Sunday, November 7, 2021

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: The Culinary Misadventures of a Half-Assed Chef


Image by JL G from Pixabay

she took Billy Lynn's long walk to her kitchen
she resolved to prepare cuisine worthy of excitement
she committed herself to following the motivating recipe as closely as possible

her home smelled of rosy red petunias and pretty pickled peanuts
her appetite was insatiable
she took Billy Lynn's long walk to her kitchen

the dessert she made began with bent bristles and blended bananas 
she ignored the knitting neighbors and nagging noises
she resolved to prepare cuisine worthy of excitement

sometimes during past cooking adventures, she had improvised too much
now she realized the mistake she had made
she committed herself to following the motivating recipe as closely as possible

~ornery owl~

110 words

Note: This post originally appeared on my poetry blog.

prompts used to prepare this preposterous poem

Prompt: Write about food
The logo was designed by me using free elements from Pixlr. You are welcome to use it if you like. No credit is necessary.

Write a poem about a location.
In this poem, the location of focus is the kitchen.

Prompt: Write a poem about anticipation. Use the cascade form.

This poem was inspired by a minor culinary disaster. Last night I made tapioca pudding in the slow cooker. My son took some upstairs to his room and came down a few minutes later to tell me the pudding had no flavor. Upon tasting it, I realized that I had forgotten to add sugar. I saved it for tonight and will blend it with some boxed vanilla pudding. 

Here is the recipe I used, in case you are interested. Don't forget the sugar!

4 cups milk

⅔ cup white sugar

½ cup small pearl tapioca

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Stir together the milk, sugar, tapioca, and eggs in a slow cooker. Cover, and cook on medium for 3 hours, or on Low for 6 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve warm.

I also added 1/4 cup of butter for flavor, but that is optional. I had a bit of leftover rice from dinner which I threw in as well.

I didn't have any small pearl tapioca, so I used the large pearl variety. Small pearl tapioca does not have to be soaked. Large pearl does. Oddly enough, tapioca is hard to come by in my area. I haven't had much luck finding it online either.

Here is the recipe source.

The Icky, Sticky, Nit-Picky Legalese If You Please (Or Don't Please)

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