Only a couple more days until the weekend…..but when I think of all the production I have to do at school during the next few days it seems like years! Last night went okay. There were a few minor happenings that sort of set me back such as, when I put my biscuits in the oven I realized with a not-so-good feeling that I had forgotten to add the two teaspoons of baking powder. I had to pull them out of the oven, throw away that entire batch and start again from scratch. All to be graded were a dozen macaroons, a dozen chocolate chips cookies, 6 blueberry muffins, 4 buttermilk biscuits, a dozen icebox cookies and one apple pie with lattice crust. I got it all done though and set on the rack for grading around 10:15 and went home around 10:30, so that was nice at least. Tonight is bread night and the night I’ve been most excited about for awhile. I’m all set to make baguettes, soft white rolls, whole wheat fougasse and rye. Let’s hope I don’t kill my yeast!!
This morning I took a rest day from the gym and instead got things done around the apartment. I made a nice breakfast of an oatmeal pancake (1/2 cup oats, 3 egg whites) with a mashed banana and a big spoonful of almond butter.
For lunch I packed a huge salad with about five cups of greens, a large diced carrot, some cucumber, cherry tomatoes, the rest of my rotisserie chicken and a sprinkle of dried berries. I made my own dressing with a tbsp of olive oil and a few dashes of balsamic vin. I probably won’t use all the dressing I made, I’ll just sprinkle it on at work.
I also packed a string cheese (although I’m not sure if I want to actually bring this yet), a kiwi and some Newman’s Own pretzels and hummus for a snack later.
Have a great Wednesday folks!
Edited to add: I’m being super indecisive this morning and instead of bringing pretzels and hummus for a snack, I realized that I’m craving kashi crackers so I packed some of those along with my string cheese to have instead.
ErinJuly 30, 2008 at 12:38 pm
There is nothing more refreshing than a kiwi on a hot FL summer day… 🙂
HeatherJuly 30, 2008 at 12:42 pm
Ugh, I forgot to add baking powder to blueberry muffins in class- but at least you realized it before you got them in the oven!
That pancake looks really good AND I have extra egg whites in the fridge. Score!
Good luck tonight 🙂
jennaJuly 30, 2008 at 12:45 pm
No—I remembered after they had gone in the oven! That’s why I had to take them out of the oven, throw all the biscuits away and start over. Blah!
VictoriaJuly 30, 2008 at 12:48 pm
I’m excited about your bread night too! Can’t wait to see what you make!
raybelleJuly 30, 2008 at 12:51 pm
have you noticed any of the same physical responses (aversions) to eating meat that you noticed before you took a break from meat and dairy (for the most part) last spring? i remember you mentioned symptoms like an upset stomach. just curious–i too go through cycles where i enjoy meat and then cycles when i don’t.
jennaJuly 30, 2008 at 12:57 pm
I have not had an upset stomach except for the one time when I ate a beef summer roll at the restaurant I work at. Then, my stomach cramped up. I think its because I just hadn’t had beef in so long. I haven’t had it since! Other than that, no problem.
arielleJuly 30, 2008 at 1:12 pm
I haven’t had rye bread in ages. I wish I could make my own 🙂 I might have to just buy some.
RoseJuly 30, 2008 at 1:46 pm
Have a good time with the bread making!
I have to say that I’ve been admiring your tupperware + to-go containers. Are some of those glass? Where do you get them? (Sorry if this question’s been asked before!)
NicoleJuly 30, 2008 at 1:51 pm
At least you remembered you forgot the baking powder before you let the biscuits bake!
Good luck with bread baking tonight. I hope it all comes out well.
BetsyJuly 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm
ooo-fresh baked bread. i bet your classroom kitchen will smell heavenly tonight.
TrinaJuly 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm
In the topic of baking…I was wondering if anyone has a couple good recipe suggestions. I am planning on baking some blueberry muffins and oatmeal raisin cookies, but I want to make them healthy.
Does anyone have some recipes that are good for these that are healthy? And when I say healthy, I mean like applesauce instead of oil, whole wheat flour, etc.
I would love to hear what anyone has! I have been researching for a couple days now (trying to create my own recipe based on others) but am not having much luck. I don’t think I’m experienced enough with how to substitute ingredients 🙂
oatmealJuly 30, 2008 at 3:15 pm
Haha good thing you realized you forgotten the baking powder in time!
Love the big, volumous salad with FIVE cups of veggies! That’s the best thing about salads–that you can eat tons of it!
I have a recipe on my site for blueberry-banana oatmeal cookies and spiced flax bread that you might like: http://oatmealmix.wordpress.com/2008/04/24/experiment-9-blueberry-banana-oatmeal-chunks
Also, have you tried looking at the Cooking Light website? [ http://cookinglight.com ] They have tons of healthy recipe suggestions 😀
AndreaJuly 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm
the whole wheat fougasse sounds superb! it sounds like it would make a nice sandwich with your rotisserie chicken meat 😉
hkJuly 30, 2008 at 3:38 pm
Homemade bread- oooh already can’t wait to hear what you make, yum!!
AllisonJuly 30, 2008 at 4:04 pm
I tried one of the vanilla protein shakes that you suggested (from Whole foods) and I really liked it. That is pretty unusual for me. This is the first protein shake that I have tried and liked, so thanks for the suggestion!
Lindsey LuJuly 30, 2008 at 4:26 pm
Your salad looks so fresh and inviting!
I have a job interview at Whole Foods tomorrow!!!
TrinaJuly 30, 2008 at 4:37 pm
Thanks, I think the oatmeal/blueberry “cookies” you made might help with inspiration. Maybe I can try something similar to create my oatmeal raisin cookies.
I did check out cooking light, but it seems all the recipes I am finding anywhere include a ton of butter or sugar…I am trying to find a good way to substitute.
Every Gym's NightmareJuly 30, 2008 at 5:23 pm
that salad looks delicious. i rarely find a salad very appetizing, but if you take out the lettuce i would still eat it, which means, hey good salad!
Chef Erin (Pumpkin)July 30, 2008 at 5:35 pm
Oh, I forgot to tell you this last night, but there was one night Alia and I wandered into Chef C’s breads class and he offered us a muffin. Alia started to grab a funny looking banana one, and he stopped her and said, “Oh, no. You don’t want one of those- have a blueberry one.” We thought it was weird, but took blueberry muffins. Later, in the hall, Chef R saw us eating the blueberry muffins and said, “Eww. You didn’t eat a banana one, did you?” Intrigued, we asked why. “Chef C forgot to put the sugar in the banana ones- they were horrible!”
So there you go. Even professional chefs forget important ingredients.
See you tonight!
ModelBehaviorJuly 30, 2008 at 7:07 pm
pretzels and humus, I’ve never had that combination but it sounds interesting, may have to give it a try!
Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)July 30, 2008 at 7:12 pm
Wow, what a lot of food you had to make!
Good luck tonight!
catJuly 30, 2008 at 7:35 pm
hey, do any of you guys live in denver?