Last night in school we lit things on fire! We flambed (which means to use alcohol + flames to set your sauce on fire) cherries jubilee, sauce suzette and bananas foster, which you seem me flambeing in the above picture. We also made crepes to use the sauces with and it was a lot of fun. My bananas foster caught on fire suddenly though and quite intensely, which shocked me and I actually let out a little scream. Cathy caught the entire thing on video and is emailing me that video so hopefully I can have another “cameo” video appearance soon ;).
We also played a little Iron Chef, where our Chef instructor gave us two ingredients (poached pears and milk!) and we had to come up with a spontaneous dessert using the two which would be judged at the end of the night. Jack and I came up with a pear tart with a pastry crust, a chinese 5-spice pastry cream and poached pears with ice cream on the side. We didn’t win but I thought it turned out pretty well regardless!
I actually really liked the Dessert powder last night although I think it would be MUCH better blended in a blender rather than just dumping the powder into your liquid, which is what I did. I was glad I brought half soymilk/half water because the soymilk thickened it up and it was sort of like a milkshake. The only bad thing was that I didn’t mix it all the way and sucked down a couple dry lumps (ewwwww). It actually really filled me up and held me over though and I wasn’t even temped to eat all the millions of rich desserts around me. I drank it around 8:00 and was good to go for the rest of the night.
This morning I woke up and headed over to the gym for some cardio. Even though I’m trying to lift more weights, I still need my cardio because starting next month I want to start training for some more small races….nothing big, maybe a few 10Ks. I really like that distance although I would still love to run in the half marathon in Tampa in February that I didn’t get to do last year because of injury. I got my mileage up to 10 miles then had to stop because of a leg injury. Talk about disappointment!! I haven’t made up my mind yet if I want to train for that but 10Ks are a lot of fun if you have been training for them! This morning I did a cardio circuit with 10 minutes on the treadmill (running at 5.8 and incline .5), 10 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes on the bike. Before I went I had half a banana with almond butter for fuel.
When I got back I made another delicious oatmeal pancake. The usual with 1/2 cup whites, 1/2 cup oats and topped with a spoonful of almond butter and half of a mashed banana. These keep me going for hours on end!!
Lunch today is another turkey sandwich—about 2 1/2 slices Boars Head, 1 light laughing cow cheese, honey mustard and spinach on this new bread I bought at Publix on Monday! With another huge peach—I can’t get enough of these babies!
And for a snack, a light string cheese and 12 almonds.
Tonight starts my practical!!! I’m going to use today at work to think about how I want to lay everything out and time it all. I have to make my peanut butter s’mores and cookie monsters to be plated tomorrow night for my final grade. More marshmallows tonight—-good thing I’m an old pro now (yeah right)!!