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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Happy Food

Today, I read a good quote from Pasquale Carpino:  “If I sing when I cook, the food is going to be happy”.  Pasquale was a popular television chef in Toronto AND an opera singer; what do you think of his opinion?

Food is not necessarily happy when I sing while cooking:  my dogs are delighted to join in and a surreal howling contest commences as soon as I utter the first note.  I find this hilarious,  however, that’s only my opinion.  I’ve had houseguests run for their lives or call 9-1-1 because they were worried my house had been invaded by a bunch of hungry wolves – “It’s OK officer, they’re only Huskies and wouldn’t kill a fly;  they always harmonize during my singing lessons.”

I’ve talked previously about my food’s secret ingredient being LOVE,  however, even though happy usually occurs when love is in the air, the same cannot be said of all people’s singing abilities.  If it was always meant to describe how much love is present, I’m afraid some would experience something close to loathing if they were serenaded by the likes of moi and the pooches.

So yes, a song from the heart can put you in the right mood for cooking but please, keep it to yourself (and your pets) because even though making a joyful noise is encouraged at church, the neighbors will most likely NOT appreciate it and even refuse your invitation to dinner once they hear you sing to the food.  It’s like talking to the plants; once someone sees you do it, your name gets quickly placed on the waiting list at the local institution.

 When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore ♥♪♪
♪♪ Do you love me? Now that I can dance, I can mash-potato, I can do the twist ♪♪
Are you goin’ to Scarborough Fair?  Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme ♪♪

So many songs have been inspired by foodstuff!  That’s not to say that all of us should come out of the closet ~ I mean shower~ with our mouth still in action.  Wikipedia defines Singing:  The act of producing musical sounds with the voice.  Hint:  If what comes out could likely be misconstrued as noise… just take this as a friendly reminder: Some of us are fortunate to be hard of hearing!  J

Salut to all the amateur chefs out there and remember:  “Silence is Golden”. 

Better be a Little "S" than a Little Less!  J


  1. For my part, I don't really sing while cooking but sometimes the music from the sound system get very loud and I may sing aloud but it gets covered by the music so it doesn't really count!!! ;)
    I don't know if it pleases the food buy it gets me in a good mood (Wow ..ood words!) so it might help my cooking!
    On another note; how many mental facilities are there around you and how many waiting lists do they have? ;)

    1. Funny you should ask that question; there are no mental facilities in this town, hence the need to put your name in (or your neighbor's) at the first sign of future requirement because the waiting list is miles long for entrance at the one nearest to us. Although I'm certain there is a good wing at our local hospital but we can't count on that because admission is on a first come first served basis and the line ups are out of this world ~take a number system, you know? Anyhow, here's the phone number to make a reservation, should you feel the urge to turn yourself in ... 1-200-ENF-ZENF ;)

    2. I tried the phone number you gave!
      A crazy person answered; I hung up!!!!!

  2. Replies
    1. Hi Éric!

      I was wondering if your comment was :
      a) The title of a song
      b) An inside joke
      c) Something you need to borrow
      d) None of the above
      e) All of the above (including d))

  3. Aaah food...makes me think of a song...Food For Thought..and humour too!!:-)

    Just found it on youtube...

  4. Yum yum yum La-Lasagna! Arrivederci! Grazie!