Mise en place (meez ahn plahs) is a French term referring to having all the ingredients necessary for a dish prepared and ready to combine up to the point of cooking.
Ingredients for Veal with capers and lemon, polenta with arugula and brussel sprouts with pistachios
If you have taken one of my classes the term will be familiar to you. I am all about the mise en place.
If you have been a guest in my home you will recognize all the little prep bowls lined up on my counters.
Everything I need is measured, chopped, squeezed and ready to cook before hand. Yes, you will have a few more bowls and dishes to wash, BUT
mise en place makes life easier and allows me to chat and visit with my students, guests, friends and family while I'm busy putting a meal together.
Try mise en place the next time you are cooking or baking. Simply measure out all the ingredients before hand and set aside. Wash and chop everything you may need to combine. Make yourself a cocktail and relax.. having everything on hand will reduce your stress, enhance your cooking experience and guarantee you don't forget to add an ingredient to the recipe.