The Desert Island ScenarioDecember 15, 2009
You know this game – if you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring 3 movies with you, or 3 albums, or 3 books, etc., what would you bring? I’m in a jaunty mood today, so I thought it would be fun to play this game with food.
So you’re marooned on an island, but somehow an oven, grill, microwave, deep-fryer (with oil) and stovetop wash up on the shore, along with cookware, a refrigerator and pantry and a huge generator that will never run out of electricity. Yes, realism is essential for this game.
But the refrigerator and pantry only contain 5 foods – an endless supply of them, but these are the 5 foods you will have to eat for the rest of your stay on the island, possibly the rest of your life. And not 5 ingredients – because then you can create a lot more dishes. You have to pick 5 completed recipes (or stand-alone food items). My island, my rules.
So what are they? What are the foods that, in reality, you cannot resist when you see them on a menu or at a party? Here are mine:
Hummus – it’s healthy, delicious and filling. It’s perfect.
Shrimp tempura – it’s fairly unhealthy, delicious and filling. It’s almost perfect.
Pickles – they have been an obsession of mine since I was in high school. Some would say it was an unhealthy obsession. Luckily the pickle-mania has severely declined in the last 10 years or so, but I’d still want them on the island with me.
Tandoori chicken – some Indian places do it better than others, but I’ve never had a bad version…and a less-good Tandoori chicken is usually better than any other kind of chicken. Moist and tender and full of amazing flavor, it would be hard to live without it.
Chocolate Mousse – the caveat here is that the version contained in the refrigerator would be chocolate mousse of the highest quality – the kind you get in 5-star establishments, not the chocolate-flavored whipped cream version you get at diners and middle-class chain restaurants.
What about YOU?