Corned Beef to: my mother who made the best CB ever Katherine Mansfield paid tribute to the Corned Beef; well browned. But red is the true Corned Beef. (Brined by the butcher or yourself.) She mentioned plenty of gravy so I doubt KM's was brined. and horseradish sauce along with baked(?) Potatoes. My best version Corned Beef: white sauce, be it a horseradish or mustard, but make it white along with mashed potatoes (plenty pepper and butter.) Here we go from simmer to a near two hour slow boil, and what a good cook must add. One tablespoon of golden syrup (if you haven't got golden syrup, honey will do.) half a cup of malt vinegar. Then sprinkle in a dozen or so cloves. My friend sprinkles in peppercorns and bay leaf. (She says start with cold water and bring to a slow boil.) Add sliced carrots: peel a brown onion, quarter and add to the water along with the 3 c's Corned Beef, Cloves and Carrots. Place in an own pot, sliced cabbage: which must not be over-cooked. May twenty-twenty-three be the year of Corned Beef. Benita Helen Kape (c) 18.1.2023 (Helen: also my Mum's name.)
An elite couple
dancing on the beach.
Nor show they a care
to butler and maid
attempt to shield them.
Selfishly the waltz
Little maid, as I muse
so like my mother.
Did you get a chill?
Benita H. Kape (c) 11.1.2022
Notes: This poem is based on a famous Scottish painting
by Jack Vettriano named “The Singing Butler.”
Self taught Jack Vettriano faced much snobbery.
Today for: https://dversepoets.com/2022/01/10/quadrille-143-muse-cues/ We are to write a quadrille incorporating the word “muse.” I muse often on my mother and the very different life she had.