Five Things Friday-8/29

by admin on August 29, 2014

good morning/afternoon!

(sometimes I just cannot sleep and I DONT KNOW WHY!! I’ve been up since 6..this coffee is tasting mighty fine right now ;) )




Five Things I Ate

okay maybe more than 5..


lunch plate! they had a quinoa salad and it was delicious! I also had some random corn salad, salsa, avocado, and by accident grabbed a piece of salmon not realizing it was smoked salmon. I hate smoke foods. So sadly I wasted the entire piece.


since I didn’t eat my salmon I got a vegetable portobello wrap and just ate the insides (that sounds gross hah) with some cous cous salad on the side. the portobello mushrooms had some type of sundried tomato dressing on them. It was fab.


dinner! Some type of amazing risotto, roasted zucchini, garden fresh tomatoes with balsamic vinegar, salad, and a bit of vegetable bean cassoulet. The TA (teachers assistant) that is in charge of making dinner every night is the nicest guy who is eager to help us newbies out. And he makes delicious food!


lunch yesterday. a couple pieces of grilled chicken, grilled zucchini, salad with beets and goat cheese, some goat cheese filled corn cake thing, and a mini ham and cheese crossaint because I couldn’t resist. Ham and cheese crossaints are in my top favorite 10 foods list for sure.


another lunch plate. I picked through a lot of this because I actually wasn’t a fan of the soba noodle salad. Too much sesame? Idk


an amazing greek dinner. I think I ate my body weight in hummus. The fish had a feta crumb on top which was amazing.


breakfast every morning I make at the dorm. And lately I’ve been on a green smoothie kick. Mainly because i love my new tumblr :) I’m waiting for my new shipment of protein powder to get here, but in this mornings concoction went 1 cup almond milk, 2 cups spinach, 1 heaping tbsp almond butter, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 frozen fresh fig, and about 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt. Deeelish

5 Work outs

Sunday: 4 mile run. Okay, 3.66 mile run. I always round up :)

Monday: This fitnessista work out. Instead of 5 minutes i started with 20 minutes on the elliptical.


Tuesday: 30 minute elliptical, 10 minute stair master

Wednesday: Iphone work outs I make up on my phone and then torture myself with ;) i’ve done this one a few times, its a doosey!




Thursday: Rest

Friday: 30 minute elliptical + 30 minutes weight circuit (i’m going to look on pinterest for pinspiration (#seewhatididthere)

5 Random Things (All Culinary School Related)

1. Today marks our last day of our first full week of classes. I’m not going to lie, the first couple days of the week were ROUGH. I thought about crying on more than one occasion.

2. Also, after this week I may never want to make soup again. This week we made french onion soup, lentil soup, fish chowder, and today we’re making cream of broccoli.

3. You know you’re in culinary school when you relate everything to a knife cut. Knife cuts are a big portion of this class. Everyday we get 40 minutes to cut a tray of vegetables, all different style cuts. Then we get graded. And the chef is a harsh grader let me tell you. He thinks a 7.5/10 is a good grade. That’s a 75!!! God I just hope I pass this class.

4. I’m actually working 2 times next week. It’s really easy to find small jobs at the school, which I’m grateful for because I quickly realized I’m not going to have time to work elsewhere. They are hosting a big culinary event so I’m just helping prepare food for it. Or at least that’s what I think I’m doing..I should probably find out more information hah

5. All this week I’ve felt like a total freshman. And we’ve been bullied like freshman too. The kids who have been here longer have taken every opportunity they can to make fun of us. Two examples: someone in our class almost burnt down the CIA because they left a plastic container with oil right by a hot stove..Also, when making lentil soup one team by accident used pink lemonade instead of chicken stock. I don’t know how it happened either.


I’m EXTREMELY excited for the long weekend ahead! Tomorrow we’re going to go to the farmers market and then venture to a local swimming hole. Tomorrow night we have dinner reservations at a really cool sounding place! Sunday is dedicated to wine tasting. And Monday we don’t have class so whatever we do it will be a great day :)

I hope everyone has a great long weekend!




WIAW-Day in the Life at Culinary School

by admin on August 27, 2014

good morning!

I think I’m finally starting to grasp the idea of hump day. ONLY 2 MORE DAYS UNTIL THE WEEKEND!!


disclaimer: i wrote this last night when I was super duper tired so if I don’t make sense that’s why ;)

I’m mixing a WIAW with a “day in the life” post because I love reading about people’s days so I hope you do as well. And now that I’m in school full time I have a definite schedule to talk about. Long gone are my netflix binge watching days of summer :(

8:00am-wake up. Blog read until I can get out of bed.



i took a little time to make myself breakfast yesterday morning. While i loved the savory addition I don’t know how often this will be happening during the week, it just takes too much time/effort. But i cooked up some egg whites with spinach, a farmers market tomato, salt and pepper. on the side was two small pieces of avocado toast and lots of coffee.

8:30-9:30- preparing study materials for my quiz on thursday

10-10:45: Gym time.

10:50-11:05- get ready to head to school. fastest shower ever. The plus of culinary school is there’s no make up required ;)  Quick snack that i didn’t picture on the way. Mini larabar and a plum 

11:15-12:30- do homework for class at school



a mix of delicious salads, a vegetarian stuffed chile pepper, and seafood ciopinno. the ciopinno was amazing.

1:30-7:00pm-Class..this is how class goes in case you’re curious

  • 1:30pm- set up kitchen
  • 2-4- lecture and chef demo
  • 4-6:30. Cook assignments for the day, and then present recipes to the chef. And try not to cry.
  • 6:30-7:15ish-clean up

I made whipped potato puree and Vichyssoisse soup and I never want to look at either item or taste either item ever again..;)

at some point I got pics of the dogs for national dog day. i miss them.


7:15-dinner break

i had taken so many bites of soup and mashed potatoes for tasting purposes that I honestly wasn’t hungry for dinner. So i just took a few bites


soba shrimp noodle salad, sweet and sour cucumber salad, and mango


oh and then this happened. Sometimes after a rough class you just gotta indulge in the dessert buffet. I had a mini peach crisp with ice cream on top. It was the highlight of my day.

7:45-9:30- finish up class

we’re suppose to get out at 8:30


10-10:30. Write this post. Eat a mini larabar

11pm. PASS OUT.


Culinary school is definitely a lot harder than I expected so far. And I’m most definitely looking forward to the weekend.


Culinary Fun Fact: Vichyssoise soup is cold potato leek soup that started at a restaurant in New York City back in a time when French Cuisine was all the rage. Once Vichyssoise is served hot, it is no longer referred to as vichyssoise, it just becomes potato leek soup. 


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