Breakfast/ Lunch

Too Many Numbers

I feel like I’m back in undergrad, spending my Saturday doing work! I woke up at 8:30 this morning and have been plugging away ever since, only taking a 10 minute lunch break, to get my dessert/cost control project done. So far, I’ve finished about 1/2 of it and have costed out two of my desserts by ingredients to get selling prices and plate prices. What a headache! It’s not that this kind of work is that difficult, it’s just so incredibly tedious that it makes me go crazy! The fun part was writing the menu with the descriptions of the desserts and the not-so-fun part is the math involved. I still have to sketch out all the plates with diagrams and finish writing my ingredients, method and costing for my final kid’s dessert. Ahh! Culinary school is a lot of work to say the least.

Last night was a lot of fun though—-we plated up our desserts and the wine class came in and tried everything and we all had a small glass of sweet dessert wine to try. I didn’t like the wine because I really am not a fan of sweet wines so I only took a couple sips and then put it down. I did taste everything though and felt like I had wayyy too much sugar by the end of the night. I also ate my Annie’s bunnies at the beginning of the night, around 7:30 because I got hungry for a snack. We didn’t taste desserts until 10:30. I didn’t really eat a lot of any one thing—-just tastes of sauces here and tiny bites of things there.  It sure was fun though and everyone was intrigued by our “pancake pudding” dessert with maple candied bacon, chocolate sauce and homemade ice cream “butter” on top! Also shown here is the white chocolate mint creme brulee and the saffron toasted coconut panna cotta with chocolate pate a choux.




For breakfast this morning I made a Rudi’s bagel topped with about a tbsp of almond butter and some jam as well as half of a banana (the other half was bruised and icky) and a yogurt with a little agave nectar. That, coupled with some strong coffee (last night was a super late night at school—didn’t get home until about 12:15) was perfect fuel to being working on my project.


I worked diligently for a couple hours then broke for lunch. I made a quick and easy Amy’s All-American veggie burger with a slice of provolone cheese, ketchup and dijon mustard on a Rudi’s bun with a peach and got back to work. I’ll probably do this for another hour then go to the gym to do some cardio, take a shower, pack and head for home. We’ll see what time I actually end up getting there though!


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  • hk
    July 12, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Woah, late night, but it does look and sound like a success 🙂 Your project does sound tedious, good luck! Yick to work in the summer, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do…I’m right there with ya~

  • Becca A
    July 12, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Wow, I must say your desserts look phenomenal. Well done!

  • Every Gym's Nightmare
    July 12, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    I LOVE seeing all of your creations, its so interesting. and i love how you still manage to eat so healthy even with all the temptations around. Your probably the ultimate healthy eater- surrounded by the most decadent things all the time, but still stay right on track. great job.

  • Megan
    July 12, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Beautiful desserts. They look so good. Good luck with the project. I empathize with you with your tedious project. As part of the curiculum for a Dietetics major we are required to take a class that is devoted to that kind of stuff. It is tedious and exhausting.

  • Betsy
    July 12, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    yup. that pancake bread pudding looks as frickin amazing as you described. wow.

  • Chef Erin
    July 12, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Gah! Your pancake pudding is so adorable! I want to cuddle it, then eat it!

  • Giorgia
    July 13, 2008 at 1:58 am

    Hi! I just started reading your blog so this may have been answered already but what brand of peanut butter do you use? Or what is healthiest choice
    (in terms of ingredients, etc.)? Thanks!

  • Cara
    July 13, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Wow your desserts look amazing and so inventive! Woo hoo! Can’t wait for you to be working in a restaurant so I can go and try the food!

  • jenna
    July 13, 2008 at 2:39 pm


    I switch back and forth between almond butter and peanut butter. Both are the healthiest if you grind it yourself at a health food store because that way you don’t have any of the weird added sugars and oils that you get when you buy something generic at the store. Its sort of an acquired taste but I would highly recommend it because nut butters are very healthy if you eat them in their best and most natural form!

  • Carla
    July 14, 2008 at 12:05 am


    I left your webpage open and my dad borrowed my laptop. He was intrigued my your blog so he started browsing through it…and loved all your meal ideas! He already told me he wanted a bagel pb/j/banana sandwich for his breakfast tomorrow…

    I found that really funny and thought I’d share with you how inspiring your blog is!