Prompt: You’re being exiled to a deserted island and your captors will only deliver 5 foods. What do you choose?
As someone who loves their food, I thought this prompt looked fun 😀
A loaf of bread, a glass of wine and thou …
If it’s good enough for Omar Khayyam, it’ll do nicely for me. And there’s also the fact that I simply adore bread. While it’s been a life-long love, I’ve also recently discovered the joys of sourdough bread being kinder on the digestion – or mine anyway – hence my first choice being sourdough bread. I considered other forms of starch, like rice – Tilda Basmati in particular – nearly made the grade, but was shaved into second place by my next choice …
Give me a good sharp knife and a good sharp cheese and I’m a happy man …
So sayeth no lesser being than George R.R. Martin – and I couldn’t agree with him more. While in this scenario, it’s likely I’d be provided with supermarket slabs of plastic enclosed cheddar, I can always dream that my kidnappers are French or Italian, and shop at local markets. A tangy chèvre, a creamy delight of garlic & herbs, a sharp blue, a humble (or not so) cheddar, crumbly wensleydale, a gooey raclette … the choice is endless and luscious in my second selection – cheese.
“Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes
What would life be like without homegrown tomatoes
Only two things that money can’t buy
That’s true love and home grown tomatoes.”
These words were sung by John Denver …
I did find another quote on tomatoes from that doyenne of cookery – Elizabeth David – but it eulogised about the impact of tomatoes on the processed food market, and I’m all about the fresh raw tomato, so it was rapidly rejected. Although not depicted in the photograph I selected, the day I discovered heritage tomatoes, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. The tomato may not come in as wide a variety as cheese, but they both play oh so nicely together with a crusty loaf.
I’m strong to the finish ’cause I eats me spinach …
The immortal words of Popeye.
This was a more pragmatic selection. I knew I needed to add a green leafy vegetable for … well, all those reasons that you need green leafy vegetables 😉 I almost went for a generic salad leaves option, but spinach having the added benefit of being an excellent source of iron swung it.
Someone once threw me a small, brown, hairy kiwi fruit, and I threw a wastebasket over it until it was dead …
Thus spake Erma Bombeck, US comedian, and – frankly – who can blame her 😀
My final selection of kiwi fruit was also largely a pragmatic one. I was after a source of vitamin c and there is no better source than kiwi fruit. I also rather like them if I’m being honest, for a satsuma is certainly neater to eat.
What might you choose for your five-a-day … and why?
© Debra Carey, 2020