Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cooking Up Some Poetry

How are cooking and writing alike? Well, I’ll tell you what I think in just a minute. When my thoughts have finished marinating.

My family and I have become quite hooked on watching the TV show, “Chopped.” Although I am a vegetarian and there are some disturbing ingredients I’ve had to leave the room during the preparation of, the creation of new and interesting dishes has my brain working overtime.

I made this recipe the other night:

First, I made a crust out of smashed tater tots and soy cheese. Then I put a layer of chopped veggie burgers, a vegetarian-style Cuban bean dish, cilantro, and a mixture of fresh tomatoes and bell peppers straight from my garden. I suppose it wasn’t that new and interesting, but it sure did taste delicious.

So it got me thinking about writing. I’ve always enjoyed those prompts with a few select words that the writer is supposed to create a poem or story out of.

How far from “the norm” can you go?

I’m still training my brain to think outside the oven . . . er, box.

Can you create a poem using these words?

Puka Shells

Maybe I’ll come back later and enter something of my own in the comments. All this talk of food has made me hungry ...

  • Visit Khara House's blog, Our Lost Jungle, for more rockin' poetry prompts by a wonderful lady.
  • Visit my online literary magazine, Mouse Tales Press, for a pleasing selection of short stories and poetry.
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  1. I love Chopped! I'm not a vegetarian, and I am still grossed out by some of the ingredients! I love the connection you made between the Chopped basket and a writing prompt...great observation!

  2. Yay! A chopped fan. I think they must have those disgusting ingredients on the show on purpose. I guess it makes the show more interesting to watch.
    Thank you for stopping by, Muddy! :-)