Monday, April 26, 2010

Just The Assistant

I have been looking up recipes to healthify all weekend long. I even went out and bought a bunch of stuff to try one out…it came out okay, but still not what I find acceptable to present to other people besides my family.  I unofficially decided I would remake a blonde brownie recipe. ( you know, brownies without the cocoa..err chocolate chip cookie bars ) But now I am starting to second guess that choice. I am almost sure no one is thinking this hard about this project but after a remark the teacher made the other day I want to prove that I can be more than just an assistant.

Last Tuesday, instead of staying in my usual cooking group, I got to help another girl who’s group had gone MIA for the day. Since she was making the vegetarian dish I was excited to help. We were making Quinoa (Keen-Wah) burgers. We made the burgers without a problem and had fun. It was great being able to work with someone with the same major and who was more on the layed back side.

The burgers were ready but being that the school is on a budget we didn’t have buns..all we had was lettuce, cheese, and roasted red peppers. So we made the most of it and kind of made little lettuce wraps with the red peppers and cheese on top. Needless to say it looked beautiful! We were quite proud of our creation, and then the instructor came around the corner and thought they were beautiful as well. “Oh those are gorgeous!” she said as she put her hands on the other girls shoulders. “Rachel is going into the business! And Amber…can be her assistant.” What??? Assistant? Why couldn’t I be the chef? What did I do wrong? I don’t want to be an assistant damnit.

So on that note…this project is my pathetic attempt to get a promotion from future assistant to future…chef. I know I am the only one that can determine that future, but I am oddly competitive and feel the need to prove myself…and get kudos from the teacher. Oh what a pathetic specimen I am.

So. Here is the problem I am having. In order to score extra brownie points ( oh man I just made a pun. ) with the teacher I could make my dish gluten free because she can’t eat gluten. This takes my recipe to a whole new level of difficulty. I have to find a way to make it gluten free and keep the fiber level up. Rice flower has less fiber than whole wheat flour and we have to have at least 2 grams of fiber per serving. Also, I have to keep the fat down to less than 20% per serving and I have to try and keep the texture right. It helps a little that blonde brownies are supposed to be really moist..ok I need to stop thinking and blogging at the same time. Feel free to leave any tips or blonde brownie recipes.

Don’t forget it is Meatless Monday!


  1. I think that you'll be future chef with those brownies! I can't wait to hear how you did!

  2. I'd be ticked if she told me about being the asst. I would have had a problem being silent about that one! Grrrr.....