OTHER WAYS TO DANCE

 

I weigh flour and sieve it, like snow falling-
a few select seconds of harmless dust
to decorate these stopped streets
with isolated sirens that stir more in body
than the contents of this bowl.
I reach for those tiny flakes that offer rise
before pouring over the honey-
a smooth sweetness to cut the bitterness
of all that cannot be held in isolation.
Oil comes next, with the water,
once called incompatible
but when all else is distanced
other things find ways to dance.
While it boosts by the window
in a bowl of sunshine,
we take a slow stroll along small paths
that meander through muck and memory.
Mum points to a rickety door
she once knocked on to buy milk,
only a jug left now in an upper window
holding moments that will evaporate.
We pass fields and wonder
that is leek and what is weed
and in our minds make lists
of all that still grows in open pasture
while aisles look empty indoors.
Back home we sit, after bread is baked,
finding comfort in its crisp corners
as butter melts over this uncertain heat
and we remember yesterday,
when life was as simple
as a slice of bread with butter running.

 

All words and photographs and bread by Damien B. Donnelly (bread recipe from The Happy Pear)

Inspired by a #PoetryPrompt on Twitter from the #PoetInResidence Catherine Anne

Cullen at @PoetryIreland 

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SOMETHING SWEET, DAMIEN’S KITCHEN CREATIONS

 

I love cooking, but baking is the art of the kitchen and, of course, the quickest way to a happy heart. (or a big ass!). These are a few of my favourite creations over the years… 

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Chocolate sponge cake with raspberries and frosted chocolate icing

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Baked mars bar cheesecake with pistachio and marzipan xmas trees

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Pistachio chocolate mousse cake 

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Easter Chocolate cake with marzipan eggs and honeycomb topping 

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Gluten free sponge cake with raspberry and cream and passionfruit fillings

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Black Forest Gateau

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Chocolate Mud cake with whipped cream and sugar work topping

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Star Wars birthday cake

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Bakewell tart

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Dark chocolate Easter Cake with marzipan eggs, ganache and marbled truffle eggs

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Chocolate cake 

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Birthday Cake, Victoria Sponge

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Butterfly fairy cakes with lemon filling

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My  Famous Carrot Cake (famous with friends and family and work)

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Baked cheesecake with sugar work and whipped cream

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Chocolate mouse cake

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Birthday Cake for a French English Fairy girl

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Irish Soda Bread Loaf style

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Irish Soda Bread cake style

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New York Cheese Cake

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Coffee and Walnut Cake

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Coffee and Walnut Cake (my nana made it better)

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Reine de Saba (after Julia Child)

All Cakes baked and eaten (and shared, of course, I’m not obese/selfish!) by Damien B. Donnelly 

(who does a lot more sport these days to run off the sugar!)