Almost Friday….Not Quite

Good morning!

I wish today was Friday! I have a long weekend coming up because we don’t have school on MLK day on Monday. I just have to get through today first! I made a bowl of swiss oatmeal for breakfast this morning (well put it together last night, ate it this morning). I seriously love this stuff! I would have it more often if fage yogurt wasn’t so pricey!!! I try to make my large container of it last all week and I always end up falling short. I woke up 10 minutes before my alarm went off so I went ahead and made a cappuccino as well. Yum 🙂 Today at school we are making ciabatta bread (yum!!), creme anglais, and bread pudding with our leftover danishes from yesterday–I saved 2 bear claws and a cinnamon roll to make the bread pudding with. Yum, yum, YUM! And, I’m helping the other pastry chef make more macaroons and mini lemon meringue tartlets for an outside function. I’m charging my camera now so it will be ready to take lots of pictures! Have a great morning!


This breakfast was about 474 calories.

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  • Clarissa
    January 17, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Yum, that looks good! Do you have a section where you keep recipes on this blog? If not, I’d love to know how you make those oats.

    Enjoy your day!!! I’m jealous of how you spend your days, haha!!!

  • VeggieGirl
    January 17, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    can’t wait to see the ciabatta bread and bread pudding!! so fun!!

    I’m definitely looking forward to the long weekend as well :0)

  • Becky
    January 17, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    If you look at the top of the page, on the right hand side, it says “Recipes.” Thats where you’ll find them!

  • Clarissa
    January 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    AH, found it! Thanks Becky.

  • melissa
    January 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Do you heat this up or eat it cold? Thanks!

  • Patricia
    January 17, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    I discovered your blog a couple of days ago… I think you’re doing a great job!
    I don’t really like to cook but I enjoy good high-quality food. I do a lot of traveling, so I love your “travel section,” you’ve given me good food ideas to carry on the plane with me.

    Happy Thursday!!

  • Laura
    January 17, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Hi Jenna, I’m new to your blog and have a few questions.

    In one of your recipes you use cayenne- is this the same as crushed red pepper flakes. What does this taste like?

    Also, not to sound totally dense and this is random, but what do cumin, oregano, and basil taste like. I see those spices in alot of recipes.

    Thanks sorry for so many questions, spices are all so confusing!!

  • AW
    January 17, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    hi jenna! i came across your blog as a link in a comment posted on Self’s Eat Like Me site. i absolutely love it! i have a hard time relating to Cristin’s daily intake – her calories are so low some days and sometimes what she calls a “meal” i would consider a “snack.” (come on, crackers and cottage cheese for lunch!? i’d starve!) i am 24, a former college soccer player who currently works for Nike out in Oregon. i run every day, lift 5 times a week, and do yoga twice a week. that being said, i eat a TON. i’ve been trying to watch my portions and eat more mindfully, but it can be hard. i’ve put on about 10 lbs. since i stopped playing soccer and began working a desk job. i really appreciate how you go about your day eating full meals, snacks, and never consider dessert that big of a “treat.” i’m a HUGE chocolate lover….it’s my vice :o)

    anyways, i am totally going to be reading your blog all day at work. i love seeing the culinary school photos and the different foods you’re exposed to. in another life, that would have been a cool route to go.

    i’m rambling, but i do actually have a question for you. what’s your take on natural peanut butter? do you think it’s something that should be consumed every day or should it be an every-so-often kind of thing? i find myself eating spoonfuls out of the jar every day….i’m starting to thing i need to just NOT BUY IT because if i see it in my pantry, i grab it. i know the saturated fat is the good kind and the calories are high, but what do you think?


  • N
    January 17, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I know what you mean about FAGE… what i do is just use a half portion and mix it with a cheaper nonfat yogurt like mountain high… it makes it last a few days longer, but i wish i could buy fage wholesale… haha! i am addicted!!

  • Becky
    January 17, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Does Fage taste like regular plain yogurt? I bought some plain to try because I’ve seen it on all the food blogs, but it tastes like sour cream to me. I am interested in trying Fage(because everyone seems to love it so much), but not if it tastes like sour cream!

  • aimee
    January 17, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Jenna, I feel the exact same way today.. sorta feels like it should be Friday, but dang it, it isn’t yet. Hooray for long weekends!

  • linds
    January 17, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Jenna, I was reading back a few days and I noticed you made a leek and pancetta quiche (which looked delicious, by the way) and that you froze the leftovers. I’m just wondering, how do you plan on reheating them? I don’t use my microwave all that often because I find it sometimes makes food taste ‘soggy’ but would reheating quiche in the oven dry it out? And would you reheat straight from frozen or let it defrost first? Thanks for any help!

  • jenna
    January 17, 2008 at 6:24 pm


    You don’t heat it. Thats the traditional swiss way to do it. I dont think it would be very good hot because of the yogurt in it. Try it, its really good cold!


    Dried hot pepper flakes are not the same as cayenne. I’m not quite sure, but i think they are from different areas. They both are very spicy though!!! A little goes a long way. Cumin tastes like what you have when you eat chili. Very southwestern-ish. Oregono tastes like pizza…its a spice typically used in greek and italian cooking and gives great flavor to pastas, pizzas, sauces…very good! Basil is also an italian spice. There’s no real way to describe what these spices actually taste like because they really work to bring more flavor to the food they are used in. Try a few out and see what you think! I love fresh herbs the best!


    Yes, I sometimes feel the same way you do. I have always been a “big eater”…i could never cut down because I would just be too hungry and therefore be miserable! I usually eat natural peanut butter everyday. I dont see anything wrong with it…it is high in fat so adjust the rest of your day’s intake accordingly. I always grind my own and I think thats the best and most natural way to do it. Also be sure not to go overboard with the serving size. I always use 1 tbsp.


    Yes, I suppose it does taste like sour cream. Its an acquired taste and def. not for everyone! If you like regular plain yogurt better then by all means eat that. Its about the same nutritionally and you are still getting the calcium and active cultures benefit. Try to wean yourself on it slowly and see what you think…add some jam or honey 🙂


    I reheat in the oven. For that I would probably put a slice in at 350 for about 10 minutes until heated through and the crisp is crisp once again. I hate the microwave and try never to use it. You could reheat straight from frozen although I usually plan ahead and pop it in the fridge to defrost the night before I want to eat it.

  • K
    January 17, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    I love all these food blogs (Eat Like Me, Kath Eats, etc.), but I don’t understand why all you girls will only allow yourself 1 tbsp. of peanut butter at a time. The serving size on the back is 2 tbsp. I know this doesn’t mean that you HAVE TO eat 2 tbsp., but really, 1 tbsp. is restriction to me! Ha, ha. Just thought I’d remind readers that eating over 1 tbsp. does not make you a bad, over-indulging person. 🙂

  • jenna
    January 17, 2008 at 7:41 pm


    I would never ever EVER think that eating 2 tbsp of peanut butter makes you a bad person!!! I just choose to eat one because I like to combine it with other foods. The serving size IS two, so if i was just having a peanut butter sandwich and an apple or something for lunch I would def. have two tbsp. However, I like to add some dairy in there as well to make it more balanced so I usually stick to just one. 🙂

  • K
    January 17, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Hey Jenna. Sorry for the PB “rant”! I do believe you have a healthy relationship with food. I just get concerned about some of the impressionable, not-as-educated girls who may be reading (and mimicking) these blogs. Anyway, keep up the great work and the great examples!

  • Becky
    January 17, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks, Jenna! I didn’t like the plain yogurt-I even tried it with jam, and it tasted like sour cream and jam :/ ….I think I’ll save my money and stick to the flavored fat free yogurts!

  • mel
    January 18, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Linds, Don’t you love love living by yourself!! ? I moved into a one bedroom apartment two years ago (after living 2 yrs in the dorms) and I have learned so much about myself!! I love to cook, be able to study without going to the library, have whoever I want over and some peace and quiet! I thought I’d be lonely..but I am far from b/c my bf and friends come over all the time..then leave so I can sleep in peace!! haha! I would suggest every girl trying it!! xoxo

  • Bev
    January 18, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Which Fage do you buy ? 0% or 2 %

  • jenna
    January 18, 2008 at 3:09 am


    I buy 0% in large quantities and keep 2% with the fruit for little snacks and desserts. 🙂 I think they both are equally great.