Mise en place

Vida coffee and a glass of water

Meia de leite with soy milk.

When I first decided to start this blog I wasn’t sure what to write about. This is for the simple reason that I didn’t want whatever poor soul is tasked with reading this blog to get to the point where they would rather go for a colonoscopy than read another one of my posts. And so I did what most twenty-somethings-who-have-recently-moved-away-from-home-and-barely-know-what-they-are-doing will do… I asked my mom.

Now while this is usually a great idea, I happened to ask her the day before we decided to climb table mountain (just bear with me, it’s a good story, I promise). After the hike up we decided that a cable car ride down would be way more enjoyable than the walk for the simple reason that by this point it was a little bit too far past breakfast time for comfort. Just outside the cable car station, while walking back to the car and discussing where we wanted to go for breakfast, my mom grabbed my arm with a sudden and rather loud “Dom!”, closely followed by “I have the best idea for your blog”. My mom is an artist in every sense of the word and I often say she lives ‘up there somewhere’ with the fairies. By this point I had been stuck on an idea for this blog for so long that I would have gone with pretty much any idea she came up with, even if it had been from the fairies.

“Why don’t you write a blog about cable cars”
“…. Cable cars?”
“YES! you could do a different blog post every week about things in the city. This week could be cable cars, and then next week you could write about Man-hole covers.” (said as we walk past a manhole cover)

Needless to say I decided not to write about cable cars or manhole covers.

I have often toyed with the idea of starting a food blog, but never quite grew the proverbial ‘Mrs Balls’ to do it. So this is me, taking the plunge and going for it. Food has always been a big part of my life, I am one of those people who goes to bed thinking about my breakfast the next day. I am a cereal (hah, see what I did there) food instagrammer, and I used to spend lecture times at UCT writing up lists of restaurants to take my parents to when they next visited me. Weekends, for me, are for exploring new food joints in Cape Town and I am most likely to be found trolling the food aisles at the shops or sitting, people watching in coffee shops. If all of that doesn’t point to my true “foodie” nature (most cliches included), my Pinterest account most definitely would.

So, this is my first, introductory post on my food blog. If you do decide to follow my blog (please do, I will be your best friend if you do) you can expect gluten-free, healthy recipes that I love to make, attempts at replicating those completely simple and easy to follow recipes you find on Pinterest. There will be posts about my favourite food haunts in Cape Town and posts about where all the cool kids are eating these days. But, best of all, there will be solid doses of some #foodporn.

I really hope you enjoy reading my blog even half as much as I am enjoying the process of putting it together.

Olive oil, Vinegar, salt and pepper

Olive Oil, home-made vinaigrette, salt and pepper

Mise en place: A french term which translates into English as ‘putting in place’ and is used in professional kitchens to refer to organising the ingredients and the kitchen before the beginning of service

P.S. Mom, I promise to try and work in some cable cars and/or manhole covers in the near future.

5 thoughts on “Mise en place

  1. Fabulous Dom – Wishing you fun new friends and success – plus sparkling new ideas for my Cape visits!

  2. Hi Dom, I met you briefly at the Doll’s House last year, where if I am not mistaken you were cooking up a storm in the kitchen and we were envious of the delicious food that was being served ! Emma commented to me at the time “that’s just the kind of food I want to make!” Looking forward to reading your blogs – we also love trying out new restaurants, coffee shops and recipes – so it sounds
    just up my street!! Best wishes!

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