Tummy Tuesday: Chocolate Lamingtons

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Tummy Tuesday: Chocolate Lamingtons

#Tummy Tuesdays

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What is a Lamington?

It is made from cake, coated in an outer layer of chocolate (or sometimes raspberry) sauce and rolled in desiccated coconut. The thin mixture of the sauce is absorbed into the outside of the sponge cake and left to set.

I use 1 packet Golden Butter Cake Mix made in the microwave for the lamingtons.

it saves a lot of time, you can always buy a trifle sponge from the supermarket if you do not want to make it yourself.

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of vanilla or any flavor you like Golden Butter cake mix
  • Chocolate icing
  • Coconut

Instructions

Prepare the cake as directed on the packet.

Spread evenly in a 23 cm (9 inch) microwave dish and cook on high (100%) about 4 1/2 minutes.

Let Cool.

Chocolate Icing
2 tablespoons cocoa,
6 tablespoons boiling water,
25 grams (about 1 oz) butter melted,
2 1/4 cups icing sugar,
1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence,

Method:
Dissolve cocoa in boiling water and combine with the butter.
Stir icing sugar into a bowl.
Add cocoa mixture.
Add vanilla and stir until well combined.

Cut the sponge cake into squares.
Dip each square in the chocolate icing.
Roll in coconut.
Leave to set.

Chocolate Lammingtons

Jaffa Lamingtons

I make this with jelly crystals, this is made with an orange one that is why it is called Jaffa lamingtons, most times when making them with Jelly or jello I use Strawberry or Raspberry, no cocoa in the ones that make a nice red lamington I do not put cream in these as the flavour is perfect by its self.

Ingredients

  • 1 packet moist Orange Cake mix
  • Microwave cake according to packet directions (as above)
  • Jelly Dip 1 packet orange jelly
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Instructions

Mix jelly crystals and cocoa, add boiling water and stir till dissolved.

When cake and dip is cool cut the cake into cubes or fingers, dip into jelly (using a fork)
and roll in coconut. Leave to set.

#Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 105 – Peace & Happiness

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#Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 105 – Peace & Happiness

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The “Weekly Tanka Challenge Prompt” is now also a Poetry Challenge (any form).

Use the weekly poetry prompt “peace & happiness”  to write a poem – any form, your choice, also please feel free to substitute these prompt words with a “synonym”.

Free Verse – No limitations

Sidlak Poetry – is a structured poetry consisting of five lines with 3-5-7-9 syllables and a color. The last line must be a color that describes the whole poem or the feeling of the writer.

Etheree Poetry – Syllabic Pattern: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10, Rhyme: None

Reverse Etheree Poetry – The only difference is that the syllabic count is reversed: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Double Etheree – Two Etheree stanzas, where the second one is reversed.Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1Rhyme not required

Triolet  Poetry – consists of 8 lines. Line 1, 4 and 7 are the same line repeated.  So are lines 2 and 8.

Haiku/Senryu Poetry – Here is an in-depth description of Haiku/Senryu Poem (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions. They possess no references to the natural world and thus stand out from nature/seasonal haiku.

Shadorma Poetry– is a Spanish poetic form. A poem of six lines 3-5-3-3-7-5 syllables no set rhyme scheme. It can have many stanzas, as long as each follows the meter.

Bussokusekika Poetry – a pattern of 5-7-5-7-7-7 Tanka poem with an extra phrase of seven added on at the end.

Retourne Poetry is a French form of poetry. It is in tetrameter, sixteen lines, eight syllables per line, does not require a specific rhyme scheme.

Stanza 2 line 1 repeats Stanza 1 line 2 
Stanza 3 line 1 repeats Stanza 1 line 3 
Stanza 4 line 1 repeats Stanza 1 Line 4

Tetractys   5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20), it can be written with more than one verse but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count.

Double Tetractys A decastich (10-line stanza) with an emphasis on the syllabic count of each line. Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-10-10-4-3-2-1 It should express a complete thought and may be on any theme and express any mood. Rhyme is optional.

Tanka Poetry – consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of 5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Not sure of your Syllable count?

  1. You can use the photo above, your own or no photo at all.
  2. The choice is yours, write any style of poetry you wish with the prompt

Copy and paste the link to your finished poem in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks, as I receive them.

Tanka Poem – using the prompt “peace & happiness”

five veggie’s a day
healthy dinner on one plate
peace and happiness
thanks to my vegetable patch
smoothies also a great breakfast

Bloggers that posted on the Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge – Week 104 – Beauty & Monument – 11 July 2018

Joelle LeGendre – Author of Ranting Along blog, loves writing and her animals, a blog with humor that you just have to smile.

Hecblobber Author of “Playing with words”, he loves writing poetry, a blog of poetry, please check it out.

Reena Saxena – Founder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant.

Deborah – Author of A Wise Woman’s Journey Blog, Deborah is a poet and as she say’s a “cat mama”.

Deepa – Author of Syncwithdeep. She is a working homemaker with a teenage son. Please visit her site, she has many interesting posts.

The Bag Lady – Cheryl is a widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.

Indira – Author of Amaltaas blog, knew all along about, love, compassion, compatibility and friendship, but now she has discovered much more, please check her blog she covers many subjects.

Sarah Whiley – Author of Sarah Whiley’s blog, she writes short stories, poems, and has a weekly challenge for writers, interesting website.

Linda Lee Lyberg – Author of Charmed Chaos writes about Musings of Life, Love, and Linguini, she has interesting poetry, short stories.

10-line Poem Challenge #11: Mini Monoverse – Wild Flowers

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10-line Poem Challenge #11: Mini Monoverse – Wild Flowers

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Beautiful Scene

wildflowers
sun showers
have powers
growth towers
for hours

pretty scene
weeds are screen
much cuisine
color between
the rich green

The Mini Monoverse was created by Emily Romano.

  • It is a decastich written in 2 stanzas of 5 3-syllable lines.
  • Rhyme scheme: aaaaa bbbbb
  • The poem should tell a story, but this is not required.
  • It may be doubled, in which case the additional stanzas would rhyme ccccc ddddd. But of course, it would not be a decastich if doubled so we will stick to the original 2 stanzas for this exercise.

10-line Poem Challenge #10: Carpe Diem – Koala

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10-line Poem Challenge #10: Carpe Diem – Koala

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Koala- Loveable Australia Animal

Koala, with tailless body,
and it’s large fluffy ears.
Clinging by claws
looking,
for its eucalyptus diet of leaves.
Big nose,
and popping eyes,
brown to silver-grey fur,
a true Australia icon.
Little joeys live in their mother’s pouch.

The Carpe Diem was created by Pat Simpson on August 15, 2010.

It is a Decastich written in one single stanza.
Carpe diem means “seize the day;” therefore, the subject should be anything that makes you happy.
There is no meter or rhyme requirement.
But each line has a prescribed syllabic length: 8-6-4-2-10-2-4-6-8-10

10-line Poem Challenge #9: Copla Real – Summer Glory

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10-line Poem Challenge #9: Copla Real – Summer Glory

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Fruits of life

Sun and rain grew fresh plump fruit
bitter fruit don’t blame the taproot
trees courageous inducing,
vitamins therefore producing
wellness always an attribute

Clouds send rain quenching the earth
then the flowers bloom, giving birth
very little space for selfishness
nature provides, no evilness
so one day you can reap your worth.

My Rhyme: aabba, ccddc

The Copla Real comes from 15th Century Spain. The name means “Royal Stanza.”

  • It is a decastich made of 2 Quintillas.
  • A Quintilla is a 5-line stanza of 8-syllables with 2 rhyming sounds.
  • The rhymes may be in any combination as long as the quintet does NOT end with a rhyming couplet. Possibilities are: ababa, abbab, abaab, aabab, abbba, or aabba.
  • Whatever rhyming pattern appears in the first Quintilla will be repeated in the second, with two different rhyming sounds, hence: cdcdc, cddcd, etc.

Alphabet Haiku: – Letter B – Budgerigars

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Alphabet Haiku: This Week – Letter B – Budgerigars

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#Alphabet Haiku Challenge or AHC

If you would like to take part in this challenge please use the above link

bright budgerigars
babbling birds bickering back
breeding bald babies

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  • Every word in the haiku must begin with the same letter.
  • When written in English, it generally follows the syllabic pattern 5-7-5
  • Haiku/Senryu Poetry – Here is an in-depth description of Haiku/Senryu Poem (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions. They possess no references to the natural world and thus stand out from nature/seasonal haiku.

10-line Poem Challenge #8: Decuain – Barbecue Weather

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10-line Poem Challenge #8: Decuain  – Barbecue Weather

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Summer Barbecue Festival

Long hot summer, that’s barbecue weather
Cooking, eating, food outdoors, sure smells good
Hotdogs, hamburgers go well together
Red hot charcoal embers glow, there’s no wood
food smells drifting around the neighborhood
The smell of smoke lingering in the air
Family overfed is a likelihood
Now the evening is over, I declare
As I made my way to the brown deck chair
Tiredness taking over, eyes closed, unfair.

The Decuain (pronounced “deck-WAN”) was created by Shelley A. Cephas.

It is a decastich written in one single stanza on any subject.

  • This form feels a little more traditional than some of the others we have studied because all the lines are written in iambic pentameter.
  • There are only three rhyming sounds in the decuain, but you have three set choices for rhyme scheme.
  • The rhyme scheme of the first 8 lines is always ababbcbc.
  • The rhyme for lines 9-10 may be: aa, bb, or cc.
  • My Rhyme scheme: ababbcbccc

10-line Poem Challenge #7: Decathlon – Cape Gooseberry

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10-line Poem Challenge #7: Decathlon – Cape Gooseberry

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Unusual Berrys

Cape gooseberries, Goldenberries
have been around since the Stone Age
Amour en cage
That’s French meaning “Love in a Cage”
grows in prairies
good dietary fiber content
exotic garnish supplement
use with no rage
lives in a calyx, until it is ripe
Sweet taste, golden color when removed wipe.

The Decathlon was created by Anne Pendleton as a teaching tool or writing exercise. The name comes from the Greek, meaning “contest of ten.”

 Decathlon is a:

  • Decastich is written in one single stanza on any subject.
  • Rhythm: iambic (soft-strong – ̆ ʹ – i.e. per-FORM)
  • Meter: lines 1,2,4,6,7 tetrameter; lines 3,5,8 dimeter; lines 9,10 pentameter (heroic couplet)
  • Rhyme scheme: axbxaccbdd

#Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 104 – Beauty & Monument

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#Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 104 – Beauty & Monument

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The “Weekly Tanka Challenge Prompt” is now also a Poetry Challenge (any form).

Use the weekly poetry prompt “beauty & monument”  to write a poem – any form, your choice, also please feel free to substitute these prompt words with a “synonym”.

Free Verse Poetry – No limitations

Sidlak Poetry – is a structured poetry consisting of five lines with 3-5-7-9 syllables and a color. The last line must be a color that describes the whole poem or the feeling of the writer.

Etheree Poetry – Syllabic Pattern: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10, Rhyme: None

Reverse Etheree Poetry – The only difference is that the syllabic count is reversed: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Double Etheree – Two Etheree stanzas, where the second one is reversed.Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1Rhyme not required

Triolet  Poetry – consists of 8 lines. Line 1, 4 and 7 are the same line repeated.  So are lines 2 and 8.

Haiku/Senryu Poetry – Here is an in-depth description of Haiku/Senryu Poem (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions. They possess no references to the natural world and thus stand out from nature/seasonal haiku.

Shadorma Poetry– is a Spanish poetic form. A poem of six lines 3-5-3-3-7-5 syllables no set rhyme scheme. It can have many stanzas, as long as each follows the meter.

Bussokusekika Poetry – a pattern of 5-7-5-7-7-7 Tanka poem with an extra phrase of seven added on at the end.

Retourne Poetry is a French form of poetry. It is in tetrameter, sixteen lines, eight syllables per line, does not require a specific rhyme scheme.

Stanza 2 line 1 repeats Stanza 1 line 2 
Stanza 3 line 1 repeats Stanza 1 line 3 
Stanza 4 line 1 repeats Stanza 1 Line 4

Tetractys   5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20), it can be written with more than one verse but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count.

Double Tetractys A decastich (10-line stanza) with an emphasis on the syllabic count of each line. Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-10-10-4-3-2-1 It should express a complete thought and may be on any theme and express any mood. Rhyme is optional.

Tanka Poetry – consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of 5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Not sure of your Syllable count?

  1. You can use the photo above, your own or no photo at all.
  2. The choice is yours, write any style of poetry you wish with the prompt

Copy and paste the link to your finished poem in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks, as I receive them.

Senryu Poem – using the prompt “ beauty & monument”

burial chamber
monument perfect beauty
built by a Frenchman

Bloggers that posted on the Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge – Week 103 – Summer & Breeze – 4 July 2018

Indira – Author of Amaltaas blog, knew all along about, love, compassion, compatibility and friendship, but now she has discovered much more, please check her blog she covers many subjects.

Reena Saxena – Founder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant.

Deborah – Author of A Wise Woman’s Journey Blog, Deborah is a poet and as she say’s a “cat mama”.

Hecblobber Author of “Playing with words”, he loves writing poetry, a blog of poetry, please check it out.

Linda Lee Lyberg – Author of Charmed Chaos writes about Musings of Life, Love, and Linguini, she has interesting poetry, short stories.

The Bag Lady – Cheryl is a widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.

Liz is the author of Bronx Beyond Borders – Interesting writer, enjoys poetry and short stories.

10-line Poem Challenge #6 Ercil – Early Century Art

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#10-line Poem Challenge #6 Ercil – Early Century Art

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Early Century Art

Painting
boat building
that’s good graining
mounted fulfilling
sincere
cutting edge
first class frontier
stranded on the edge
exploring
not boring.

The Ercil was created by James Gray in honor of Arkansas poet Ercil Brown. It appears to be an exercise in a meter. I had some trouble trying to work out and understand writing in meter, I would rather write poetry in Syllables, so hope this poem worked, anyone understanding the Ercil form of poetry, please feel free to correct me.

Ercil is a:

  • Decastich is written in one single stanza on any subject.
  • Rhythm: iambic
  • Meter: lines 1,5 dimeter; lines 2,6,9,10 trimeter; lines 3,7 tetrameter; lines 4,8 pentameter
  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcdee

The meter is not so tricky if you think of it this way:
In order, the lines each have 2-3-4-5-2-3-4-5-3-3 metric feet.