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”