December 20, 2007
I made it!!!!!!!!! The practicals this morning were very difficult but it’s over and I swung by with a B in the class. Now I am officially done with Meat Fabrication forever and have a lovely little break ahead of me! I actually did really well on my chicken…I just worked very slow and carefully and managed to produce 2 (almost) perfect boneless skinless breasts and 2 boneless skinless thighs. But then the fish came. I don’t know why its so hard for me but it is and I cut my finger again today! I have never not cut my finger when filleting fish. Maybe that means I shouldn’t do it! The fillets turned out okay in the end though. Not my best and I could have done better but I got what I needed to to get a B in the class so I’m happy. 🙂 I got home earlier than usual and made a nice little lunch. I don’t have these often because I don’t like to eat a lot of processed food, but for a once in awhile thing, they are fine—the morningstar farms buffalo “chik’n” wings. I ate a ton of morningstar farms products when I was a vegetarian in college and still would choose them over real chicken tenders if I had the choice. They are so tasty! I had 5 of them (one serving) with about 1/2 tbsp honey mustard, a sliced pear, 4 ounces plain yogurt with jam and 10 kashi crackers. When I finished I was still sort of hungry because the meal wasn’t as calorie dense as my usual lunches so I ate 5 more kashi crackers, a tiny piece of dark chocolate and made some Candy Cane tea! Now I’m all set!
My lunch…note that I did add 5 more crackers! Total (with the small chocolate) it was about 535 calories
Thank you all so much for all the well wishes for my practicals! I just love hearing from you guys, it really makes my day!
As for the rest of the day…cleaning until my friend gets here! We are going out to dinner at Roy’s Restaurant, where I work, and I am so excited because the food is AMAZING! I’ve been trying to plan out what I’m going to order for days because everything is just so good. I thought you guys might like to see the menu for yourselves! Here’s link: the sushi is to die for!
I’m happy because dinner is early tonight (6:30) and I love early dinners because I just get so hungry around then….I’m sure there will be wine involved but I’m going to try to keep it in moderation 🙂
December 18, 2007
Today was fish day at school and we blackened snapper fillets and pan seared salmon…so I ate! I love seafood as many of you know! I also ate because I prepared everything myself…all the way from filleting the snapper when it looked like it was straight out of the water! We used a really good homemade blackening spice that Chef had prepared and I brought in the rest of my cornbread rolls from last night for everyone to try. The bad thing was that while I was filleting the snapper I cut my finger pretty bad through the gloves I had one. Now it’s all wrapped up :(. I’m doing some cleaning around here this afternoon then heading off to a 4:00 ashtanga yoga class. Then back here to make dinner and do homework–only two days of school left!
My lunch was incredibly light today because we were only given 3 ounces of salmon to sear and I only took about 1 1/2-2 ounces of blackened snapper on my plate. Those, with a cornbread roll, and an orange I ate when I got home only added up to be about 300 calories, which is much less than I like to eat at lunchtime.
This little guy right here turned into my lunch! (cutting my finger in the process)
So…I will be having a big snack before yoga in a few hours and I’m already a little hungry now! I’m not trying to skimp on any calories right now–I’m mindful of them of course—but I’m not lowering them or anything like that because for some odd reason my scale says that last week I lost 4 pounds! I’m not trying to lose weight and like to keep my weight up around 120-123 pounds…I think 116 is too low for me, which is what the scale said yesterday. Weird because I really have not been doing anything different with my eating and exercise! Maybe something was amiss with the scale. Very odd.
December 17, 2007
Well, today was wild game day at school!!
Carving the fat off an oxtail!!
That’s right…we cooked up some alligator, frog legs, pheasant, duck, quail, oxtails, rabbit…..not really my cup of tea but it was interesting! My team was in charge of the oxtails, which we braised and then cooked in the oven like short ribs. Rumor was that we also had to cook bear, but then Chef whipped out some bear-shaped christmas cookies instead! That had everyone laughing. I decided to fogo the cookie though because I plan to bake some here later and instead had my usual snack of fiber one + almonds around 9:30. My oatmeal from this morning held me over very well too—I just had the usual with banana, walnuts and natural peanut butter mixed in.
Quail wrapped in proscuitto
Needless to say, I did not eat at school today. Instead I came home and made a very filling and tasty lunch of a gardenburger with one slice of provolone cheese and some honey mustard between two slices of sprouted grain bread. On the side I had one tablespoon of hummus and 5 baby carrots to dip into it. I also had 4 ounces of plain nonfat yogurt with a little jam and some apple slices to dip into that! And if all that weren’t enough, I finished the meal with a small bite of dark chocolate. 🙂 All for about 525 calories!
It was delicious and I feel a lot better! I’m doing a lot of cooking/baking this afternoon…its freezing here-well, freezing for Orlando, that is…its in the 50’s! So I’m going to test out a new cornbread recipe along with cooking up a big bowl of homemade comforting soup for dinner tonight.
December 14, 2007
Happy Friday, everyone!
I hope your day is going well so far and you have something fun and relaxing planned for the weekend….I know what I’ll be doing—working! They have me scheduled to work tonight, tomorrow night and sunday night so hopefully I can bring in some more money so that I can keep affording to buy groceries! 🙂 My oatmeal was wonderful this morning (remember last night I made the overnight swiss oatmeal)? Well, it turned out sooo good and I think I’m going to play around with that recipe and be making it more often because it really held me over well this morning. I did eat my snack (fiber one + almonds, as usual) at 9:45 but only because I knew I wouldn’t be eating lunch til 1:30 and if I waited that long without having anything to eat I would starve!! I def. recommend you guys trying it out though…the yogurt made it all creamy and delicious..and of course the maple syrup added some spark!!!
For lunch today I made something quick and light because I’m going to be going running in about an hour. I toasted one of last night’s scottish oatmeal scones and slathered on 1 tbsp natural peanut butter and 1/2 tbsp raspberry preserves on top of it! SO GOOD!!! There’s just something about homemade baked goods that is really really wonderful..especially if you know they are healthy homemade baked goods!! I also had a pear and 4 ounces of 1% cottage cheese….and a tiny bit of dark chocolate ;). It filled me up but didn’t weigh me down…and was about 445 calories. This is significantly lower than what I usually eat for lunch, but again, I’m going to be running so I didn’t want anything too big! I’m also working tonight so I’ll have a little bit of a larger dinner to hold me over.
In school we made fried chicken wings, cornish hens stuffed with herb butter, seared and baked chicken breasts and some sauces to go along with them. I took a picture so you all would see what I could have eaten as my lunch! (not the smart choice though!)
Lunch we made at school….on the left those are potato wedges drenched in butter/drippings from the cornish hens, then going clockwise you have the fried chicken fingers and sauce and then the chicken breast.
My lunch….you can’t see it but there is a tablespoon of peanut butter on that scone. so good 🙂
another raw chicken picture…I’m sure you all love these! Here I was attempting to tie up the cornish hen for the oven after I stuffed it with a compound butter made from fresh chopped herbs and butter all blended up. Very messy!
**a special thank you to Danielle and Cathy who have been talking up my blog on Kath’s site. Thanks so much guys!!!
December 13, 2007
Hi everyone! Sorry this post is coming a little later than usual but class didnt end til later today then I had to run home, eat lunch and then run back out to the grocery store to grab one last ingredient for tonight’s dinner! (you will see that later though!)
For starters, I switched up my usual banana/walnut/peanut butter oatmeal this morning by adding a chopped apple instead as the fruit. It turned out pretty good- sort of like a big bowl of peanut butter on apples (one of my favorite snacks!) but I think I still prefer the creaminess of the banana with the oats more. I ate my usual snack around 9:30 then didn’t get to eat lunch until I got home at 1:30! I was so hungry! Today was chicken day at school and we had to de-skin and de-bone 2 whole chickens…I was up to my elbows in chicken goop for most of the morning, and let me tell you, it’s so much harder than they make it out to be when you have to take every single little bone out and make it look all pretty like the already packaged boneless, skinless breasts you buy at the grocery store! Next week for my final exam in that class I have to produce perfectly boneless skinless chicken breasts and thighs out of a whole chicken, so today was just for practice. I cut myself with my boning knife also and that’s no fun….
but anyways, on to lunch!
I resisted the fried chicken fat (seriously!!) that the Chefs were frying up at school. They basically just took all our leftover chicken fat and fried it up so it looked like little pork cracklings! gross!!! We also made Chicken Breasts Chausseur (a classical style chicken dish with a rich reduction sauce and mushrooms) and stuffed chicken thighs. I tasted the sauce for the Chausseur and it was tasty, but very very rich!! of course!
When I got home I made my own lunch…I tried a new product today called “Yve’s Meatless Lettuce Wraps” because I saw them featured in a self magazine a while ago. I put 2/3’s cup of it on top of 1 cup of baby spinach and drizzled a little low fat organic salad dressing on top. I also had 2 tablespoons hummus (beginning to see a trend? hummus is one of my favorite foods!!) with about 6 baby carrots and 15 kashi crackers. I had 4 ounces of fage 0% yogurt with a bit of raspberry preserves in it on the side. In the picture you will see an orange but I actually swapped that out for a banana, bringing my entire lunch to about 528 calories. It was okay. I wouldn’t buy the meatless lettuce wraps again and I threw out the rest…I just don’t like processed things very much and thought this might be different but it wasn’t. Its just the texture that really bothers me I think. It was tasty, but I would rather have whole, natural foods! Oh, well.
I’m doing a bunch of cooking/baking here this afternoon as well as hitting the gym for the weight lifting later on. I have tons of recipes to write for school tomorrow and cleaning to do as well! There’s always something! Good thing I’m super excited about the dinner I’m making tonight…..I can’t wait to show you!!
Here are some pictures 🙂
huge pile of chickens my team “broke down” (de-boned, de-skinned..the works) today. I broke down 2 of these…cutting my finger while I was at it! yuck!
A heart attack waiting to happen….fried chicken skin. no thanks!
My lunch…note that I did swap out the orange for a banana at the last second 🙂 I love bananas!
December 12, 2007
Tons to do today! I have a very busy afternoon full of recipe writing, studying, running and cooking….and then I have to work tonight (I’m just a hostess at a restaurant here). For starters though, I ate another awesome oatmeal breakfast this morning before school. Peanut butter, walnuts and banana…my usual! So good and kept me going for about 3.5 hours till I had my fiber one + almond snack. We cooked lamb at school, so I didn’t eat lunch there. I just really don’t like the strong flavor of the meat, although the couscous I made smelled pretty good! (I had to taste it while I was cooking but I didn’t eat it for lunch).
I was very hungry at the end of school today and rushed home and made a fantastic lunch of my own here! I made a hummus plate (1/4 cup hummus) with 2 ounces of sliced bell peppers and 15 kashi crackers to dip as well as some roasted acorn squash that I roasted yesterday afternoon. I had one cup of Pacific brand Creamy Tomato Soup on the side and a sliced pear. All for about 500 calories. (plus a bite sized organic dark chocolate for dessert, of course!!) It was a very good, very filling lunch and I now feel prepared to tackle the rest of the afternoon! Its 85!!! degrees outside so I’m just going to do a 40 minute run on the treadmill in a couple hours. I have a great dinner coming up tonight that I can’t wait to share with you guys! Stay tuned 🙂
“breaking down” a lamb leg at school today…this was taken during Chef’s demo. My hands were frozen solid after about an hour of cutting frozen lamb meat!!! (not to mention my chef instructor keeps the classroom set at 62 degrees because we are dealing with raw meat all day—can’t wait till Baking class next!)
December 11, 2007
I had a busy morning at school today. It was pork day and we made pork cutlets, baby back ribs and pulled pork with four different types of bbq sauces. In the middle of the day we had to watch a video on pork slaughter houses, which I reallyyy did not like that much. As a former vegetarian, I really don’t like to watch the killing of animals. I eat them, but I don’t always like to see the process behind it all! Oh well, it’s culinary school and I really didn’t have a choice. I did end up eating lunch at school today just because I loove pulled pork and never really get to eat it unless I’m at a football tailgate or something. And, the bbq sauces turned out amazing! I also snacked on 7 almonds at around 9:30. A little smaller than my normal snack of almonds + fiber one cereal, but my oatmeal held me over pretty well and I knew I would be having a little more fattening of a lunch at 11:30.
So, here was my lunch:
I ate a little more than half of the bread (which I dotted with some homemade garlic butter…the rest of the class liberally poured it onto their pieces so I felt pretty healthy there), all of the pork and all of the pickles. One of the sauces there is an spicy/sweet Asian bbq sauce and the other is the one that I personally made, an apple cider based sauce. I liked the one that I made the best! It turned out perfect—sweet with a kick. I’m estimating that this lunch was about 400 calories or so…maybe a little more. Pulled pork usually is not that caloric per ounce—its usually only 90 calories per 2 ounce serving, but I’m guessing I ate more like 3 ounces. The pickles were not bad at all (about 6 cal. per pickle slice) and, well, the bread was a splurge because I never eat white bread….or garlic butter for that matter…but I didn’t eat the whole thing and I would rather have some sort of carb to balance out the meat on my plate. I’m going to eat some fresh fruit and maybe some yogurt later as a snack to balance things out. This is def. not my normal lunch though!!! But it was SO good!!!
Here’s some more photos of school this morning:
The kitchen that my Meat Fabrication class is in. This is all set up for the Chef’s demo.
Time line of what’s happening during the day. I wrote this when I got there this morning…I usually end up writing this every morning since I have the best handwriting out of most of the guys in my class 🙂
Haha…this is the large piece of pork each team was given to work with this morning. I used a saw to cut it into baby back ribs and cutlets. lovely, right?
December 10, 2007
Mmmm…my sweet tooth just kicked in and I had a sugar-free Kozy Shack rice pudding (sweetened with splenda…no artificial ingredients in it) and a hot cup of vanilla tea. Now, I’m all set to work on copying tomorrow’s recipes for school. It’s going to be an interesting morning because we are making one of my favorite splurge meals!~~pulled pork! Oh my goodness with the right bbq sauce that stuff is deadly 😉 I usually don’t eat lunch at school (nor do I usually eat a lot of meat in general!) but I may have to have a little more than a taste tomorrow….
Here’s what we are making tomorrow:
Barbeque Baby Back Ribs
Pulled Pork !!
2 regular bbq sauces, one vinegar based and one tomato based (I love vinegar based!)
texas coffee bbq sauce
asian bbq sauce
…..gotta love PORK day. We are also watching a pork slaughtering video along with the hour and a half lecture! I’m going to bring my camera though and try to snap some photos of what I make to show yall.
Well, so last night I turned in around 10:15…hoping to get about 7-8 hours sleep. nope! I didn’t fall asleep til FOUR IN THE MORNING! and I had to wake up at 6 for school! So, I’m running on two hours sleep right now 😦 Not healthy and not fun. I think I couldn’t sleep last night because I hadn’t done any exercising yesterday; all I did all day was just sit on an airplane, and my weekend was a little stressful visiting sick grandparents. Hopefully tonight will be better….I’m actually going to lay down for about an hour soon then see how I feel because I really wanted to exercise today. And—I am going grocery shopping!!! My favorite thing to do!! I go to whole foods and the regular grocery store. Whole foods to get all the “special organic” things I love like peanut butter and the regular grocery store to get my produce because its a heck of a lot cheaper!
For breakfast this morning I was exhausted and knew I needed some fuel. I made power oatmeal with 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water (we are out of skim milk) and 2 ounces 1% cottage cheese. I made the oatmeal last night then this morning heated it up with a banana and the cottage cheese. I also added some peanut butter and walnuts for a little more oomph! It was really good and that, along with a large cup of coffee (I usually always drink tea in the mornings…) helped me get through my crazy morning at school! My breakfast was about 425 calories. I brought along my usual snack of 1/4 cup fiber one and 7 almonds. I think I’m the only one who snacks at culinary school but I have to in order to keep myself going for the 5 hours I’m in the kitchen! Speaking of school……today I made:
Herb Stuffed Pork Chops with Sauce Charcuterie. Tomorrow I’m going to start bringing my camera along to school so I can show you guys what “really” goes on there and take some photos of the stuff I make. I actually did not try the pork chops today…I know, I know, I should since I made them but the thought of nawing on a huuuuge pork chop stuffed with thanksgiving-like stuffing was enough to make me gag this morning. The looked good though and the other 2 guys on my team devoured a couple of them, so I think they were okay 🙂 I wish you guys could have seen me though….I actually was SAWING the pork to carve out the pork chops! It’s really down and dirty there and there’s no room at all to be squeamish…you just have to put on your gloves and dive in. I was quite a site after the sawing adventure, that’s for sure! Its especially interesting for an ex-vegetarian! note: I was a vegetarian up until the time I lived in France last summer. I still only eat meat about once a week–I just prefer plant food I guess 🙂
When I got home around 1, I made the quickest, tastiest and healthiest lunch I know on limited sleep AND limited groceries! I put together a fast peanut butter and jelly sandwich on sprouted grain toast and ate it with 4 ounces cottage cheese and a cut up apple(and a tiny piece of dark chocolate of course for dessert!–all for about 500 calories)
Now I feel a little better but hopefully a quick power nap can restore me even more…..
My “school-bag” aka knife kit and lunch 🙂
My favorite dark chocolate–organic and 70%. yum!
*gosh, that picture turned out terrible and does not do the chocolate justice! I’m pretty new to this whole thing though and hopefully will have all the photo stuff sorted out soon…