HAVE APRON, WILL TRAVEL

This is not bouillabaisse, it's a snug dog who doesn't want to go out for her piddle.

It seems my friends ‘upside’ the world are very quiet. I imagine summertime has much to do with it. We down here on the bottom of the globe sit huddled over our computers, rather than venture out. Today is Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year. It is the shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere and I must make the most of the hours available. It is 4.26am as I type this and, on my stove, a 10-litre pot of seafood soup is bubbling in readiness for today’s lunchtime catering. Bouillabaisse, the French call it; a compound that consists of the two verbs bolhir (to boil) and abaissar (to reduce heat, i.e., simmer). Trivia from Wikipedia: Something similar to Bouillabaisse also appears in Roman mythology: it is the soup that Venus fed to Vulcan.
Anyway, my little catering business is growing steadily and it seems I shall soon have to either an assistant or, at least, outsource some of the work. Yesterday saw breakfast, lunch and afternoon cake & snacks going out in different directions, at different times, to feed 32 people.
Ah, there’s my oven-timer, the croissants are ready for breakfast …

This is not bouillabaisse, it's a dish from one of yesterday's afternoon teas.
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63 Comments Add yours

  1. dearrosie says:

    My only regret is I came to South Africa before I knew you. I’d love to be your assistant who licks the pots. Whether yesterday’s afternoon tea is whipped cream with strawberries, or meringues with whipped cream and strawberries I’m not fussy. I’ll happily clean the bowl.

    Great photo of the dog.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was my version of Eton Mess 🙂

  2. bluebee says:

    Morning, Cin – it is jolly cold here in the Anitpodes, too, with a very nasty wind blowing. Onwards and upwards on the food business front for you – brilliant 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Stay warm bluebee 🙂

  3. nrhatch says:

    That’s so exciting that you’re soon to be in the market for a sous chef! 😀

    Hope the kitchen aromas keep you warm.

    1. theonlycin says:

      More like a runner, when I’m halfway through prep and realise I need to go to the shops for a missing ingredient 😉

  4. Poor pup – can’t say I blame her for not wanting to get up. So pleased your catering business is doing so well! Yay!
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope all went well with the cats today, Mandy 🙂

      1. Thanks very much – I have a few more grey hairs! Being back home, they are as happy as clams. 😉

  5. souldipper says:

    It’s been such a cold spring here in the northern climes that I’m outside at the first hint of sun. Dear Cin, I do hope you found your bouillabaisse! I becoming quite worried about you. Must be all the stress! I know you are dying to hire me! I’ll get there just as soon as I can.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good, I’ll get the wine ready 🙂

  6. Sparky says:

    Haha! I never had seafood soup, I just don’t see myself eating muscles etc. Glad your business is growing *toast to you Cin* a coffee toast that was 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think I could convince you to try my soup, Sparky 🙂

  7. Leeswammes says:

    Well, it’s summer here but it has been raining for days! In April and May, that’s when we had great weather. Hopefully it’ll come back.

    So nice that your catering business is growing! The strawberry dish loosks delicious!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Our weather is so topsy I’ve forgotten when rainy season is, hope your sun comes back soon 🙂

  8. lifeinarecipe says:

    Love Bouillabaisse and that dessert looks to die for! No wonder your business is rapidly growing! Congrats and good luck! First day of summer here, and our weather has been anything but summery. The garden is all in now and we must wait for Mother Nature to do her thing!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope Mother Nature is kind, Cindy 🙂

  9. slpmartin says:

    Great to hear the catering business is growing …here spent the day on the coast enjoying this longest day of the year…cheers!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Charlie 🙂

  10. earlybird says:

    So where’s the picture of the bouillabaisse?!

    Well done on the expanding catering business. I’ve done it more than once. It’s hard work, isn’t it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Rather, but I am enjoying it 🙂

  11. adeeyoyo says:

    I’m so happy that your business is doing so well, Cin. That’s great news!

    Lulubelle looks quite at home in her blankie. I’m glad she recovered from the ‘poisoning'(?). How old is she now?

    1. theonlycin says:

      She’s almost 5 years old, adee.

  12. Ek is altyd bang om hier by jou te lees want die prentjies van jou lekker kos gaan sit op my heupe 🙂 Dit lyk heerlik!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Dankie, ek gaan nou daar by jou inloer 🙂

  13. Tandy says:

    I am so thrilled for you! Now, wish I lived next door so I could help 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      We’d probably not get any work done 😉

  14. Tilly Bud says:

    We are not getting much summer to speak of. As usual. I’m so happy to hear you’re expanding in the best way 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tilly, hope your summer swings in soon.

  15. thestonemaidendiaries says:

    Ek is bly vir jou dat jou besigheid goed doen. Geniet jou blog baie vandat ek dit ontdek het. Ja aan hierdie kant van die wereld is dit nou lig tot saans na 22h00, bo in Skotland tot amper 23h00. Hier benut almal die somer te volle, want in die winter is dit donker teen 16h00 in die middag, en die nagte voel heeltemal te lank. Hier potter ons nog in die tuin rond tot na 9 in helder lig saans. (Dis nou as dit nie somerstorms reen soos die sfgelope twee weke aan en af nie.)

    1. Leeswammes says:

      Here in the Netherlands it’s light until about 22.30 in the evening – it’s wonderful! My husband and I often go for a walk after dinner, so nice. But the kids go to bed too late because when it still seems so light, we don’t think it could be bedtime.

    2. theonlycin says:

      Ek onthou dit van my tyd oorsee, ek kon dit nie glo nie.

  16. It’s snowing in our state (NSW) in Australia! Bouillabaisse at 4.26am, that’s fantastic, I’m an early riser too but I wasn’t doing anything nearly that energetic when I got up at 5am this morning! Glad to read your catering business is going well – hardly surprising if all your dishes look like that dessert! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Celia, I never knew you get snow in Oz! 🙂

  17. Tes says:

    The summer has passed us now, we are in the middle of the rain here 🙂 I’m so happy you are doing well in catering, it is something I wanna try someday, but here in India it is not very promising… Wow that’s for afternoon tea 🙂 I love it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I saw a programme on TV the other day about the ‘Tiffin Boys’ in India, who run around collecting working men’s office lunches from their homes and delivering them.

  18. How do you get yourself up that early?
    I love that dog! Too precious. How is your other work doing? Xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      I just wake up and can’t get back to sleep. All my work is going well, I am grateful to be busy 🙂

  19. the photograph and the caption, Cindy, are priceless: the best thing I’ve seen all day. I’m still chuckling. thanks 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Glad I made you smile; my work here is done 😀

  20. I feel like that dog most of the days nowadays 🙂 Those whom you cater for is sure lucky to have you!

    1. theonlycin says:

      They do say very nice things about the food 🙂

  21. SuziCate says:

    I have been loving the fresh berries this season! And your title reminds me…I need to buy a “spiffy” apron, in fact I was looking at some on the Vera Bradley site on Sat. and didn’t order, but I shall find one that calls out to me!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good luck, I always wonder if my aprons get jealous when I choose to wear one over the other 😉

  22. Your catering business growing is no surprise to me! Yummy food. Smart lady. Blessing to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you so much, Carol xxx

  23. colonialist says:

    I am guite spectacularly unsuited to filling your vacant position. I manage to get boiling an egg wrong. Anyway, from the picture you are a dogerer rather than a caterer.

    It took me a while to register that there was a typo in the first line and make sense of it – I am getting dim!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I feel quite dim too, have quietly fixed it, thanks 🙂

  24. Hi Cindy, apologies for my tardiness! Love that picture at the top….made me smile….

  25. What a pleasure to watch u doing your thing. Happiness.

  26. libraryscene says:

    Just wish to give the pups ears a rub, what a sweetpea. As for you, bravo! but what crazy hours you keep, 4:30 indeed, oy!

  27. Linda says:

    My Darla will not go out for an entire day when it’s really bad weather. Send me strawberrie confection please! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Coming right up 🙂

  28. The caption for the dog photo should read have blankie will stay in 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, you’re right 🙂

  29. Cin, I am ready for a bouillabaisse – yours – any time, solstice or not, day or night, upside world or downunder. Your afternoon tea looks delicious. Bravo for your catering business 🙂

  30. Jamie Dedes says:

    Oh my, what do I love more: the dog or the dish. Tough.

    Congrats on catering success. Not surprising…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Jamie 🙂

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