Stranded on a Desert Island…

22 10 2008

…with only 5 non-native ingredients!  Hope tagged me with this little exercise in restraint a while back, and I have probably WAY overthunk it by now.  The rules are as follows:

You are stranded on a desert island for an indefinite amount of time.  You can bring along five food items and are allowed one sentence to justify your decision.  It is an island so assume plentiful fish, coconuts, and sea salt.  Storage is not an issue, as you also have a large solar powered refrigerator.  Play along, tag who you want, and link back!

My thought process was long and convoluted.  The pastry chef in me insists on sugar and flour, but then I think that maybe I can figure out a way to get palm sugar out of the trees.  Luckily I like coconut, and coconut water is such a refreshing drink.  Then I start thinking about savory foods, and the ingredients that I use the most.  Onions and bacon immediately spring to mind.  Not sure I can live without tomatoes, and then it occurs to me that I need dairy!  What would I do without butter, cream, and cheese?  Though maybe I should be thinking about what goes well with fish.  Chili peppers and lime for ceviche and fish tacos?  Where am I going to get tortillas, though?  Got to have a starch, then, too.  Potatoes and rice are both so good and versatile.  Is bread allowed?  I’m really digging on winter squash lately, but that happens every year around this time.  I might get tired of it if it was all I had.  And it went on like that for several days.

At long last, I have settled on my list.  (Ask me next week and it could be completely different.)

1. Onions – Can’t cook without them, plain and simple.

2. Cream – So many uses on its own, plus it can be turned into butter or cheese!

3. Smoky, peppery bacon – It’s great with seafood, and a life without hog fat may not be worth living.

4. Potatoes – They’re just so much more comforting than rice.

5. Eggs – Fried, baked, boiled, scrambled, deviled, meringue, sabayon, hollandaise…  Mustard seeds – That way I could make my own mustard as well as grow some delicious greens!

Judging from my final list, I’d say France is the right place for me.

Now for the tags.  Cathy and Jody from Where’s My Damn Answer? because they visit often and leave comments, which I love.  Gloria from Cookbook Cuisine, because she posed a similar question a while back.  And Trisha from The Zest, because I think she’s a pretty creative cook.  Of course, feel free to play along even if I didn’t tag you, and for those of my readers without blogs, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Originally published on Croque-Camille.

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