Posted by: Judy | May 20, 2020

My Duck Dealer

In 1998, I was tested for food allergies. To be considered high, I only needed to score higher than 751. Eggs scored a whopping 1205. I went on an allergy free diet, including cutting out almonds, safflower, brewers yeast, wheat, and black pepper. I didn’t notice much difference, the first month, except I was hungry all the time. Bread is one of my comfort foods.

I was allowed to add back in everything but the eggs. After 90 days egg free, what did I notice different? When I woke up in the morning and stood on my feet, for the first time in my memory I didn’t feel like I was walking on broken glass.

But I love eggs. My morning breakfast was sautΓ©ed zucchini, summer squash, mushrooms, and tomato in an egg pocket. I scrambled an egg and poured it in the pan like a crepe. Once it was cooked, which didn’t take long, I’d return the veggies to the center of the egg pancake and fold the egg up like a pocket. It was my regular breakfast in Thailand. I also loved an over-easy fried egg on toast. Delicious.

For years, I allowed myself one fried egg a month. I’d take an allergy pill before breakfast. I finally realized it was kind of stupid to poison myself. It was on this blog that I finally made the commitment to eat no more eggs by themselves. January 9, 2014, I made my first goal to stop eating eggs. I continued to eat them in cookies and cakes and such. I figured they were so diluted it wasn’t a problem.

My doctor had suggested I try duck eggs. Yeah. Sure. Where did someone find duck eggs back then, in the city? Gluten free was still new and pretty limited. Nothing like what we have now. I kept an eye open for duck eggs but without success.

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago, at P.Croissant, ordering my breakfast sandwich without egg, with ham and mushrooms. The owner was there, and Seth suggested I give him my phone number; he knew someone who had duck eggs. Sure. Why not? I’m endeavoring to be brave.

On Friday, I receive a phone call and arrangements were made. Eggs would be delivered on Saturday morning, at P.Croissant.

Saturday morning, my sister and I walked and went to P.Croissant for breakfast. One of the young ladies who works there let me know that my egg delivery would be late. My sister had karate. She took me home, and I drove back on my own. I sat in P.Croissant and all I could think was:

I feel like I’m meeting my dealer. πŸ˜€

I watched and waited. A young woman walked in with a sandwich bag of eggs. My supplier! Fresh duck eggs! They were beautiful. I was also nervous. I’ve avoided eggs for so long I had to work up my courage.

I made two batches of Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate brownies. In the first batch, I used 2 duck eggs. In the second batch, I used 2 chicken eggs. They taste the same.

For lunch… drum roll please… a fried duck egg on toast. Soooo goooood.


Responses

  1. I am so happy to hear you found an alternative!

    • Better than chicken eggs. πŸ™‚

      • Now I want to try some. I live in the country, so maybe I can find a β€œdealer.” LOL

        • I love the yolk, and duck egg yolks are about twice the size. My favorite! πŸ˜€

  2. I’ve heard of quail eggs but not duck eggs. Good to know you have finally found them.

    • πŸ™‚

  3. Oh I’m so happy for you!
    Happy eating πŸ™‚

    • πŸ™‚

  4. Your dealer! haha!

    • πŸ˜€


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