Dinner Tonight #54

June 17, 2019


Tonight I made¬†Yotam Ottolenghi’s creamy chicken with apples, pears and root vegetables, served over rice. It might seem a bit too much like a stew for a summer evening, but the fruit lightened and sweetened the dish really well. I used potatoes rather than turnips.

Image: Hawaiian Ferns

June 17, 2019

Poem: Grandmaster

June 17, 2019


The plush vermillion drapes

were pushed aside momentarily —

a passing shoulder, perhaps,

or a microphone cord —

and a brindle shadow fell

across the hushed room.

He looked up from the false ivory,

looked out through the frosted glass,

and one tiny corridor

of his labyrinthine mind

wandered at the sudden, shrill, iridescent glow

of life outside.

Moments passed,

and this moment passed;

the drapes fell back,

and his full deliberation returned

to the quickest kind of death

he could inflict

on his opponent’s queen.