Aye chorizo, I sing to your spirit


I have this little quirk … OK, I have lots of them … but this particular one is expressing myself through song. Aside from having “Songs of the day” I also tend to warble lyrics to match my circumstances.

When it rains, I sing “Here comes the rain again …” by the Eurythmics. When I’m in a lift it’s “The only way is up” by Yazz. When I’m creating whirlpools for 15 chilluns at the local pool it’s “Spinning around” by Kylie Minogue.

And, whenever I cook with chorizo, I sing John Denver’s “Calypso” like this …

Aye chorizo, the places you’ve been to,

The things that you’ve shown us,

The stories you tell

Aye chorizo, I sing to your spirit,

The men who have served you so long and so well

The kids think I’m slightly mad. Sometimes they’ll insist I can’t be singing actual songs, I must have made them up … and yes, in the case of “Calypso”, I have morphed it slightly …

But generally I can find a song to suit just about any situation.

Is it just me or do you do the same thing?

I’ve been singing “Calypso/chorizo” a lot lately. I’m in a spicy sausage phase.

Yesterday I turned two chorizos and one bottle of red into two luscious meals.

The first was for lunch …

Recipe: Chorizo, red wine & olive pasta


  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • ½ tsp dried chilli flakes

  • 1 chorizo sausages, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 tbsp tomato paste

  • 1 cup red wine

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 400g crushed tomatoes
  • 375g fusilli, cooked according to packet instructions

  • 10 kalamata olives, halved
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • fresh basil, to garnish

Method: Saute onion until soft. Add garlic, chilli flakes and chorizo, saute two minutes. Add red wine. Simmer 1 minute. Add tomato paste, olives and crushed tomatoes. Simmer five minutes. Serve with pasta, fresh basil leaves and parmesan.

The second was for dinner …

Recipe: slow-cooker beef & chorizo casserole


  • 1.2kg beef chuck steak, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 chorizo, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 400g can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup Campbell’s Real Stock Beef
  • Mashed potato, to serve

Method: Throw everything other than the mashed potato into the slow cooker. Simmer 8 hours. Serve … with the mashed potato.

Song of the day: John Denver “Calypso”


5 thoughts on “Aye chorizo, I sing to your spirit

  1. I don’t sing the songs but I regularly quote song lyrics in conversations or reference them in my own mind. It’s amusing to see how many people “get it” in conversation! Especially when I’m chuckling to myself at my clever reference.
    Liking the Chorizo Pasta! Yummo!

  2. I’ve been known to sing “She’ll be Coming Round The Mountain” when I’ve been running hill reps. But only in my head because I usually can hardly breathe.

  3. Yes, I do exactly the same thing.

    I can adapt a song to just about any circumstance, something that my four-year-old thinks is pretty awesome. But when I get another “can you ying another [insert his name] yong” (he can’t pronounce ‘s’ – don’t worry, we’re having intensive speech therapy) for the 10th time while I’m navigating traffic and trying not to end up in the Lane Cover tunnel by mistake, I start cursing this awesome ability of ours.

    (To the tune of Frère Jacques, my hand stand-by)

    Dear Alana
    Dear Alana
    You ying yongs
    Just like me
    We should get together
    Maybe form a cool band
    Maybe not
    But I think of it a lot

    (sorry, on the spot ‘effort’ there)

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