A journey through the culinary world
I firmly believe that fate favours the prepared and that its ones choice to either prepare for success or allow themselves to suffer failure. Why am I talking about fate & glory & success & failure? Because I have a skills challenge to face today :)
I’m not an extremely competitive person but I can’t deny that I get a certain thrill from competing in culinary skills challenges. Whether its recreating a dish or using a specific ingredient to its fullest. I love the rush that comes with.
And today I get to face the aptly named “Mystery Box”. For those who don’t know, a mystery box challenge contains ingredients unknown to the challenger that they then have to use in a variety of ways. What makes it so challenging is that you have no idea what’s in the box, so its not easy to prepare for. It could be anything from Abalone to Mopani worms, from Nutella to Zucchini, the possibilities are endless!
You can feel the excitement building before the challenge. Chefs getting dressed in the changing rooms, talking about what they hope is in the box, what they’re prepared for or not, all while hoping for something challenging in the box to prove themselves and achieve glory.
The kitchen becomes unnaturally quiet as each chef prepares in their own way. Some mutter prayers to their Gods, others bounce around nervously (or excitedly in my case) and others talk shit to mask their fear. The most prominent sound being the sound of steel on steel as knives get sharpened to deadly precision. The air is almost electric with anticipation!
To experience that excitement is its own reward, regardless of the eventual outcome, the thrill of competition is glory that I prepare for.
The most important meal of the day is of course, breakfast. Whether you’re a morning person or not, breakfast is usually how you start your day. Whether you’re just a cereal person or you prefer to go all out, it makes no difference, breakfast is amazing.
Personally, I love my breakfast greasy. That magical combination of eggs & bacon is the foundation for most of my breakfast meals. Regardless of whether you like your eggs scrambled or sunny side up, whether you like your bacon crispy or extra crispy, there is no denying the joy that comes from this combination.
But if you don’t partake in either eggs or bacon, do not despair, ‘breakfast’ encompasses a large range of meals. From savoury to sweet, from bacon & eggs to pancakes smothered in syrup. Breakfast is king.
As if it wasn’t satisfied with its limited time slot, it slowly crept away from early mornings to the mid morning delight that is Brunch and to the surprisingly brilliant creation that is Brinner (Thanks to Damian McCartney for reminding me of this). Breakfast can now be enjoyed at anytime without one suffering looks of suspicion.
But back to the mornings where the smell of bacon (yes, I love bacon) comes wafting out the kitchen and we groggily follow the trail to its source and await its goodness eagerly. Those are the mornings that bring absolute joy. That is when breakfast becomes more than just a meal…