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Eat the music!

Food and music are two complementary pleasures that very often relate to each other.

There are oh so many of food related songs, let’s think of classics like: Doris Day’s Tea for two,  Louis Prima’s Banana split for my baby, Ella Fitzgerald’s Frim fram sauce, Sinatra’s The coffee song, Sarah Vaughan’s Black coffee, The Beatle’s Honey pie, Kate Bush’s Eat the Music.

And let’s not forget about food related songs with a social message like Billie Holiday’s powerful Strange fruit or Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat Song.

The list is almost endless but what about the actual favourite dishes from famous musicians and interpreters? For instance Peanut Butter, grape jelly, bacon and banana sandwiches are known to be Elvis’ favourite treat.

Did you know that apparently Beethoven enjoyed his soup with twelve drowned eggs!

There’s also food that has been named after musicians and singers like Caruso sauce, a creamy sauce with ham and onions who was created in honour of opera singer Enrico Caruso. Or what about the ever so decadent Mozartkugeln created in 1890 by Paul Fürst in honour of W. Amadeus Mozart.

One cool autumn day I decided to go ahead and cook a hearty dinner using one of Louis Armstrong’s favourite recipes: Creole Red Beans.

The recipe is at the back of a postcard from the Louis Armstrong House Museum that had been on the fridge’s door for months.

The dish totally fulfils the expectations of a classic Louisianan treat and it is absolutely simple to prepare.

To make enough for 4 you will need:

  • 1 lb. kidney beans
  • 1 lb. salt pork
  • 6 small ham hocks
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped dried peppers
  • 1 chopped clove of garlic
  • Salt

Method:

Rinse and soak the beans overnight.

Next morning rinse again, add fresh water, salt the pork and ham and cook for about 1.5h. or until the beans are soft and perfectly cooked.  

(I used tinned beans, who has time to cook beans?!)  

When the beans are cooked, add the onions, garlic and peppers, garlic, more salt of necessary and cook on a low heat for 2-3 hours and finally add the tomato sauce and more water if necessary. (See why using tinned beans makes sense?)  

Serve with steamed white rice.  

Do you have a favourite music-related dish or songs? Tell me all about it!

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