Busy In The Kitchen!


Last night in school we made danishes of all forms (imagine tantalizing picture here). I made almond croissants, regular croissants, bear claws, fruit twists and cherry pinwheels. They looked really good, but for someone that actually knows how much butter went into making them (2 pounds)….I passed on eating them. Yes they are pretty and I’m so glad I am gaining knowledge on the craft as to how to make them but I would rather eat better things for my body (but don’t you think for a second I didn’t indulge in croissants in the morning when I lived in Paris!!). I was sort of disappointed last night to hear that tonight we are doing savory croissant with ham and cheese—unlike the rest of my class that was cheering when they heard that! Oh well…too bad the boyfriend is far away, he would love that. Not me.

For breakfast this morning I made a bowl of multigrain cereal with 1 cup almond milk, a banana, some pb, 2 tbsp of ground flax and a drizzle of maple syrup….all accompanied by a hot cup of decaf English Breakfast tea. I have some serious cooking to do this morning. I have decided what to make for the appetizers for my catering gig–-Sweet Potato Potstickers with a Spicy/Sweet Soy Dipping Sauce from one of my Moosewood Cookbooks. The recipe sort of just jumped out at me and it seems relatively easy to do using premade wonton wrappers. I am making the sweet potato filling today then on Friday morning am finishing it up since I have to work tomorrow. I’ll let you all know how they turn out!!

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  • Kath
    March 19, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Sweet potato anything sounds delish!! Can’t wait to see them.

  • Jenna 2
    March 19, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    how exciting… your first catering gig!!! 🙂 good luck!! i hope it all turns out well!

    yum your baked goodies sound really good (minus the 2lbs of butter :cringe:)!! i bet they looked wonderful as well!

    have you noticed a decrease in your comments since you have had no photos?? 🙁 i thought that was so weird?!? but it made me start thinking do you tend to buy cook books that have more pictures in them compared to ones that don’t?? If I had not been reading your blog and heard/seen your creations from Veganomicon I probably would not be as interested it in….thats just me though. 😉
    I also ordered ED&BV :woot woot: so excited!

    Happy Wednesday!

  • MLT
    March 19, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Just curious-

    Do the other people in your class eat all the stuff you guys make? Or do they do like you and freeze/give away/throw away?

    Also, i was curious about what kind of people make up the students in your class. Are they old/young, second career/straight out of college, women/men?? Just wondering!

    Have a good wednesday- good luck with the cooking!

  • arimcg
    March 19, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I’m sure your appetizers will be a hit, recipes from the Moosewood cookbooks are always good! And I’d dip just about anything in soy sauce.

  • jenna
    March 19, 2008 at 1:20 pm


    When you bake sweets EVERY DAY most people do get sick of them. Yes, most people in my class do eat more of the stuff we make then I do but no one ever questions me about it or makes me feel bad. Last night I gave most of my stuff away: I gave half of what I made to our associate chef because she said her husband LOVED almond croissants and then I gave the other half to a girl at my table whose husband was having a company breakfast that she was “catering” with her croissants. I knew they would go to a good cause and not to waste! I also brought home a couple things for my roommate to try 🙂

  • Sarah (another one!)
    March 19, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    I just made Sweet Potato Ravioli with lemon sage butter sauce from Cooking Light last night, and it was DELICIOUS! I also used wonton wrappers, so it sounds like pretty much the same thing but with a different sauce. They were so good and my family gobbled them up—the only problem was that they stuck together when I put them on the plate so be careful with that. Have fun, and hopefully you’re having better weather in FL than I am up north : )

  • Romina
    March 19, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    2 pounds of butter? That’s scary!

  • Meghan
    March 19, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Sometimes you just hafta wait for a special occasion to indulge in some baked goods! That just makes them that much more enjoyable!

  • Nadia
    March 19, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    For some reason I can never eat something when I bake it myself. If someone else bakes the exact same thing I have no problems with it though lol strange. I often bake just for therapeutic reasons…like the other night, I wound up making a batch of banana bran muffins because I couldn’t fall asleep and then just gave them away 😛

  • Anne P
    March 19, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Morning ladies!

    So, this is off topic, but I’ve been reading this blog for months and love the little community we have going here so I figured people would be cool with me posting something un-health related! (I’m putting this on Kath’s blog, too… my other daily fave!)

    Anyway, I’m looking to go overseas and teach english this fall, and I’ve been doing a lot of research online, but it’s really overwhelming and hard to tell which programs are good and which are shady. So, since so many people read this blog, I was wondering if any of you have (or are currently!) taught english or worked abroad, and if so, if you would mind passing on some advice! I’m mostly looking into Asia, just because I hear they pay best and are most apt to hire people without a TEFL certificate, but I’m open to anywhere (I’d LOVE to go to Europe). Anyway, any and all advice/information/contacts/etc. regarding best places to go, which programs are best, how to go about applying, etc. will be MUCH appreciated!! My email is I hope to hear from a few of you soon!! 🙂

    Have a great day all! Jenna, can’t wait for the return of pictures 🙂


  • melissa-little runner
    March 19, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Sounds yummy! Have fun cooking today.

  • jenna
    March 19, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    oh! MLT, I forgot to answer the latter part of your question. Students at the Cordon Bleu range from being 18 years old and out of high school, to being in their 70’s. I would say most of the students in the pastry and baking program are younger females but there is a wide range, nonetheless. I was one of the only girls in my culinary classes. The students at night (pastry and baking program and nighttime culinary classes) seem to be on a whole, older, because they usually work 9-5 jobs then come to school. Sort of like a career change for them. I AM one of the only students that has my bachelor’s degree as well…but for what I want to do (write), it makes perfect sense. We are all there for different reasons and I like the diverse range of people and ages.

  • Phoebe
    March 19, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    YUM those sweet potato potstickers sound fantastic. I have a lot of the Moosewood cookbooks, which one is that recipe from??

  • Jill
    March 19, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve actually tried out this recipe for wontons (I LOVE moosewood) and they are fabulous. I found myself mostly attracted to the sauce, myself…

  • jenna
    March 19, 2008 at 6:32 pm


    This recipe is from “Moosewood Celebrates”. Its their cookbook for festive gatherings and holidays…I have made a ton from this book and it was actually the first vegetarian cookbook I ever owned so it means a lot to me! I love how the book is divided up according to seasons!