Tasty Haiku

This assignment‘s instructions are:

Write an entire recipe only in haiku. Stick to the 5/7/5 syllable pattern as much as possible, but don’t leave out any key instructions!

This is one I know
Right from the top of my head
I’m happy to share

Start with two pie crusts
Make sure they are graham cracker
We’re making cheesecake

Use a big mixer
Cream cheese sugar vanilla
Smooth into the crusts

Bake at 350
Leave them in there for 30
Take them out and cool

The Story Behind the Story

Now, there is a little more to the recipe than I shared. But I am keeping my icing topping recipe a secret. This recipe is just for regular cheesecakes, not the amazing tier masterpieces that I typically create myself. I really enjoyed doing this assignment because I was able to take something I know very well, but I forced to articulate it in a way different than I am used to. I think this is good practice for using different forms of communication to convey information. Not only is the message digital, but in the form of a poem as well.

I really liked the idea of the extra credit by adding photographs to each stanza. I feel as if this really helps visualize what is going on, and honestly I wish that other recipes provided more images to refer to while cooking. Typically you are given an image of the raw ingredients, followed by the finished product. But what about everything in between?

Narrating the Process

In order to do this assignment, you really have to make sure that you are stating all of the important instructions, but also make sure that you are stating ONLY the important instructions. There are not enough words, syllables, or room to be rambling on about nonsense. I will admit if I were to follow a recipe that sounded anything like this haiku recipe it would turn out terrible. Making food is such a complex process. Because there are rarely images to follow along to, the descriptive nature of typical recipes is very helpful. It is fun to do this with things you know how to make, but I feel that a real recipe in this format is not practical, and would probably result in a less than satisfying meal.

1 comment

  1. I really enjoyed reading your Haiku… it made me miss pumpkin pie and the fall! I also did a Haiku for one of my writing assignments but it wasn’t quite as long as yours. It’s really impressive that you were able to think of a way to recite the recipe with limited syllables!

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