Cooking and Poetry. Fractured romance #Ballad

Hello everyone, welcome to another Cooking and Poetry feature. I write one of these every three months or so. Hope you enjoy this one.

Today’s dish is a salmon and avocado salad.

On twilight’s thresh she creaks the kitchen door
Scowl on face and growl in cheek
Too long, she says- always too long!
With me it might be quick
Two frowning souls at kitchen’s stand
Furrowed brows and tetchy lips
Too long in love yet never one
Two yearning hearts on the slip

The greens are fresh, the knives are sharp
Cucumber aroma with parsley delights
She slices thick, he cuts them thin
A scoff and smile at memories light
She’s watching weight, he loves his meats
Divisions might divide!
Unless their two wits meet
And better they decide

The scene is set
Ingredients wait
Romance sniffs a chance

  • Four salmon fillets
  • cherry tomatoes
  • Diced avocados, red cabbage shredded, chopped lettuce
  • Vinegar, black pepper, Dijon and parsley
  • a pinch of garlic and drizzled salt

She seasons the salmon,
He starts the oven
Seven minutes the wait
As tummies flutter and frowns soften

They slice and dice and mix
hands brushing, smiles blushing
TING! the salmon is ready, their hearts unsteady
And tingles on fingers

In a large bowl, she combines the red onion with olive oil. She adds a cider vinegar, Dijon, garlic powder, parsley, salt and pepper.
They let it sit about 5 minutes, so the flavor of the onion mellows.
As they jibe and tease each other’s techniques.

He adds the tomatoes, avocado and tosses.
Her eyes sparkle, she is never brave enough to toss
When ready to serve, they add chopped lettuce and cabbage,
Then vinegar, salt and pepper to taste

Salmon and avocado salad

On twilight’s thresh romance rekindles
Smiles on face, laughs in cheek
Too long, she says and winks
Be quick before we eat…

With hearts sated and tongues filled with taste
There’s no appetizer better-
than a kiss, or two, or many
before a salmon and salad delight
.

#whatdoyousee

I wrote this in a ballad form since ballads are musical poems or songs and in a way, it did feel like I was writing music. Fitting for Sadje’s #whatdoyousee image prompt.

©judeitakali


Looking forward to your thoughts. Writing this feature stretches creativity, which is perfect preparation for diving back into novel writing. I won’t be posting as often for a while now, but I will read every now and then.

Feel free to peruse the other cooking and poetry posts HERE

Images and further details on how to prepare this meal from skinnytate.com

Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.

42 responses to “Cooking and Poetry. Fractured romance #Ballad”

  1. I loved your ballad romance and those pictures too.👌

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    1. Glad you did, Jane. I enjoyed working on this one.

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  2. That was beautiful, Jude! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Yvette.

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  3. Just deliciously written. ♡

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation.

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  4. This is bursting with creativity, Jude. I absolutely love poetry and a recipe!!😍❤️

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    1. Thank you so much Colleen.💖

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  5. “Romance sniffs,” enjoyed that! Thank you. 😊

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    1. Thank you so much Ann.

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  6. I feel that the salted was very tasty and so is the poem. Thanks Jude for joining in and combining two delights.

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    1. Thank you too, Sadje. Your prompt made me choose the forms.

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      1. Thanks! * salad

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  7. This is lovely, Jude. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Aishwarya.

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  8. Is it done? Can I now have my plate please? You had me salivating the whole time, such a clever way to write Jude and super creative. 😋💞

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    1. A great recipe and dish. I’ve found a place here that sells salmon fillets so I will be trying it.

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      1. Oh, sounds like a great treat. 😋

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  9. That’s an amazing creation n lovely Jude😍

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    1. Thank you so much Reddy.😇

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      1. It’s a pleasure my friend 😇

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  10. What an amazing collision!! Cooking AND poetry!! Yummy on both accounts!

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    1. Thank you so much, LaShelle.

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  11. I love this lyrical and delightful piece, Jude! Deliciously written! 💖

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    1. Thank you so much, Eugi.

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      1. Most welcome, Jude!

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  12. Gorgeous write, Jude, bursting with flavours! I loved the pics you used.

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    1. Thank you, Punam. They were awesome.

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  13. A feast for the senses and a tastebud-tingling ballad!

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    1. Thank you for appreciating, Ingrid.🙏🏾

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    1. Thank you for the appreciation.😇

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      1. You are welcome dear

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  14. What a lovely expression you have going here. I could almost taste all the food and feel all the romance. Brilliant. Will await your writing more.

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation. 🙏🏾Next one in 3 months. But you can read previous ones in the link I placed at the end. They will surprise you, in a good way.

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  15. Hi Jude, this is a lot of fun. It is great how you mix food and love.

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    1. Thank you so much, Robbie. Food shared is almost always a sign of some sort of love, unless you’re preparing a poisonous feast😜, which gives me an idea for the next feature.

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      1. Yes, you are right, Jude. I hadn’t though of it that way but it is a sign of love.

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  16. Adore this concept! I may totally steal your idea😊 thank you! I can’t wait to read more!

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