Cooking and Poetry. Reconciliation.

There was a time admission was defeat
When to be wrong, was to show weakness
One by one, friends and lovers left
Until; Alone; I perceived
That the problem was me
How could I say sorry?
How would I change?
Reconcile
Lonely
Sad

She’d told me;
If I saw the error of my ways,
She’d always be waiting,
Always come back.

They’d said
“We cannot get along if you never open up your mind,
If you’re not willing to listen,
To accept that you do not know all!”

So I glazed honey on a set of half-fried ribs
Sprinkled them with a light powdered chilly
And let them simmer in salty olive oil
Inviting all the dear ones I’d pushed away

Then I fluffed some chicken breasts
Lined a set of thighs
Drenched them in egg whites
And doused them in flour with spice
Drizzling down breadcrumbs
And deep-frying to a rich golden brown
Thinking of how conceited I once was

All the while, I’d had green peas on a soft boil
Leafy spinach steaming in a garlic and ginger spiced water
And a sliced fresh veggie-bouquet of ‘sukuma wiki’ –
Sizzling with onions and peppers in a pan
I sprinkled salt and spice on the spinach
Sliced a bunch of avocados, tomatoes and onions
And finally dusted two tall bottles of soft sweet red
A symbol of a terse nature that was sweetening

Three friends who’d held me most dear came
The girl who would always be waiting was no longer single-
Yet still she came
I added a bowl of mashed potatoes to the chicken, ribs, and salad
And we dug in.

With stomachs plied
And throats irrigated
I told them I was wrong
That I’d try.
They teased me, saying it was not possible
I said with their help, of course it was
And they all smiled
Knowing that something had truly changed.

It often takes a little giving to get alot from the people who truly love us, but we can’t always simply receive and never give.

ยฉ judeitakali.


Hope you enjoy this. I haven’t updated the Cooking and Poetry feature on my site in a while. Marketing and promoting my book has taken up a fair chunk of my blog but I’m getting up to speed now.

Please go on and check out the landing page for my newly released book to know more about it;

CROSSROADS (Winds of love)

You might find something you’ll like there. Be sure to like/share/comment.

PS.

Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.

I didn’t cook this but I’m prepping a replica for the weekend.

79 Comments Add yours

  1. Aparna says:

    Too good and too creative ๐Ÿ˜œ
    Great combination of cooking and poetry ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Aparna. Hope you’re okay.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. mariamichaela says:

    Good thing I already ate or this would have made me hungry. That salad os looking really delicious!

    I never get tired of your cooking and poetry. It’s food not just for the body but also the soul.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Michaela. I love doing this feature, It’s like a fun creative exercise ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒท

      Liked by 1 person

      1. mariamichaela says:

        I love reading it too but always make sure I’m not hungry when I do hehe

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      2. judeitakali says:

        ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜ƒ

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Anisha says:

    Honoring friends with a feast ! What a pleasant memory it could turn out to be! I loved this reconciliation. I wish there comes a day soon when such an arrangement can be made.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot Anisha, I think the biggest problem is being brave enough to take the initiative or humbling one’s pride and reaching out first. Problems many of us all face๐Ÿ˜ฉ

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Anisha says:

        I agree totally. Pride can create the longest distance, and food can reduce it in minutes! ๐Ÿ˜‹

        Liked by 2 people

      2. judeitakali says:

        ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒท

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Sadje says:

    A wonderful gesture Jude.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sadje. ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒท

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Sadje says:

        Youโ€™re welcome my friend

        Liked by 2 people

  5. janelendy says:

    Every word ๐Ÿ’œi want the food tho๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿฅบ

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, I know ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Thanks Lendy๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒท

      Liked by 1 person

      1. janelendy says:

        Welcome ๐Ÿ˜Š

        Liked by 2 people

  6. Chris Hall says:

    Food and poetry… you really cannot go wrong! That’s definitely a menu to win anyone over, Jude ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot Chris. Happy belly, calmer mind.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Chris Hall says:

        ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

        Liked by 2 people

  7. Food and Friends.
    What a kind gesture!
    P.S : I am Starving now Haha!

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, my apologies. I’d like to do this really soon.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Haha! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

        Liked by 2 people

  8. I just had my food and still your post has got my mouth watering! It’s great to cook for loved ones. I hope that soon enough it will be safe to do so. And yes, it takes a little giving to get a lot from the people who love us. It’s all give and take.
    Take care, Jude. Stay safe.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Shweta. I do cook for my friends whenever we decide to hang for the weekend. No choice because they say I’m the most balanced chef but I enjoy it on those rare occasions with just the guys and they help out.

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      1. That’s great! Only a great chef can describe food the way you did in this post.

        Liked by 2 people

      2. judeitakali says:

        Haha thank you so much Shweta. Or maybe a very average chef and an improving writer๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜…

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      3. You’re so humble, Jude. Stay safe, take care. Have a great weekend.

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      4. judeitakali says:

        Stay safe too Shweta. Thank you so much.

        Like

  9. Beautiful writing around building a meal to be shared.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot T. J. S๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

      Liked by 2 people

  10. Ingrid says:

    This made me hungry! Great writing Jude ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Oopsโ˜บ๏ธ
      Thanks alot Ingrid. ๐ŸŒท
      I left you an email.

      Liked by 2 people

  11. Bulbul says:

    Wonderful piece, Jude, and the food… what should I say has worked up my cravings! But, the message packed is truly the punch. Well done, dear.
    PS: Congratulations on the debut!
    Cheers

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Heyyy Bubble๐Ÿ’œ
      Thank you so much.
      So good to see you. I’m coming over to your site today. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      Liked by 2 people

  12. blogbyA says:

    “Throats irrigated ” niceee

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, spur of the moment idea, glad you enjoyed it. ๐Ÿงก๐ŸŒท

      Liked by 2 people

  13. M. Talha says:

    A great art of pieace. Enjoyed reading it, every second.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed it.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. skipread says:

    Loving how it transitioned. Good job ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much.

      Like

  15. -Eugenia says:

    Fabulous write, Jude! Your cooking and poetry idea is very clever!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Eugi. Just trying to tell it different ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’œ

      Liked by 1 person

      1. -Eugenia says:

        Most welcome, Jude!

        Liked by 1 person

  16. LaDonna Remy says:

    It sounds like a lovely way to offer repair and friendship. There is so much power in making owning our truths. I love this. ๐Ÿ’—

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much LaDonnaโค๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿงก

      Liked by 1 person

      1. LaDonna Remy says:

        โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ

        Liked by 1 person

  17. memadtwo says:

    Cooking and eating together are the foundation of community. (K)

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿงก๐ŸŒทthat they are;

      Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much.

      Like

  18. This really does have the ring of truth about it Jude. A great job.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Roberta.

      Like

  19. Wow, Jude this really got me hungry and such yummy food. Cooking and writing a wonderful poem is fantastic. A wonderful blend.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Kamal. I’ve been away a bit hence the late response ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

      Like

      1. It’s completely okay dear Jude. Always welcome. Take care and stay safe ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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  20. Diana says:

    What a delicious post!! You are a poetic chef aren’t you!! โค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, a little bit. Thanks Diana. Sorry I’ve been away this this late response.

      Liked by 1 person

  21. Susi Bocks says:

    Beautiful, Jude! When that self-reflection helps to progress our humanity, it’s always a good thing, ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m glad you appreciate this Susi

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Susi Bocks says:

        You’ve said it well, Jude! What’s not to appreciate? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a wonderful day!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. judeitakali says:

        Have a lovely weekend too Susi.

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Susi Bocks says:

        Thanks, Jude! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

  22. Well curated write up

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much.

      Like

  23. Congratulations for your book, Jude !

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot Dakshali. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

      Like

  24. jryb29 says:

    I love it! ๐Ÿงก

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much.

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Too good and I loved the way you expressed them with your cooking recipes โค๏ธ

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much ๐ŸŒผ

      Like

  26. Words and food for the soul…a great combo, can never go wrong!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      A challenge to combine but a fun one always. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Like

  27. Awesome stuff. I did something different on my blog too…shared an authentic Portuguese Recipe called SORPOTEL. You are free to check it out. I’m sure you will love it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you. I’ll pass by.

      Like

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