Cooking and Poetry. ‘Book teaser’ and local delicacies.

Be it born to darkness and sacrifice
Or be it raised amidst love and hope
Those who dwell under light and freedom
Or those shackled to ways preordained
The cruelest curses stem from our greatest blessings
And yet some are cursed, so that others may be blessed.

Teaser poem about my upcoming novel. Not long now.

I hope that soon you will all walk, love, run and creep, along the thin line between blessing and curse, in my upcoming contemporary(portal to be more specific) fantasy saga.

Disclaimer: Feel free to skip to the bottom if you are culturally or religiously disinclined to pork or beef. No offense intended.
Chapati

For you, my curse; I make this meal
Dough – that I may pound out grievance
Salt – that all my words may sting
Onions – tears of release
Oil – to smoothe grudges
No milk, no eggs
‘Chapati!’
Bribe and
Truce

Once, I met a girl who fell pregnant and thought her child was a curse. Who was forced to grow up quicker than any of her friends.
But oh how her curse turned to blessing!

Pork!
Hated
Loved much more
Mild Seasoning
Lets the flavours soak
Grill with a monk’s patience
And watch through that looking glass
The veggies will come near the end.
For you, my blessing; tastes of balance

Grilled pork

There is a delicacy in Uganda; Of cow hooves and long waits
A four hour boil for this delicious delight
And for one who takes the time to make this meal,
they make it with greatest love and virtue

Molokoni – cow hooves

No spice but salt and maybe curry
All else are natural ingredients;
Onions, peppers, tomatoes and garlics(best to use only three of choice)
Then leave to a boil, adding water as the hours ebb by.
For you both; my curse, and my blessing,
I make ‘molokoni
A dish of healing.

There is a boy who had a simple dream; to be the best librarian he could be.
To work and live amongst books
But gig after gig, he was told, ‘Women only!’
And blessed to be male in a man’s world, the boy now felt it a curse.

My healthy plate.

Β© judeitakali


I hope you enjoy this. Yes, I cooked that entire meal on my own, but don’t be alarmed, I didn’t eat everything alone.

It’s been a busy six months since I last wrote something for my Cooking And Poetry feature. Click the link to see previous posts. I hope to resume this feature on a monthly basis.

I included a couple of nonets(the shaped poetry with 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 syllable count) for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday. Nonets are perfect for the passage of time, and in this case, the cooking process.

To read a fuller update on how I’ve progressed through the novel-writing process, and about a few other wonderful authors, check out Chris Hall’s Launchpad roundup.

Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.

52 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    You’ve made an excellent chapati. I can’t make a round one.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Ah thank you so much Sadje. There are two ways I have used. One; you get the ball and press down into it before rolling evenly. 2. You use a plate or saucer or any round object and place it on the chapati, cutting evenly around it. πŸ’œ

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      1. Sadje says:

        Oh very clever second step. I never thought of doing that.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        If I’m cooking for guests, to impress, I use the plate method. But the one in the picture I used the first method of rolling evenly.

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      3. Sadje says:

        Cool! Mine looks like the map of world.

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  2. Ingrid says:

    A most intriguing post, Jude! I look forward to further announcements 😊

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Ingrid. Intrigue is exactly what I was hoping for.πŸ’œπŸ™πŸΎ

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  3. Sadje says:

    The teaser is fantastic too

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    1. I agree! πŸ™‚

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      1. Sadje says:

        😊

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      2. judeitakali says:

        πŸ₯ΊπŸ™πŸΎ

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    2. judeitakali says:

      I’m so glad to hear that Sadje. Thank you.

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  4. Chris Hall says:

    Sharing food, sharing introductions… great post, Jude!
    (Emma, my lovely mom-in-law, sadly no longer with us, made the most delicious cow heel soup).

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Chris. May her soul rest in peace.
      I love the cow heel soup. Plus, it’s great for strengthening bones(apparently)

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  5. memadtwo says:

    I like how you turn cooking into poetry.
    It’s true we often can’t tell blessings and curses apart until much later. (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much K. And I do agree. πŸ’œ

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  6. Daphny Aqua says:

    What a post, kind of made me hungry 😁

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks Daphny. That’s great to hear (if you’re not on a diet)πŸ˜πŸ’œ

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      1. Daphny Aqua says:

        I am never on a diet, wait what’s the meaning of diet? πŸ˜œπŸ˜…

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      2. judeitakali says:

        πŸ˜…πŸ‘ŒπŸΎMe exactly. Exercise keeps me well enough.

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      3. Daphny Aqua says:

        Well actually I don’t exercise either πŸ˜πŸ˜…
        I’ve been blessed with a body that does not know who to gain weight πŸ˜‚

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      4. judeitakali says:

        Hehe, lucky. Exercise goes far beyond weight issues tho.

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      5. Daphny Aqua says:

        Yah it does but I’m kinda a bit lazy when it comes to that πŸ˜…

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  7. Jane Aguiar says:

    You turned cooking hobby into poetry.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Two of my favorite things. Writing and cooking. There was space enough on my blog to make a feature combining them. πŸ’œ

      Like

      1. Jane Aguiar says:

        I’m glad you shared your hobbies. Thank you so much,JudeπŸ’œ

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  8. I’ve said it before and will say it again, I love how you just combine cooking and poetry. Always good to read posts like these when one has already eaten 😁

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Hehe. Thank you so much Michaela. Hopefully it can work to revive appetite. 🌷🌷🌷

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  9. Eugi says:

    Cooking and poetry! Who would have thought!? What a delicious and poetic creation, Jude! I look forward to learning more about your upcoming novel.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Eugi. I look forward to a great ad campaign starting January. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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      1. Eugi says:

        My pleasure, and good luck!

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  10. Hi Jude, this is a great poetry cooking lesson. Well done on this excellent meal. I’m looking forward to reading your book.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Robbie. Coming soon. πŸ’œπŸ™πŸΎπŸŒ·

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  11. Pallavi says:

    Your work is always a pleasure to read and watch :))

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    1. judeitakali says:

      It’s been so long Pallavi. I’ll be raiding yours later today. So glad to see your comment.πŸ’œπŸ˜©

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      1. Pallavi says:

        Don’t worry you haven’t missed much. I had been on a long hiatus πŸ˜‰

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Welcome back. 🌼

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  12. Sylverian says:

    Looking delicious

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you kindly.

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  13. Looking forward to reading more about your new creation, Jude…

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Jaye. That’s very encouraging to hear.

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  14. The teaser has captured my interest Jude. Looking forward to further announcements!!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks for telling me Radhika. I hope what follows will be even more intriguing. The official promo begins in January though.

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  15. What a lovely post! Thanks for sharing

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you 😊😊

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  16. sammicakes says:

    beautiful poetry and food!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sammi. 🌷

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  17. katfoodblog says:

    I really enjoy it, thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. πŸ™πŸΎ

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  18. I confess I don’t know much about your country of Uganda. Probably not a lot of vegetarians by choice there though, I imagine. As a vegetarian, some countries are easier to travel to than others. Places where Buddhism or Hinduism branches of faith that abstain from meat make my traveling life a lot easier. India was very easy because its common to have almost equal amount of meat and veg meal options listed on the menu board.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Hi Melanie. It’s so good to see you again.
      Yeah we are very much meat eaters here, unless someone is in poor health. The cultural ceremonies also involve meat. And yet, somehow we are nowhere near the top meat consuming countries. But that might be due to being “3rd world”
      We do like meat but we don’t have all those many processed meat products so in the end it’s mainly for meals and that’s not every meal so we actually don’t take that much. I personally eat to my heart’s content. I’m good on exercise and fitness and my health is okay so weight and other food or fat related things are not really an issue. I eat my veggies with as much gusto

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      1. It’s sad how much food, including meat, gets wasted in countries like the U.S. Food consumption in the world should not be so unbalanced.

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