A Frozen Issue

So, scratch my veggie burger plan tonight. I was very distressed to find out that I must have accidentally not closed my freezer door all the way last night before school and didn’t find out about it until today before I left to go to work, looking for the frozen juice box I use for my ice pack. EVERYTHING was defrosted and warm. Everything. I had to throw basically it all away, save for some nuts and frozen fruit that immediately froze back up again once I slammed the door shut. You really cannot defrost certain items (protein rich foods such as tofu and frozen dinners) and then freeze them again. It’s not exactly food-safe. So…I lost basically everything out of the freezer and am quite sad about it.

Plan B. Leftover mushroom gravy from VwaV that I made Sunday night. Normally I don’t really like to stretch leftovers this long but it had to be done. I used the last of a bag of whole wheat shells with some reheated sauce and it was quite good but a pretty small amount. The shells left in the box were probably a correct serving size but it just seemed like a tiny amount! So, I had some carrots and cucumber slices drizzled with Woodstock dressing and ended my meal with a pear. I’m also bringing a sugar-less cookie with me to school later for a mid-practical snack.



For my practical tonight I am making creme brulee and the Paris Brest that I made last night. None of it is really that difficult but the Paris Brest involves making numerous things and then putting it all together…I have to make pate a choux, praline pastry cream and chantilly cream then pipe it out, bake it, cool it and fill it with the cream. It’s sort of a time consuming process. I’m hoping it won’t be that late of a night though because I’ve felt sort of worn out all day and would love nothing more to get in my pjs and call it a night!  I need to get a good nights sleep tonight because this weekend brings nothing but parties and cookouts 🙂

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  • Romina
    May 23, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Oh you poor thing!! I’m so sorry you lost all your food. =(

    Great iprovisation with the leftovers though!!

  • VeggieGirl
    May 23, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Oh my goodness that’s TERRIBLE about the contents of your freezer!!! But thankfully you were still able to have a delicious meal.

    Good luck with your practical tonight, and get enough rest later!! :0)

  • Kristie
    May 23, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Oh my gosh you lost basically ALL your freezer food? That’s such a bummer, I would have been so disappointed! Especially when you have your heart set on having something for dinner and then that plan gets screwed over… Leftovers are always good in a pinch though!

  • Ashliqua
    May 23, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    That is so sucky about the freezer. 🙁 Good luck on your practical tonight! The stuff you made last night looks beautiful!

    So I have a question for anyone and everyone. I posted this on Kath’s blog also and I normally wouldn’t double-post but I am kinda freaking out about this. (I also thought this would be an ideal place to post because, like me, many of Jenna’s readers are vegan!) I am having a tonsillectomy on Wednesday and I am desperate for ideas of what I will be able to eat post-op. I’ve been told that it’s a pretty painful recovery and that the most important thing to do is to try not to get dehydrated so try to drink as much water as the pain will allow. But I’m just worried because I have really good eating and nutrition habits and I want to try and nourish my body to help it recover. I know I can eat ice pops and junk but I want to try and get some vitamins too. So I’m thinking…smoothies? Broth? Soy milk? What else??

    Has anyone else gone through this surgery who can offer advice? Or does anyone else (surgery or not) have any ideas they could share? LoL sorry for a weird question but any help would be greatly appreciated!!

  • Molly
    May 24, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Oh that sucks about the freezer. To make yourself feel better pretend it was a power outage and so you couldn’t of prevneted it!

    I know you make a simple guacamole and I was wondering what you put in it?

    Also, how do you buy black beans or chickpeas? Do you buy from a can or make from scratch? Thanks and hope you get some r and r this weekend.

  • Danielle
    May 24, 2008 at 1:01 am

    So sorry about your freezer! Good luck at school tonight, I can’t wait to see pictures 🙂

  • Becca A
    May 24, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Ugh, that stinks about your freezer! At least a few things were salvageable!

  • Mel H
    May 24, 2008 at 4:40 am

    so I just got back from babysitting and was kind of bored with the kid went to sleep so I surfed some blogs (like 4 or 5) that Jenna and Kath’s readers started and veggiegirl, you have a comment on every post! How do you manage to look at so many blogs and comment on each post and have your own blog! I can barely look at Kath’s and Jenna’s without getting super distracted! Not trying to be mean at all- that is amazing! haha!

  • oatmeal
    May 24, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Oh no! At least you managed to save a few things! But I never knew you couldn’t defrost & re-frost protein-rich foods–I guess I’ve been doing it wrong for a long time… oO

    Ooo creme brulee–sounds like an exciting class! XD Hope you get to leave class early! Have a great weekend ^^

    [Oh, and I tagged you on my blog!]

  • Kimberly
    May 25, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Smoothies and pureed soups! I got my wisdom teeth out last fall, and before I left for the surgery, I whipped up huge batches of pumpkin soup, pea soup, and smoothies made with frozen fruit and vitamin-enriched soymilk. Very hydrating and digestible, so they shouldn’t aggravate any meds-induced nausea too badly. Mashed potatoes are also a good way to get something substantial into your tummy, and Pedialyte drinks/frozen popsicles are great for replenishing electrolytes. Good luck!