My neighbor told me this when|
at the mailbox we happened to meet.
It seems every now and then
his son and new wife invites them over to eat.
Only after they had married some months back –
other concerns being paramount prior –
they realized cooking was a skill both did lack,
although home-cooked meals both did desire.
Their early attempts at cooking were all a disaster.
Everything they baked, broiled, or boiled tasted bad.
Whether roasting or poaching, food came out plaster.
Bought a grill...inedible still. Tried fried...batter a tad.
My neighbor grew to hate their invitation to dinner,
until his wife gave them a gift that was a winner!
She told the young couple every cook deserves
a rack filled with a variety of spices and herbs.
Now meals at their house are a culinary delight,
their foods are flavorful, seasoned just right.
Cloves, cinnamon, coriander, chili and cayenne
pepper their cuisine. They use onion, oregano and
are particularly partial to a pinch of parsley and paprika.
Tastes of basil, bay leaf, dill, nutmeg, and ginger. Eureka!
They added rosemary, saffron, sage, and thyme to a custard.
“If they used garlic, their food’d really ‘cut the mustard’”,
he said. “Enjoying their cooking...who’d have ever thought.”
Walking inside, I thought “Humm, they left out the salt!”