Writings and Witterings

Kyrielle ~ Tartiflette


English: Reblochon is a French cow's-milk labe...

English: Reblochon is a French cow’s-milk labelled Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) cheese, made in the Alps region of Haute-Savoie and Savoie.

He can get but one Reblochon,
(I’d better not go on and on),
We really need two. But you know
How it is, I must adapt so …

An extra recipe, I read,
So our guests won’t be underfed (!)
He can get but one Reblochon
And we really need at least two.

He can get but one Reblochon
And we really need at least two
A hasty casserole will fill
Up the hole. Inspiration, phew!

An evening of expectation,
Thank goodness for inspiration.
He could get but one Reblochon
And we really need at least two.


Casserole (Photo credit: el_floz)

Tartiflette, a french dish with a cheese named...

Tartiflette, a french dish with a cheese named Reblochon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Catherine Wilson, writing in 2003, β€˜The Kyrielle was once a very popular poetic form originating in France and dating back to the Middle Ages. In this poetry form, couplets are often paired in quatrains and are characterised by a refrain that is sometimes a single word and sometimes the full second line of the couplet or the full fourth line of the quatrain. Each line within the poem consists of only eight syllables. There is no limit to the number of stanzas a Kyrielle may have, but three is considered the accepted minimum.The name kyrielle derives from the KΓ½rie. Gay Reiser Cannon at dVerse poets agrees with this description and sums it up in this way:

‘So to sum up:

1. the form can be written a number of ways usually as a quatrain.
2. the form ends in a refrain which is repeated as the last line or after every stanza.
3. the lines should be written in tetrameter (in iambs or trochees) or a count of eight syllables.
4. the original form addressed spiritual topics but that usage has somewhat disappeared.’ (dVerse FormForAll, December, 2012)


48 thoughts on “Kyrielle ~ Tartiflette

  1. I really enjoyed this, Polly!


  2. Last night, cooking because dear friends were coming to dinner. Tartiflette planned. Hub to get Reblochon cheese. The poem tells the rest of it πŸ˜€

    Fave comment from the hub ‘Can’t you put some Cheddar in it to make it up?’ ~ ahhhh, bless him πŸ™‚

    So … we had a small amount of tartiflette as a starter and a casserole as main ~ not perfect, but the best to be done under the circs ~ and we had a lovely evening πŸ™‚


  3. Thanks for this – and the recipe with lovely pictures. Looking at your home cuisine, I reckon you must have suffered some at Totleigh Barton, thanks for being kind to and patient with us!


    • Here is a link to my recipe for Tartiflette , Roland, I tracked it down just for you!

      I will confess that I’d not generally do these two dishes together (they are pretty substantial), but it was a matter of expedience!

      As for Totleigh Barton … we seemed to be eating constantly and my waistline expanded accordingly! There was no suffering from my point of view πŸ™‚


  4. ha, nice…goes to show everything can be poetry…and dinner looks good at well….and sometimes when you can’t find what you need you have to get creative…


  5. Very creative use for this form…well done, and looks yummy too! πŸ™‚


  6. Great poem. And those photos made me hungry! πŸ™‚


  7. Me too — great photos, I am very hungry and envious now.


  8. So not pictures of your own creations then? Awwww…. Still haven’t tried the tartiflette recipe… Must get round to doing that. Maybe over the Christmas break.
    Oh and nice use of the Kyrielle too. πŸ™‚


  9. I am hungry after reading yours πŸ™‚


  10. ha – cooking and life – it’s all about staying flexible and make the best with what you got…smiles..enjoyed much…and hungry now…smiles


  11. Use Cheddar instead!!!! He cannot be serious!! Lovely, fun-packed use of the kyrielle form Polly – and a joy to read.


  12. Food & Poetry:The perfect combination!


  13. I love how you accommodated! And how you gave us pictures as well. Thanks for making the kyrielle fit the subject and for sharing with us today. Wishing you happy holidays.


  14. The poem was making me hungry, but the pictures are killing me!! Those dishes look soooooo good!
    especially the Tartiflette !! Happy Holiday’s to you and yours !!


  15. Loved the little touches you put into this–centering a French form around a French cheese and the playful switching up of the rhyme scheme seeming to show the resourceful chef pulling together all the different ingredients to make something work–my favorite two lines, though, were “A hasty casserole will fill
    Up the hole. Inspiration, phew!” Altogether put a big smile on my face, and now I’m off to the kitchen πŸ™‚


  16. I found MUCH more than mandrake and mel–though if you find a good recipe for that, let me know πŸ™‚


    • Had a little mooch on the web to find out more about mandrake ~ all that was in my head was the scene from Harry Potter (!) ~ so now I know you can make tea from mandrake root, though it’s likely to give you hallucinations and a bad tum, but you can eat the sweet fruits ~ we learn something new every day.

      So here’s your recipe: take six mandrake fruits and dip them in honey ~ a delicious way of experiencing mandrake πŸ˜€

      heh-heh ~ I’ll be visiting your excellent blog again soon.


  17. Glad your dinner party was a success even though only got the one cheese, Polly! I’m sure your guests forgave you. Totally entertaining…I enjoyed every word of this. And now I need some lunch! πŸ™‚


  18. Haha..i love this…such an unusual content for such a ” serious” form…and I love that most of all…tearing down expectations. I have never heard of this cheese but will definitely be on the look out for it. It looks divine…


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