cold cuts

lunch was a sandwich
thick slices of refrigerator
chilled cucumbers and
anchovy and banana leaves
flavored chả lụa
on a lightly mayonnaised
crisp crusted but chewy centered
vietnamese baguette

my teeth already miss
all that cold crunchiness

tater tots

I am home after a day of work

my mother has been waiting for me

she has been watching Chopped

I can tell because there is

a covered plate on the table

a knowing smile on her lips

and a manic gleam in her eyes

she unveils her culinary masterpiece

cubes fried to a light golden brown

I lift one to my nose inhaling

the aroma of potato and bacon and oil

I toss it into my mouth

laughing as she smiles

I bite through the soft potato

crunch through crispy bacon

as I chew the texture changes

the mouthfeel becomes

something less hard than bacon

something less soft than potato

the taste becomes nutty

my laughter is gone

her smile has become a grin

the curve ball ingredient: sliced almonds