Ugh!

by jenna on June 26, 2008

Ugh. That’s how I feel right now! Last night wasn’t the best night in school–it started with me almost getting told to go home because I forgot my necktie. Luckily, a guy in my class had an extra one in his car. If I wouldn’t have found one, I would have had to go home and gotten a 0 for the day. Culinary school is serious business, people!

Also–I’m just frustrated with my wedding cake. A lot of the people in my class have had a ton more experience than me and some have even already been to art school so its tough not to compare what I’m doing to theirs. Mine just seems very beginner and last night I couldn’t get the fondant smooth and it took me about three hours just to cover my cakes with it! I was beyond frustrated. We didn’t get out til late and Dexter woke me up at 6:15 so I didn’t make it to the gym again and I’m quite tired…yuck….3 days no exercise. I guess my good workout will have to wait until tomorrow :(

Enough complaining though…tonight is my last night of school before break and after work I am meeting my friends for dinner at the same Indian restaurant we went a couple weeks ago. I think the plan is that we are all just ordering a ton of stuff to share since its all vegetarian and sharing portions. Any suggestions?

For breakfast I just had a bowl of ezekiel cereal with raspberries and banana slices. I’m out of oats so no cold muesli! I guess I better add that to my list for tomorrow’s grocery shop ;).

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For lunch today I made some quick black bean soup—the dry kind that you just add water and olive oil and simmer on the stove for 30 minutes. I made the same soup a couple weeks ago I believe. Very simple and very good. I am seriously out of food and this was all I could scrounge up in my kitchen today. I also am trying the multigrain crackers from my snack bag (tried the brown rice krispie treat last night in school and it was delish!) and bringing some grapes. For a snack later I’m just going to have the kashi granola bar (crunchy) that’s been in my purse for months. Sorry no pic! I need to get rid of it!

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Ahhh hopefully I can get through this day!!

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Katie S June 26, 2008 at 1:25 pm

I hope today goes better for you, Jenna! Don’t compare yourself to other people… it will only make you miserable!! I’m sure your cake is GORGEOUS just like everything else you’ve done!!! Enjoy your last day of class!

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Lauren June 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Cheer up Jenna! No matter what we will all love your cake :)

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Emily June 26, 2008 at 2:20 pm

I’ve been reading your website and i love it! I can’t wait to see what you get at Whole Foods…i literally could spend hours in there too so maybe you’ll give us some ideas.

One Indian dish i love is Saag Paneer – the spinach dish…its something great to share. Also there usually is an eggplant or cauliflower curry on the menu, i forget their traditional Indian names, but they are delicious!

Have fun tonight!

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BethT June 26, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Jenna, it’s interesting you say that – I am always amazed when I watch that shows Ace of Cakes, because all the designers on there have art backgrounds too. Takes me out of the running for a culinary degree, that’s for sure :) Fear not – maybe wedding cakes are not your thing but you make gorgeous pastries, etc., and I’d rather eat those any day of the week!

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tfh June 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm

I don’t know about you, but sometimes a little incident like the one you described (getting in trouble for forgetting necktie) can make me lose all my self-confidence. Not to mention not having enough “you time” just to enjoy exercising, taking care of your groceries/cooking, etc. Poor girl. Enjoy your meal tonight. I would encourage you to try one of the South Indian items on the menu– they’re not like the Indian foods most Americans are familiar with. Have you ever had a dosa? Yum, yum, yum: they’re just made from ground rice and urad dal (white lentils) and are my favorites!

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Julz June 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Aww Jenna, sorry about your school frustrations! That is tough! It is serious business, though, which is frustrating because too often people scoff at the thought of “Cooking School”… Whenever I tell people I’m going to Culinary and Sommelier School after college they often reply with: “Oh, you want to be a cook in a hot stuffy kitchen with no family for the rest of your life?” NO. JOKE. Wtf?

I’m in Jupiter, Florida right now and today we’re hitting up the A.MAZING Whole FOods here (again!) before we go home on Saturday! It’s out of this world! Your trip is soon to come, so hang in there girl the weekend’s almost here!

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Betsy June 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm

i’m sure it will look fab. they can’t except yours to look like other peoples who have art degrees…

i think i would cry if i ran out of oatmeal.

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Kelly June 26, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Hang in there. Everyone brings their own unique perspective and just because you may not be as far along on the learning curve does not mean you won’t be able to catch up. I also think that when it takes longer to learn something you appreciate it more when you eventually get there. There’s a great quote from the book “Last Lecture” that I absolutely love:
“Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want things.”
I know you really want to be a pastry chef so your passion will help you find a way to get there.

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girlinseattle June 26, 2008 at 4:25 pm

hi Jenna,

Great blog!

Some suggestions for you delish dinner:

Saag Panner (spinach/paneer)
Channa Masala (chickepeas)
Kofta ( chicken flour fried and put in curry)
Raita (yogurt)

hth!
A

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A.Cook June 26, 2008 at 5:01 pm

At least tonight is the last night! Hope your day gets better–I’m sure it will since you’re eating delicious Indian food tonight!! Oh my goodness I have been on an Indian craving warpath these last two weeks. Now I’m imagining chana masala for dinner…mmmmmmm

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blueberrybabe June 26, 2008 at 5:42 pm

hey i have a random question for anyone: have you guys ever made a smoothie or shake with avocado in it? i am asking bc every smoothie i have ever made (or bought) tastes like crap to me. like i have tried to make a raspberry, vanilla soy milk, and almond butter/flax smoothie so many times and it always sucks. what am i doing wrong?! thanks :)

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hk June 26, 2008 at 8:47 pm

IMO, smoothies usually NEED a banana to be truly delish..hth :)

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smoothie queen June 26, 2008 at 9:28 pm

blueberrybabe,
i have never made an avacado smoothie before however i have made a recipe that creates a delicious and creamy berry smmotie that truly tastes like frozen yogurt.
Put the following into a blender:

1 cup original soymilk (milk is fine although soy creates a creamier one)
1 scoop whey powder
1/2 tbsp flax seed oil
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/4 frozen banana (A MUST!)

Blend together and ENJOY! Perfect for after a good workout or a filling breakfast

Prob about 400cal by the way, depending on your ingredients-
Hope this helps!

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Nicole June 27, 2008 at 12:23 am

I hope your Indian dinner cheers you up!

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Heather June 27, 2008 at 3:19 am

Sorry for the crappy day :( I forgot my tie at school last week too, if that makes you feel better.

I can’t wait to see your wedding cake! I’m sure it will be gorgeous!

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