...a plate on life

Redefining Success in the professional kitchen.

In an industry that really asks so much of the individual, how do you get to the top alive? The easy answer is real hard work, but there is nothing easy about working in a kitchen. With a head chef constantly in your face, guests complaints an absolute reality, a kitchen that is warm and stuffy, a pressure cooker of attitudes and emotions, there is really from the outside nothing nice about this. You see to enjoy working in a kitchen you need to enjoy working, being busy- FULLSTOP. This is one of those jobs where the work never stops, you just choose to stop and go home for a while. Think about this…a (normal) person will go to a shop, buy a bread, tomatoes, and cheese, go home and make a sandwich, they may even put in a toaster, and yes it would probably taste great…but being a chef mea

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Food for thought

Speak Life SA - Declare this over SA today… LIMPOPO: THE LORD WILL BLESS YOU WITH MANY GOOD THINGS. HE GRANTS YOUR CHILDREN, CROPS AND LAND WITH ABUNDANT PROSPERITY. DEUTERONOMY 28:11 The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. Download from: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ss.praysa

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...a plate on lifeRecipes

Peace, Coffee and a pan-toasted cheese and tomato sandwich.

For years now I have been living in this perpetual state of trying to reconcile my faith and my work. This has been a tough battle, since the cheffing world is harsh at times, the places and people you surround yourself with are tough, hard and over worked. In general foul mouthed and passionate. It always seemed that Christianity struggled adapting with my job, I was under the impression being a Christian means you get easily offended and hurt and that you need to give people perpetual leeway. It made it seem that as long as someone have tried but then end up producing sub-standard quality work it’s okay, when the reality is, it is not okay. Being a Christian does not mean you are happy with second rate and mediocre, it only means you treat people with the same respect whether they make...

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BOEREWORS, POACHED EGG, GRILLED TOMATO & RICOTTA SALAD WITH A CORIANDER DRESSING

INGREDIENTS 100gr x boerewors of your choice grilled to your liking 1 x egg, soft poached 1 x small tomato, cut into halve grilled 40gr x ricotta cheese sliced into cubes Few thin rings of red onion ¼ of a small ice-berg lettuce shredded 30-50 ml x coriander vinaigrette I absolutely love sausages. Big plan of mine is to make my own someday soon, but until then I will enjoy the fruits of my heritage, boerewors! My grand mother used to make her own, so when I grew up we had the best of the best.  In thinking of this dish I was trying to take something I ate a whole lot while growing up and make it really delicious.  A quick lunch when I was a kid was boerewors with eggs, tomato and salad.  This is me, taking that memory and spicing it up a touch. I hope you enjoy it as muc

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Managing Kitchen Staff

Being a manager is a hard job already, so try managing people of different backgrounds with mostly no professional training in a highly stressed environment, where the degree of mistakes being allowed is very much zero. Then add fire, hot oil and sharp knives and you potentially have a recipe for chaos. In most cases South African restaurant kitchens are run by staff that does not have any formal training. This makes it really hard to manage them, since the only thing keeping them is a wage. The problem is that in this industry a wage is never enough to make someone truly happy to endure the things they have to, to become successful. Unless we can somehow get to inspire them in some or other way to want more of life, to try harder, to not give up whilst working for a small wage, we will ...

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Watch out! Curve ball…

It is always so interesting to read my previous writings; gives me a sense of direction. So when I bumped into this one now I was taken aback, this was written on the 6th of March 2011 and this is exactly my current position...still!! This made me realise that God will not move you forward until you have overcome whatever He needs you to overcome and also it made me see that I have been struggling with the same thing for years now and the emotional fallout off that has actually started to flow into other areas of my life as well. This need to stop. Hopefully this is the last time that I write about this topic from this perspective. … Dennis when will I (GOD) be enough for you? This question has been haunting me now for weeks if not months. Revelation crept into my thoughts whilst making p

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