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Food, Music and Cooking
food, music, cooking
Food, music, cooking a winning combination; put the radio on, slip in a cd, tune to Internet Radio, do whatever you do to let the music flow and then prepare a meal.
If the meal is one I have made many times such as a grilled cheese sandwich then give me rock, The Stones The Band, just about anything that has a driving beat. I can bounce around the kitchen paying little attention to the cooking process because I have done it so many times before that my hands know what needs doing.
Right now I’m listening to Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Devil with the Blue Dress On. My foot is taping and fingers, at least two, working the keyboard. Tonight’s supper, is pizza, frozen, as simple as it gets.
If a stir fry is on the menu, closer attention is required, I may be able to dice and slice but the knife is sharp and a careful eye is essential.
Stir frying is an easy way to prepare a great meal. You can even do most of the preparation the night before and put the diced and sliced ingredients in a sealed container and in the refrigerator ready to use the next day. I do this when I know I’ll be either in a hurry the following day or simply not in the mood, due to work or weather.
Now rock works here, however, my preference is Jazz, either Louis Armstrong, or Louis singing with Ella Fitzgerald. I am calmed and moved by their voices and Louis’s trumpet reached deep within to bring out the best in my preparation. Mood and food preparation go hand-in-hand and music sets the mood.
Stews and soups will vary. The slicing and dicing work well with a mellow Jazz, once again sharp implements are involved, but Reggae, in particular, Bob Marley, imparts the proper rhythm to the stirring.
I regularly make a vegetable stew and all the ingredients could either be grown in my own garden or come from a local supplier, well not the garlic; unfortunately the only garlic usually available here traveled a very long way, from China, to get to my table, but this meal does need garlic so, in it goes.
Food, music and cooking are natural companions. If you are a new cook, get a few recipes for dishes you know you enjoy, select the music you like and get started. There is something very freeing about being able to cook your own meals.
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