Imagine my surprise and delight when I checked my inbox a few days ago and found a totally cool and delicious poem written just for me!
It was from Father Goose himself, the one and only Charles Ghigna — award-winning poet, children’s author, nationally-syndicated writer, speaker, and of course, Poetry Friday regular.
Well, his poem got my toes a tappin’ and my spirits risin’ and my crazy thoughts all wrapped up in heads of crisp, garden fresh lettuce.
Who needs Ice Cube when you’ve got iceberg, Cee-Lo Green when you’ve got the Bibb?
Move over, Jay-Z, The Big FG is here!
LETTUCE WRAP, LET US RAP
by Charles Ghigna
for Jama Kim Rattigan
A little leaf of lettuce
A little slice of cheese
A pickle and tomato
A little mayo please
Let us rap
Let us sing
Let us tap
A little salt and pepper
Onions if you dare
Olives on the side
And it’s time to share
Let us sing
Let us tap
Let us eat
Copyright © 2012 Charles Ghigna. All rights reserved.
Bet you couldn’t sit still while reading that poem. I’m definitely hungry now!
Lettuce wraps are perfect for warm summer days, a light fusion food with endless possibilities that’s especially good if you’re into low-carb or gluten-free. It’s all about blending a cool refreshing shell with a savory/spicy filling. If you can eat it, you can wrap it.
Go Mexican with your favorite taco fillings (beans, ground beef/chicken, peppers, tomatoes, avocados, cheese),
Asian, with spicy mock duck,
or Korean kalbi.
Most of the best lettuce wrap recipes are Asian-inspired, like this one from Steamy Kitchen (which substitutes diced apple for the traditional water chestnuts),
or any of these posted at Tasty Kitchen.
Of course, you can go all vegetarian if you like:
The Pioneer Woman substitutes scrambled tofu for the meat in her recipe:
We love to go to our favorite local Korean restaurant and order the Bulgogi. There’s nothing like the aroma of paper-thin marinated beef slices and onions cooking on a tabletop grill. We’re always given a basket of the freshest, greenest, largest, most beautiful lettuce leaves, which we take in hand, fill with steamed rice, beef, onions, mushrooms and kimchi, and then top with a generous dab of ssamjang (fermented red chili and soybean paste). Yum num num, or as they say in Hawai’i, “ono-licious!”
Enough to get you drooling and craving and tapping and rapping? Get thee some lettuce pronto, and thanks Big FG, for getting down with your wrapturous rap!
The always lovely Amy LV is hosting today’s roundup at The Poem Farm. Put on a Bibb and wrap yourself around a good poem or two or twenty. Don’t forget the hot sauce.
Copyright © 2012 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.