My tasting menu or 7 random things

A while ago (everything in my life is a while ago, I’m constantly playing a half hearted game of catch-up) that Fabulous Southern Girl tagged me for a 7 random things meme. Yes I have been procrastinating, what’s new, as everything (and nothing) in my life is random. I’m not sure what to write really so I’ll just try to pick things that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with me, although I’m starting to feel a little pressured here (sorry Belinda) and some of you may know that I’m not good with pressure, or was that mornings. Whatever…these facts are already in the public domain so Ill have to think of something else. I think I might just do one a day over the next 7 days. Whew, that’s a much better idea.

So just to clear the palate before starting my tasting menu:

Amusee Bouche

I studied English, History of Art, Philosophy and Religious Studies at university, (will someone please tell me how you parlay that into a career?), before going on to study Marketing & Advertising, eventually working as a copywriter for an ad agency in Johannesburg (the business capital of South Africa) for all of about 15 minutes. That’s about how long it took me to realise that what I actually wanted to do with my excellent academic education, was cook. Lucky for me my mother’s kitchen has ever open doors, and I’ve been making my living from cooking or restaurants ever since.

5 Responses to “My tasting menu or 7 random things”

  1. on 17 Oct 2007 at 8:51 pm The Passionate Palate

    I think your university studies have lended themselves beautifully to your career and lifestyle! :-) They certainly make you a better conversationalist than if you had “just” gone to a culinary academy.

  2. on 18 Oct 2007 at 10:04 am Kit

    An education is all about making you a well rounded person, I think, at least that is my excuse for using mine to jaunt around Italy for several years making picnics and looking after my clients!

    And you’re a writer too, so you are using all that brain stretching for that!

  3. on 18 Oct 2007 at 11:28 am african vanielje

    Thanks ladies. I have to say my parents never once suggested that all that money was wasted. They just encouraged me to stretch myself and do what makes me happy. Food (about which I know nothing compared to the knowledge that is out there) is very artistic and there is always something new to learn, so yes, it makes me happy. WHat more could a parent want for their child

  4. on 19 Oct 2007 at 5:16 pm Belinda

    Hi Inge! Wow…a great start to the random things, and please, please don’t feel ANY pressure at all to do them in any way other than your own leisure…and even then, just if you want to. That said, I loved reading the first installment. :-) I relate to your academic background…my degree is in English as well…and I much prefer my life with horses now that all is said and done. It wasn’t a waste though…no, no, no. :-) I like Kit’s theory on education…I agree 100%.

  5. on 19 Oct 2007 at 9:41 pm african vanielje

    Belinda, the pressure is not to share, just to find anough interesting things to share. I don’t feel my education was wasted really, I love the fact that I have such a broad library shelf, and it keeps me from being too obssessive about food.

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