Ode to the Culinary Magician

Penny W-T By Penny W-T, 17th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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How often have we decided to hold a dinner party, or a summer garden buffet, and then had to think, what can I do that will look good? On one such occasion I decided to cheat and called in a caterer to work with my ideas . . . . .

What is Food?

Food is a mixture of vitamins, protein and fat
The information on the packages tells us that
But what if you want to create
A banquet, to meet a set date?
Then you might need creative insight.

What foods and ingredients can be combined
From the items an expert will easily find
Contained in your cupboards and fridge?
And blended with skills that clearly bridge
The simple to the sublime.

Components of a Feast

Eggs on the boil, tomatoes to chop
Mayonnaise and ketchup to fetch from the shop
Cheeses and pate, sausage rolls and crisps
Quiches and oranges, cheesy bread sticks
All parts of the final display

We really need green, where’s the cucumber?
It’s the one thing you didn’t remember
But lettuce is green so cut a few strands
And add to the décor in delicate bands
As the artist considers design

Observe the Expert at work

Sit back and watch in silence and awe
At the natural talent that simply out-pours
As the foods begin to take shape
In designs that really will take some beating
– what skill, such refine.

As your table takes on a new style of buffet,
Unseen in such splendour for many a day,
You can thank the magician whose skills have defined
A splendid repast for all-comers to find
Which will be very hard to refuse

Artistry on a Plate

The artistry clearly observed
Makes you realise its simply absurd
To try to compete with such style
When an expert in such a short while
Can create a masterpiece


Catering, Food, Fruits, Humour, Meal Displays, Party, Poetry, Vegetables

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author avatar Penny W-T
Published articles on education themes, travel, history and writing techniques. Written a book on WW1 - Gallipoli, and travel books. Run a marketing network for small businesses.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
17th Jun 2013 (#)

Love it- very yummy poetry Penny!...:0)

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author avatar Penny W-T
17th Jun 2013 (#)

Glad you liked it Delicia. I thought it would make people smile.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
17th Jun 2013 (#)

such fun this and as Delicia says..yummy indeed...

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author avatar Penny W-T
17th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you CNW.I can only write humorous poetry, it has to be sponrtaneous, so in the most part it is rather frivolous, but then if it makes people smile I have achieved something. Your poems on the other hand, make people think.

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author avatar Eileen Ward Birch
17th Jun 2013 (#)

Cooking is a science and an art, but it is not the competitative sport TV makes it out to be.

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author avatar Penny W-T
17th Jun 2013 (#)

I agree Eileen. I love to watch a good food demonstration programme but I don't watch the 'cook-off' sort of programmes. They are rather off putting

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author avatar Eileen Ward Birch
18th Jun 2013 (#)

Most TV food is just pretty.

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author avatar Penny W-T
18th Jun 2013 (#)

I suppose it has to be or people wouldn't watch the programmes

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author avatar Eileen Ward Birch
19th Jun 2013 (#)

Pity is most pople who watch can't boil an egg.

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author avatar spgreaney
22nd Jun 2013 (#)

This is great and it all rhymes. Good work.

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author avatar Penny W-T
22nd Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you SPGeaney, My rare attempts at poetry are all spontaneous reactions to some situation or other, and oddly, they do all tip out onto the page in a shyming format. I like limericks and that format often arises. thank you for your comments.

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