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Poetry

Combine

#Fowc #Combine

I. Baking

Take your favourite root vegetable

add it with some fat, flour, and a sugar for sweetness

put some additional berries or nuts

stir in, and stick in the oven

when ready – retrieve – cut up

and enjoy

II. Art

Trying to get the colour of

flowers in the garden

isn’t that hard

dropping some red with blue, or blue with yellow,

produces some lovely colour for those blackberries

you’re capturing in that pot

III. Chemistry

Creating new substances from items in the lab

has to be done with care

elements coming together in glass beakers

make colourful mixes , sometimes with

intense reactions –

so it makes sense to use a bit of forward planning

take care with those acids and alkalis and look out at

reactions – don’t forget your gloves and goggles

you’ll be grateful you wore them if the mixes turn violent

IV. Crops

pointing headwards in the sky

threshed and processed for the best yield

then sent to the mill to meet the stones

crushing them down for bread flour

or maybe even cornflakes

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Acrostic Christmas Festive Food Memories

Bubble and Squeak

#fowc #food #christmas #leftovers

Salford, 26th December 2019

By the time the pans were in the sink

undertakings of the Christmas leftovers were being sorted out

bird of the day stripped down to its carcass and

boxed up – and placed in the refridgerator

like the vegetables left behind from the feast

everyone knew what was for tomorrows dinner

Sizzle – went the pan – as meat and vegetables combined

quickly in motion with the aid of a bit of oil and butter

unlike the meal before it – this had a flavour all of its own

encompassing all its ingredients and perhaps one or two more

as the smell of the concoction – drifted on the cold winter air – leaving the

kitchen and wafting under the noses of everyone nearby

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Food

Authentic

Something to note when you next go into the supermarket

that durum wheat spaghetti you picked

off the shelf for a really cheap price

probably has a more local flavour than Milan or Turin

Although they’ve stuck to recipe –

noted chefs will tell you – the product hasn’t seen hair of a

Dock or airport in Italy – it’s been made right here.

Locating where its been made

of course – is a bit difficult – ingredients printed

on the label of the packet in very fine print

keep looking – and you might spot – Made in the UK.

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Poetry

Skimp

#fowc #skimp

Silly to go overboard , wi the cost cutting

Keeping the budgets down

Isn’t going to improve that recipe, you’re

Making in the kitchen

Pepper and Salt ? Where’s the rest of the seasonings ?

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Eating Food Poetry

Ode to a sandwich

Salford, 6th August

So, here we are, with a noble invention

A combination of ingredients

Now brought together, with love tween two slices of bread

Daintily paired, meats and vegetables

When required –  sauces or spices

It’s what you might call – a matter of taste

Combining flavour and texture – the eater

Happy in the knowledge, theres not much washing up!

 

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Food Poetry

Hamburger

#food #acrostic

Hot off the grill

A delight made with the finest ingredients

Maybe it’s the

Beef that’s tenderised

Until it’s just right, or perhaps it’s the sliced

Red tomato and fried onions that

Go as a garnish on top of it

Encapsulated in a sesame seed bun

Ravishing ? There’s not a hot dog that can beat it

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Christmas Cooking Food Fruit Places

Transformation II

Transformation

in the kitchen

magic is performed

as

yellow butter

white sugar

brown flour

some eggs

and mixed fruit

join together in harmony

with the aid of nutmeg, cinnamon and mixed space

 

popped in the oven

and left to combine

they jump about in the warm

and become solid or baked

forming a most wonderful substance

a cake.

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Cooking Food Poetry

An ode to a cook

Originally posted in Goodreads.com’s poetry News letter – enjoy

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The master craftsman sits
with instruments to hand.
He looks at ingredients
and begins to stand

No Wood or Iron or Marble or Stone
Eggs , Flour, Sugar and Spices the tone
Chopping up flavours from east and from west
to create a dish that he knows taste the best

he’s took his time gradually
learning his skill
in a very busy kitchen
he’s no time to kill

but he’ll produce summat tasty
from ingredients by th’dish
by preparing the veggies, the spices and fish
and what’s more is he’ll stand wi’ ingredients he’s got
and create his dish in just one pot

and while it’s in th’oven
he’ll dive, duck and lunge
to create up an afters
a custard wi Sponge.