Bag O’Sweets


Open up your bag and round

a quarter of sweets for half a pound a drumstick lolly that’s hard to beat lemon drops for a special treat chocolate footballs and fizzy drops the magic candy that fizzes and pops cola bottles and sherbet tubes candied shrimps and pineapple cubes Now , don’t eat them all now, they’re a treat, we agree but eat them all and you wont eat the fish and chips for your tea!


Food, Poetry

18th August 2018


They’re the bits of your favourite chocolate bars

that didn’t quite make it past quality control

chocolate covered clumped raisins

meet up with lumps of honeycomb

and those dolly mixtures, that shot past the bag

but didn’t hit the factory floor

producing a chocolate surprise – white or brown

sold in bags in each and every town

no search for perfection here – its sold at cost price

but kids they go for it – it tastes just as nice!


Acrostic, Food, Treat

Salford, 1st June 2017

An acrostic by Inky in response to the prompt



A Meagre Portion ūüôā

Perhaps its time to watch the waistline

On the whole, its a terrible shame

Rounding on the pounds, in the way that you do

Today should be a celebration –

Its your Birthday!

Of course you can enjoy your birthday tea

Now – One Slice or Two ?


Food, Fun, Growing up, Poetry


Sat on the table,

with a note by its side

“Do Not Touch” – Says the label

that’s by the cake on the table

prepared by nephews, nanna and me

for little sisters birthday tea


But it looks so nice there – sat on its own

hungry Horace is a sneaking – but his cover is blown

he wonders into a very sweet dream

pondering chocolate and fondant and cream


Temptation makes him into the kitchen stray,

but Grandad’s in sitting room – and watches him sway

“No – one will know” , says Horace to himself,

till Grandad enters kitchen – putting cake on the shelf!!!

A trio of Puddings

Cooking, Food, Pleasures, Poetry

a response to the prompt by inkdrop to One, Two, Three!

with a humble nod to the prompt Pour Some Sugar on Me


Three Sponge Puddings

Golden Syrup



(all served wi’ custard)

Three Cakes




(all served with cream)

Three Cheesecakes




(Nice wi’ ice cream)

Tuck in!

Smells of a Christmas Kitchen

Cooking, Food, Seasons, Treat, Treats



Cinnamon, Chillis and Orange – BFK 2016

Salford 21st November 2016

Its not difficult for me to tell when winters on its way,

It begins Рquite surreptitiously in our house.  Dad (the head cook and bottlewasher) will have his nose in the leaves of a cookbook and be checking out the recipes in it.  Within days herbs and spices will have been bought Рeverything from Oregano and Basil to Ginger and Allspice.  Kitchen staples such as Worcester Sauce and Soy Sauce get replenished and so do the cooking sauces.

So, if I smell the smell of Basil wafting up through the house, i’m sure there will be a bolognaise or pesto dish on the go.

Get that whiff of Ginger or five spice – then we’ll be having Chinese , Barbecue ribs, chow mein or chop suey – Add a whiff of Garlic though – and that means mum’s not eating, so dad has to go through the ingredients before cooking.

Get a fruity or spicy smell – dad will be experimenting with a curry – if he uses a paste, then normally the smell of a beef or chicken curry fills the house

At Christmas there’s all sorts of smells, from citrus to pine cones.¬† I particularly enjoy the satsuma around this season, and the various hot fruit teas that are sold around this time fruit flavours mixing with cinnamon, nutmeg¬†, star anise and¬†allspice. As the heat rises into the air the Christmas scents travel up the nose and warm you almost instantly

treacle, fudge and cocoa all have their distinct aromas – so you know when a sticky toffee pudding on the go.

And you cannot fool my nose when a hot chocolates being made – rich scents of chocolate dance through the house with either a mint or an orange partner – usually being followed by two little munchkins after a cup of the brown liquid gold

Roast dinners are particularly pleasing…the smell of crispy bacon a sign the Christmas bird is cooking nicely.¬† Buttery carrots mingling with fat roasted hot potatoes and a sweet swede, turnip and parsnip trio a perfect¬†sides for the turkey chicken¬†or duck¬†.¬†¬† Any water from the veg falls delightfully into the roasting pan, where it combines with the meat juices and stock cube to make a brilliant gravy.


And what’s that fruity smell that’s coming from the stove? raisins sultanas cherries and walnuts mingle longingly with winter spice and Orange¬†and Lemon to create a brilliant Christmas pudding…the only dilemma? what you have with it…rum or brandy butter, or plain old vanilla custard…me? a bit of all three if I get away with it ūüôā