Baking with Kim

by jenna on July 24, 2010

Today was the last day of the Creative and Mindful Cooking Workshop…does that mean I have to go home tomorrow? I don’t want to go home!

This morning we had a chance to work with Kim, the executive pastry chef at Miraval. Kim went to the Cordon Bleu school in Scottsdale, so we chatted a bit about baking, pastry and prune puree, which is apparently a great substitution for butter in some high-fat recipes.

Isn’t she cute? I love when pastry chefs wear pink nail polish.

We had a chance to play with chocolate—

braid whole wheat challah bread—

And learn some of the tips and secrets for healthy desserts. It was awesome!




I should probably go workout now…really, I should.

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Carly (Swim, Run, Om) July 24, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I hope you’ll be sharing some of those tips and secrets!


Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm

What a wonderful day! :) I would love to learn how to make healthy, satisfying desserts. I hope you share some of the knowledge!


Amanda July 24, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Ooh…would love to know some of those tips. I’m all about the desserts.


Heather (Heather's Dish) July 24, 2010 at 6:11 pm

workout shmerkout :) i love the playing with chocolate part…yum!


eatmovelove July 24, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Well said and agreed!


Evan Thomas July 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I love the way you play with chocolate


Jess. July 24, 2010 at 6:16 pm

your whole experience there really seems like a bit of heaven… certainly right up my ally. Don’t worry about working out- you are on vacation. It’s not like you eat multiple desserts every single day…


Maria @ A Healthier Maria July 24, 2010 at 6:17 pm

What a great last day! Things should always end with dessert. :)


Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews July 24, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I’ve tried the prune puree in recipes and it works wonders!


Niki (Running in Pink) July 24, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Workout? Didn’t you go on a 4 mile hike this morning? :)

Even though I’m stuffed to the gills from dinner tonight, those last couple pictures are making my mouth water!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 24, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Whole wheat challah?! That is awesome!


Becki @ HikeBikeEat July 24, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Workout = lifting fork to mouth. I think I’ll go workout now too.


Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 24, 2010 at 7:35 pm

You are a pro at playing with chocolate! I want to play with chocolate.


crunchy granola gal July 24, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Whole wheat challah… Man oh man. Skip the workout, learn more mad cooking skillz on your last day there!


Camille July 24, 2010 at 8:14 pm

What fun! Everything looks so tasty :)


Krystina July 24, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I hope to hear about some tips! Who needs to work out when you’re eating so healthy? 😛


The Wife of a Dairyman July 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Gosh, that food looks so good! I’m craving dessert right now and your photos are not helping. Can’t wait to hear about those healthy substitutions.


Janna (janna's keeping it real) July 24, 2010 at 9:27 pm

How perfect! Love her pink polish, so fitting!;0)


Exercise and Eat July 24, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Mmmmmmmmm, enjoy your desserts! You’re a lucky lady!


Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) July 24, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Jenna, this entire trip of yours has been so inspirational to read about! I can’t imagine what the first-hand experience must be like. Live up your last night in Paradise, you deserve it!


Pure2raw twins July 25, 2010 at 4:49 am

Sounds like a great time! I love baking!


Faith @ LovelyAsCharged July 25, 2010 at 5:38 am

Mmm, what an awesome experience! You’re incredibly lucky!


Katie July 25, 2010 at 6:52 am

aww you are on vacation! Enjoy it! You shouldn’t feel like you HAVE to work out after a little indulgence! :)

Reply July 25, 2010 at 8:18 am

how fun is having ur name in chocolate!! wow she’s such an artist <3


Julia (Taste of Living) July 25, 2010 at 8:39 am

It looks like heaven on earth! Would be great if you’re able to share some of those wonderful recipes!
I would love to know how they make that muesli at breakfast for instance!

x Julia (Taste of Living)


Dorry July 25, 2010 at 8:57 am

What an awesome experience! I’d love to learn more about pastries and other dessert tips.


Stacey July 25, 2010 at 10:07 am

I hope your going to share some of those tips. :0


Running Betty July 25, 2010 at 10:13 am

my mom bakes the best challah in the entire world. just saying. and so does everyone else who has a Sabbath dinner at her house.


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 25, 2010 at 11:01 am

I loveeee this set of pics. So crisp, so bright =]


dcwright02 July 25, 2010 at 11:29 am

food looks absolutely amazing! I’m not quite so talented, but love learning new things in the kitchen. the berry cup at the end did it for me. simple yet delicious, thats my rule to live by! thanks for posting!


Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun July 25, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I should attend one of those workshops…my mouth is watering! 😀


AllieNic (Frisky Lemon) July 26, 2010 at 7:34 am

Braiding challah looks like fun! I love baking…so much. I’m hoping that you’ll share your tips for healthy baking…


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