Tips for a healthier you.

I am currently smaller than what I was in earlier blogs..though never fat. I had decided to start the year off with a new/ healthier me. I changed my diet dramatically. I cut out the majority of greasy foods except on special occasions, drank more water throughout the day, consumed more than my share in lightly cooked meats, fruits, and vegetables. Exercise throughout the day while running errands ( choosing a parking place that would give me no other option than walking for a longer period to reach my destination.) Eating until I was satisfied as opposed to stuffed. Choosing organic rather than artificial. These are my tips for choosing healthy.


Tuscan Bread Salad

We made this in our Food Production class this week. I didn’t actually get to try it because I sliced my finger open with my chef knife…ouch!
I have officially paid my dues as a culinary student…haha. Other than accidently nicking myself I enjoyed watching everyone else make their yummy Tuscan Bread Salads. I then proceeded to practice some more on my knife skills when I arrived home and made Matt and I some Tuscan Bread Salad for dinner and it was Oh so good!

Recipe to follow:
2 oz Firm, White Italian Bread
1 Roma Tomato, concasse
1/2 Small Red Onion, sliced
3 leaves Fresh Basic, chiffonade
1 tsp French Italian Parsley, Chopped fine
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 fl. oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 fl oz Red Wine Vinegar
1/2 tsp Lemon Zest
1 pinch Crushed Red Pepper
To taste Salt and Black Pepper
1 whole yellow onion/ dice/ saute

1. Cut the bread into large dice sized pieces. Dry in an oven, and place the pieces in a bowl.
2. Add the tomato concasse to the bowl.
3. Add the remaining ingredients and toss to mix.
4. Let stand about 1 hour, or until the bread has absorbed the juices and softened.

My goals for the year continued…

I realize it’s been awhile since I last blogged about my current goals for the year… The saying rings true, ” slow and steady wins the race.” Since my last entry on this particular subject, I have lost weight, prepped my garden (compost), found my knitting needles,saving for my soap making supplies, picked up the guitar a couple of times/strummed a few chords. I have changed my eating habits by consuming lots of fruits, veggies, grilled, broiled, or baked meats. Every now and then I may go to my local drive -thru and order something fried but this is my ” sticky bun day” when I can order what I want and allow myself to be happy and continue in reaching my goals. Let’s just be honest here, If I we’re to deprive myself completely all missions would fail so you must give your self room to indulge every now and then just in moderation. This although is working to my disadvantage because I crave veggies, fruit and less greasy food now. This is a positive habit that has taken place in my life for which I’m very happy to say happened. I believe in living healthy and making changes. This is where it all begins in goal-making.

The depth of a handwritten letter.

I just finished writing a few of my dear family members and I was reminded of how nice it is to give and receive of something that holds such truth and depth. There is something magical about writing a letter. The deepest parts of your soul are unveiled making you vulnerable yet candid at that very moment the ink touches the paper. We lose depth in day to day life when we take the easy way out. I prefer to give back something that gives of itself and may be cherished throughout the years. What is something you like to give that gives back?

My current read, ” Julie and Julia.” written by Julie Powell,

I’m only into the first chapter but so far it’s proven itself to be a good book. I like that their is a such a vast amount of vocabulary. Julie Powell writing skills are magnificent. I’m already hooked.

Expanding the palate….mmmm!

Today was my food production class. We tried several types of cheese in the kitchen this morning. It was fun and it was neat being able to distinguish the differences in all of them. This can also be known as expanding your palate which is useful later when knowing what ingredients pair well together. The Gouda and St Andre we’re my favorites. The flavors we’re smoky, nutty and intense. One word…YUM! These are all things I tested today. I was all cheesed out by the time I left.

The flavor of whole milk was creamy, sweet and thick.

The flavor of heavy cream was creamier than whole milk & buttery.

The flavor of buttermilk was creamy and tangy.

The flavor of sour cream was tart and smooth.

The flavor of cream cheese was rich and tangy.

The flavor of Mascarpone was smooth and less tangy than cream cheese.

The flavor of ricotta is gritty.

The flavor of feta cheese is pickly and tart.

The flavor of American cheese is smooth and creamy.

The flavor of cheddar cheese can be either mild or sharp and is zesty.

The flavor of Gouda is buttery, nutty and intense.

The flavor of Swiss cheese is mild with hints of tangy.

The flavor of brie is creamy and waxy.

The flavor of St. Andre is smoky, nutty and intense.

The flavor of goat cheese is sweet and chalky.

The flavor of Emmentaler cheese is rich.

The flavor of Parmegiano Reggiano is rich, nutty,intense and tangy.

The flavor of Romano is less nutty and rich than Parmegiano Reggiano.

The flavor of Blue cheese is rich, earthy, sweet and bitter.

The flavor of Roque cheese is similar to Blue cheese but less bitter.

Culinary school continued……

This week in Baking I we made Challah Bread, cinnamon rolls and homemade pizza. It was so much fun. The recipe for each dough was very similar but different. There might have been one ingredient in each recipe that changed the flavor of each dough. A very cool and interesting revelation. Here’s some pics.

Squaring out the dough for the cinnamon rolls.

Glazing the dough.

Rounding the dough before being cut.

A beautiful rounded dough.

The dough being cut before placed in confectioner’s oven.

Delicious cinnamon rolls.

Prepping the dough for pizza.

Spreading the dough on pan.

Marking the dough.

Ready to add the toppings.

The toppings we’re mozzarella cheese, green, red, yellow bell pepper, chicken breast, pepperoni, mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes.

Oh was it good!

Sorry, I didn’t take pics for the step by step process on challah bread but it was the first bread we made. YUM!

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