Mise en place

Mise en place is a French culinary phrase which means “putting in place”. It is used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging the ingredients (e.g., cuts of meat, relishes, sauces, par-cooked items, spices, freshly chopped vegetables, and other components) that a cook will require for the menu items that are expected to … Read more

Sophrosyne

Sophrosyne is an ancient Greek concept of an ideal of excellence of character and soundness of mind, which when combined in one well-balanced individual leads to other qualities, such as temperance, moderation, prudence, and self-control. In other languages there is no word that is a simple equivalent, but it is sometimes translated into Latin as … Read more

Memento Mori

Remember that you must die. I’m sorry to break it to you, but if it hasn’t already happened, you will die. Not only that, you, me and everyone you’ve ever met and ever will meet will die. There’s an uplifting thought on a blog about inspiration I hear you cry! But wait. Knowing you will die … Read more

Wabi Sabi

Wabi-sabi (侘寂) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” I love this idea. Wabi Sabi is all about accepting imperfection and accepting that most things are imperfect, incomplete and impermanent. It … Read more

Sitzfleisch

noun Power to endure or to persevere in an activity; stamina. In our fast paced world, those who can focus and dedicate themselves to something, seeing it through to completion, are often those who succeed. Sitzfleisch is a German term for such “staying power”, translating directly as  sitzen ‘sit’ + Fleisch ‘flesh’. If you are … Read more