comforting cold-weather dinner. I'd even eat the leftovers for breakfast. It makes a lot of food; my husband and I didn't even finish one of these. And he loved it!

Here's my plate:

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Thank you, "Jane Doe"!

On another note: I find peeling garlic really annoying and frustrating, so at last I bought myself a garlic peeler . It's ridiculously expensive for what it is, but an amazing tool. I recommend it! (And if you are smarter than me, you could probably buy a tube at a hardware store of the same material that would do the job for much less!)

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