One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Monday, April 27, 2015

It is not just about food

Baking the Bread by Anders Zorn

Hi there, I think we are starting to see the end of the tunnel in this month of poetry. Personally I will not make it, I started running too late. But I have a challenge for you that should be fun.

I want you to consider recipes, the ingredients and procedures we use when preparing that perfect dish. Actually I find a recipe quite poetic sometimes. There is such a promise in the list of ingredients and the procedures that give a desired result. A well written recipe is actually easy to remember by heart.

Consider for instance:

Rev. Smith's recipe for salads

(Sydney Smith 1771-1845)

To make this condiment your poet begs
The pounded yellow of two hard-boil'd eggs;
Two boiled potatoes, passed through kitchen seive,
Smoothness and softness to the salad give.
Let onion atoms lurk within the bowl,
And, half-suspected, animate the whole.
Of mordant mustard add but a single spoon,
Distrust the condiment that bites too soon;
But deem it not, thou man of herbs, a fault
To add a double quantity of salt;
Four times the spoon with oil of Lucca crown,
And twice with vinegar procur'd from town;
Lastly o'er the flavour'd compound toss
A magic soupçon of anchovy sauce.
Oh, green and glorious! Oh, herbaceous treat!
Twould tempt the dying anchorite to eat;
Back to the world he'd turn his fleeting soul,
And plunge his fingers in the salad-bowl!
Serenely full, the epicure would say,
Fate cannot harm me, I have dined today.

So today I want you to write a poem in the form of a recipe. It can either be something we can actually using for our favorite dinners, but why not a recipe for something more abstract such as love, spring or death.


Björn Rudberg said...

Hi there.. we are almost there.. I hope to read a number of excellent recipes later tonight.. (now I just have to figure out something myself). I had to put some Swedish touch to the artwork by including a painting by Anders Zorn of baking bread.

Anonymous said...

We all love a bit of Anders Zorn, and the aroma coming from the Toads kitchens are enticing today!

Ella said...

Bjorn,I do love to cook~
A lovely offering-thank you.

Susie Clevenger said...

Great idea! Not sure what I will cook up. A poetic recipe, I hope it will be better than my cooking skills. :)

Marian said...


Gillena Cox said...

i enjoying cooking, especially adding a bit of my own essence of creativity to any standard recipe

wow a fun prompt

much love...

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Hello everyone,

Sorry I m late.. its been a hell of a day. But wasn't going to miss out today! :D

Sharing my poem "Butter Delight."

Thank you Bjorn for this wonderful opportunity :D Hope you like it!

Lots of love,

Phil Slade said...

A great idea poetry and cooking. It really works. Now not to be rude but where's my food?

Björn Rudberg said...

I like what i have seen so far.. I will check out more in the morning.. what you have cooked up.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Well, ok , here's a secret recipe. Probably like a lot of family secrets out there. - Mosk

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Returning to Mrs Beeton.... (Do people still know who she was?)

Outlawyer said...

I do know Mrs. Beeton and her recipes and household tips! I'm not sure she was really so house-holdy! Anyway, I was drawn to write something that may be deemed off-topic, but it is what came to my quirky mind. Thanks, Bjorn. k.

Hannah said...

What a fun and inspiring challenge, Bjorn...thank you!