Saturday, 12 October 2013

Secrets



fruity & fragrant -

      is what an italian sauce should be -   

so what's the secret, i ask -

      time he says, choose carefully the season-

ings & ripe tomatoes - flame-red, elliptical & firm

     not flabby, containing little water & few seeds-

i peel off - skin & seeds - ready for the lesson -           

     (note: oregano makes a bitter marriage with sauce)                      

he starts with a fast saute

     olive oil, garlic, onion, celery, carrot & parsley

i curl into the earthly aroma -

     all senses taut & stirred in what we are creating -  

here's the key, he carefully watches sauce pan -

     the tomatoes natural juices allow the other

sauce ingredients to stand out while it simmers -

     not suffocating (like heavy puree), but enriching flavor -

i imagine my colors swirling in canvas-

     coppery gold with specks of autumn orange, rising in steam- 

cook gently but quickly, he adds -

   & with a flourish, he ends with a dab of olive oil -

don't forget that & this -

    his hand reaches for the wine glass

i swivel in his tongue - lush of grapes & black plums-

    fruity & fragrant-    




Posted for D'verse Poets Pub - Poetics by Karin G - Anything about Italian, so I went for Italian cooking ~  Happy long weekend & thanksgiving to my Canadian friends ~

40 comments:

  1. You write the most amazing cooking poems, Grace! And those last three lines are really a wonderful culmination to the culinary journey you provided us!

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    1. Thank you Mary ~ In truth, men rules our kitchen ~

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  2. I hate cooking but you make into such a sensual experience it almost makes me want to head for the kitchen.

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    1. I am not a great fan myself but do love to eat it ~ Smiles ~

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  3. Oh yes.. but those tomatoes. we had a few when we had summer. Now sadly gone. Definitely wine in the sauce.. I thought doing cooking today but decided against it... still a thought I have.

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    1. Wine in the sauce, I agree ~ Thanks Bjorn ~

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  4. fruity indeed :) I put cellery in everything, by the way :)

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    1. Yes, the sauce must be fruity, smiles ~ Celery gives it flavor ~

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  5. Sounds yummy, Grace... I especially like--

    i imagine my colors swirling in canvas-

    coppery gold with specks of autumn orange, rising in steam

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  6. i tell you what, but the time we get done with this....we will all be starving...and in need of our spouses...hahahaha...i swivel in his tongue...mmm...nice.....smiles.

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    1. I believe you are right Brian ~ Smiles ~

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving--and happy meal! This sounds so sensual and delicious. Thanks, Grace. K.

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  8. This is a great recipe poem Grace! I wish I had some pasta to pour your sauce on. And, of course, the bottle of wine is on the table.

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  9. Grace a very evocative preparation and consumation. >KB

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  10. You awaken all my senses and make them tingle, plus you make my mouth water. You should write a poetry cookery book.

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    1. That's a good idea ~ Thanks for the visit ~

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  11. Oh, my. I am suddenly STARVING. Well done.

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  12. Ah! Lovely. Such a heart-warming read. You will make even the most reluctant person to cook by your verses.
    -HA

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  13. hmmmm...you know...this makes me wanna go and start....cooking.....smiles

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  14. Sensual cooking is sure a delight to the senses, but i wouldn't eat the food lol

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  15. I'm not much of a cook, but this gets me wanting to get in the kitchen and cook up a storm!

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  16. Tell me that on top of the sensuous recall of the event, you were not naked while preparing it, or it might have improved the results by creating it unencumbered. Food, Italian food, we all seem to start there, or end up there tonight. Is there a poetic form called "recipe poetry"? If so, this poem belongs in the preface; wonderful, stimulating, sensual, tasty.

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    1. What a thought...ha..ha... Thank you Glenn ~

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  17. I have such a thing for cooking, and then reading this is so hot and exciting and enticing and sensual.

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  18. Your particular magic again! Never stop. Taste color texture and the swivel at the wine glass--oh, and this "my colors swirling in canvas" fulfil. They certainly do!

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    1. I try Susan ~ Thanks for the lovely words ~

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  19. Would really love to taste it!

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  20. Very sensual and vivid, Grace.

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  21. the colors, the smells, the tastes.... mmmh. splendid, Grace, splendid.
    have a great weekend! ~Miriam

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  22. Beautiful as always Heaven, I'm not surprised every time I read your poems and get transported to a wonderful place any more, it's just a given.

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  23. Passion and cooking - yum! You are so good. :-)

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  24. i imagine my colors swirling in canvas- coppery gold with specks of autumn orange, rising in steam-

    Beautiful recipe and poem

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  25. Your poem reminded me of Chef Flavio - the fire, the languid words, the passion. :-) I can smell tomato sauce simmering as I read your poem.

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  26. Tasty, 'fruity and fragrant'...and colorful as art ~ just yummy poem! :)

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  27. another write, redolent and tangy, and o so saucy...

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