Making Pastry

Oh, the anticipation and the reality
of warm-kitchen days when hands
touched over a huge bowl or fingers
gripped together round a wooden spoon
in snowstorms of flour and avalanches
of butter eggs and sugar both tied
up in aprons red-cheeked and bright-eyed
mixing and stirring – baking and burning
pies and tarts to tempt and delight
Granddad when he came home
and I didn’t touch a crumb
because Nanny made a special
sugar-and-butter-filled pastry just for me
my very own baking-day delicacy

Kim M. Russell, 1st October 2019

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My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Looking for Sustenance

This Tuesday, Jade is our host for Poetics, and she brings us tasty quotes and poems about food, from poets such as Pablo Neruda, Bill Holm and Sylvia Plath, to name a few.

She says that ‘food is a universal factor in everything that is alive, which is why it is such a rich topic to create poetry around’. Which is why the prompt for the day is food.  We don’t have to use the actual word food, but should write on the topic of food in one (or more) of its many aspects: growing it; eating it;  preparing our favourite recipes; favourite food; hunger, craving, spiritual sustenance, or helping to feed others.

28 thoughts on “Making Pastry

    1. That’s a splendid idea, Sarah! I just hope I have enough. At the moment, I’m putting the final touches to a small anthology of flash fiction and short stories – my first foray into self-publishing. One of my children’s picture book stories was recently long-listed by The Emma Press. I’d like to self-publish that, but I’m no good at illustration.


  1. My mother was a housewife, and Tuesday was “Baking Day”. She would bake several loaves of bread, and some kind of dessert–cake, pie, cookies, or sticky buns.

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