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Mise en Place

For Anyone Wanting to Change Their Life & for All Who Love Good Food
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"Mise en place" (pronounced Meez ahn plahs) is the term used in professional kitchens for the organizing and arranging of ingredients. It translates
directly from French as,
"putting in place".

I like to think it also describes the time in one's life when one must discard all things that no longer have meaning, and put in place all those pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that will eventually reveal the grand picture of a life righteously lived. For me, that time has come.

After almost a decade as a model agent in both Sydney and Los Angeles, at the age of thirty-five, I've decided to forego fashion and follow my passion - food.

This is my story, unfolding real-time as you scroll down. May my journey - in good times and in bad - inspire you to put your things in place.

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  • November 11, 2012 11:02 am
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    Perfectly ripe Dragonfruit with the Lemon Sorbet I made the other day. View high resolution

    Perfectly ripe Dragonfruit with the Lemon Sorbet I made the other day.

  • November 8, 2012 8:30 pm
    Vegan Chantarelle & Squash Coconut Green Curry with Turmeric Rice. Boom! View high resolution

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  • November 7, 2012 10:29 pm
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  • November 6, 2012 7:33 am
    Last night, I made a vegan Cream of Caulifower Soup, with Spigarello & Sage Puree. I wish this was taste-o-vision. This is one of the yummiest things I’ve ever made. Thanks organic Farmers’ Market produce, that’s all I have to say. View high resolution

    Last night, I made a vegan Cream of Caulifower Soup, with Spigarello & Sage Puree. I wish this was taste-o-vision. This is one of the yummiest things I’ve ever made. Thanks organic Farmers’ Market produce, that’s all I have to say.

  • November 3, 2012 9:53 am
    A lil’ pre-Farmers’ Market porridge. Good morning, Saturday! View high resolution

    A lil’ pre-Farmers’ Market porridge. Good morning, Saturday!

  • November 1, 2012 10:58 pm
    My first Tamale ever - Queso con Rajas. Volunteering today at the Edison School in Santa Monica, making Tamales for their Dia de Los Muertos Fair this Saturday. View high resolution

    My first Tamale ever - Queso con Rajas. Volunteering today at the Edison School in Santa Monica, making Tamales for their Dia de Los Muertos Fair this Saturday.

  • November 1, 2012 10:53 pm
    Kale, Red Oak, Persimmon, Jujube, Marinated Fetta & Almond Salad. Don’t worry, it comes with grilled pork chops. View high resolution

    Kale, Red Oak, Persimmon, Jujube, Marinated Fetta & Almond Salad. Don’t worry, it comes with grilled pork chops.

  • October 29, 2012 11:29 pm

    Carrot Ginger & Coconut Soup

    My talented, fellow-Aussie friend, Emma Leslie made her writing/ directing/ producing debut this past weekend with her short film, “Grace”. For cast & crew, I whipped up this comforting, delicious soup.

    Carrot Ginger Coconut Soup

    (serves 4)

    Ingredients:

    2 Cups Vegetable Broth

    2 Cans 14 Fl Oz Lite Coconut Milk

    10 Carrots

    1 Large Brown Onion

    10 Garlic Cloves

    1/2 Cup Peeled, Fresh-Chopped Ginger

    2 Tsp Onion Powder

    2 Tsp Garlic Powder

    1 Tsp Ginger Powder

    1 Tsp Ground Coriander

    1 Tsp Cumin

    1 Tsp Turmeric

    3/4 Tsp Chili Powder

    3/4 Tblsp Chat Masala

    1 Tsp Salt

    Olive Oil

    Chives for Garnish

    4 Tblsp Creme Fraiche

    Method:

    Peel carrots and chop each into several pieces. Steam in double-boiler until semi-soft, drain & set aside.

    Peel and chop onion into quarters. Peel garlic cloves. In a pan on medium heat, sautée onions and garlic cloves until onions start to soften. Remove from heat.

    Place all dry spices in a small bowl and mix together. Set aside.

    Place carrots in blender with 1 cup of vegetable broth and purée. Pour blended soup into a medium-sized, heavy-based pot on low heat.

    Place onions and garlic in blender with 1 cup of vegetable broth and purée. Pour liquid into pot with carrots.

    Stir in all dry spices and mix well. Let simmer for five minutes.

    Add all the coconut milk to soup and whisk in well. Let soup simmer for ten minutes.

    Serve each bowl topped with 1 Tblsp of Creme Fraiche and some chopped chives.

  • October 9, 2012 11:47 am

    No Funyuns Here

    Perfect for Autumn, I knocked up a hearty, yet light, Green Bean Casserole last night. Here is the recipe of my own devisings, a Green Bean Bacon & Bourbon Honey Mustard Casserole.

    INGREDIENTS
    (Serves 6)

    1lb Green Beans - Topped & Tailed
    12oz Uncured Bacon
    16 oz Pearl Onions - Peeled and Halved
    8-10oz Crimini Mushrooms or Similar - Washed & Halved
    5oz Panko Breadcrumbs
    10 Cloves of Garlic - Peeled & Chopped
    2 Cups Liquid Chicken Broth
    1 1/4 Tablespoons Cornflour
    2 1/2 Tablespoons Bourbon Honey Mustard
    (or any quality honey mustard of preference)
    3/4 Cup Chopped Italian Parsley stalks
    1 Cup Rough-Chopped Italian Parsley Leaves
    2 Cups Grated Sharp Cheddar
    1 1/2 Cups Grated Gruyère
    1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
    1/2 Cup of Filtered Water
    4 Tablespoons Butter
    Sea Salt
    Fresh-Cracked Black Pepper

    METHOD

    Preheat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

    In a cast-iron skillet or other heavy-based pan, fry bacon until soft and opaque but not browned. Transfer to container lined with paper towel. When cooled enough to handle, rough-chop and set aside.

    In the bacon fat (supplemented with olive oil if your bacon didn’t generate enough fat) sautee garlic, adding a little water if it begins to stick. Add onions and sautee until soft. Then remove from heat.

    Grease well the bottom & sides of a 13”x10”x3” casserole dish with remaining olive oil.

    Make a light layer of 1/3 of the Panko flakes across the surface area of the dish and place two table spoons of butter, equidistant on on top.

    Make a layer of 2/3 of the Green Beans, 2/3 of the Mushrooms, 2/3 of the Bacon, all the parsley stalks, all the Onions and Garlic and all the Cheddar. Crack a little salt and pepper over the top.

    Create a second layer with 1/3 of the Panko, the remaining Green Beans, remaining mushrooms and remaining Bacon.

    In a small bowl, whisk chicken broth, cornflour and mustard together. Pour evenly over the top of the casserole.

    Place in oven and cook for 40 minutes.

    Remove casserole from oven and sprinkle remaining Panko, evenly over the top. Break last two table spoons of butter up over the top. Return to oven and cook twenty minutes or until Panko is a light golden-brown.

    Turn oven off. Remove Casserole and sprinkle all the Gruyère evenly over the top. Return Casserole to oven for a few minutes or so until cheese has slightly melted.

    Remove Casserole from oven, garnish with chopped Flat-Leaf Parsley leaves, salt and pepper and let sit for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.