Music and food: 17 recipes to match songs

Music and food: 17 recipes to match songs

By Izzy Brimeau

When tucking into a lovely plate of food we use most of our senses – we look, smell, taste and touch it. The only sense left relatively untouched when eating (forgetting about crunchy food) is our hearing. That’s why music goes so well with food – it completes the sensory experience.

Music sets the mood as we dig into our favourite dishes. Date night, family gatherings, special occasions and even a relaxed midweek meal at home would be unsatisfying without some tunes complementing the occasion.

Songs and meals hold important connotations and memories for us all, so on behalf of everyone at delicious. I’ve matched some of our favourite ‘foodie’ tunes with recipes. So, should you make one of the below recipes you can play a song to amplify your dining or devouring experience.

Let us know your music and food matches in the comments below.

1. Honey, HoneyABBA (1974)
“Honey, honey how you thrill me, ah-hah, honey honey”
Eat it: salted honey cake with hazelnut brittle

honey-honey-ABBA-song-blog

2. VindalooFat Les (2014)
“And we all like vindaloo”
Eat it: pork vindaloo

vindaloo-fat-les-song-blog

3. Peanut butter jellyGalantis (2015)
“Spread it like peanut butter jelly, do it like I owe you some money”
Eat it: peanut butter and raspberry bundt cake

pb-jelly-glantis-song

4. Banana pancakesJack Johnson (2005)
“Make you banana pancakes, pretend like it’s the weekend now”
Eat it: buttermilk pancakes with honeyed bananas

banana-pancakes-JJ-song-blog

5. Jambalaya (on the bayou) – Carpenters (1973)
“Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo”
Eat it: Louisiana jambalaya

the-carpenters-song-blog

6. Ain’t nobody here but us chickensLouis Jordan (1947)
“There ain’t nobody here but us chickens, there ain’t nobody here at all”
Eat it: roast chicken with sausage, chard and parmesan stuffing

louis-jordan-chickens-song-blog

7. CoconutHarry Nilsson (1971)
“She put the lime in the coconut and she drink ’em bot’ up”
Eat it: coconut and lime angel cake

coconut-nilsson-song-blog

8. Rabbit – Chas n Dave (1981)
“You’ve got more rabbit than Sainsbury’s, it’s time to get it off your chest”
Eat it: rabbit, artichoke and rosemary paella

rabbits-song-blog

9. Oh My Darling, ClementinePercy Montrose (1884)
“Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darling Clementine”
Eat it: sticky clementine cake

clemintine-song-blog

10. MilkshakeKelis (2003)
“My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard”
Drink it: fruity milkshakes

milkshake-kelis-song-blog

11. Do Fries Go With That ShakeGeorge Clinton (1986)
“Oh, do fries go with that shake”
Eat it: chips with spiced salt and smoked garlic mayo

fries-come-with-that-shake-song-blog

12. Red, red wineUB40 (1983)
“Red, red wine, stay close to me”
Eat it: red wine and chocolate bundt cake

ub40-red-wine-song-blog

13. A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and YouGertrude Lawrence and Jack Buchanan (1925)
“A cup of coffee, a sandwich and you, a cozy corner, a table for two”
Eat it: eggy-bread grilled cheese sandwich

gertrude-lawerence-song-blog

14. The Ketchup SongLas Ketchup (2002)
“Friday night it’s party time, feeling ready looking fine, viene diego rumbeando”
Dip it: tomato ketchup

ketchup-song-blog

15. Was Dog a DoughnutCat Stevens (1977)
Instrumental
Eat it: jam doughnuts

was-dog-a-doughnut-song-blog

16. Cheeseburger in ParadiseJimmy Buffett (1978)
“Cheeseburger in paradise (paradise), heaven on earth with an onion slice (paradise)
Eat it: slimmed-down cheeseburger

cheeseburger-in-paradise-song-blog

17. PopcornHot Butter (1972)
Instrumental
Eat it: salted brown-butter and maple popcorn

 popcorn-music-blog

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  1. Honey Pie by The Beatles and Wild Honey by The Beach Boys. Hot Dog by Shakin Stevens. Kate Nash – Pumpkin Soup. Pavement – Carrot Rope. Chef – Chocolate Salty Balls. Sweet Like Chocolate – (Lamb)Shanks & Bigfoot. Candy Girl – New Edition, Babybird Rufus Thomas – Funky Chicken, Crowded House – Chocolate Cake…

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