Wednesday 7 May 2014

Food, Music, Food, Music, Food, Music... Ad Infinitum

I haven't posted about avocado for a while. Four years to be more exact. So, I thought that with the mild temperatures we have been having in London and that early feeling of summer, what better food to have than a light lunch with avocado in the lead role? The recipe and photo were taken from The Guardian Cook supplement and they took it from the blog What Should I Have for Breakfast Today.

Avocado baked with an egg and chorizo

1 avocado
2 eggs
1 chorizo sausage, roughly chopped
Olive oil
Salt and black pepper
2 slices of bread, preferably multiseed
2 tsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Cut the avocado in half, remove the stone and scoop a little extra of the flesh out, so you can fit more egg into it. Break the first egg into a bowl. Using a spoon, place yolk in one half of the avocado, then carefully start to add white (you may not manage to add all the white). Season with salt and pepper, then repeat with the other egg and half of avocado. Place the avocado halves in a small baking dish that fits them snugly, so they won't tilt and the egg will not spill out – scrunched-up foil in the base of the dish helps to hold them level. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the white is opaque and the yolk is done to your liking. Meanwhile, heat a little oil in a frying pan and cook the chorizo sausage pieces until crisp, then drain on kitchen paper. Fry the slices of bread in the same pan, adding a little more oil if you need it. Serve the avocado on a plate with the sausage, seasoned with salt and pepper and a scattering of herbs, with toast on the side

The music to accompany this tasty recipe has to be equally savoury. My first offer is The Unthanks with a beautiful and enchanting melody, King of Rome. The arrangements are superb just like the combination of avocado and chorizo.

Magic is at the centre of cooking and magic is what makes music good music. Tiganá Santana came recently to my attention via Songlines magazine. Elizabeth Noon is one of those tracks that leave you licking your lips just like our recipe tonight.

There was a time when, if someone asked me who my favourite classic composers were,  I would say straight away: Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. Chopin, Handel, Brahms and the others would follow closely after but it was mainly the first three that did it for me. Not anymore. Whilst I continue to love Beethoven and Mozart's oeuvre, it is into Bach's music that I have delved more over the years (especially after reading two biographies on his life and work) and which I find spellbinding and filling. Like avocado, which to me it's filling. The Prelude in C Minor is my way of explaining why Bach's music makes feel this way.

I live in Londontown and Bellowhead sing about London Town. So, it follows that if I want to sign off tonight with an uptempo number I should go for this band made of members of whom only one is from... Londontown. Enjoy.

Next Post: "Sunday Mornings: Coffee, Reflections and Music", to be published on Sunday 11th May at 10am (GMT)


  1. Yum on the avocado front. Rich, sumptous, flavour filled. We had a cat who loved it too. And was fussy with it. No brown spots for him.
    And thank you for the introduction to Bellowhead.

  2. So nice. I am ln train and cannot listen but the breadth of all your offerings is wonderful. I recently heard the Goldberg variations in concert. Pretty great. Thanks. K.

  3. That last one was nice to the ears, perked them up with no fears

  4. I'm with Elephant's Child... thanks for the intro to Bellowhead.

    That avocado dish sounds intriguing. This could be the year I actually eat one. It isn't something my hubby or I grew up eating, so it never occurred to us to try it... but I did have some guacamole recently that I really liked. The only time I ever bought one was back in the seventies, and that was for the seed... it grew a really neat-looking plant.

  5. Since I am late to bed and late to rise, I will postpone this offering until a future brunch .... quite likely a very distant, future brunch since my culinary skills are non-existent and I live the life of a bachelor.

    It is not fair to other musicians to place them alongside Bach, but Tiganá Santana with his guitar also appealed to my musical tastes.

  6. Bellowhead was fun. I really enjoyed the video.
    Funny, I had eggs and avocado for dinner tonight only I didn't bake mine.

  7. Food and music - now there's two words that belong in the same sentence!

    Strange you should recommend Bellowhead - a daughter bought me a CD only last week, and yes, they are fab! The Bach is cool too!

  8. I am almost ashamed to say I have never tried avocado. Maybe now I can remedy the situation, but not until I have listened to Bach a couple of times more. Loved it.

  9. for good food and music this is where I come

  10. That dish looks delicious and would work with veggie chorizo.

  11. I totally agree with Lisa...good food and fabulous music...what more could anyone ask?
    Many thanks CiL.:)

  12. oh my goodness... that sounds - and looks - awesome... think i will print and try it... hmmm... i'm hungry now...smiles

  13. Thanks for your comments. I think this post is a first. It's the first time that I keep coming back and plyaing all those clips over and over. The Bach one is on my mp3 player now. :-)

    As for the recipe, I will be cooking this for lunch this Saturday! :-)

    Greetings from London.

  14. me ha entrado un gran apetito y a lo mejor lo hago mañana ya que tengo los ingredientes que me esperan.
    Saludos y a ver si vuelves con tus recetas.

  15. Well I encourage you to talk avocado more often. They are so versatile! And your recipe sounds fantastic...

  16. I love avocado as does my granddaughter Rose, I must try this recipe, it looks yummy !
    Wonderful music.
    Thanks for sharing.

  17. Love this recipe and the music this is a perfect lunch for me!!!
    que tengas un lindo fin de semana Mario:)
    (Estuve varios dias sin internet) por eso vengo ahora!

  18. sorry, avocado is not a favorite of mine. :)

  19. What a fun, eclectic post! I didn't know you could cook avocados, although I love them raw in salads/sandwiches. I want to try that recipe. I always love Bach but Blowhead is new to me - so much energy!



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