Something’s Cooking

Whether the cook’s stew
or the three witches’ brew

Place meat in slow cooker
In the poison’d entrails throw
No shortcuts to deliver us quicker
a fine-cooked meal derives from what we know

In a small bowl mix flour, salt, and pepper
Eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog
Gather ingredients but don’t get too clever
for proper preparation there is no analog

Pour over meat, and stir to coat with flour mixture
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble
Build upon base to make the dish richer
Do the hard work now to avoid later trouble

Stir in garlic, onion, potatoes, carrots, and celery
Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf, make the gruel thick and slab
Now is the time for detail, to have fun and make a memory
Garnish liberally, spice joyfully, to keep the meal from tasting drab

Cover and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours
Cool it with a baboon’s blood, then the charm is firm and good
A lingering delight the culinary adventure empowers
No second-guessing, be satisfied in the trials withstood

Note: Italicized text is from a beef stew recipe found on Bold text is from Shakespeare’s MacBeth.

©2017 Kenneth W. Arthur