Dessert/ Dinner

Lovely Leftovers

ahh what a tiring day! I think I need a vacation…….NOT a tire with a hole in it, which is what mine is right now πŸ™ I don’t have time to take it anywhere til Thursday so I have to leave early for school tonight and stop and pump some air into it to get by for the next couple days. Eek!

Tonight for dinner I reheated the leftover Maple Glazed Veggies and Chickpeas I made the other night and made some red quinoa to go with it for a more hearty meal. I guess its not the most photogenic meal ever (I swear there IS quinoa under that mass of veggies!) but it certainly is really delicious and, I think, even better today than it was the other night! Just the veggies alone the other night made me really full, but tonight starts night number 1 of my three day practical so I need all the energy I can get so tonight I made a salad with cucumbers and goddess dressing as well! We are working in groups of 4 (thank God) and have six items to get done before the show on Thursday including Petit Fours, Opera Torte, Almond Macaroons, Linzer Cookies, Battenburg Torte and Petit Eclairs. Hopefully we can manage our time wisely and get a good chunk of that out of the way tonight.

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I’m bringing one of Lindsay’s double chocolate muffins with me for a snack later on. I took one last night too and popped it in the microwave around 8:00 when I got hungry and it was sooo good and warm and chocolatey! The perfect dessert πŸ™‚

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  • VeggieGirl
    April 22, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Don’t worry, Jenna – vacation-time WILL be here soon :0)

    Mmm, Maple Glazed Veggies & Chickpeas, salad and a double-chocolate muffin – talk about a delicious dinner!

    Best of luck on all the baking you’ll be doing tonight!

  • BethT
    April 22, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    BE CAREFUL driving on that tire!

    And now a food note: Try the Goddess Dressing mixed with broccoli slaw. You will not be disappointed!

  • Jill
    April 22, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Man! I thought I’d be first for sure! How’d you beat me VeggieGirl?

    Jenna – I love that you eat dessert every night, makes me know I’m not alone! Haha, I think it’s an important part of life, yes sir!

  • Michelle
    April 22, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Hope tonight goes well. And glad to hear you grandfather’s surgery went well.

    When you cook beans how much do you cook at once. For example, if you want chickpeas and pasta, do you just cook the amount you are eating? If not how do you store them without them getting icy and weird? Thanks!

  • linds
    April 22, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    What does the Goddess dressing taste like? I saw it for the first time today and am intrigued. Can anyone reccommend a good Annie’s flavour?

  • Michelle
    April 22, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Sorry to add, but cooking beans seems so time consuming since the fire is on the whole time.

  • babycakes
    April 22, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    aww Jenna, so sorry about your tire! As much as we need them, cars can be such a hassle when something goes wrong. Please do be careful driving on it!

    Good luck with day one of your practical tonight! I have a physiology practical tomorrow – yikes!

    Can’t wait to see all the pics of your goodies!

    Have a wonderful night πŸ™‚

  • ibex hk
    April 22, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    good luck, dinner looks yummy as always! sorry about your tire, booo what a bummer!

  • Ashley H
    April 22, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Man I love vegan baking! who wouldnt love cookies and muffins that are good for you!!

  • Betsy
    April 22, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    what a bummer!!! i hate having car problems. it is probably the worst pain in the ass their is. at least your dinner looks yumm!

  • BethT
    April 22, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Linds, to me the Goddess dressing has a very tahini-ish flavor. It is quite tasty. I would recommend it.

  • Alli W.
    April 22, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Grrr I feel your pain. I am having car troubles, too! So annoying!! Good luck on your projects–send some leftovers to California:)!!

  • raybelle
    April 23, 2008 at 12:58 am

    this is a re-post from earlier:

    jenna–
    i hope your day has turned out well.
    i have a ? regarding your culinary degree–
    would a 2 year pastry arts community college program give me the same background and preparation in pastry arts/baking as a program similar to the one you are in? unfortunately, there are not any cooking schools near where i live.

    have a lovely evening!

  • Susan
    April 23, 2008 at 4:06 am

    Hey Jenna ! I have been catching up on your blog and I’m glad to hear your grandfather is doing better. Car troubles are the worst (next to locking youself out of the house, which unfortuantely I can attest to both!).

    Any bread freezing tips. I froze some english muffins in the freezer after placing them in their plastic package and then a freezer bag and they still got icy. Do you wrap your bread first in some other item? I know you like to freeze a lot.

  • Teddy
    April 23, 2008 at 6:19 am

    good luck on your practical exams! I’m already sure you’ll do fantastically πŸ™‚

    Teddy

  • Alice (in Veganland)
    April 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Those are really yummy leftovers! good luck on the practical!

  • jenna
    April 24, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Michelle,

    I usually cook about 1/2 cup to 1 cup beans at a time, enough for 2 or 3 servings. It actually is easier for me because I can just put them out to soak overnight when I get home from school and then let them cook on the stove while I get ready for work in the morning. Ithink they actually taste far superior to canned beans!! They are also MUCH cheaper when you think about it and better than constantly buying can after can after can…I store them in a tupperware in the fridge and have never had a problem. They keep fine for about 5 days.

  • jenna
    April 24, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Susan,

    I don’t take them out of their package….I just shut the package tightly and freeze it. If it gets icy, then just shake off the ice and you are fine. I’ve never had too much of a problem with that before. I try not to use very many plastic baggies when I don’t have to, just because they are really bad for the environment to always use time after time. I just make sure the baggie is closed as tightly as possible!

  • jenna
    April 24, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Raybelle,

    I’m not that familiar with community college programs but I would generally say no just because when I graduate I will have a diploma from the cordon bleu in Paris and that is very well looked upon in the industry as being the best that there is. A community college program just doesn’t have the recognition that a larger school does, which will help you when you go look for a job. My way of thinking is that if you are going to do it then DO IT. If you are going to pay all the money you might as well want to go to the best there is. I mean, is it worth the move for you? I moved for this school. You have to decide what is most important. The cordon bleu’s name is recognized all over the world while a community college’s is not. Its a big decision with time and effort and I think if you want to do it then don’t sacrifice yourself for anything less than the best.