Pretty Things

Last night was def. a better night for me in school, as we made really pretty things. We used the puff pastry we had made the other night (mine actually turned out a lot better than I thought) to make cream horns (puff pastry spirals piped with chantilly cream), fruit strips (puff pastry strips piped with pastry cream and decorated with fresh fruit), palmiers (cinnamon sugar puff pastry), and apple turnovers. I liked the looks of the fruit strips the best because of all the pretty colors of the kiwi, raspberries and strawberries. To keep myself from eating everything in site I ate my snack, a kashi cookie, around 8:00. I still had my fair share of licks and nibbles though!cimg1612.JPG

Palmiers and Fruit Strips



Cream Horns



I feel more refreshed this morning because I slept in til 8:15. I think the daylight savings time is helping because its not so blindingly bright in my room anymore at 7:00 a.m. For breakfast I made a big bowl of hot multigrain cereal using a cup of almond milk, some pb, a banana and cinnamon. I had some decaf English Breakfast tea on the side.


I’ve got some errands to run today along with working out and cooking! See you at lunch!

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  • Lindsay
    March 12, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    WOW ~ I agree, Those fruit strips look so yummy & colorful! I give you credit for resisting all those treats… Have a great day 🙂

  • Betsy
    March 12, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    *wipes drool from chin*

    the palmiers look amazing…i used to get the most amazing chocolate covered ones in Sevilla. flakey and amazing.

    glad to hear your class went better last night!! hopefully you were able to get to sleep better too.

    let us know if you find any more falling asleep remedies that work for you!

  • Romina
    March 12, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Wow Jenna! It’s only 7:00 AM but I’m already drooling for pastries. You did a wonderful job! think you’ve definitely found your calling in life.

  • Natalie
    March 12, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    It really is too bad that we can’t go to Jenna’s baked goods shop to purchase your delicious looking pastries and breads!

    I bought cashew butter from Whole Foods yesterday, and after I purchased it I noticed there is safflower oil in it. I usually buy peanut butter with just peanuts and salt as the ingredient so I’m a little thrown off.

    What are other brands of cashew butter people buy and what are their ingredients?


  • amy
    March 12, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    This is why I don’t bake. I would have to eat one everything! Beautiful pasteries!

  • arimcg
    March 12, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    That turnover is killing me. With some vanilla ice cream?! I am a chocolate girl all the way, but wow.

  • Kath
    March 12, 2008 at 1:34 pm


    Those look SO beautiful!! Have you thought any more about what you want to do when you graduate?


  • Eliza
    March 12, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    beautiful 🙂

  • jenn
    March 12, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    jenna, those pastries look DIVINE! I admire your restraint…!! I wouldn’t have had anything left to photograph… 😛

  • Meghan
    March 12, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    MMMM I used to work in a bakery and those pictures really remind me of how tempting pastries are! They look absolutely beautiful, Jenna, almost like a piece of art, in fact. I hope your day goes wonderfully!

  • jenn
    March 12, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Natalie, safflower oil is mostly PUFAs, and is high in omega-6 EFAs. While it’s not as beneficial as omega-3, it’s not a terrible ingredient… I would imagine it’s there to improve the consistency…

  • VeggieGirl
    March 12, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    I KNEW that your class last night would be better than two night’s ago. You did such a fabulous job with the pastries – be proud!! I’ll have a turnover, please :0D

    enjoy your Wednesday!! we’re halfway through the week already!! :0)

  • Anon
    March 12, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Jenna, I wonder exactly how much you “lick and nibble” at school? Do you nibble siginificantly less than everyone else? Do people give you attitude at school about it? I just wonder bc you spend so much time baking all these things, but never seem to eat any of it! Thanks!

  • Eliza
    March 12, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    today for lunch i had
    – a serving of trail mix (dried bananas, papaya, pine apple nuts)
    -a little peanut butter
    -all bran crackers

    is this too much??

  • SawSaw
    March 12, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    I have been practicing hot yoga or hatha yoga for a month now. I find it really meditative and really good for my brains. Would you all consider it exercise?

    I was just curious–some people claim it is a huge calorie-burner and some people say that previous claim is a load of bulls***.

    What is the general opinion on the matter?

    I mean I know I’m sweating bullets in class, but that is just water and toxins leaving my body.. How would you categorize it?


  • Cara
    March 12, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Your pastries are all so pretty! Good job!

  • Katherine
    March 12, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Eliza – I don’t think that is too much!!! those are snacks! Are you full?

    SawSaw: I count yoga as exercise. The amount you burn depends on how hard you are working and how deep into the postures you are getting. I am not sure what type of Hot Yoga you do – I do Bikram Yoga (which is the most popular form of Hot Yoga) It is pretty intense and I think that really you just need to pay attention to your body and see how hard it is working – when I work really hard I feel the burn and know that it was a good workout, other times I don’t feel the burn as much – perhaps when I am tired or just more focused on the mental aspect of it. The good thing about Bikram is that it improves your metabolism and compresses your digestive system in order to help your body function more efficiently (this I have definately noticed). I also go for hikes and walk everywhere so as long as you are getting some form of exercise other than that (does not mean you have to set foot in the gym) then I think you are doing great. After all it is about health, strength and flexibility as well as eating the right foods (thanks Jenna for wonderful food ideas).

  • blueberrybabe
    March 12, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Eliza- I think that lunch looks yummy and DEF not “too much”. It is all healthy food so you shouldn’t worry about anything.

    SawSaw- first of all what does the name SawSaw mean? It makes me smile every time I see it! In terms of yoga- about 4 months ago I swapped two of my running days for two yoga days (I had never done yoga before). At first I hated it bc it is really hard for me to be still, especially for a workout. But I stuck with it and now I am semi-addicted. Everytime I find myself thinking that yoga isn’t a workout I remind myself that it IS a workout, maybe just different than what we usually think of. I don’t even sweat at all in the yoga I do. But it is great for stretching, flexibility, mentally, and also I think a lot more than we know that a yoga teacher could tell you- some stuff to do with internal organs, joint lubrication, etc, etc (any yoga teachers reading???). So that is just my two sense but I really find it helpful and fun to think on my running days “I am a runner!” and on my yoga days “I am a yogi!” Variety is the spice of life!

  • jenna
    March 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm


    I taste ends of crusts and such…No, I don’t eat everything I bake because I would probably weigh 500 pounds! My chef said that a true pastry chef/baker does not even have to taste the products he/she makes because they know the exact quality of each individual ingredient and therefore the finished product must be good. Yeah, its true that everyone else in my class eats more than I do. I usually am one of the only ones that doesn’t eat a whole turnover or another dessert I make. But, it doesn’t bother me at all and theres no pressure to eat everything I make. I usually end up giving it away!

  • erica
    March 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    jenna, quick question regarding your oatmeal – do you just add almond milk to your oats w/o any water? i’ve tried it once with unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, and it seemed like it took a much longer time for the oats to absorb the liquid. thanks!

    and those pastries look delectable btw!

  • jenna
    March 12, 2008 at 5:16 pm


    this isnt oatmeal, its multigrain hot cereal so I just use a cup of almond milk to cook it in…no water. It only takes about 4 minutes to make on the stove! I’ve timed it! I let it boil then reduce to a simmer and stir.

  • erica
    March 12, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    gotcha! i’ve tried the only-almond milk technique w/ regular oats, and it didn’t come out creamy, but i will try it with the hot cereal. thanks!!

  • nicole r.
    March 12, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    When your body sweats as much as it does in a Bikram, Power, or Forrest (or otherwise hot) you’re actually burning a LOT of calories. You’re generating so much heat in your body, your metabolism is basically in overdrive mode—this is REALLY good for you!! Even though the class isn’t as fast paced as a vinyasa (unless you’re going to Baptiste or PranaPower yoga–then you get the flow of vinyasa PLUS the heat), you’re still using up a lot of energy. Great workout!! Even if you were to sit in a steam room (just sitting there!) you’d burn a significant amount of calories even in 10 minutes.

  • SawSaw
    March 12, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Katherine, BlueBerryBabe and Nicole R.,

    Thank you so much for all your input!!


    My name is Sara and when I was in pre-school I had a boyfriend who couldn’t pronounce his “r”, so he called me Sasa. For some reason my brother decided to adopt this nickname from my pre-school lover 🙂 and always called me Sasa.

    Upon first meeting my sister-in-law she picked up on my brother’s nickname for me and thought he was saying SawSaw because my initials are SAW–ever since my brother adapted his nickname for me to SawSaw and my sister-in-law has continued with it. And thus ends the evolution of my nickname 🙂