And….I’m pooped–yet again! Being on your feet for 6 hours at a time will def. do that do ya 😉
I spent the majority of this afternoon rolling the truffles I had made the base for yesterday. As a result I was completely covered with chocolate by the end of the afternoon. Seriously. Everyone that saw me burst out laughing. I don’t even think you could tell my chef’s coat was white because it was so brown with cocoa powder and globs of melted chocolate!! I rolled the white chocolate champagne truffles in melted chocolate then pistachios, then rolled the dark chocolate grand marnier truffles in melted chocolate and cocoa powder. I think I must have made about 500 of them! I also made up and baked the sweet potato focaccia and challah loaves, both which smelled out of this world! On top of my cashew cookie larabar snack I ate around 3:00, I also had a wedge of the sweet potato focaccia. Couldn’t help myself—it was SO good! I snagged a large slice to take home with me as well as an entire challah loaf for Ryan (he loves challah because he makes really good peanut butter toast in the morning!). We brushed the challah loaf with hot honey as soon as it came out of the oven to get an unmistakable shine as well as sweet flavor. Wayyyy too many egg yolks in the challah for me (I didn’t try it–I only tried the foccacia, which is made with no butter, only extra virgin olive oil), but Ryan will enjoy it! 🙂
Honey-sweet challah braids. It was a relaxed day in the kitchen, really only Adam and I were there, so he got a chance to show me some cool stuff—like a 5 strand Challah braid! We only did the 3 strand ones in school so it was cool that I learned how to do this!
White chocolate champagne truffles rolled in pistachios 🙂
Dark chocolate grand marnier truffle
Sweet potato foccacia topped with caramelized red onions and rosemary
Since I sort of snacked my way through the afternoon (plus a few chocolate chips here and there), I wasn’t incredibly famished when I left the kitchen around 6:15. I decided to get one of my favorite things though for dinner—sushi! Growing up in such a small (and I mean SMALL) town like Vero Beach, sushi was the one thing we had. My girlfriends and I would literally go out for sushi every single weekend. I had my 17th birthday dinner at my favorite sushi bar! Sushi and Thai food were the two things I ate most of growing up, and they are still my two favorite cuisines without a doubt! So, tonight I got take-out from a small sushi bar here to bring back to my suite and have on the patio while the sun set (picturesque, I know). Since I wasn’t too hungry, I only ordered one roll: a vegetable roll with asparagus, avocado, caramelized onion and cucumber, along with a seaweed salad and a cup of miso soup. The meal turned out perfect—with a glass of red wine to accompany it outside on my patio. It was light, healthy and just what I needed!
I’m going to relax again tonight…it’s my last night of “me-time” because tomorrow I’m headed back to Tampa in the afternoon. I’m going to work in the kitchen tomorrow from 9:30 to noon then head home because its sort of a lengthy 2 1/2 hour drive.
Enjoy your Sunday night everyone!