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Beatles Themed Potluck

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I need your help! I am going to be attending a potluck and the theme is food inspired by Beatle's songs. Other than Strawberry Fields Forever, I can't think of any other food references in their songs. Any suggestions for clever dishes to bring for this potluck?

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  1. Yellow Submarine sandwich.

    1. Octopus's Garden
      Glass Onion
      Eggs (I Am The Walrus - "I am the Eggman"...)
      Mean Mr. Mustard
      Rice (Eleanor Rigby)
      Marshmallow Pies (Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds)

      ETA: You could make a Tortilla Espanola with eggs and onions (and potatoes)....very simple, and a good potluck dish. http://spanishfood.about.com/od/tapas...

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      1. re: LindaWhit

        Funny, we once made a Beatles Tortilla as you describe. We cut it up into party sized squares and inserted toothpicks in each square. Of course the toothpicks were topped with a paper copy of each Beatles' head (xeroxed from the the Hard Day's Night LP onto Avery labels. just stick two sides together on a toothpick.).

        This thread is great 'cause I thought we were the only ones gonzo enough to have an annual Beatles Fest.

      2. The Beatles have a ton of food references in their songs! They sing about fish and meat and octopus and all sorts of food items. Here's a few that came to mind:

        "Marmalade skies" and "marshmallow pies" from "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
        "Savoy Truffle" and "Honey Pie" from the White Album
        "Mean Mr. Mustard" from Abbey Road
        "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

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        1. re: boogiebaby

          Savory Truffle Lyrics:

          Creme tangerine and Montélimar
          A ginger sling with a pineapple heart
          A coffee dessert--yes you know it's good news
          But you'll have to have them all pulled out
          After the Savoy truffle.

          Cool cherry cream, nice apple tart
          I feel your taste all the time we're apart
          Coconut fudge--really blows down those blues
          But you'll have to have them all pulled out
          After the Savoy truffle.

            1. re: Glencora

              @Glencora, i love your CH-esque Freudian slip with the title ;)

            1. re: pamd

              great link, pamd. I'm saving it for future reference!

            2. Come Together- coca cola
              Drive My Car- peanuts
              I Am The Walrus- cornflakes, custard, semolina
              Penny Lane- fish and finger pie
              Rain- lemonade
              Rocky Racoon-gin

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              1. re: BubblyOne

                Uh, that Penny Lane reference is not to food!

                1. re: visciole

                  LOL. I was just going to say...I hope no one eats "fish and finger pie" at your party!

                  Unless it's THAT kinda party, in which case, I don't judge... :o)

                  1. re: yfunk3

                    The "custard" reference in I am the Walrus isn't food, either.

              2. Oh dear, I immediately summoned up my favorite Beatles song, "Hey Jude", and I'm afraid the only edibles it mentions are "heart" "skin" and "shoulder". Human.

                1. really bad one...she loves you (gumbo) ya ya ya

                  1. if partaking in Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, be prepared for people not to eat too much

                      1. I'd probably make something tiramisu-like, and call it "Savoy Truffle." Maybe you could layer custard, cake, and montelimar in a glass serving bowl.

                        1. Don't forget Lennon"s "Cold Turkey".

                          1. Oh, cathyt, you've got some great things here to work with. Gin and lemonade, anyone? Followed by a buffet/sammie spread of cold turkey, etc. with assorted mustards, and some deviled eggs? You could also deconstruct pretty much anything and use "revolution"-ary for the reference, and follow it all up with the brilliant Savoy Truffle idea?

                            1. Happiness is a Warm Bun
                              Stuffed Sgt. Peppers
                              "A Taste of Honey"
                              Maybe a bean casserole in the spirit of "All Things Must Pass"
                              Vodka and Lemon "Twist and Shout"
                              "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and my Monkey"
                              I want to hold your Ham
                              Magical Mystery Meat
                              "Old Brown Shoe"-fly pie
                              "Kansas City" ribs Hey Hey Hey
                              "Young Blood" sausages
                              "Back in the USSR" Russian caviar

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                              1. re: porker

                                i want to hold your ham was the first that came to my mind :)

                                i also got:

                                -nowhere manicotti
                                -please peas me
                                -drive my carbonara
                                -love me do-nuts
                                -imagine and tonic

                                1. re: Emme

                                  ...With a Little Kelp From my Friends - seaweed soup
                                  While my Lobster Gently Steeps
                                  Lovely Pita
                                  Tip of My Lamb's Tongue
                                  That'll be the Ray - grilled skate wing
                                  The Hippy Hippy milk-Shake...

                                  1. re: yfunk3

                                    Good Day Porcine
                                    BBQed ribs using Norwegian Wood for smoke
                                    Paperback Weiner topped with "Komm Gib Meir Diene Hand" brand sauerkraut and the aforementioned Mean Mr. Mustard
                                    Baked Rolls Over a Grey Oven

                                    1. re: porker

                                      Oh, "The Fool on the Hill" can be any meat/fish/chicken over mashed potatoes...

                                      Something not in any song, but the Beatles loved to eat in the early days: butties. Bacon butties, jam butties, chip butties. Possibilities are endless, really!

                                      Or if you're a Rutles fan (Eric Idle and Neil Innes' Beatles spoof), you can always have "Cheese and Onions".

                                      1. re: yfunk3

                                        Or in the Rutles vein, any of the myriad drinks from "Give Booze A Chance."

                                        1. re: yfunk3

                                          Thought some might enjoy seeing these drinks from back in the day- "Beatle Juice."

                                    2. All you need is love.


                                      1. Just wanted to say, as a huge Beatles fan, this is the greatest party theme ever. :o)

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                                        1. I have zero idea about how to find this one out, but wouldn't it be interesting to know if the Fab Four had any special "food riders" in their contract for shows.....
                                          Let It "B": bacon, broccoli, bananas........ :-)

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                                          1. re: mamachef

                                            I don't think they had any special food preferences that have been mentioned in any of the many biographies. The only things I can think of off the top of my head are:

                                            -when they use to live together in apartments in London (before they all bought houses and got married/moved in with girlfriends), they ate stuff like butties and fishsticks warmed up on the stove/in the oven (according to Patti Boyd and a couple of biographies). And obviously, some basic German fare during their Hamburg days.

                                            -British fans used to throw jelly babies at them during concerts after George once made a remark that they were his favorite candy. U.S. fans didn't have jelly babies, so substituted jelly beans, which are smaller and harder. Imagine hundreds or thousands of jelly beans flying at them during their concerts!

                                            -they used to drink inordinate amounts of tea during all of their recording sessions (from the very beginning)

                                            -Ringo brought cans of Heinz beans with him to India because he has a sensitive digestive system (due to childhood illnesses) and couldn't eat the spicy curries and such served at the Maharishi's retreat. He's vegan now because of that. Of course, so is Paul.

                                            -George, of course, loved Indian food.

                                            -Patti Boyd mentions in her auto biography that George used to eat lots of Steak Diane in a London restaurant during their early dates (obviously before he became a vegetarian).

                                            Why I know all of this off the top of my head yet can't remember what to buy at the grocery store without a list, I'll never be able to explain... :o)

                                            1. re: yfunk3

                                              Prolly the same reason I can remember my phone number from 5th grade year and can't for the life of me remember my own, current home phone digits!!
                                              Interesting facts you've got there, and a whole 'nother direction for cathyt to look in...
                                              Octopus. What can be made from octopus? Can it be done like calamari?

                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                Yah, octopus on a bed of greens- Octopus' Garden.

                                              2. re: yfunk3

                                                Every February we celebrate "FAB-uary" (because its when the Beatles arrived in America and appeard on Ed Sullivan) and we have the Heinz Baked Beans (mostly as props), andJelly Babies. One year we did a White Album theme and served all "white" food. Asturian White Bean Bean Stew and White Castle Hamburgers were served among other things.

                                                I suppose if you want to get technical about it, "Scouse" is the name of a stew served in Liverpool as well as the all purpose term for a Liverpudlian. I have no idea how to make it though.

                                              1. re: blue room

                                                brilliant! love Apple

                                                Ringo Starrfruit
                                                John Lennonade

                                                and chopped Liver - pool

                                              2. You can do a Strawberry Fool on the Hill; a fool is a dessert somewhere between a cobbler and a whipped custard, and put it on a hill of cake or ice cream.

                                                1. I run a COOKING/BAKING group and we get together once a month-- I have a different theme every month-- here are some that we have had
                                                  pies pies pis ( done in November)
                                                  annual cookie swap ( dec its the biggest one with the most peopl)
                                                  soups, stews and crock pots
                                                  muffins vs cupcakes
                                                  breads and spreads
                                                  the chocolate challenge ( had to use chocolate as the main ingredient and it could not be a dessert)
                                                  childhood favorites of yesteryear
                                                  cozy comfort foods
                                                  non bake desserts
                                                  fondue by the fire
                                                  pizza by the pool
                                                  high tea
                                                  sunday brunch
                                                  backyard bbq blast
                                                  appetizers, HOR DOURVES and finger foods
                                                  cupcake swap
                                                  SPRINGTACULAR SCRUMPTIOUS SALADS
                                                  VERY VEGGIE VEGETARIAN
                                                  FIERY FEAST BY THE FIRE ( had to use red ingredients )

                                                  I am out of ideas I have done so many we have such a blast

                                                  1. coconut fudge
                                                    crème tangerine
                                                    Savoy truffle
                                                    apple tart

                                                    1. White album asparagus with a white cheese sauce.
                                                      Make a cake or pate in the shape of the number 9.

                                                      1. Anyone out there planning on having a potluck when CBS airs its Salute to the Beatles on Feb 9? This thread is terrific--I'm wondering if anyone has anything new to contribute?

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                                                        1. re: Nanoid

                                                          For the drinks we have to have a couple of Rum and Cokes (even if it is awful). It was their favorite drink. There's a book I just read by Tony Bramwell who knew them from Childhood (and worked with them through the demise of Apple records. I seem to recall him mentioning few of their favorite foods growing up. It's an entertaining book if you are the type who knows everything about the Beatles.

                                                          This year being the 50th we are stepping it up a bit. Friday there's a Beatles Convention in NY. Saturday we are doing our own film festival including Zmecks' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", Maysles "Beatles First U.S. Visit" and many selections from the 10 disc "Anthology."

                                                          1. re: Nanoid

                                                            Nowadays, there seems to be a halfway decent recipe for "Scouse" on some UK cooking board. I know the Beatles ate this a lot before they got famous.


                                                            1. re: Nanoid

                                                              Lime jello mold in the shape of the letter "C" (Sea of Green)
                                                              Chocolate cake in a bag (Ballad of John & Yoko)
                                                              Bacon bowls (Piggies)

                                                            2. We're going to watch the program on CBS Feb 9th while enjoying some of the inspiration here and here:

                                                              Show's here:

                                                              Grilled baby octopus salad is a definite
                                                              But there are so many recommendations, I'm still discussing it with our guests.

                                                              Have fun!