Saturday, January 29, 2011

What I Love to Listen to When I Cook (and Eat!)

I was looking through my music today and started thinking about certain songs that I love to play while I cook. One of my favourite ways to unwind or destress is to lock myself up in the kitchen, play any kind of music that I'm in the mood for, and just create food to my heart's content! - And judging from the first picture below- you can tell that I love mixing music and food together- what better way to enjoy life than to have a wonderful sensory overload?

I always play music whenever I throw a dinner party- and like to stick to the theme. So Indian food goes with Indian music and French food with French music.... not very creative if you ask me, but it does set the scene.

One playlist that I love listening to is my "Breakfast Classical Playlist". I compiled it when I had a very floral and fresh themed breakfast party. I chose music that I thought was happy, uplifting, and reminded me of nature. Vivaldi's "Spring" definitely features on the list, and so does Boccherini's "Minuetto", and my all time favourite "Fantasia on Greensleeves" by Ralph Vaughan Williams

A second playlist is the one titled "Coffee Songs" which I love listening to even though I don't exactly drink coffee. For some reason, I remember the smell of coffee on a rainy morning whenever I listen to these songs- vivid imagination, I know. I think it's more the voices of the singers than the songs themselves which lead me to make this connection. On this playlist is James Morrison with "You Give Me Something" and "The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore". His voice is amazing. It's just so REAL. Also on this list is Rod Stewart with "Everytime we Say Goodbye"- another person with a very unique voice. I also find this the perfect slow dance song, but that's off topic. Another two songs are Marielle Colbert's rendition of "J'attendrai" and the all-time classic "La Vie en Rose" by Edith Piaf. And who can forget Michael McLean's "She"?

The last playlist that I've specifically created is just for when I'm cooking. The songs here kind of put a spring in my step and speed up my cooking process. On this list, I've got Michael Buble's "Everything" and "Just Haven't Met You Yet". Also, Aqualung's "Brighter than Sunshine" which is one of my all-time favourites ever since I first heard it five or six years ago. Also featured on this list is Jim Sturgess's version of "Across the Universe".

What do you like to listen to when you cook- or eat?


  1. I love this post. Just went on itunes right now to listen to James Morrison...and I love it. Really touches the soul. I'm totally gonna have to buy the album!

  2. You are a girl after my own heart. As a former producer/presenter for a music show, I have a very eclectic musical collection. I listen to everything-except metal and house. It depends on the mood and the mission. The last album was "The Harder They Come" soundtrack, which is classic reggae- that was the background to cooking Jamaican oxtail. Before then, I listened to a playlist I put together of inspirational tunes and before then, gospel. I will listen to Enya, Deep Forest, Jai Uttal etc when I need to take it down a notch. I will play some jazz when I am feeling romantic... Girl! You just got me started!

  3. Great post - I love to shut myself away in the kitchen with music too, if my family will let me.

    Also like James Morrison and Vaughan Williams (Beethoven's or Tchaikovsky concertos are often my listening choice). Lenny Kravitz or Jamiroquai are regular cooking favourites but my absolute first choice is jazz - 'Out of many, one people' by the Jazz Warriors often top of the playlist.

    So what's the playlist for the chocolate session? 'Sweet Like Chocolate?' Shanks & Bigfoot - 'What's your flavour?' Craig David...oh don't get me started!!

  4. well there was a time when i would turn on the music as soon as i entered my room and turn it off only as i left. seems like ages back...then it was vanessa mae, vivaldi, corrs and country and hindi ghazals, jagjit singh...was quite fond of marc anthony too...

    very nice post...slow and rhythmic!


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