Help us celebrate summer as we bring on the beautiful food!Desserts / June 29, 2015
Before I started streaming music, CD’s were my shopping weakness. I used to stop at that little CD kiosk in Target Stores that displayed a selection of mood music for every occasion. It seemed time stopped as I let my fingers dance over the preview buttons, starting and stopping the snippets of Rhumba, Waltzes and even the cawing of tropical birds while I imagined myself helpless under the spell of digital dreams. “Music for Dinner!” or “Songs for Your Engagement” and even “Nature Spa Sounds,” were only a few of the choices.
If you recall, even Pottery Barn got in the act, creating music to play while you dined on everything from tacos to tuna tar-tar. But never have I ever seen a kiosk with music that is meant to be played WHILE YOU COOK.
Seriously. Don’t you think the sound of crisp zucchini slices hitting the hot oil is inspiring? And the rattle and bump of the rolling pin as it smooths out a disc of carefully mixed pie dough is positively toe-tapping! How about the sizzle of a good red wine as you pour it over perfectly sauteed Shitake mushrooms and hear the “aaahhhh?” as it reduces into an intense syrup? See, see? I told you. It’s a symphony of sounds and it should have its own soundtrack.
When I cook I think of these things. It is as though I am playing with more than just foods and textures. I am playing with edible arpeggios. From Motets, to Cantatas or even to Oratorios. Each of my creations attempts to hit every high note even before they hit the plate.
Take these selections featured here in this post. All of them colorful, exciting, and they all include a melody that you’ll be humming for days.