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The Rolling Stones: Brown Sugar

The rolling stones

Ever since I was a little kid I have LOVED this song. Later in life it would becomes my choice addition to tea and coffee as well as a pet name much to my chagrin..

Nevertheless, this song is, in my opinion, The Stones at their finest. A heady mix of guitar riffs, horns, a smooth baseline and the plinkety plink of the piano makes it scream the seventies – but you can’t help but sway and shuffle those shoulders Jagger style.

Enjoy the music, and have a great weekend folks!


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Fatboys: All You Can Eat

The fatboys

Today’s musical interlude comes from 80’s rap group The Fatboys. In 1985 their single “All You Can Eat” made an appearance on the Krush Groove Original Soundtrack.

1985 is my earliest memory of visiting NYC and seeing breakdancers on the street, blaring rap and busting a move. This song therefore, evokes some really good old memories of my youth. I also found it fitting considering the rather restrictive menu plan i’ve exerted upon myself for this week..it truly WASN’T all I could eat!

On October 18, 2010 the cable network “TV One’s” aired “UNSUNG: The Story of The Fat Boys,” and mentioned the 2 surviving members: Mark Morales and Damon Wimbley have reunited and are currently touring with Doug E. Fresh temporarily filling in for the ‘HumanBeatbox.’ So if you want to hear these guys live..you just might be able to. In the meantime, enjoy the clip off ‘All you can eat’ on youtube.


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Corinne Bailey Rae – Choux Pastry Heart

corine bailey rae

When Corinne Bailey Rae popped on the scene I had so many people asking if we were related. I think they were somewhat myopic as I could only wish to look as lovely as she so effortlessly does.

There is no doubt I love her curly hair and her flowy dresses but most of all, I love that she sang a food inspired song. As a lover of profiteroles Choux pastry has to be one of the best inventions ever.

So check out the song and start your food-fueled weekend right.

Don’t forget next week is World Go Vegan week. It’s not too late to take part! I will be posting my eats and treats throughout the week on the blog, twitter and snappetite.


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Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard

Def leppard

I was an eighties child through and through. To make matters worse..or in some opinions, better, I was raised in a family that was incredibly diverse and open minded when it came to musical tastes. When I was 5 years old I saved enough money to buy my first two LP’s, they were the Jungle Book Soundtrack and Bob Marley’s Exodus album. Yes. I was 5.

That pretty much gives you an explanation of my somewhat schizophrenic music tastes throughout my childhood and up to today. Which brings me to one of my favourite songs ever – appropriately it’s foodie based but would you expect anything else?

Pour Some Sugar on Me was a hit in 1987 by the long haired, acid washed jean wearing band Def Leppard who were funnily enough from Sheffield don’t you know! This song reached number 2 in the US charts and top 20 in the UK..not too shabby for a song that was an afterthought on Def’s Hysteria album.

Enjoy the song, have a great foodie weekend and be good!

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Home Cookin’ by Horace Silver

The stylings of silver by horace silver

And finally – the weekend just wouldn’t start right without a little food inspired music. Home Cooking was a track on the 1957 album, The Stylings of Silver by Horace Silver. A mere 29 years old at the time, Horace went on to release amazing jazz albums every year for the 60’s, 70’s and most of the 80’s.

So have a good weekend my dears…enjoy the music, enjoy the cauliflower cheese and eat good!

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Food n Music: Chocolate Buttermilk

Kool and the Gang Chocolate Buttermilk

Ok folks, to play you out for the weekend (or over the weekend if you live in the Southern Hemisphere and are already in Saturday…), a little Chocolate Buttermilk from good ole good ole Kool and the Gang. For their first self titled album the guys must have had food on the brain as it featured such tracks as Raw Hamburgers and Chocolate Buttermilk. I thought that considering the lovely chocolate recipe I posted earlier it only appropriate to leave you with some chocolate inspired funky jazzness. I hope you enjoy!

FYI – Chocolate Buttermilk was later sampled by Chad Jackson in the classic tune ‘Hear the drummer get wicked‘. How about that!

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Food n Music: Green Onions

Booker T and the MG's - Green Onions

And now for our musical interlude. You’ve likely heard this tune before…but did you know it was called ‘Green Onions’. In 1962 this was the first hit for the classic Booker T & The MG’s. Back then this Bluesy, RnB hit went to #3 in the US hot 100 charts..not too shabby. Maybe everyone could relate to it, not just because of the killer riffs – but because it was named after food. And goodness knows – EVERYONE loves food.

Have a great weekend dears!

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