Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

A Sweet Success!

I am very relieved that last night went even better than I anticipated!!!!!

We were able to finish all the last minute nit-picky work and open the doors at 8:00, when at least 100 people bombarded the room! We did very well not only on our product, but also on our presentation because we got a little creative with the shaved dark chocolate on our white tablecloth. 😉 On our display you will see almond macaroons sandwiched with raspberry jam, linzer cookies with raspberry jam, dark chocolate covered petit fours, petit eclairs, Opera torte pieces (sort of like a tiramisu but made with a coffee rum glaze and french coffee buttercream frosting) and pink and yellow battenburg torte pieces. My dad tried one of everything and loved it all, but he said the Opera torte was his favorite (that was everybody’s favorite!). He had never really been in my school before so I gave him the grand tour and he met my chef instructors and my classmates. All in all the evening was a great success and we got out early, around 10:30! Tonight I have to take 2 written tests and we have to do our deep clean of the classroom….then that’s it! The next three weeks I go to Cakes class!





My dad had to leave early this morning and I woke up early too, ate half a banana with almond butter, and hit the gym for a lower body workout. I did lunges with weights, squats, kick-backs, calves, more squats, treadmill…all in 30 minutes! When I got back home I made a bowl of Ezekiel cereal with the other half of my banana.


For lunch today I packed 1/4 cup Cedar’s Garlic Lover’s Hummus with a Touflin (sp?) multigrain pita (love these…especially when you heat them up in the micro for a few seconds!), some carrot, celery and red pepper sticks and an orange. For later on, I packed a sliced mango and some pecans.




YAY for it being Friday! I have a very busy weekend coming up though. Tomorrow I have to rush home to get Dex to the vet by noon because he needs a third vaccination shot and then tomorrow night Ryan and I have a wedding to go to. Busy, busy, busy!

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  • Meghan
    April 25, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Wow Jenna, everything you and your group made looks incredible! You guys really look like professionals, everything looks mouth-watering! Your lunch looks delish as well, I almost always have sandwiches or wraps, but sometimes my favorite way to change it up is to just cut up a bunch of raw veggies, have some crackers, hummus, and a few other things. YUM! Have a great day!

  • Becca
    April 25, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Wow everything looks so beautiful! Awesome job! Seeing your creations makes me want to go to pastry school even more! Have a great weekend and spoil Dex rotten after that vet trip!

  • Kath
    April 25, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    I do not know how you can go to that class without eating all those WONDERFUL looking desserts!!!! I’m excited to see cakes!

  • Romina
    April 25, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Your sweets are so pretty!

  • hk
    April 25, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Wow! What a spread!! Glad it went well, happy Friday!!

  • bikergurl
    April 25, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Yay Friday! I’m with Kath – I don’t know how you can not eat all of those treats! Good luck on the written tests!

  • ryan
    April 25, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    did you save any of the opera things? they look really good! When is ice cream class? Thats what I want!

  • VeggieGirl
    April 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Oh my goodness, that is QUITE a spread that you baked up last night – bravo!! Can’t wait to see the rest :0)


  • becky
    April 25, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Cakes class? I can’t wait to see what you make there! Those desserts look awesome – congrats!

    ps – do you have any mango slicing techniques. yours look so pretty – mine end up a complete sticky mess (tho still yummy)

  • babycakes
    April 25, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Everything looks so beautiful Jenna! Congratulations on such a spectacular job! I hope your exams go well tonight (I’m sure they will!) Cake classes sound so fun – a lot more fun than all my science courses!

    Your food looks great today as well (as it always does!) – lots of whole, fresh foods 🙂

    Have a great afternoon!

  • Teddy
    April 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    wow you’re presentation is awesome… I’m such a weirdo about presentation at home. i want everything to look good before i serve it to anyone b/c i think you eat with your eyes before you eat with your mouth hahaha.. weird eh?

    have a great weekend 🙂


  • Kristie
    April 25, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Wow, your desserts all look amazing! If they were in front of me I’d probably have to try one of everything! Lovely job 🙂

  • happy herbivore
    April 25, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Jenna, you are an amazing pastry chef – your treats look so beautiful!

  • Rhodeygirl
    April 25, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    ooooh everything looks amazing- i can’t wait to see what cakes you make!!

  • BethT
    April 25, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Jenna, do you always have to do “presentations” like this, or was this something special for the pastry class? i.e. where outsiders come in and taste the food? Seems like a really interesting way to end a class.

  • Betsy
    April 25, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    holy crap. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!! (oh-and a huge congrats!)

  • Lori- the pleasantly plump vegan
    April 25, 2008 at 9:17 pm


  • Terrormisu
    April 25, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    AHHH! The opera cakes look awesome! (Could the mentioned tiramisuesqueness have anything to do with it? HMMMM!)

    Baking seems like such an intimidating thing to me, but your posts are quite inspiring. Amazing job on the pastries!

  • jenna
    April 25, 2008 at 9:27 pm


    ive never done that before…it was something special just for this particular class. I’m sure I will be doing it again in the future for some other class (hopefully!) because everyone loves it!


    I just peel the mango with a vegetable peeler and then slice it into four large slices which I then slice into thin strips. I believe Kath has a video on her blog on how to properly peel a mango so I would check that out as well. It took me a long time actually to slice it right because they always ended up as mush for me too…and I LOVE them!!!!!

    To all,

    Thank you so much for all your sweet comments!!! I don’t think anyone in my class really wanted to eat any of this stuff because we have labored over it for many many hours and, actually, the thought of a petit four right now makes me want to gag just because I’m so sick of them!! Those tiny little cakes took 2 days…a total of 7 hours to prepare. Trust me when I say you don’t really want to eat one after that!!

  • Cara
    April 25, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    You impress me more and more everyday! Wow. I love the chocolate shavings!

    Have a great weekend and good luck at the vet!

  • Alyssa
    April 26, 2008 at 1:32 am

    You are going to be one AMAZING pastry chef! 🙂

  • Alice (in Veganland)
    April 26, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Waw, congratulations! Everything looks amazing!