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desert island comestibles

 
Among my less productive activities last night was watching The Next Iron Chef. 

One of the questions the contestants were asked was "if you could bring just one ingredient to a desert island, what would it be?"  The contestants answered with "free-range chicken", "duck", "whole suckling pig"....  My brain immediately said that was silly, because desert islands have no refrigeration.

A few said "corn".  Again my brain chimed in, mumbling about pellagra, and how corn woulddo little to exand the nutritional repertoire of the average desert island.  
 
 
My thought processes, it appears, do not mirror the thought processes of wannabe television chefs.  Not a big surprise, really.

My personal choice, I decided, would be dry beans.  If I had to pick one legume in particular, it would be red lentils.  Easy to store, easy to cook; if all you have are coconuts, banans, and seasfood, then I think you're still in pretty good shape.  In fact, I'm tempted to pick up some coconut juice and test that theory.
 

(The challenge on the show was then to make "innovative" food using their chosen ingredient, a pile of "desert island" foods, and a grill on a beach.)
  
Before that, contestants were to make a sandwich that described who they were.  What I came up with - in my head - was the curry chicken salad recipe and the peanut butter 'slaw recipe.  Curry chicken salad, topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt, topped with some of the 'slaw, all in between garlic-toasted whole-grain bread.  As a description of me, cooking-wise, this works:  ingredients deliberately chosen, meat dialed back, spice dialed up, nutritional balance addressed, cross-cultural boundaries obliterated.
 
That sandwich also sounds really quite good to me.  Welll, I do need groceries sometime soon.... 
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