Spicing it up

Rosemary, a friend of spices,

mixes them all the time;

Salt, sage, curry and cloves,

celery-seed, tarragon, thyme.

Garlic is her allspice of life,

chives and onion, too;

There's mace and mustard and oregano -

don't forget what ginger can do.

Parsley, paprika and pepper, we know,

basil, bayleaf and dill;

Cinnamon and nutmeg she loves most of all

and uses them at will.

It's a talent to cook with just the right spice,

using a teaspoon or pinch.

Spices give food the taste we love,

and once mastered, they say it's a cinch.


Joan Adams Burchell

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