My practical ended REALLY well last night! My chef instructor actually was not there and another chef subbed in her place to grade. I think I lucked out a little though because the chef that subbed in her place was this newer French chef that has taken a liking to me (not in a sick kind of way—he just likes me because I’m a little blond girl that can speak French). Anyways, he ended up “helping me” with the garnish last night because I was just going to put a couple raspberries on top and call it a day. When he saw that he immediately took to whipping up some chantilly cream and making the dessert look a little more fancy. I got a 98% (everyone else in the class got the same thing though). He definitely has a soft spot!
I was going to go to the gym this morning but decided I would rather make waffles instead. So I did :). I made the basic pancake recipe from SBITK but used it for waffles instead. I topped them with maple syrup and leftover raspberries that I didn’t use last night to garnish my dessert. They were quite tasty.
Today is sort of a packed day, but all with fun things. I’m about to get ready and get in the car to head back to Tampa and I’m meeting a girl that was in my last class actually at GrassRoots for lunch!!!!! Turns out she is from the Tampa area and is a vegan. What are the odds?! She loves GrassRoots and was coming in town for the weekend too, so we decided to meet up. What should I order for lunch? Whenever I eat there I really try to branch out because all the food is so interesting and its a good chance to try new things. I just found out that the restaurant is having a raw/vegan cooking class on June 29th!!!!!!! I might have to try to get in on that……wouldn’t that be fun?!
I’m also celebrating my birthday tonight with my family (even though its not til Wednesday). Ryan is going on a fishing trip (we are celebrating next weekend—I like to span my birthday out to a 2 week long celebration) but the plan is to have a little Belmont cocktail party with homemade cosmos and then my mom is making dinner and dessert! I requested the lemon coconut bundt cake from Veganomicon and am bringing her the recipe when I get home. Yay!!!!