Feelin Lazy

Good Morning! Well, my practical went well—I got a B, which is pretty good I guess because my chef instructor is an incredibly hard grader. He basically tore my loaves of bread apart to inspect the tiniest crumb and wasn’t giving anyone great scores. It’s hard! I almost had a heard attack though on my drive to school last night because when I was pulling I realized that I had forgotten my apron!!!! Now, without my apron, I would have just been sent home with a 0 for the practical. I was more than freaking out and didn’t have time to go back home and get it. Luckily (sheer luck), the school bookstore was just closing and I ran in and they sold me a new apron really fast!! Thank God! After that though my heart was racing, my hands were shaking and I had to calm down again before starting my practical. Since when is baking bread so stressful?! I put all the bread I baked last night, 2 baguettes and a soft white loaf, in the freezer so I could take them home tomorrow morning and pawn them off on my mom. I have enough here!!

So, this morning I’m feeling a little lazy. I was going to go to a 9:15 spinning class at the gym but laying in my bed, drinking tea and planning my grocery list just feels sooo much better. I think I might just skip the intense class and go to the gym later on instead to lift weights for awhile since yesterday I went for a short run. I love intense classes like spinning, but I’m more of a fan of listening to your body and right now my body is yelling that its worn out and just wants to relax for a little while!! So…I just made some pb,flax steel cut oats with some hempmilk and agave nectar, and had a pear with it since I’m out of bananas. It’s sort of gross outside so I plan to just lay here and write my grocery list then head out to W.F. in a little while! My kind of day!




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  • ibex hk
    February 23, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    few!! close call on the apron–sounds like you did great!! ENJOY the weekend and WF, that’s where I’m headed now 🙂 yay

  • Romina
    February 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Congratulations on getting a B! No one is expected to be perfect when they are learning. And I think it’s great that he makes sure everything is perfect… I mean, I wouldn’t want to buy bread that falls apart!

    Your loaves look fantastic! I love the baguette. =)

  • Bev
    February 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    it’s very smart to listen to your own body. You need the rest and you deserve it. Enjoy 🙂 As always your bread looks great. I was off yesterday..snow day. I made whole wheat pita breads and Veggie Girl’s S’Mores Muffins …I made in a 8X8 pan instead of muffins. They were so good. You should make them.

  • Sam
    February 23, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Jenna a B from le courdon bleu (sorry for the wrong spelling?) is awesome- it’s a top culinary school!

    What type of yoga mat do you have? I have been reading up on them but there are so many brands out there!

  • Sara F
    February 23, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    School sounds challenging but fun. Thats always the best anyway, if it were easy you wouldn’t get that great feeling after accomplishing it. Enjoy your relaxing morning. I’m lazing around a bit too…I was going to hit the gym early but the thought of it made me cringe, so I think I’ll just do a long run tomorrow. The sun is supposed to peak out for the first time in a week and the temp is supposed to be at a high of 45! Anyway, enjoy your saturday!
    ps. if you get this before your whole foods trip I have a recommendation. Larabars Cashew Cookie…i don’t know if you’ve tried this flavor, but its pretty wonderful! Also, the whole foods by my me carries these rolls in the bakery. You can buy them individually and they’re really grainy with sunflower seeds on the top. If you can find them you should definitely try one. They’re really heavy but have a great nuttiness.

  • Melissa
    February 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Wow! You have had to deal with a lot of crazinesss this week! But you seem to handle it so well! Congratulations on your practical! Have a good weekend!

  • Betsy
    February 23, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Everyone deserves a lazy day now and then! And you, without a doubt, deserve it, especially with your crazy late nights.

    I just got a new mat from LuluLemon, and I really like it, especially after years of using a crappy mat I got when I was a freshman from Target. Check out their website!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 23, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Jenna, a B on your first practical (especially when dealing with a hard grader) is SPECTACULAR!! And thank goodness you were able to purchase another apron in time – phew! Your loaves look delicious – in my opinion, you deserve an A+ :0)

    You’ve had a long week, so you deserve to have a “lazy day” – enjoy it!! Happy Saturday!!

  • Erica
    February 23, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Congrats on getting a B Jenna! Although based on the pictures, I would’ve given you an A++!

    I don’t know if you saw my question from yesterday, but how do you rinse off the quinoa before you cook it? I don’t have a strainer that’s fine enough, so when i put it in there, the quinoa had fallen through all over the place. 🙁 How should I go about rinsing it? Thanks Jenna! Hope you have a fairly relaxing day.. I too am making my grocery list and heading to Whole Foods.. it can’t get better than that. 🙂

  • Amy C.
    February 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Jenna, Congrats on the B! That’s a wonderful grade for your first practical and with such a hard grader! I’m glad you were able to get a new apron in time. I think after the week you’ve had, you deserve a nice relaxing day. Enjoy food shopping!

    Erica, I had that problem too! Try putting a paper towel or two in your strainer then carefully put the quinoa on that. It should help you rinse them off without having them fall through and without having to buy a new strainer. I hope that works!

    To anyone… since we were talking about Skinny Bitch not too long ago, I thought I’d bring this up. Has anyone seen Fast Food Nation? I know it’s a book too but I turned on the movie last night. I’m definitely 100% a vegetarian now. There was this graphic, awful scene at the end of the film that literally had me in tears. I don’t want to describe it in case people are sensitive to that but if you’ve seen it, I’m sure you know what I mean. It was just awful. 🙁 Now I’m even more thankful for this blog and my new cookbook.

  • Beth
    February 23, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    I have a really small strainer with tiny holes that holds quinoa perfectly. It only allows me to do half a cup at a time, but I’m able to rinse it with light running water without losing any. I was perplexed at how to clean it at first too, but find a tight enough strainer and it’ll work just fine.

  • jenna
    February 23, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Amy C,

    I have not seen that movie but would like to. Did it really convert you to vegetarianism overnight? That’s pretty amazing. Sometimes graphic scenes of what really goes on will do it to ya! I read the book and was completely and totally disgusted.


    I’m trying to think of the brand…….I will have to check out in my car (thats where I keep it) and let you know this afternoon. Its a long black mat made from recyclable materials. I love it! You also must have a yogi-toes so you don’t slide around!


    Err…you technically really should rinse quinoa but I never have (shhh)…I know its bad because there might be gross things on it but when you boil something it usually releases any impurities. To be safe, you SHOULD rinse it in a fine strainer!! Its so annoying to do though! haha!

  • Erica
    February 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks for all your help everyone! 🙂

  • hk
    February 23, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    I hope you don’t abandon your blog, just wanted to let you know i liked it 🙂

  • Erica
    February 23, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Wow, i didn’t even realize I had anyone looking at it! I’ve been quite busy lately so I haven’t had a chance to keep it updated.. that’s the only problem I have with blogging! Haha.

  • jess
    February 23, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    hey jenna! I’m currently taking a break from the gym also- don’t feel guilty at all! Listen to your body, it knows! haha

    we went out to a bbq place for my moms bday last night and (though I am a meat eater) it’s been a while since I’ve had proper steak meat. Well, perhaps getting the chili (with chunks of roasted top sirloin- tres chi chi) was a bad idea. I mean, it was exceptional as far as chili goes, but fast forward twelve hours later to me with Super severe ab cramps and various other discomforts (i’ll keep it from getting too too tmi, but suffice it to say I’ve been staying near a restroom). Anyone who eats meat only occasionally ever have this happen? It pretty much has to be the red meat because, other than that, everything I ate yesterday I have quite often. Any suggestions for a sour stomach? I’ve been drinking lots (don’t want to get dehydrated) and having some lemon/ginger tea. I also managed to get down a huge bowl of oatmeal with applesauce and cinnamon (overall I’m pretty proud because just a few weeks ago I would have used this as an excuse to not eat anything for a few days- go recovery!) and it seems to have sat pretty well. But what else would be mild and nutritious? I’m thinking that nuts are nutrient dense but would they be hard to digest? Thanks So much

    And Erica- I love your blog too! In fact I just discovered it the other day and spent some time reading back at the old posts and getting recipe ideas! Def. focus on school and stuff, we totally understand. But know that you’ve got some fans! haha


  • Amy C.
    February 23, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Jess, my best suggestion for a sour stomach is chamomile-lavender tea. Along with ginger tea, it’s my go to cure when I have an upset stomach. I forget which brand makes it but I think most of the brands in the natural foods section of the grocery store has a similar blend. I hope you feel better!

    Jenna, I had already been transitioning and hadn’t eaten meat in over a month but I wasn’t ready to firmly decide to go vegetarian. After that movie, I was completely convinced. It mainly dealt with beef and hamburg but it turned me off from all meat.

  • jenna
    February 23, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    READ THE BOOK! its so gross you just can’t put it down….sick.

  • Nicole
    February 24, 2008 at 12:34 am

    I saw Fast Food Nation too—a lot of it I actually couldn’t even watch. GREAT movie. Almost TOO compelling.

    I never rinse my quinoa either…i always forget…I’m still living though, so I guess it’s ok…

  • Ashley H
    February 24, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Hey Jenna I was wondering what goes through your mind when you are putting together a grocery list? ( like do you buy just enough to last you through the week or what?) Thanks 🙂

  • Grace
    February 24, 2008 at 3:56 am

    Jess–I always eat only raw foods the next day when food is heavy and makes me feel gross. I make sure to eat lots of veggies and raw nuts. Something about the rawness that is cleansing and makes me feel my best again. I used to get that way when I ate meat like once a year, but never called myself vegetarian. Now, I’m definitely a vegetarian. I don’t even know if I can watch Fast Food Nation; I can only imagine!