Happy friday to me!
I know you guys probably are thinking I’ve hit the wall….but today really IS my friday because it’s my last day of work and school before spring break!!! As you know, I’m going this weekend to my hometown of Vero Beach, FL to work under the head pastry chef for a yacht club just to gain some more experience. I have NO idea what to expect and it should be very interesting, actually working in a restaurant instead of my school kitchen! Then, I took a vacation from work to go home to Tampa for the week to work out some things with my externship that is coming up in September (aka finding an externship!) I’ll basically be going to different bakeries and talking to managers and owners to find out what I can do. I also have a plethora of different appointments and such….and taking time of course to relax and catch up on my sleep!
Last night at school we baked off our apple strudel, which actually turned out GREAT, despite looking pretty darn ugly. I guess its more of a rustic European style dessert and even though it looks hideous, I found myself snacking all night on the sweet apple filling (one of the only things we make that doesn’t contain butter! sweet!). It’s filled with apples, walnuts, cinnamon, lemon juice and sugar. MMmmmmm….
We also made mini spanokopita, which I am bringing in to work with me along with more baby brioches. Tonight is the final practical for the entire class and I am making MORE brioche and strudel! Then I’m off to my introduction to patisserie class, which is after spring break.
Okay…on to this morning! I woke up soooo tired. I didn’t go to bed til probably 12:30 and I woke up at 7:30 to run and seriously debated it. I went back and forth in my head and finally I just gathered all my strength and got out of bed, put on my running shorts, ate half a banana with some pb and headed out the door. I’m very glad I did, even though I’m still tired (drinking coffee as we speak–bad jenna). Working out just makes my entire day go better and now that I have a job during the day where I just sit and do admin. work all day long, I HAVE to stretch my legs in the morning or I will go stir crazy! I ran for 30 minutes then came back in and made breakfast: a bowl of multigrain cereal with pb, 1 tbsp flax, the other half of my banana, 1/2 cup hemp milk, 1/2 cup water and some agave nectar.
I decided to make my breakfast post longer and include my lunch as well because its so easy for me to photograph my food as I pack my lunch in the morning and that way you all know my schedule and my food rather than waiting til 5:30 to get it all. So…today I packed some soup to change things up a bit! I packed Pacific Brand Butternut Squash Soup (the entire carton—2 cups worth. This soup is actually vegan~it uses soymilk for creaminess instead of regular cow milk!), about 20 whole wheat crackers and a bunch of grapes. Its always FREEZING in the restaurant so I thought soup would be fun for a change!
Alright—see you all this afternoon! Have a great Thursday (friday!)