Acrostic Drink Poetry


#Fowc #Cordial

Crafted from the finest grapes, raspberries and blackcurrants

Out of the copper kettle it came

Reinforced with herbs and spices , not forgetting the sugar

Drank in a ceramic mug

It’s something to be enjoyed either hot or cold, but

As its Autumn, and Winter is around the corner

Likelihood is you’ll be warming your fingers around the mug holding it


Parcel of fun

#food #curry #pastie #FDDA

To some

its a heavenly dish

kept wrapped up in its pastry parcel

king of the curries (created by the british)

arm yourself though – the recipes vary

Made the same way of the days of empire

a meat is spiced in a number of spices and

rolled around in a sauce of tomatoes, spices and cream

some might say – its not spicy enough, but

as it was devised for those with a delicate pallette

lots of people enjoy it as a main meal or teatime snack

as its not as fiery as its madras or vindaloo cousins


Mango Tango

Salford 2nd June

#CYW #Mangotango

Mix it up a little, make your taste buds come

Alive with each nibble, as you mix up

Nourishing mango with fish meats or vegetables

Giving the dish a most unique flavour

Over the heat and tang of the spices

Character Christmas Poetry

Ode to a ham

Newbold Verdon, 25th december

The Ham, Mentioned in the verse.

While the children played their games

Under the gaze of the decorated Christmas tree

You sat bathing in a sugary herbal bath

Turning like cleopatra

As you cooked away in the oranges, spices and cloves

Sending sumptuous smells through the house

Till it was time for you to join the vegetables

To the sound of the chef in the kitchen

“Luncheon is served”

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!


Food Poetry



Sourced from around the world

picked from the best places of the east

infusing meat and vegetables with

colours smells and flavours that bring an extra special something,creating a dish to bring your tastebuds some attention

yelling out the message – “This dish is tasty!”

Autumn Colours Seasons


#coloryourworld #cyw #maroon

Maybe its

Autumn, that reminds me of you most.

Rich red colour spread through warm tones

of spice mulled wine

or perhaps its the berries and spices

noted as ingredients, used to produce the brew

Cooking Food Seasons Treat Treats

Smells of a Christmas Kitchen


Cinnamon, Chillis and Orange – BFK 2016

Salford 21st November 2016

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

It begins – quite 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 – everything 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 🙂