My brother John got me John Currence's "Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: recipes from my three favourite good groups and then some" for Christmas. I got him a jar of Nishaan Fried Onion Curry Base which means he spent more than ten times as much as me, but what I want you to take from the exchange is not my what a skinflint I am but rather the shared culinary theme.
Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey is an unusual cookery book. Elvis Costello weighs in with praise on the dust jacket, and each recipe is accompanied by a song suggestion. (They have been gathered together in Spotify playlist that I am listening to as I write.)
The City Grocery in Oxford Mississippi is where Currence plies his trade. John and I also watched Jon Favreau's movie "Chef" on Christmas Day.
Throw the Foo Fighter's Sonic Highways into the mix (I've caught it on the BBC iPlayer - it is a documentary series in which the band discover the musical heritage and cultural fabric of eight American cities, recording their eighth studio album along the way) and we can only conclude that the universe is sending us a message and a food and music trip to the States is in order.
It will be a sequel to our New Orleans trip. I don't know what year that was because it happened before I blogged. I must sit down and work it out one day.
As I sign off the universe is having its tuppence worth again. Mondo Bongo by Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros has just popped up on the Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey playlist. I will look up the associated recipe later, but that song is one on the Bomber's very favourites. He discovered it on the Mr & Mrs Smith soundtrack.
We have to go eating and drinking along the Mississippi after that omen. Maybe start off in Memphis (convenient for the City Grocery) and work our way south.