What if a recipe was read like a poem? Each ingredient rhyming with the next step. It's intertwined through a story told through imagination or a first hand experience. That would be some recipe! I was intrigued by this idea and decided to give it a try. I couldn't do something like this by myself though. I called in the help of my friend Dorette Snover chef, writer and blogger of "Planting Cabbages". The site focuses on the life, stories, food and travel of Dorette. We both decided to challenge our readers with this idea.
Teen Chefs & Dorette (lower left) Summer 2010
Starting today, you (our loyal readers) can participate in the Recipe Rhyme Challenge. By September 25th 2011, we are asking for a submission of your recipe in the form of a poem. Here are the guidelines
-Use as many words and stanzas as it takes
-It can be of any length
-The recipe can be yours, from a book, tv, or online
-It can be in the form of a traditional poem, haiku,soliloquy, sonnet, ballad, prose you name it!
-Please provide a title and your name
-If you are able to, we would love to see pictures along with the poem
-Measurements are not required. We should be able to interpret what your making.
Me and Dorette
For I am the Potato
For I am the potato, he yelled aloud!
Peel me, peel me, round and round
Then cube me, dice me, and pass me down
For I am the parsnip, he said right back!
I am the bleached carrot, sweet and feisty
Now peel me, slice me, cut me thick
Lay in me in the water, cold and icy
Both starches began to shout
As they rustled and hustled in the pan about
Double double boil and trouble
Until soft and tender they both come out
Little did they know while they fought it out
A perfect combination was stirring about
Velvet cream and rich mighty butter
Sank into a creamy dreamy puddle
The starches had had it, they were pushed to a sweat
So they decided to cool it out on the deck
As they drained and steamed they had one last swing
So they made it right back, back into the ring
They mashed and thrashed all over the thing
They pounded and hounded a little more
But now they knew there was much more in store
Down came the creamy potion
As if it were in slow motion
It seeped into every corner
Bringing the starches ever warmer
For now they were one
A soft cloud like mixture
Definitely an intriguing fixture
Both apologized to one another
They acted like fools to each other
But over the side came a peculiar thing
For I am the scallion, the green onion ring!
The three most outstanding poems will be featured on both JeremyCooks and Planting Cabbages. Remember submissions are due September 25th so start your stoves and get rhyming!
If you have questions please feel free to email Dorette and I.
info@JeremyCooks.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
Planting Cabbages: Recipe Rhyme Challenge
Keep on Cooking!!
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