The Houston Press published a post this week of five foods to take to a desert island. Unsurprisingly, the list included chocolate chip cookies. Which got me thinking: if I was stranded somewhere without access to Whole Foods, my fully-stocked freezer and spice cabinet, and my beloved Farmhouse Delivery, what foods would I need to survive?
First, since this is my daydream, I’m insisting that my deserted island be located somewhere tropical and be covered with acres of healthy coconut palms. That way I’ll have access to all the coconut products I need. And presumably I could catch fish and other seafood, evaporate sea water to make salt, and chow down on native vegetation – let’s pretend my island also provides plenty of plantains and yucca. (Um. This island is sounding pretty kickass right about now, don’tcha think?)
OK. Given all of that, here are the five foods that I’ll magically have in my purse when I somehow find myself stranded on my kickass tropical island…
It’s my favorite vegetable, and it’s very versatile. I could eat it raw in a slaw, wrap it around fish to make roll-ups or steaming packets, and sauté it will various coconut things… and my cumin.
Perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks all on their own, they also go great with the other stuff I’m smuggling in. I could eat them scrambled, boiled, fried – and, if I stirred really fast, could use them to make mayo with the coconut oil I’ll learn to press from the island’s abundant coconuts.
Crunchy, sweet, juicy, refreshing – it’s my second fave veg right now. I know it’s not a powerhouse of nutrition, but jeez! I’m stranded on an island – cut me some slack.
I’d definitely need some meat to balance out all the fish and seafood, and although I came thisclose to choosing pork as my island companion, I ultimately chose lamb because, to me, it’s the meatiest of the meats. Plus, it’s excellent with (say it with me) cumin and coconut milk. (Island Rogan Josh, anyone?)
What’s your list? Unlike mine, you don’t have to contain yourself to only healthy choices, but if you were stranded somewhere, would you really want to eat stuff that didn’t make you feel your best? Maybe you would! Discuss.
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