by Antonio Gil July. 14, 2015 3219 views

Cooking lesson

She was instructing me
On how to make a traditional sweet.
As we added oil to the cream-yellow flour
In the black saucepan,
The smell of roasting gently rose
Above the gentle chitchat of customs and traditions.
From labored and heavy strokes of the wooden spatula
The dough became more malleable and light.
For an hour we took turns stirring it till
That color of gold with a hint of copper in it
Appeared and the fragrance filled the air.
Letting the mixture cool
We sat down and she regaled me with stories of food-
Offerings to the gods and snacks for festivals.
After mixing the sugar and the crushed cardamom
Her hands kneaded the little balls of perfection
With deft strokes and a play of both hands
Like dance ‘mudras’*
As I bit into the golden,satin sheen of that globe
Heaven was here and now
In that sweet crunch of melting deliciousness
Here in this mix of
Faith and Patience.

© karaharapriya, 6 years ago


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Kara Bana 5 years, 9 months ago

Whatever he's cooking, I'd gladly try. :-)

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Beth 5 years, 9 months ago

that looks like fun! what was he cooking? I love the poem and the descriptive words telling of the love of cooking and tradition

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
G B 5 years, 9 months ago

Handsome teacher....looks like he felt very comfortable teaching :) btw, I love the poem!

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Mike Meliska 5 years, 9 months ago

Looks happy doing his job.

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Larry Sample 5 years, 9 months ago

Lovely shot! Especially expression on teacher's face!

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 9 months ago

Her saucepan looks well used!
The perfect sign!

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
John Parsons 5 years, 9 months ago

Great shot Antonio - did you sample the results?

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 5 years, 9 months ago

Oh took me back to my days of teaching evening classes for Cookery in the late 70's, we had many laughs and always had fun great words and picture.

5 years, 9 months ago Edited