My Real Live Job

by jenna on September 30, 2008

Hi guys!

So end my first full working day as a pastry chef!!! And let me tell you, it’s exhausting! I think I sort of misjudged just how tiring it really is to be on your feet running around for 8 hours….lifting heavy appliances, cleaning industrial sized mixers, carrying incredibly heavy sheet trays full of fresh baked bread, racing from oven to oven…... Good thing it’s a lot of fun too!

To start off though, let’s do a recap!

This morning I woke up around 5:45 because I just woke up and couldn’t fall back to sleep. Gah. I started my morning with a protein packed breakfast that would keep me going for the next four hours or so! I had a toasted 100% Whole Wheat Thomas Bagel spread with a half cup of whipped cottage cheese and some blackberry preserves. I also had a banana and a massive cup of coffee (with stevia) once I got to work.

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This breakfast packed in about 22 grams of protein + healthy complex carbs. I ate it at 6:15 and wasn’t hungry again until 9:30, when my body KNEW it was snacktime!

As for my lunch, I packed my favorite—a hummus and cheese sammie on whole wheat. I used pepperjack cheese and it was sooooo good with Sabra’s Roasted Garlic hummus (I used 1/4 cup).

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I heart this bread big time:

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I also packed some snackies: almonds (which I didn’t eat), grapes, carrots, a new Pure Protein bar! and an apple.

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And then I threw in a yogurt as well!

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At 9:30 I snacked on the grapes and the blueberry yogurt…it got me until noon when I took my lunchbox outside and sat for the first time in five hours to eat a quick lunch! I had the carrots and apple with my sandwich and it was great and filling. It felt SO good to sit down!

And then I ate the protein bar around 3:15, after I got off work and on my way to the gym. I didn’t do too much at the gym today…mainly because I’m exhausted from work but also because tomorrow is my day off and I have a free personal training appointment in the morning then will be going for a run in the evening. I went today though because I need to get my body used to working and then exercising, as tiring as it may be. When I work from 7-3 I will be running after work and its really just an adjustment to get my body used to it. Today I just did the arc trainer (cybex) for 20 minutes, stretched and did 100 crunches on the ball.

Okay…..get ready for TONS of pictures!!!!

When I got to work I immediately set out on making up, panning and proofing all the bread doughs I had made yesterday and left to “retard” in the fridge overnight. The first was the walnut cranberry challah bread.

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Now this was quite unfortunate! IT DIDN’T TURN OUT!!! It wasn’t my fault though (thank God)! Adam was trying out a new recipe and the mixture just didn’t form right. It looked great, smelled great, but was a bust. You always take a risk trying out a new recipe but no biggie—we are making the loaves into bread pudding instead!

And then I baked off the soft pumpernickel rolls (dusted with sea salt and caraway seeds and drizzled with melted butter). I had a bite of one fresh from the oven and it was divine!

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I also baked tons of cookies—-

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As well as almond macaroons that I sandwiched together with globs of chocolate ganache!

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And lemon ricotta cookies that were sooo soft and cakelike that they were like air.

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I also made some pastry cream to fill the fruit tarts Adam was working on as well as cranberry walnut orange quick breads (9 loaves) so we could redeem ourselves from the morning challah disaster. No picture because the clock struck 3 and I went home before they came out from the oven.

So thus will go my days for the next few weeks. From 7am-11 am I’ll be baking bread for lunch production that starts at 11:30 and from 11 am on I’ll be making cookies, quick breads, muffins and other bread products for the club. It’s a real live job! Haha :)

Tonight I was on my own for dinner since Betty was out with friends. I was so tired though that I just made a bowl of cereal! Who am I?!

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It was pretty good though and just what the doctor prescribed. I combined a fage with a cup of H2H, a banana and……………..my secret weapon!

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I’m SO proud of myself because I’ve been hoarding this unopened jar for weeks! I bought it at Whole Foods about three weeks ago and hid it from myself so I could have it in Vero. It was very well received tonight!

This “dinner” was actually incredibly filling and I didn’t even finish it. I felt stuffed and left two huge bites of H2H with almond butter. Oh well. Now I’m sipping on some raspberry tea and reading….it’ll be an early night!

Tomorrow is my day off!! I’m going to the gym for my 9:00 personal training appt and then getting my hair done (splurge!) at noon by my FAVORITE girl that always did my hair in high school. Am I the only one that actually gets attached to hair dressers??! She was amazing and highlighted my hair for years and I haven’t seen her in about 5 years now…she doesn’t know its me tomorrow so it’ll be a fun surprise!

Alrighty kiddies—I’m off to watch good ol’ Brian Williams and catch up on the news! See you in the morning!

Edited to add: It’s 7:45 and I just treated myself to half of a chocolate chip cookie I brought home from work today….Adam told me it was fine to bring home a cookie or two along with the ones that sort of got spread out and poopy looking in the oven. My “host parents” were very pleased with this! Just because a cookie might not look the prettiest sure doesn’t mean it tastes that way!

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These cookies are like behemoths. I don’t think I could finish a whole one unless I was very very VERY hungry and needed sugar asap. We use a 3 ounce scoop for the dough! They are HUGE!

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

arielle September 30, 2008 at 10:58 pm

I actually travel all the way to where I grow up (like five hours away) to get my hair cut. And, it’s actually cheaper, including the commute, than getting it cut here in the city. Amazing, really.

You’re job sounds so fun! I’m jealous.

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Danielle September 30, 2008 at 11:24 pm

No, I adore my hairdresser and was so sad when she quit to stay home with her kids :( how could she leave me! Haha, totally kidding, about the second part!

Oh my gosh, you are simply amazing! It definitely looks like you’ve been busy and making the most beautiful foods too! I still can’t believe you’re a REAL pastry chef, you go girl! It’s crazy to think you’re actually going to get used to being around such wonderful breads and desserts, that’ll be a sad day ;). Have a good night, you deserve it!

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emily September 30, 2008 at 11:40 pm

I adore my childhood hairdresser as well. However, I adored the lady before her too – until she waxed my eyebrows with too hot wax and left me with huge facial scabs the week before school started. (Same week my new puppy bit my nose – I was a hottie!)

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Krista September 30, 2008 at 11:57 pm

All those cookies look to die for! How do you stand it??
I drive a half hour to see my hair dresser and she is most definitely worth it! I drag my kids there, too!!

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Rachel October 1, 2008 at 12:01 am

Your job sounds so fabulous! I think the bread looks delicious even though it didn’t work out – I bet the bread pudding was great.

Question for you – how do you make whipped cottage cheese? Just in the food processor? Or do you buy it somewhere?

Thanks!

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Becca A October 1, 2008 at 12:10 am

Your first day looks like it was exciting! I’m really looking forward to your future posts as an official pastry chef since I am on the path to the same career. Cheers!

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jenna October 1, 2008 at 12:24 am

Rachel,

Friendship brand makes the 1% whipped cottage cheese. I’m sort of in love with it!!!!

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ttfn300 October 1, 2008 at 12:40 am

nope, i hate getting new hair dressers, dentists, any of those…

everything looks great from your first full day!! where did you find that pure protein bar? I just got a coupon but hadn’t seen it yet…

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caitlin (seebriderun) October 1, 2008 at 12:43 am

GOD I WISH I WAS A PASTRY CHEF. seriously. you make me want to change my career.

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VeggieGirl October 1, 2008 at 12:44 am

Exhausting, but oh so fun!!! :-D

Care to share any of those tantalizing baked goods?!?!?!??! ;-)

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Megs October 1, 2008 at 12:48 am

Jenna,

You are so talented and patient. I cant even bake cookies! :( ha ha

What heart rate monitor do you use?

:) Megs

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Amanda October 1, 2008 at 1:04 am

Wow, it sounds like you have a dream job! Those baked goodies look delish!!

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jenna October 1, 2008 at 1:19 am

ttfn,

I found these at Publix. I had never seen them before. I liked them okay but they were a little sweet…I prefer the other Pure Protein bars I think!

Megs,

I have a Polar f4 and love it!

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Megan October 1, 2008 at 1:42 am

Glad you had a good first day! Everything looks so delicious. I wish I was there to sample all of it!

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Megs October 1, 2008 at 1:45 am

Thanks Jenna! I am between the F4 and F6. I am excited to hear about the bread pudding……some warm bread pudding on a rainy day =YUMMMM

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Christie October 1, 2008 at 2:15 am

Sounds like great experience and I can understand how tired you would be… when I cater I am on my feet for 8-10 hours, lifting trays and food setting up tables and serving.. it takes a lot out of you by the end of the day btu when you busy and moving its not that bad its just when you gte home you feel it!
Your dinner is like my breakfast… but it might be best for you on crazy days to have more veggies during the day and at night somethin quick and simple.
Its def hard not to eat all the food but I think eventally you get immune to it! Hope you get some rest!

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MOM October 1, 2008 at 2:25 am

Would you post some exterior pic’s of where you are??!!

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erica October 1, 2008 at 3:25 am

Oh man, that plate of cookies is calling my name. Everything looks incredible. You have my dream job!!

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BridgetP October 1, 2008 at 3:30 am

Your new job sounds exhausting and fun!
I WISH I could even find a hairdresser I like, let alone one I could get attached to. I switch about every year… I blame my hair, but really, I’m probably just picky!

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Grounded Fitness October 1, 2008 at 4:07 am

wow- food porn at its finest. im amazed you arent a million pounds. i would be.

Kelly Turner
http://www.groundedfitness.com

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Sammie October 1, 2008 at 12:30 pm

What a great day – love all your yummies. I have had the same stylist for a few years now and I will never let anyone else touch my head. It took me so long to find a decent one who didn’t chop my curly hair and make me look like a fool – she is awesome!!! I so want to go to pastry school now – your job looks so fun.

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shawna October 1, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Wow, sounds like an exhausting, but very fun day! Glad you liked it. And even better that you get to bring home the ugly cookies :)

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AlliJag October 1, 2008 at 2:00 pm

I don’t know why but I’ve never thought of a hummus and cheese sandwich! That looks absolutely delicious! THANKS FOR THE IDEA! :)

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runjess October 1, 2008 at 3:44 pm

I think I would like baking cookies all day.
I’m attached to my hairstylist. It’s scary going to someone new!

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Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 1, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Sounds exhausting, but also like a lot of fun! Everything you baked looks scrumptious!

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Natalie A October 1, 2008 at 6:05 pm

Wow…those cookies look amazing! I would be eating every single one :)

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