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Monday, 3 January 2011


Christmas has now been and gone, so perhaps it's a good time to review the festivities? Here's a poem I once wrote about the feasting. Hope you enjoy!

Plain Turkey

Was your turkey a nice one this Christmas?
Or was it on the bland side of delish?
Did you pep up its flavour with chestnuts
And some cranberry sauce in a dish?

Did the stuffing enhance its aroma?
Did the gravy disguise its dry meat?
Did the bread sauce improve its coarse texture?
Or were the roast parsnips all you could eat?

Whether carnivore, veggie or vegan
I'm sure everyone would consent
That without all these lipsmacking trimmings
It would not seem like money well spent.

So next time just break the convention
And let all those turkeys run free,
Just pluck up the guts to make cutlets of nuts
With a jus of red wine and strong brie.

Even lawyers like turkey-shaped soya,
And accountants coo over cous-cous,
Lords, ladies and louts like marsala-soaked sprouts,
Music teachers love cauliflower mousse.

All classes of people like cabbage
Fried up with some crisco not lard,
And if you're a goer, try spiced-up quinoa,
To cook it ain't really that hard.

(Extra verse for carnivores only)

Was your turkey a nice one this Christmas?
If it wasn't try roast ox next year,
Or a belly of hog or a spit-roasted dog
Or the rump of a well-fattened steer.

With an affectionate nod to music teacher Dominic over at ...made out of words ...

My latest poems are now on view at walking in words.


Ruth said...

This gave me a smile. We went vegan-ish a year ago at Christmas time and stuck with it about six months. Now, we pretty much are vegan at home and we eat fish and some meat when we dine out. But Don raised turkeys here on the farm special for Thanksgiving, so, we had to eat it. ;-) No birds here now, no eggs. And chicken is my favorite meat. (Not spit roasted dog!)

Quinoa really is great tasting, easy to prepare, and better for you than rice. It's a no brainer that I wish I'd known about all my life.

The Solitary Walker said...

In an ideal world I'd eat meat one day, fish the next, veg the next. Though recently it's been turkey, turkey, followed by turkey - which does pall after a while. Thank goodness it's not on the menu till next Christmas. (Any ideas what to do with it after fricassee, cold-sliced with pickles, and soup? And, no, we haven't got dogs now!)

I agree - quinoa is great. I tried it on the Camino. (Though I've a packet in the cupboard here I haven't even opened.)

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for the nod. Can't say I've ever tried Cauliflower Mousse. However, I would say, as Benjamin Zephaniah put it

"Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas,
Don't eat it, keep it alive,
It could be yu mate, an not on your plate
Say, Yo! Turkey I'm on your side."

ksam said...

Lovely poem! Esp. the last verse. When you marry the butchers son...it's to be expected :-) My only rule on all things carnivorous...don't move! That in fact is my only real food rule! If you must be alive...clams are a good example...play dead!

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks, Dominic and Karin, for your comments. Great fun!