Mis en place: putting everything together. Being ready to cook.
I never realized the importance of mis en place until I applied it. As a cook at home you read a recipe, get everything together, sometimes ahead of time, sometimes during the cooking process, you mix it all up and voila – you have a meal. I used to be a really messy cook. Crumbs on the counter; dishes everywhere. Slicing my onion while my pan is getting hot and then watching my onions singe in the pan. Had I organized myself ahead of time, my onions would have been translucent, or caramelized instead of going from raw to burnt in 60 seconds. I have cleaned up my act, but find that I can get a little messy every now and then. The most important thing to remember is to have fun. Cooking is an adventure and an experience. I learn something new every time and sometimes from a recipe I have made a hundred times.
Cooking has always been a passion of mine. Over the years I have certainly evolved in the kitchen and I continue to change and hope it is something I never grow tired of. As early as 6 years old, I can recall cooking in the kitchen with my grandmother. Cooking and eating is about being together and sharing your kitchen. I get giddy inside when I feed people and they enjoy it. And even if I made a flop I hope they enjoyed the company.
My friends and family are always curious about what I am making for dinner. I thought I would start documenting what I make, with easy instructions and provide tips and tricks. I hope you find a recipe you might enjoy or even just be entertained. If you have any questions drop me a line to natashacary [at] gmail [dot] com.
(Me and my sister – somewhere – I am the one eating cotton candy.)