An Ode to Butterscotch

Oh Butterscotch, where have you been all my life? All these years, I turned my nose up at your homespun appearance and simple charm,  preferring to court your blasé city-girl cousin, Caramel! Caramel, that brittle, bittersweet beauty. Hard hearted and unforgiving! Creating huge insecurity in me due to my inexperience with sugar thermometers and such…

The Hippopotamus

I had a Hippopotamus, I kept him in a shed And fed him upon vitamins and vegetable bread I made him my companion on many cheery walks And had his portrait done by a celebrity in chalk His charming eccentricities were known on every side The creatures’ popularity was wonderfully wide He frolocked with the…

Kubla Khan

Can a poem haunt one? I’ve not been able to stop thinking (I’m sure you guys are thinking- “Here she goes again! One day it’s pigs, another day, it’s poems!”) of ‘Kubla Khan’ written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Kubla Khan Or a Vision in a Dream. A Fragment In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately…

Red Velvet Cake

This was a triple layered Red velvet cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting, which I made for the 17 year old daughter of my friend. “No man is an island, Entire of itself”, wrote John Donne in 1624. A beautiful poem and one that I love! Are you wondering what John Donne and Red…

To children starting their journey in life…..

And to my child in particular…. Fly! ************************************************************************ Children And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, ‘Speak to us of Children.’ And he said: Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though…

Of Health check-ups and Mammograms

It’s time for the annual health screening. I never look forward to it, and in the hierarchy of “things one least looks forward to” this is maybe one step below a visit to the dentist. My dentist. What do I hate about it? The Mammogram. And I can totally identify with the views of this…