I feel pretty tired this morning. I’ve been going to sleep late (obviously) around midnight or so every night, but my body is still waking up at its “normal” hour around 7-7:30….which just isn’t enough sleep for me. This morning I woke up and went on a run outside because I am working from 10-4 at the restaurant. I wanted to get a good workout in because I’ll be sitting all day! Before I went, I had half of a chocolate chip peanut clif bar and when I came back I had a bowl (1/2 cup serving size) of almond Ezekiel cereal with soy milk and a banana.
I packed my lunch to take to work so I will be posting lunch a bit later, around 4:30 today when I get home before school. I have my “final written exam” tonight and then my final practical tomorrow night because tomorrow is the last night of bread class! I’m a little nervous about the test tonight and I won’t have a chance to really study that much today because I’ll be at work. I’m bringing my notecards with me though anyways to glance at while I answer the phones! Wish me luck!
Last night we made HUGE challah breads and dozens of soft knot rolls. I froze a couple rolls to take home with me on Sunday (my family loves these!) and I’m bringing a couple to work with me today. As for the challah—its gorgeous, but I really don’t think I would eat all that so I gave it to my partner to bring to a family in need that she knows. I love to think that my bread makes someone’s day. 🙂
SawSawMarch 6, 2008 at 2:04 pm
I have a blog to suggest to you that you may enjoy that follows a girl on her baking class endeavours. She made quite possibly the most beautiful challah I have ever seen, I am Jewish so I have seen quite a few in my day! Look back at some of her old posts to see some pretty incredible bakery skills! Here is the link:
CHALLAH DELICIOUSNESS (from the blog I recommended):
Yours looks pretty tasty too!! Challah makes the best french toast and is delicious slathered with butter and honey–not too health conscious but YUMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!
RominaMarch 6, 2008 at 2:08 pm
Your challah bread is gorgeous! I’ve always been afraid to make it for fear of utter failure. Bravo!
My body is the same way. I always wake up at 6:00 or 5:30… It makes life easier, but when I can’t get to bed ’till midnight, I’m tired all day!
LindsayMarch 6, 2008 at 2:16 pm
Jenna ~ That is such a great & nice idea to give your bread away to those in need!!!!!!
NatalieMarch 6, 2008 at 2:26 pm
Challah! How I miss it! They have none in the area where I go to school. Beautiful breads, once again!
CaraMarch 6, 2008 at 2:39 pm
I am glad to see the bread does not go to waste. It is too pretty to go to waste!
arimcgMarch 6, 2008 at 2:48 pm
Challah does make the best french toast! Like every diner in the city has it and it’s hard to resist.
BetsyMarch 6, 2008 at 3:18 pm
sleepy day all around.
that is so wonderful that you are giving your bread away like that…very selfless. and yes-it IS too pretty to waste!
ericaMarch 6, 2008 at 4:05 pm
the bread looks fabulous! i wish i lived in florida so i can have a sample of all of your fresh baked bread.. yum!
good luck at school, you’ll do just fine! 🙂
jenMarch 6, 2008 at 4:07 pm
So i’ve been spreading this link around like a …buttery disease? hehe. anyway, it’s an interesting read http://www.westonaprice.org/modernfood/dirty-secrets.html all about food processing. any thoughts. and as i’ve been saying, this came to me by way of my uber health conscious kinesiology/nutrition major little bro.
LisaMMarch 6, 2008 at 4:38 pm
Hey Jenna and everyone!
I was just wondering if anyone else here drinks kombucha. I drink it on occasion, especially if I am feeling sick or have been extra tired. it is a type of tea made from a big fermented mushrooms, and it claims to have many health benefits. I mention it because for all the vegetarians out there, it does provide some amino acids. It is a bit of an acquired taste, but I like it and most of the brands use only kombucha, carbonation, and flavorings like ginger or white tea (all natural of course). I find mine at whole foods, I like the “wonder drink” brand.
VeggieGirlMarch 6, 2008 at 4:38 pm
Jenna, that challah loaf and the knot rolls are so perfect-looking!! I can’t get over how amazing you are with baking!! Love it :0)
Ahh, get some rest when you can, girl!! Hopefully this weekend you can rest and relax.
SerenaMarch 6, 2008 at 4:56 pm
Jenna, can you freeze challah?
My copy of Veganomicon came in the mail yesterday! Just in time for the weekend – I can’t wait to read it and start trying recipes from it!
Kelly L.March 6, 2008 at 5:49 pm
Posted this on Kath’s page as well…
Hi Everyone. I just ran across this article and I think it’s all something we should read. It’s important to listen to your body and feed it when it’s hungry. I love the whole idea of “eat what you want and stop when your full”. No, this does not mean eat junk all the time but when your body is craving something eat.
Becky in MDMarch 6, 2008 at 6:23 pm
I don’t think the message of that article is “eat what you want, stop when you’re full” I think its more eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full.
“Be aware of your body; feed it when it is hungry, and accept it for what it looks like right now. Be aware, and be wary, of any lifestyle change that touts improved health through deficiency”
It doesn’t say to eat junk, or eat anything, when you’re craving it. It says not to deprive your self of calories and nutrition. The example the author used was a friend who was only eating 800-900 calories. That is deprivation of your body. I don’t think she meant not to deprive yourself of cake or junk food because thats what you’re craving.
KatersMarch 6, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Serena – I’m so jealous! Veganomicon is on my list! Make sure to post what you make!
Kelly L.March 6, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Becky- that’s not what i was implying AT ALL. The article does encourage listening to your body and not trying to mask hunger by drinking water in hopes your hunger will go away. You’ll see in my post I said this does not mean et junk all the time. I DO think that you should feed your body healthy foods but when it wants a stinking cookie eat the the dang cookie. Notice I said cookie not bag of cookies. Too many girls are getting obsessed with eating right 100% of the time and are so afraid of a bite of sugar. If you listen to your body and give it good foods. Splurges here and there will keep you from binging and getting off track completley.
Alex VAMarch 6, 2008 at 8:24 pm
I am not an expert, but I think you can probably freeze Challah without a problem. Most butter-based foods freeze very well, and denser bread tends to freeze pretty well… so I would say go for it!
AmyMarch 6, 2008 at 9:08 pm
Hi Jenna! The blog changes are looking good! I want all of your cookbooks! I bought Veganomicon a couple weeks ago and it is s cool! I’ve never been a vegetarian, but I may become one by default, there are too many delicious ways to eat veggies!
Question: Do you think a food processor is nice but not necessary, totally worth the investment, irreplaceable in the kitchen, and/or lifechanging for cooks of all kinds? I’ve been thinking of getting one recently and wondering if I should shell out for a quality food processor or make do with substitutes like knife chopping, blender, etc. I don’t make breads…yet, but I have been realizing my life could be improved by this product.
And I’m also wondering if I should get one for my parents as an anniversary or Father’s Day gift (my dad cooks, my mom eats, so both would appreciate it, though it would be my dad’s new toy.) My dad has said he wants a food processor, but the ‘rents are very old school and suspicious of any new technology…and since my mom doesn’t cook, she thinks all kitchen gadgets besides the blender are unnecessary. She makes a mean daiquiri though!
AmyMarch 6, 2008 at 9:11 pm
ps I’ve been clicking your ad links. 🙂
Aimee H.March 6, 2008 at 9:29 pm
Amy, my boyfriend’s mom bought me a duel Cuisinart blender/food processor for Christmas and I LOVE it. It’s probably the nicest appliance I’ve ever owned (or maybe ever will). Maybe not totally necessary, but nice to have around the kitchen (I make my own hummus and crepes and lots of other things).
jennaMarch 6, 2008 at 9:44 pm
You can DEF. freeze Challah. That sort of enriched dough freezes very nicely! Freezing bread is so easy…my whole freezer is totally full with it! Perfect for when you want a slice of something special to go with your dinner 🙂
I BELIEVE I tried that drink once. Does it come in like a pink container with cool script writing on it? I can def. say it is an acquired taste. While I didn’t think it tasted “bad”……its def. something you need to get used to. Its sort of pricey though so I usually don’t try it but the health benefits are supposed to be great, so if you can stomach then it might be a good thing for you! I’ll have to try it again now and see what I think. The last time I tried it it was last summer.
KatherineMarch 7, 2008 at 2:44 am
Wow! Those are some beautiful baked goods! And I had no idea challah freezes well. I’m glad I peeked over here!