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Welcome to dVerse! Michelle (Mish) here for today’s Poetics.

With the holidays approaching, many of us begin the task of baking and cooking festive treats. For some, the task only involves eating them! I remember my grandmother’s crescent moons that melted in my mouth and her Napoleon ice box cookies with stripes of pink, green and white. Whatever the ingredients, I always knew that one of them was love.



For today’s Poetics, I am asking you to create your own “recipe poem”, but not of the culinary kind. Instead, write about something more abstract such as “a recipe for love”. You may want to include the language of a cookbook, but that is up to you. I found quite an extensive list of cooking terms at Atomic Gourmet.com.

Feel free to use any of these for inspiration. A recipe for….

  • Peace
  • Merriment
  • Misery
  • Courage
  • Insanity
  • Wisdom
  • Strength
  • Confusion
  • Relaxation
  • Success
  • Failure
  • Self-love
  • Peace on earth
  • Hope
  • Disaster
  • Success
  • Friendship
  • Joy
  • Health
  • Rejuvenation
  • Humanity
  • Compassion
  • Goodwill
  • Sacrifice

As a holiday gift to you, I would like to share a recipe that has become a family tradition in our home. Enjoy!



Scottish Whipped Shortbread                          

1 lb. (454 g) butter, softened
1 cup (250 ml) icing sugar
1/2 cup (125 ml) cornstarch
3 cups (750 ml)  flour
1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cream butter. Sift together icing sugar, cornstarch and flour. Put butter, dry ingredients and vanilla in electric mixer and beat until consistency of whipped cream. Drop by teaspoon onto cookie sheet. May be decorated with red and green cherry pieces or coloured sprinkles. Bake 15-20 minutes. Stores well in covered tin.


Directions for today’s prompt:

  • Write a recipe poem and post it on your blog. Think outside of the recipe box!
  • Enter a link directly to your poem and your name by clicking Mr Linky.
  • Leave a comment below or join in the discussion.
  • Read and comment on other poet’s work. We all go here to have our poems read.
  • Please link back to dVerse from your site/blog.
  • Have fun!