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The Ramblings Of A Fledgling Cook

Your Own Island 
 
Dec. 16, 2010 9:58 am 
Updated: Dec. 18, 2010 12:51 am
Afternoon everyone :)

As usual, I'm sitting here at home thinking of something to write. I know I do that entirely too much but what can I say. I have this blog so I'm gonna make some use of it =D

My son came home a few days ago - they had an activity at school. They inquired what the kids would bring if they were stranded on an island. My son wanted to bring the PS2, his Cars movie & his white blanket. I thought that was pretty cute.

So today, I got to thinking. Cooking is my passion. If I was stranded somewhere, besides shelter & security, food would be my main thing to worry about. So here's something I came up with - just to see the variety of responses I *may* get if someone has the time.

Lets say you decided you've had enough of mainland life & decide to move to a secluded island. There is power already there (we'll go with it was previous inhabited but the people decided to move back to the mainland.) A few friends hitched a ride with you (maybe the kids if you decided not to leave them to fend for themselves - maybe a significant other too.) Regardless, with all these people - you didn't have much room in your boat. For the following categories, put what main things you would *have* to have with you (we're going to say you'd have unlimited access to what you choose - just for the heck of it.) Now this island is already inhabited with many animals, fruits & veggies. Maybe even a few herbs. So use your imagination and let us know!

1. What spices would you have to have? (3 max)
2. What appliances would you bring along? (3 max)
3. What main staples would you bring? (3 max)
4. Anything else in the kitchen that you'd have to bring? (3 max)

As for my answers:
1. Salt, pepper, garlic powder.
2. Crock pot, microwave, coffee pot (hey - there might be some plants around...)
3. Sugar, panko, rice.
4. Olive oil, heavy duty frying pan, my masher.
 
Comments
Mangel 
Dec. 16, 2010 2:21 pm
Apparently, I too have too much time on my hands, so here goes: 1. Garlic Powder,Basil,salt 2. Coffee pot, George Foreman Grill, Soup pot 3. Flour, Rice, StoveTop stuffing 4. Olive oil, Cutco Knives (don't know how I ever lived without these), and the bottle of rum on top of the fridge!
 
Dec. 16, 2010 2:56 pm
1. Red pepper flakes,garlic and salt 2. Crock pot, cappuccino maker, big soup pot 3. Coffee, splenda (for my coffee), canned beans (for my soup) 4. Olive oil, electric can opener (to open the cans) and VODKA!
 
Rae 
Dec. 16, 2010 4:51 pm
1) Garlic, salt, Vanilla 2) Food processor, Crockpot, Coffee Pot 3) Flour, Coffee, Bacon 4)Whisk, butter, knives :)
 
Gitano 
Dec. 16, 2010 6:15 pm
Interesting.... here goes... 1)Garlic Powder, Pepper, Cinnamon 2) Large Pot, Frying Pan, Convection-Microwave 3) Quinoa, flour, brown rice, 4) Sharp-All-Purpose Chopping Knife, BBQ Tongs, Olive Oil...I sure had a tough time coming up with these...even if you have to think of 'emergency supplies'....what would you keep on hand? hmmmmmmmm....
 
Ruby 
Dec. 17, 2010 7:03 am
Oooooh how fun....I'm gonna have to give this some thought (as I get my kids up for school) and get back to you!!
 
Ruby 
Dec. 17, 2010 10:00 am
OK here goes...Spices: Ceyenne Pepper, Cinnamon, Garlic Powder (we can make seasalt on the island after all!). Appliances: Crock pot, lg Cast iron skillet and convection/microwave. Main Staples would be flour, sugar and coffee. Last three items would be my camera, laptop and cellphone hmmmmmmm we do have cell coverage on this island don't we?? If I can't communicate from this island i'm not going ha ha ha
 
Dec. 17, 2010 10:30 am
spices: pepper, garlic, green bottle parm cheese appliances: coffee maker, propane stove, flash light staples: coffee, pasta, powdered milk 3 others: cast iron pot, coffee mug, multi purpose jack knife. I would live off noodle alfredo, coffee and the love of my spouse. We contemplated moving to northern BC to a mountain side and setting up an outfitters tent on more than 1 occasion.
 
Dec. 17, 2010 12:02 pm
Thank you all for responding! I didn't think anyone would, lol, but the answers have me second guessing what I would choose.
 
Dec. 17, 2010 12:03 pm
@ Ruby, oh man, I'd need some kind of phone. LOL. Although I take to few people nowadays on it so I'd just bring the few I do chat with :)
 
Dec. 17, 2010 12:05 pm
@ RG, that would be so neat to live like that :) My husband's step granddad owns a home in the mountains of NC - its all set up to pretty much live off the land there. The nearest town is at least 60 miles away & the place was built long before electricity was around (I'm unsure of what all they've been able to implement there since then.) We're definitely going up there for a week whenever the boys get older - just to see what its like.
 
Dec. 18, 2010 12:51 am
spices- garlic, red pepper flakes and cumin appliances- coffee maker, microwave and blender main staples- flour, rice and coffee extras- my favourite knife, olive oil and my favourite coffee mug
 
 
 
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Hello! I'm Faith, a 27 year old work from home mom to two sons (8 & 5.) I'm married to my best friend, Michael. We've been together for 10 years now. I'm not sure how he's dealt with me this long! I mainly cook for my family and a few close friends. I love them all for being my willing guinea pigs. I'm not the best by any means but I love to try anything new.
My favorite things to cook
Most of the stuff I cook could be considered comfort food. Not the healthiest method of cooking but if I can substitute something with a healthier alternative I'll do so. Growing up my family's weekly menu was pretty small. Venison, chicken, hamburger, veggies - anything my parents could hunt, grow or make. Growing up on a farm definitely had its ups & downs. A variety of food was not in the "up" category. I always wanted to try something new but their income said otherwise. We couldn't afford to try something we didn't like and didn't finish. Now that I can enjoy both homegrown and purchased ingredients, I am willing to try anything new that sounds good to my family and I.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Two sweet potato pies and a turkey are mandatory at Thanksgiving while white chocolate fudge and a ham is a must during Christmastime.
My cooking triumphs
Barbecue pulled pork, venison meatloaf & homemade butter biscuits.
My cooking tragedies
I will never forget the absolute worst thing I have ever cooked, a Manicotti dish. It was right after we got our own place back in 2005 and I was going to be brave and try something that wasn't Hamburger Helper or grilled cheese sandwiches. It had too much basil, the noodles didn't finish all the way and the sauce blackened at the end. We tried to choke it down but ended up getting takeout. Since then, I think my skills have vastly improved!
 
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