This is a part of an ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration with Janani Balasubramanian. Janani is working on a book of fairytales poems, I'm translating them into food, and we're cooking/performing through the book in five course meals.


once upon a time
there was a girl who lived
in a tall glass of water

one day
a witch spun the girl into sugar
until you couldn’t even see her
in her own home

but that home sure was sweet
& sometimes when the sun comes up
you can see this girl
shining on a blade of grass
or holding the insides of a birthday
between her eyelashes


On a round of shortcake dipped in shredded coconut,
lay whipped mango coconut cream
beside mascerated strawberries.

Strip a carrot, bake, and dust with cinnamon.