and paws playing a snatch of
the house-mouse said to the old woman
'the time has come!'
'It's a week since I ate the last of your delicious
From the back of the cupboard she retrieved some
vintage jam sugar left over from the war.
Thai chillis, (always bought when reduced to a few pence)
that hung disconsolate, ageing, dried, unloved and wrinkly.
red pepper, red onion, red wine vinegar.
A thumb-size piece of fresh ginger,
The whole lot, seeds and all,
minus obviously the stalks,
were whizzed and cooked
in her favourite
The mouse could hardly contain his glee...
'Tonight for supper I will have...
mature English cheddar with chilli jam for tea...