Feb. 5: What I Ate. Yes, I'd Like Some Starch With My Starch, Please.

Outrageous experiments in sensible eating.
Feb. 6 2011 11:14 AM

Feb. 5: What I Ate. Yes, I'd Like Some Starch With My Starch, Please.

After the dog run, I went to the farmers' market in search of more apple butter. Little did I know there'd be so many other kinds of fruit butters. I bought two: peach, which I've seen before, and strawberry, which I never have. Lucky me. They had others: blackberry peach, plum, etc., but I figured I should limit myself, at least a little bit.

 

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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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For brunch I warmed up leftover Curried Black-Eyed Peas With Tomatoes and Mushrooms  from last night . It was even better and spicier the next day. This is a great winter meal.

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It was time to try another exotic fruit. This is a pepino melon :

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Once again, I waited too long. Here's the inside. You can see it's browning around the top and bottom:

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I tasted some of the non-rotting flesh. It was bland. It tasted like an extremely watered-down cantaloupe, so I chucked it after one bite and opted instead for yogurt with the new fruit butters: peach on the left, strawberry on the right.

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We had company coming for dinner--they wanted to make pizzas. Before they arrived, I put together this Asparagus, Fingerling Potato, and Goat Cheese Pizza suggested by commenter Jill Brickey . I made mine on bread-machine whole-wheat crust and used white asparagus. Here is pizza slice No. 1. My crust was a bit dense--I had my doubts about the yeast I used--but the toppings were amazing. Yes, I'd like some starch with my starch, please.

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Pizza slice No. 2 came from a more traditional pizza: marinara, tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, garlic, parmesan, and basil leaves on a delicious cornmeal crust my guests brought from Whole Foods. Yum. Perfect texture.

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Another guest brought an exquisite chocolate mousse cake from Financier Bakery in Manhattan. Yes, I had some. I didn't want to be rude. Yeah, that's why. He couldn't have chosen a better cake for a chocolate fiend if he had tried. It was so rich, you could really only eat a little sliver.

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No, it wasn't a very healthy eating day, but it was the first social occasion of the new year. Considering it was pizza and chocolate cake, I think I did all right. I'll have to mainline some greens tomorrow.

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