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Rosh Hashannah Chutney

Updated: Sep 19, 2020

(A recipe-poem. I really did make this.)


Gather windfall fruit from unloved park

Detach red chillies from absent girlfriend’s plant

Chop onions from random neighbour’s allotment

Decant cider vinegar bought for the dog’s arthritis

Infuse with memories of my grandfather’s spices --

Coriander, mustard seed;

black pepper, fresh ginger

Retrieve rape oil from the fields no longer in flower


Counter the bitterness with just enough sweetness

Bring to the boil all thoughts of the year past

Simmer off excess regrets, reluctance, resentments

Store in perfectly sterilised jars.


Best enjoyed next year.


Published in Renewal, Limmud.


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