Chocolate Overload

by jenna on August 6, 2008

Happy Humpday!

Last night was very emotionally and physically straining. Everyone was racing to get everything done and it just seemed like so much.  I was the first out, at around 10:30, and I just felt dead. The entire time I didn’t take any breaks and tried to stick to my to-do list as best I could. Let me tell you people, there is so much that goes into these damn little cakes!!! Each petit four layer needs to be covered with jam, sandwich together, covered with rolled out almond paste, cut out, dipped in scalding hot fondant and have some sort of decoration on top. The opera torte has like 10 layers of coffee rum syrup, coffee buttercream icing, ganache, melted chocolate and chocolate glaze. I was getting a chocolate headache by the end of the night! Here is my mirror display all ready to be graded:



My petit fours are less than perfect for sure. I’d never used the hot fondant before and after nearly scalding off my skin with it, I got frustrated basically just dumped it on. Meh. I’m looking forward to an easier night tonight of making cheesecake, pastry cream and tart dough.

Today is my day off from exercise so I let myself sleep in until a glorious 7:30. It was lovely. I kept waking up, checking the clock and dozing back off. I could have slept until noon!! For breakfast I made waffles: 2 Kashi Go-Lean waffles with a spoonful of almond butter, half a banana and 3 hard boiled egg whites. It was crispy, hot and melty. Yum!


And for lunch I have a little finger food platter. I made turkey roll ups with organic turkey lunch meat (4 slices) rolled up with spicy dijon mustard and have some celery and carrot sticks on the side as well as this random packet of crackers I got free at Whole Foods, a yogurt and half a juicy mango (they were 10 for $10 at Whole Foods and now I’m kicking myself for only buying one!!)


Snack is the other half of the mango and a handful of raw almonds.


I hope you all enjoy your Wednesday. The week is halfway done!

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

caitlin (see bride run) August 6, 2008 at 12:42 pm

your lunch looks delicious and fun! i think you did a wonderful job on your cookies. i will always think of you and your horror stories of culinary school whenever i eat a little cookie for the rest of my life! you’ve definitely given me an appreciation for how much work goes into it.


erica August 6, 2008 at 12:56 pm

judging with an untrained eye, your cookies look fantastic!

jenna, quick question for you.. how do you keep your frozen waffles staying hot? i find by the time I spread on my nut butter and get it all assembled, the waffles are already cold.


jenna August 6, 2008 at 1:03 pm


I just toast the living day lights outa them. I like ’em realllyyyy crispy!!!


Erica August 6, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Those cookies look beautiful! And good for you for being the first one done! Thats just awesome! Lunch looks fabulous! I love finger food :)


polly August 6, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Jenna, your breakfast looks yummy! I want to try that sandwich soon. I love your meals, very delish.


arielle August 6, 2008 at 1:11 pm

I have yet to try the waffle sandwich. I need to pick up a box.


Heather August 6, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Your petit fours look great! I can’t believe you baked and decorated all of those in one night.

Enjoy your day!


sara84 August 6, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Hi Jenna,
My question is about museli… when you make it with oats, do you cook them first? or eat them raw with all the mix-ins?


jenna August 6, 2008 at 1:24 pm


it depends what kind of muesli you want to make! Sometimes I make an overnight muesli where the oats “cook” overnight in milk by sitting in the fridge. Traditional dry muesli though is raw oats mixed with nuts and dried fruit and usually mixed with yogurt.


~C~ August 6, 2008 at 1:25 pm

I am no expert but I think they look lovely, I’d eat them for sure :)

I have the same problem with the waffles getting cold :(


sara84 August 6, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Thanks for the response Jenna!!! I cooked the oats last night and kept it in the fridge with all the mix-ins, and it did not come out good at all.. next time I will try it raw.


Becca A August 6, 2008 at 1:45 pm

I think everything looks great! Good work!


Rose August 6, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Breakfast looks so so good! along with those cookies too!


Chef Erin (Pumpkin) August 6, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Jenn- be glad you got out last night when you did! The rest of us were there until 12:20! It was a nightmare!


Rose August 6, 2008 at 3:19 pm

You’ve been tagged! (I don’t see any other tags on your blog, but I could be wrong!) Check my blog for details!


Amanda August 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Hi Jenna,

I’ve been trying to get you to answer my Qs for a while now but maybe you are just missing them. Anyone, at least I am one of your billion friends on Facebook–don’t know if you noticed, but I got engaged on Monday! I am super excited! I think Facebook shows my changes in status so not sure if you got the message…


jenna August 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm

oh my gosh, Amanda! I’m so sorry! I give myself 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon to answer all questions and I really try to get all of them. What was yours? Maybe I can answer it now for you? Congrats on the engagement!!!!! :)


jenna August 6, 2008 at 4:17 pm

oh–and I really never go on Facebook so maybe that’s why I missed the Q? Sorry!


BP August 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm

You’re making me really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making such beautiful desserts! I’ll definitely savor the next one I have even more :)


Melanie August 6, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Wow congrats on your cookies! They are so pretty! :-) Thanks for all the great food/recipe ideas! This Friday is my 2 year anniversary with my boyfriend and I am thinking about making your shrimp scampi! It looks easy and delicious!

Have a great day!


Sammie August 6, 2008 at 6:10 pm

Hi Jenna,
I have been enjoying reading your blog for quite some time – I am sorry that I have yet to post a comment. I like seeing your baking projects – cute petite fours. I would also like to say Tag your it. (sorry if you have been tagged recently)


Amanda August 6, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Thanks Jenna! The Qs were on here…one of them was about one of your recipes and one was over your routine…but no biggie. You are a popular gal 😉


ModelBehavior August 6, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Creative lunch idea, may have to steal it!

p.s. cookies look lovely!


Grounded Fitness August 6, 2008 at 8:41 pm

haha i thought that said Oprah at first.


jenna August 6, 2008 at 9:03 pm

it would have been pretty fun if i accidentally wrote Oprah. hahaha


jenna August 6, 2008 at 9:07 pm


Sometimes I don’t see Q’s if they are on a previous post. I definitely did not see these. Would you mind repeating them?


alicia August 6, 2008 at 11:21 pm

I definitely look at petit fours with new respect now. It’s obvious that alot of work goes into making them so tiny and perfect but now I know the pain that pastry chefs go through. Will appreciate the next time I chomp down on one.


Michelle August 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Waffles? Sandwich? Who knew???


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