Dessert/ Dinner/ Lunch

High Seas

Hi guys,

I’ve had a busy afternoon but am back safely in Orlando ready to tackle another week of work and my new class (Custards!). Ryan and I ended up going to tarpon fishing with his sister and her boyfriend all afternoon. It was fun being on the boat but we didn’t end up catching anything and the weather was sort of sucky. But…being on the boat is better than being off so we had a good time. We ate packed lunches and I had a hummus/tabbouli/kale salad wrap from the health food store that I had picked up and brought. I also had a pear and some cherries. Later, I snacked on a Kashi crunchy granola bar back on land.


For dinner tonight I made the recipe I’ve been wanting to make for awhile from Vegan with a Vengeance—Black Eyed Pea and Quinoa Croquettes. I also made the mushroom gravy to go with them from the same book. Sorry to say though, I was very disappointed with this recipe. The croquettes didn’t stick together at all and ended up falling apart and crumbling before I could even get them on the pan. They didn’t taste all that spectacular either. I was picturing another version of a chickpea cutlet and I was sorrily disappointed. The mushroom gravy, on the other hand, was very good and would be really yummy on top of noodles or a chickpea cutlet, for that matter! I was sad because the whole meal was very time consuming and not worth it in my opinion. To make up for it, I baked some of Lindsay’s Chocolate Chip Cookies from her new cookbook. Sorry guys—no recipe yet! But all I can say it that they were worth the time and were simply delicious. I ate one straight out of the oven and licked my fingers clean!




Because yall asked, here’s a picture of my new target sandals. Aren’t they cute? You already saw a photo of the dress I got at anthro yesterday and that sums up my shopping trip!


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  • hk
    May 19, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Glad fishing was fun today! I love being out on the water 🙂
    MMMmmm, these cookies are fantastic, I can attest 🙂 (no surprise there from Lindsay!)

    Hahha, I had to laugh, I bought these same gold xhilaration flats from target the other day, too funny! They’re pretty comfortable for $10, not bad!!

    have a nice night!

  • VeggieGirl
    May 19, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Glad to read that you are safely back in Orlando, and that you had a fun day with Ryan on the boat.

    I just posted about those same chocolate chip cookies!!! Aren’t they BEYOND incredible?!!?!

    Cute new sandals, for sure – perfect for the warmer weather!

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening :0)

  • Kristie
    May 19, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Too bad about the dinner being a bummer, that’s one thing that makes me hesitant to sometimes try completely new and foreign recipes, because I’m afraid it’ll be a waste of time, ingredients etc. But I guess you just have to take that risk because more often than not many recipes usually end up being pretty decent!

  • Mel H
    May 19, 2008 at 2:18 am

    mmm your pita looks so so good! I’m moving to Dayton, Ohio for law school in August and next to my new apartment there is a Trader Joes? is it a pretty good grocery store meaning fresh produce that isn’t too expensive? Thanks Jenna and everyone!

  • Jill
    May 19, 2008 at 5:19 am

    Fun stuff! When you make a recipe (I notice you bake a lot) do you make the whole thing and then freeze some, or do you cut it down?

  • TimeofButterflies
    May 19, 2008 at 10:19 am

    A couple of things…

    1) I *want* those pink sandals. Must. Have. Them.
    2) How did you choose the baking school you are currently attending? We have similar backgrounds (I have a BA in English) and I honestly am happiest when I am cooking and baking. I’d like to start researching schools just to see what is out there, but I don’t even know where to start and how to choose an appropriate school. It would be awesome to make wedding cakes.
    3) I want my own Ryan! He seems so supportive and you guys really seem in tune to one another. I’m a wee bit jealous 🙂 but terribly happy for you 🙂

  • VTgirl
    May 19, 2008 at 10:43 am

    omg cuteeee shoes!!!!!!! i am a tad obsessed with target…that store is so dangerous…every single time i go in there i end up spending more and more money!!!! those cookies look great, i can’t wait until Lindsay releases this cookbook of hers!

  • healthyceliac
    May 19, 2008 at 10:54 am

    I was outside of Orlando this weekend, and even on Sunday, when the weather was iffy (at least in the morning), it was still 10 times better than Northern Virginia! You are so lucky that you get to live in Florida all the time…not to mention that I went to a Target there (yes, I go there on vacation!), and the selection was much better than here. The grass is always greener, I suppose!

  • Tina
    May 19, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Cute shoes! I bought a similar pair to the black strapy ones!

  • Heather
    May 19, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Oooh, I have those sandals on the left! Aren’t they comfy? Love them.

  • koootz
    May 19, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    I went tot Target today because of you! I saw those sandals but decided on a pair of kinda goldish braided ones that are super comfy despite how they look.


  • Julie
    May 19, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I bought the pink sandals today! I was going to go for the zebra print ones, but decided they were a little too crazy for me…

  • jenna
    May 20, 2008 at 12:36 pm


    When I make dinners I usually cut down the portion to serve two then eat the leftovers the next day…or if its freezable I make enough for 4 and freeze the rest to have later…that works best for soups and stews and makes for an easy reheatable meal!

  • jenna
    May 20, 2008 at 12:39 pm


    I chose the Cordon Bleu because of its reputation and the fact that it is only about 1 hour from my family in tampa. I didn’t want to move across the country or the world again from them and having such a great, world class school only an hour away was a blessing! I visited it, took the tour and was instantly sold!

    I’m a very lucky girl to have my Ryan! You just have to stop looking and it will happen…I was so bummed out after many bad experiences with boyfriends not working out in the past and totally not looking for a boyfriend and then, wham, I met Ryan in the elevator one morning and the rest was history! Timing is everything 🙂