Well, I just got back to Tampa and am unpacking some stuff here at the apartment. I feel really exhausted. I think my bad allergies have sort of turned into a sinus infection and I am going to see my doctor on Wednesday to get that checked out. Even when I touch my face near my sinus cavities (underneath my eyes), it is severe pain. Not fun. This morning was fun though! Here’s a recap:
I got to the kitchen around 9:30 and immediately was set to work making chiffon cake. I produced 13 lemon chiffon cakes! WOW! I had my arms in the batter, literally up past my elbows, to physically fold in the egg whites. It was quite a sight but very fun since I’m messy naturally—it’s fun when you actually supposed to be messy!! The finished product looked great, all golden and springy. I also made more creme brulee base and a sticky toffee to be used later in the week. Adam baked banana bread as well. Midway though the morning I drank a big glass of 100% freshly squeezed orange juice–my favorite thing ever. I grew up very spoiled on it because most of the orange juice you find in stores is actually from Vero Beach. So to drink a glass of it there, knowing it is local and nothing else is added, is great.
I rolled my chef sleeves up and dove in this chiffon cake batter….it was literally just about up to my shoulder! So much fun to be a kid again and get messy!
I made ALL of these from that batter!
Homemade banana bread!
Before I left, Adam gave me my reward for the weekend: a quart of real Vermont maple syrup. I couldn’t have been happier!!!!! This stuff is very expensive and I go through it like its water! Adam is originally from Vermont and said he had a ton of it at home so I happily took it off his hands 🙂
For lunch, I picked up a wrap at my favorite place, Chelsea’s. It’s a little gourmet shop that has specialty products as well as a deli and a sandwich bar. I chose a hummus and veggie wrap on whole wheat along with a plum (not pictured) and it was perfect. They loaded my wrap with banana peppers, jalapenos, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, onion, peppers…everything! After eating, I set off on the road for my 2 1/2 hour trip back to the other coast of FL. It’s almost 4:00 now and I just got back and snacked on two super-charge me cookies on the way. I’m doing a little inventory of the food Ryan has here (not much) and I’m going to the store to pick up some stuff for dinner. I think we are just going to do a taco/burrito night and have it be pretty low-key.
Tonight starts my first “real” night of spring break!