Got up early this morning to do a little studying for my final exam before I left for class. You can tell I was distracted by all my schoolwork because when I woke up this morning there was NO oatmeal in the rice cooker – I forgot to set it last night! Horrors! I quickly improvised with the next best thing – PB and banana on rice cakes…
Sunflower butter on one, peanut butter on the other.
Leftover banana nub after cutting the slices.
Not the same as a decadent and gooey bowl of oats, but it still did the trick!
When I got to class we took our final exam first thing. I don’t have my grade yet, but I think I did pretty well. I am sad to report that I have ZERO production pictures from today’s class :( Basically the entire day was our practical exam – baking and preparing a plate for our final grade, so I was totally distracted by all the tasks at hand. Not to mention it was a TIMED event, so students were racing everywhere crashing into each other and making messes.
I seriously felt like I was on an episode of Chopped! First of all I cut myself early into production, and I had to deal with wearing awkward gloves and finger condoms all day – always a Chopped nightmare. And then our Chef was literally counting down the final minutes and seconds, and my hands were shaking as I was trying to get it all done. The good news is that my plate turned out really well, and I got a 97 for my final grade – hurrah – Chopped Champion!! Luckily I snapped out of it to at least get you guys some pictures of the final plates…
My lovely chocolate molten cake (with melted chocolate truffle inside), vanilla ice cream in an almond lace cookie shell with a chocolate straw, and two dessert sauces – raspberry coulis and crème anglaise.
I was really glad the shells turned out – I had a really hard time getting them shaped. This was also the first time I had tried putting the slivered almonds in, so I wasn’t sure how it would turned out – thank god it worked!
The chocolate straw wasn’t one of the required components, and I planned on doing it as an extra if time permitted. I had some down time while the cakes baked, and I ended up being able to squeeze them in – so glad I did!
Delicious chocolate molten cake with powdered sugar sprinkles and fresh raspberries on top. These were so gooey and delicious – I wish I had taken a picture of the inside cut open!
Here are a few of my classmates’ plates…
Everyone did a really good job! That class went by SO quickly – seems like it just started. Tomorrow is my first day of Classical French Cuisine – supposedly the most difficult class of the entire Culinary Arts curriculum. I am terrified.
I am counting the minutes until Friday morning, when I’ll be on a plane headed home for a fun best friends birthday celebration weekend!!
Speaking of Chopped, did you see that Food Network is launching a new spinoff channel called The Cooking Channel? Here’s hoping that in a few short years, one of these channels is looking for a health-conscious vegetarian…