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.
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.
Yesterday I bought some duck eggs:
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.
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.
Plus Tazo chai tea:
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.
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:
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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