Tuesday, March 31, 2015

poetry form week 11: nutrition and healthy diets poetry

So many vegetables, so many that are unfamiliar! This is the first of an occasional series of posts, quick, easy and practical information about out-of-the-ordinary vegetables. Recipe suggestions included!

WHAT IS JICAMA? Jicama is a large, bulbous root vegetable. A bulb may weigh one or two pounds and has a rough 'n' tough brown skin which should be peeled before eating or cooking. Inside, the flesh is white, wet and crunchy, similar to a raw potato but wetter and crunchier. The flavor is slightly sweet, a little nutty. It's good both raw and cooked, although my own favorite is raw, since it keeps both its crispness and its color over time. Look for it in the produce section.

HOW TO PRONOUNCE JICAMA? The word is pronounced [HEE-ka-ma] or [HIK-ka-ma].

OTHER NAMES FOR JICAMA Jicama is also called yambean, Mexican potato and Mexican turnip.

JICAMA & YOU I've listed some good recipes for jicama below but am curious, what do you most like to do with jicama? What do you think about it? Is it easy to find? Do you grow it? Share your story! Bloggers, feel free to share links to your own jicama recipes.

Cut Jicama
HOW TO CUT a JICAMA You don't really "peel" a jicama, the outer skin is just too tough. First, as always, wash the jicama under running water, rubbing the skin over as you do so. (Why? Always Wash Fruits & Vegetables!)

With a sharp knife, trim a slice off the top and another off the bottom. These create a flat surface, making it a safe and sturdy vegetable to continue cutting. Work the knife around the jicama, cutting off wide swaths, first working from the top, then turning over and doing the other side.

Now, the choice is yours. Dice the jicama, cut it into batons for a vegetable tray -- or grate it for coleslaw, say. It grates easily with a box grater, no need for a food processor except maybe for big batches.

~ Jicama Slaw ~
~ more jicama recipes ~
from A Veggie Venture

~ Strawberry Mango Jicama Salad ~
from Two Peas and Their Pod
~ Spicy Broccoli-Jicama Salad ~
from Kalyn's Kitchen
~ Shrimp, Jicama & Black Bean Salad with Lime Serrano Pepper Dressing ~
from Bitchin' in Camero
~ more jicama recipes ~
via Food Blog Search, a hand-selected list of the best food blogs
from all across the world

A Veggie Venture is home of 'veggie evangelist' Alanna Kellogg and the
famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.
© Copyright Kitchen Parade 2011

Jícama & Cucumber Salad with Red Chile Dressing

provided by dots
Prep Time: Serves: 6
Cook Time: Level: Easy


This salad combines cucumber and jícama with a sweet-sour, slightly spicy vinaigrette and makes a great start to any Mexican-inspired meal.


  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mild-flavored honey
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced onion
  • 1-1 1/2 teaspoons mild-to-medium-hot New Mexican red chile powder, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups diced peeled jícama, (about 1/2 medium; see Note)
  • 1 medium English cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint


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Puree vinegar, honey, oil, onion, chile powder to taste and salt in a blender until smooth.
Toss jícama and cucumber with the dressing in a large bowl; stir in mint. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Sprinkle the salad with more chile powder before serving, if desired.


Note: Jicama is a round root vegetable with thin brown skin and white crunchy flesh. It has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor. To peel it, use a small, sharp knife or vegetable peeler, making sure to remove both the papery brown skin and the layer of fibrous flesh just underneath.

a sample of nutrition poem

From Delicious To Photo-cious

We all enjoy delicious food,
Makes us happy, fixes our mood.
It's all about the juicy taste,
Doesn't matter, where the food is placed.

We should consider, nutritional support,
We shall need it, if we engage in a sport.
Energy; food provides - plenty
Need a bit more, if we're over twenty.

A great dish, we should all savor,
Eat slowly, as we taste the flavor.
Choose our very favorite cuisine,
Is it red? Or is it green? 

by AnitaPoems.com


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

poetry form week 10: Narrative Poetry

Narrative Poetry: Types, History, and Use
By Gary R. Hess. Category: Poetry
The three main types of poetry are narrative, lyrical and dramatic. The narrative poem can be described simply as a poem with a plot. It may be short or long or simple or complex. The only part which matters is that it tells a story which is often nondramatic and holds an objective regular scheme and meter. The four main types of narrative poems are ballad, epic, idyll, and lay.
Find out more about the three types of poetry.

The Four Types of Narratives

A poem similar to a folk tale which uses a repeated refrain. This means that every few stanzas a portion of the poem is repeated, much like a song.
A long, serious poem which tells the story of a hero. Think of stories like Odyssey or Ben-Hur.
A poem about either an idolized country scene or about the heroes of yesteryear. This could also include the story of Odyssey, except for different reasons. An idyll speaks of someone or something in a way that it should be idolized. For example, today many stories of Ghandi or Martin Luther King, Jr. could be written about in an idyll. However, an even better example could be George Washington.
A long poem which was sung by medieval minstrels. The long poems generally were about the news of the day or historical facts they wished to be passed along throughout the countryside.

History and Use of Narratives

A narrative may be an entire novel or a simple short story. Some narratives are divided into interrelated groups like the Canterbury Tales. Some narratives are larger and made up of both prose and poetic interludes; an example of this type of narrative is The Cremation of Sam McGee.
Many narrative poems are performance pieces. They hold oral traditions in which poetry was used as a way of memorization. The meter, alliteration, and kennings helps bards better remember the stories which were used to tell of traditions, the happiness of life, and life's deepest troubles.
The epic narrative is perhaps one of the single most important parts of the narrative genre. An epic is a long narrative which contains details of heroic deeds and events significant to specific cultures or nations. The epic poem has been written for at least as long as the time of Homer--who wrote the epics Iliad and Odyssey. Today, epics are used to tell imaginative and re-imaged heroic stories.
Without narrative poetry, many of the stories we love, like Robin Hood and the story of Troy, may not exist today. History and much of what we know about ancient life, politics, and warfare would only be left to our imagination.

Read more about Narrative Poetry: Types, History, and Use by www.poemofquotes.com

sample poems for Ballad from poetrysoup:

 A  Theresa Marie Poem
Cloud Nine So Divine

Never knew how sweet your kisses could be
They tasted like candy-coated sugar free
As we were enraptured with innocence so real
For we were hypnotized within exquisite lovers feel
Felt like I was floating on cloud number nine
Never knew that this tastiness could be so divine
I’m enveloped in your passions of desire
Never knew I could be inflamed in heated fire
As your sugar coated kisses does travel
To the unknown chartered places of heated navel
I feel your creativeness is thus caressing me
As you fulfill our lover’s passions beyond ecstasy
Fore we’re both capsizing like a symphony of waves
Surely you can feel our unique silhouettes concave
Endearingly we float on a rose petal upon our heart
So we’ll be tasting all the sweetest desires in
rhapsodies song of pure golden chart
While we’re both enhanced together on cloud nine
Feeling, feelings of tastiness of loving so divine.
 a short ballad poem by Sally White
 i think of the days
as a ball of yarns,
although a long way to go, 
also colorful,
we have to pull it 
a little at a time,
so that we see some 
hope in a form of love...
lots of gem poets who blog and co-own poetry around the world communities, here are a few samples:
PS: PLEASE join Thursday Poets Rally Week 81 poetry prompt today, simply link your blog post 
with a poem posted in your personal blog, and  submit via inlinkz

hyde park thursday poetry rally week 81: (Feb 25- March 11, 2015)
Palpable rhythms
Nickers and Ink
picturesque words
the passionate crone
georgeplace poetry
eternal spirit is eternal, overcoat wears out, all is sublime, mental, never in doubt... Don

Read more at: http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems/short/balla
i laugh you became a pro pick up the blocks around the world someone misses you it's not me!

Read more at: http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems/short/balla
We Agree On Love The time has come, for us to see. That our love was meant to be. The time has come, for us to see this through. You will see that we agree. You will see that we agree on love. Love, love, love, love.. Love, love, love.. We agree on love.. The time has come, for us to see. It's you for me, and me for you. The time has come, for us to see this through. You will see that we agree. You will see that we agree on love. Love, love, love, love.. Love, love, love.. We agree on love.. We finally see this coming true. It's you for me, and me for you. We finally see our love is coming through. You will see that we agree. You will see that we agree on love. Love, love, love, love.. Love, love, love.. We agree on love. We agree on love..... Love Song By Kim Robin Edwards

Read more at: http://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/we_agree_on_love_642793