Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Savvy 10

This is Sunday 10 of the series 'Sunday Savvy'

Thanks for your comments and emails in response to Sunday Savvy 9;
as requested here's a photo of my Sunday callalo just finished cooking a few minutes ago, took out the hot green pepper before blending then reintroduced it as a garnish, look closely you'll see the stem sticking out from the calalloo; Sunday smiles to each and every one of you

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Renku Saturday 9

Inspiration for this haiku and image

without seeing
or hearing the wind -
pinwheel jasmines felled
--gillena cox 2011


Windy fall --
These are the scarlet flowers
She liked to pick.
--Issa (1763 -1827)

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Savvy 9

Sunday lunch in Trinidad and Tobago is a cultural icon, a drama of extravagance, in the humblest of homes this means putting that little extra bit to table; if your weekday meal was one dish, then Sunday it had to be a two dish; and if a weekday two dish, then Sunday it must be three and if weekday it was no dish, then Sunday, some kind heart sent you a plate of food.

Of this Sunday icon a crucially essential motif was the Sunday Callaloo a greens soup which is most often served as a sauce or side. So that you pour it over your provision or rice or eat it aside as a soup.

Callaloo making is not without its little quirks; 'the callaloo bush' the ochroes, the pumpkin, the crab, the chives and other personal herb added. But the pepper has its tradition base and evolution story. In the good ole days, the Callaloo makers would take the finished product off the stove, remove the green pepper which was still whole and using a swizzle stick swizzle the callaloo to a fine smooth consistency; however as time passed Callaloo makers grew careless, forgetting to remove the much renowned green pepper, which incidentally was a hot pepper, and many mouths burned; (but they still uncomfortably ate their Sunday callaloo), even though Callaloo makers were now usinging blenders instead of swizzle sticks, but that was not so bad as burned mouths slurping uncomfortably the 'almost sacred Sunday callaloo.' Then some wise Callaloo makers contemplating the situation, came upon the idea - colour code - and alas, all was well again in the Callaloo making arena; so that yellow or red peppers (still hot) were now added to the Callaloo pot, and all such Callaloo makers could only but remember to take the peppers out before swizzling or blending the Callaloo to a to a fine smooth consistency with a nice pepper flavour. And all was well again, There are however some diligent Callaloo makers whose use the hot green peppers and remember to take it out of the pot at the right time, Sunday SMILES.

This is Sunday 9 of the series 'Sunday Savvy'

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Renku Saturday 8

a 2010 photo used for this haiga

Inspiration for this haiku

supper time pinwheel jasmins
still dropping in the night breeze
-- gillena cox


I will return
to sweep the blossoms
under this tree
--Issa, 1791

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Savvy 8

Though it rained and rained yesterday evening, i was able to take in the Noble Douglas Dance Company 2011 season at the Little Carib Theater; well done NDCC

This is Sunday 8 of the series 'Sunday Savvy'

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savouring the sunday coolness and red leaves

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Renku Saturday 7

a 2008 photo; haiku added today

inspiration for this haiku

mid morning the pilgrims
stop to have some breakfast
--gillena cox


incense smoke
on the Buddha in the field...
morning dew
--Issa, 1825

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Saturday, October 08, 2011

Renku Saturday 6

a 2007 photo, haiku added today

Inspiration for this haiku

October evenings
the Angelus bell shrouded
in early darkness
--© gillena cox, haiku and photo


Suzushisa ya
Kane o hanaruru
Kane no koe.

The sound of the bell
Leaving the bell.
--Buson (1716 - 1783)

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Thursday, October 06, 2011


a 2008 photo, haiku added today; i was inspired to do today's haiga after viewing 'Sand Dancer' a sand art video

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Sunday, October 02, 2011

Sunday Savvy 7

This is Sunday 7 of the series 'Sunday Savvy'

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Sunday Savvy
my senses complete
with Gillena's Elegance

Ah! time
potatoes and bacon
with eggs

adrift with clouds
trying to keep
eyes on the road

sunday sunrise
slips through the shades
shore-birds songs

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Renku Saturday 5

Inspiration for this haiku

yesterday's sunset vanished
a new skyscape morphed
--this haiku and 2003 haiga image © gillena cox


roughed lips
forgotten -
clear spring water
--Chiyo ni (1703-1775)

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