Food to Write By:

Writing poetry doesn’t happen when you eat some unfamiliar combination of leeks and ice crystals finely spun into angelic patterns on a yellow plate. The reality is, for most writers, poetry comes from the familiar. Inspiration comes from a familiar face, the memories of our lives, the books we have read, and of course one of the most familiar elements of our lives is eating. We eat everyday, and when we do, we think.

     We think about food, and family, and poetry! Imagine what this recipe for poetry tastes like. Roll it around with your tongue. Form the words. Let the syllables stick together in the roof of your mouth. Then, when you think you are ready, swallow and begin to write!

Healthier Macaroni
1 1/4 cup raw cashews or walnuts
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons onion powder (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon garlic or cumin powder
3 cups nondairy milk

1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 pound macaroni, cooked
1 head broccoli  cooked

  • Boil the noodles and set aside.
  • Throw dry ingredients in your food processor and pulse.
  • Throw wet ingredients in a saucepan and heat to a boil.
  • Combine everything in a bowl and toss.