Cooking and poetry. Movie night and haiku chills.

The crescent moon gleams
Holding secrets of the night
Mischief’s time to reign

A late night meal
Homemade to ward the shivers away
Perfect
Until the haunting begins..

The scene was set;
Large screen
Kitchen attached to living room
Veggies diced and sliced
And Becca right next to me,
Swinging her gorgeous legs from the kitchen island
A night for two
With a lurking threat;
Of the beyond!

Cold billowing winds
Wailing with longing, Jealous
Of lovers within

Guacamole

I scoop two fresh avocados into a bowl
Then add diced onions and tomatoes
Garlic and jalapenos
Grind and mix
Sprinkle some lemon
Then salt to taste
And viola
Guacamole!

As potato chips fry, plain and simple
Becca presses play
And a Mexican haunting begins
A movie that many suggested
“La Llorona”
The widowed dread who killed her boy and girl
And now seeks to replace them

Whispers in the house
Creaking doors and clanking pipes
Warnings we all ignore

Onion rings

I get two large onions
Slice them horizontally into quarter inch rings
Then mix all-purpose and baking flour-
With eggs, milk and salt
And put fresh bread crumbs on a saucer besides
Onion-rings!
Becca’s favourite

I dip the rings in the flour-egg mixture
And give them a minute to stop dripping
While the backstory on screen plays out
Building empathy for characters soon to be haunted
I then douse the soaked rings in bread crumbs
And shake to make sure nothing is loose
But then Becca gasps!
And I look to see
Grotesque limbs caressing a little girl’s hair
And we both freeze with anxiety

Cry of the rooster
A bad omen in the night
Something is afoot

Lurking fries

It takes but two minutes for the rings to turn a rich light brown
And now, all is ready
A basket of fries
A dish of guacamole
And a bowl of onion rings
A movie night meal, made for tension

La Llorona on screen

As we get cozy
A shadow creeps into the now vacant kitchen
Backs to it, we are blissfully unaware
A big mistake!

Shadows in the night
Creeping here, stalkling there
Watching! Sentient!

As terror peaks inside
The weather starts to roar outside
And a feline shrieks in the movie
The meal is just right
I followed each subtle tip
All natural ingredients
Less juicy tomatoes so the ‘guac’ is not runny.
Half boiled chips in salted water before frying
And a number of smaller side dips with all my favourites;
Ketchup, chilli sauce, salt and pepper
And mayonnaise just in case
In the movie,
A priest with a renegade attitude adds a hero to the horror
But the tension is gripping
And all seems perfect
Then the power blows!
And the lights go out!

Seeker of horror
Be careful what you wish for
It just might find you!

I try to be brave
While Becca trembles besides
A snarl slices dread through the night
It comes from a corner, in here with us!
Then I feel a scrape on my neck
And jolt up, kicking our spread asunder
Becca belts a bloodcurdling scream
And all I can think of is;
“La Llorona!”
Come for a boy and a girl

Dark complicit clouds
Stars and moon must not reveal
The prowl of the dead

The lights come on
And lo and behold
It’s Pawla my kitty, prowling the sofa
We laugh in utter relief
The floor is cluttered with dishes
But no food in sight
For we’d gobbled it all;
On this delicious horror night.

Β© judeitakali


Hey everyone, I hope you enjoy this month’s Cooking and Poetry post,
Guacamole, fries, and onion rings.
I really want to know what you think.

For more Cooking and poetry posts, click HERE

If you missed yesterday’s Villanelle, check it out here;
Too much love

Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.

69 Comments Add yours

  1. Donna-Luisa says:

    Between the words and photos I’ hungry πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ˜Ž

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m glad you are, hehe.
      Thank you Donna

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  2. Sadje says:

    I’m glad it was just the Kitty. Nicely done Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, funny thing Sadje, is that you came into mind for the ending. I wanted you, and others who are not big fans of horror to enjoy a nice ending because this is mostly about the food, then poetry and prose. HeheπŸ€—

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re right, I’m no fan of gruesome horror. But of its tastefully done and is the need of the story, I enjoy it. Thanks

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  3. kittysverses says:

    Superb picturisation, wonderful cooking, Jude! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Kitty, glad you enjoyed itβ€οΈπŸ€—

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Ingrid says:

    This was fun and original: quite a wild and saucy ride!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Hi Ingrid. Thank you so much. I am more than happy for this to have that effect. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  5. The food though😍🀀

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Hehehe, I’m happy you approve Sirishty.

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      1. πŸ˜‡πŸ™

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  6. Diana says:

    Oh this was brilliant, Jude! Made me hungry AND want to write more poetry! Well done! Stay blessed πŸŒΉπŸ™β™₯

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. I’m glad you liked it Diana.πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  7. Ruelha says:

    Seems like a great combination Jude. Plus, it seems to have given you some lovely inspiration what you have used so beautifully.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Ruelha? You’ve been gone so long😩
      Thank you for appreciating. So good to see you reading again.

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      1. Ruelha says:

        I got a little caught up with some pending jobs. But, it’s great to be back and read and write. πŸ™‚

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  8. Sounds like a good night! A bit heavy on the fried food for me, to have both chips and onions rings, what an indulgence! Horror is not one of my favorite genres, but I do love a good suspense! One of my favorites is The Devil’s Backbone By Guillemo del Toro, his first movie or one of the first. The cinematography is so beautiful!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Melanie. Yeah the fried food but I tried to balance it out with no meats, and of course guacamole and the dips with no fat😁
      I love suspense too. But I do like it best if I’m in the suspense all movie then the ending concludes it very well. So that when I go to rewatch, it’s like a new movie with new perspective

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸ™πŸ½

      Liked by 1 person

  9. HappySoul says:

    Horror part in between gave a very different feel Jude.. and reading this at midnight here, I’m scared and hungry 😜

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, I’ll definitely take that as a compliment.πŸ˜…πŸŒ·
      I’d like to apologize for the scares, but I already did that with the food, lolπŸ˜πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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      1. HappySoul says:

        Ha ha lol .. and yes it’s a compliment indeed πŸ₯°

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  10. Pallavi says:

    What a fun one! You made me crave for onion rings 😁

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Hehe. Thank you Pallavi. I’m glad you enjoyed

      Liked by 1 person

  11. mariamichaela says:

    Ahh deliciously scary. Being scared makes one more hungry. 😁

    Felt like we were there with you guys watching the film minus the food hehe

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha thank you so much Michaela.πŸ˜… I’m glad you liked it

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  12. memadtwo says:

    Delicious, as always! (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much K

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  13. -Eugenia says:

    A very cleverly written juicy horror story with a happy ending. Delicious piece, Jude! πŸ˜‹

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Eugi. Glad you enjoyed it

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        My pleasure, Jude!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much 🧑

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  14. Prominence says:

    It was very theatrical, like I’m watching a movie. I almost forgot I was reading. Very imaginative. Great post! And I love onion rings and guacamole.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, I love that effect. Thank you so much πŸ˜ƒπŸ™πŸ½

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  15. poorvi kumar says:

    unique and fun to read as always !

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much.

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  16. Zelda Rene says:

    Oh my goodness, onion rings are SO good–but I can’t imagine trying to make my own! But we do have in common the love of poetry and cooking both–great combo–food for the body, food for the soul πŸ™‚ Blessings to you!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yeah I love them both too. When I realised I wanted to write about food but my blog is not a food blog, I decided to start this monthly feature. Since no one I followed on the blog roll was doing anything like this.

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      1. Zelda Rene says:

        Do you like potstickers? They’re another of my fave foods πŸ™‚ (‘Course I don’t make them from scratch–just buy the frozen ones πŸ™‚ )

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Potstickers? I don’t know those.😩😩😭

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  17. Chris Hall says:

    I was totally gripped by this piece, Jude. I love the juxtaposition of the food and the movie (one I don’t think I’d dare watch). Only you could make recipes so entertaining – and I’m a reader of recipe books πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, maybe you’ll like it if you try it. Thank you so much Chris, it makes me happy to know that you like this and were entertained. Especially because you read the recipe books. I’ve read only a couple(2) but they are so creative and fun.

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  18. The food looks good. Too bad I lose my appetite when I’m scared!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Hehe. Thank heavens I left out the meats coz those are the ones that often don’t go down easy for most. If there’s alot o blood and gore

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      1. LOL. And good thing I wasn’t drinking while reading this or it would have been all over from laughing.

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  20. JoAnn says:

    Wow, awesome! Tasty and frightening. This would have been an ideal piece for Tin House before they stopped publishing.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much JoAnn, I’m glad you like it. I would have been elated to publish it with them.

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  21. Jules says:

    What a fun read. I haven’t been able to do horror for a long time πŸ˜‰
    I was watching a series the New Nancy Drew… I watch the first season. But after only watching about ten minutes of the first show of the second season I turned it off!

    Yesterday I made a huge veggie stir fry for side dishes for throughout the week. I had gone to a different grocer and there was a huge selection of veggie seconds. The veg in the pot included; onions, snow peas, cauliflower, broccoli, radish, yellow and green zucchini,
    bok choy, and two different kinds of mushrooms (I think I remembered everything! After cooking I got about three quarts! Yum.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Sounds delicious Jules. I’d like a helping of that. Did you turn it off because it was scary? If so, then I’m definitely trying it.

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      1. Jules says:

        I enjoyed the first season… but I’m just not into horror anymore. πŸ˜‰ Enjoy!

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Hey Jules, please check your email

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      3. Jules says:

        Yes… I did. I’ve been a tad busy.
        Thank you very much – I’ll work on it! πŸ’–

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      4. judeitakali says:

        ❀️

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      5. Jules says:

        Just sent my reply πŸ’

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      6. judeitakali says:

        Thank you. I’d planned our Collab for good Friday, so right on time.

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      7. Jules says:

        Oh… so I have to wait for the post for your last piece? Don’t worry I’m only teasing!!

        I’ll have to go on over now (If the timing is right…) since there is about a 6 hour difference (you are later in the day than I – I’m just starting my day here) and your post might not be up yet πŸ˜€

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      8. judeitakali says:

        I’ve just written it up and emailed you the draft. Hopefully you won’t need to do alot of editing. I included the extra information in fun unique way towards the end.

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      9. Jules says:

        I did make one change – in your first intro and then some requests later at the bottom. As I am not sure if the links you had at the bottom had all the info. And I also asked you to explain some of your ‘word/names’

        It’s been sent back πŸ˜€
        πŸ’žπŸ’πŸ’–

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      10. Jules says:

        Sent one last change… check your email.

        Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      πŸ˜ƒπŸ™πŸ½πŸ§‘

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  22. Beautiful words and images!🌹🌹🌹
    Now, you’ve made me hungry πŸ˜‰

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Luisa. I’m glad it made you happy.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. πŸ™πŸŒΊπŸ™

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