Food and Music Pairing

My husband and I got into a bit of a debate on Saturday while I was cooking. He was washing dishes and put some music on. Only problem was that he put on RJD2 – which I like – but is a little techno-y.

I immediately cried – “EW!!” when he turned on the iPod…Not because I don’t like that artist – but because I was making an apple crisp. You see, just like food and wine pairings – I believe that there are food and music pairings. And, if I am cooking, I like the music to compliment the food that I’m preparing.

If I were making chili, or enchiladas, or mole – I’d want to listen to Calexico or Rodrigo y Gabriella. If I make jambalaya or gumbo I want zydeco.

I explained this to Rafe, and he acquiesced. For my an apple crisp – a homey, american, seasonal dish – ┬áhe put on some folky/bluegrass – Jerry Douglas.

What is your favorite music/food pairing?

My Meditation

In addition to Crossfit, and cooking, I’m also studying to be a yoga teacher. I’m participating in a year-long training program to gain my 200 hr certification. Every month we meet, train, and get homework that will prepare us for the next class.

One of the elements of our training we are working on is meditation. Our homework is to sit for 15 minutes every day this month…

Of all the homework I’ve had, this is by far my least favorite, because it is OH so challenging for me. I cannot sit still for that long, I get so antsy and anxious (which is probably reason right there why I SHOULD be meditating…but its a daily struggle.

In addition to trying to meditate (or sometimes not even trying) I’ve been noticing ways in which I find that little bit of focus, attention or peace in everyday life…and I’ve realized that its when I’m cooking.

Specifically prep work, like chopping vegetables, is my moving meditation. I’m cultivating patience, single pointed focus, and attention…I usually start this chopping before my husband comes home from work, so its solitary and quiet….and its just so, nice.Image