I’ll start by saying that I didn’t make it to boxing class last night. I am still having difficulty managing stairs so I thought it best to rest up for another day or so
That doesn’t mean I won’t go back. I shall make it to tomorrow mornings class and it will be good
It’s not a significant or special birthday, I will be 52. The sort of birthday you don’t shout about but a birthday nevertheless
Tonight I am being taken to a very nice boutique restaurant in the West End of London. I am very much looking forward to it
The menu looks gorgeous and I am sure I will have a wonderful time
There will also be MISE EN BOUCHE as part of the dining experience
Now, being the philistine I obviously am, I had never heard of MISE EN BOUCHE before last year when friends spoke of these little hors d’oeuvre once. I know they are ‘nibbles’ but that is about it
So, I’ve looked it up
I have discovered we call them AMUSE-BOUCHE here. Which I find amusing in itself. Probably someone misheard it once and it stuck. Personally I like amuse-bouche better as it means entertainment for the mouth and that’s got to be good. ‘Mise en bouche’ means ‘setting for the mouth’ – not nearly as appealing. No wonder they changed it…..
Anyway, they look the same as canapes
They ARE canapes
Canapes I know are those little munchy things on a platter, yummy. Obviously they are so last year now
Which begs the questions –
Are amuse-bouche the new canapes?
Were canapes the new Cheesy Wotsits?
How come we never had “amuse-bouche” or “mise en bouche”, or whatever they are called – or even canapes – when I was growing up?
It’s all a bit pretentious if you ask me
But I will still scoff a plateful tonight – it would be rude not to