Permission To Bake

Happy Wednesday everyone. I can’t believe it’s only Wednesday though – is this week going slow for anyone else?! Maybe it’s just my perpetual sleepy state, but I could so use a weekend right about now.

I let myself linger in bed past my alarm this morning, which meant breakfast had to be quick. Cereal to the rescue!

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A great mix of Kashi GoLean Crunch, puffed kamut, puffed brown rice, dried cranberries, and coconut.

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With a glass of cranberry juice. Apparently I’m the only one in the house drinking the damn stuff.

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Usually Wednesdays are a short day for me – I only have an hour of class from 8 – 9 am. Well, it turns out that is no longer the case. At the beginning of the year, I applied to volunteer at Agora, a cafe on campus run by my faculty. Due to some miscommunication, I thought I hadn’t been accepted as a volunteer because they had already filled all the spots that I was available for, therefore I never went to any training sessions. Much to my surprise, I found out last week that I was actually schedule to work on Wednesdays from 10 – 11:50 am. So today was my first day.

Of course, this meant I needed to take some eats with me, so I wouldn’t want to gnaw my arm off before I got home.

I brought (blurry) concord grapes from my uncle’s grape vine.

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And a couple of my mom’s homemade cookies. Mmmm, cookies.

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And I have no clue how this grande, non-fat, half sweet green tea latte found it’s way into my photos. Or into my tummy 😉

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So my first shift at Agora was…interesting. I find that it’s run somewhat differently than Sprouts, perhaps because they are solely a cafe, whereas Sprouts is also a grocery store. I was able to prepare and serve a variety of foods – soup, quiche, egg sandwiches, smoothies, etc. The best part though? They let me bake! When I arrived, I was asked if I liked baking (duh), so I was shown the recipe binder and told to pick something and go ahead and bake it. Sweet! I was all over that. I surveyed the items in stock, and chose to make some blueberry oatmeal muffins. I hope they turned out okay – I was leaving just as we pulled them out of the oven. I guess I’ll find out next week, if they let me bake again 😉

We also have volunteer t-shirts to wear at Agora. Check it out.


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I just like that it’s brown 😛

I finally found myself back at home just before 2 pm, and I was ready for some lunch. Soup seemed like a good idea this afternoon.

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I heated up a serving of homemade borscht, topped with a little sour cream and dill.

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I had thought about another avocado/hummus/cheddar sandwich, but when I was getting a bowl out of the cupboard, I saw mom had done some more baking this morning. She made more whole wheat cheddar & onion soda bread. I scrapped the sandwich, and toasted up some of the good stuff.

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I still wanted my hummus, so I spread some Sabra Roasted Garlic on each piece.

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And saw that my dad had opened a package of harvest garlic sausage, so I snagged a couple slices.

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It was a great fall lunch.

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My evening is quite the busy one – my parents are out, so I’m on dinner duty. Plus I have some oh-so-important hockey to watch, Thanksgiving desserts to decide upon, and school work to attempt. Later!

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Categories: Agora, Breakfast, Lunch, Snack


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5 Comments on “Permission To Bake”

  1. October 7, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    This post was way too full of great things, where do I start?!

    I’m glad to hear about your job at the cafe! That’s great news.
    I really like the shirt, with the “nutrition facts”. Very clever marketing strategy!

    The soup looks wonderful. I made pumpkin soup today. First soup of the season for me!

  2. Lizzy
    October 7, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    I seriously want one of those T shirts! how cute are they! i love it! 🙂

    I’m so happy that you got the volunteer position tho, girl thats awesome! yay! the fact that they let you bake on the first day is a total thumbs up! i bet you those muffins were outta this world!

    hope you had a great rest of the day!

  3. October 7, 2009 at 8:10 pm #

    Hi! I’m Agora’s Web & Tech Manager and I noticed a pingback on Agora’s website linking to this website. I’m glad you had fun during your first shift! The tshirts are sold for $10 if anyone is interested 😀

  4. October 8, 2009 at 5:06 am #

    Yum to the crusty bread and hummus! That new gig sounds fun – that’s sweet they let you bake and what a cute shirt 🙂

  5. October 8, 2009 at 6:01 am #

    I’ve been making a habit of staying in bed after the alarm this week. It’s left me short on time, that’s for sure!!

    Agora sounds like fun…especially since you get to bake! That can’t even be considered “work”, can it??

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