Five Foods

Five Foods

The Prompt: If I were marooned on an island with only five foods, what five foods would I choose?

Potatoes, flour, hamburger, lactose-free milk, apples.

What I could make from these five ingredients?

Baked potatoes with butter and sour cream, French fries (alas, no ketchup),  mashed potatoes with milk and butter, potato chips, scalloped potatoes, VODKA!!!!!

Hamburgers in a bun, shepherd’s pie (with potatoes mashed with milk and butter), hamburger and apple scrapple, cream of hamburger soup.

Apple pie, applesauce, apple fritters, sliced apples, apples to bite into, sun dried apples, apple juice, APPLEJACK, APPLE WINE!!!!

What I’d miss most:  Salt (but I figure I could obtain it from seawater), onions (Might they grow wild on the island?), green vegetables, (Surely there are some edible greens on the island?  More likely than wild potatoes or hamburger), and sugar (but perhaps I could sweeten with the apples?)

Although I am lactose-intolerant and do not like the taste of milk itself, I chose lactose-free milk because so many other thinks can be made from it: sour cream, butter for bread and to fry and cook with, cheese. It can be used as an ingredient in pastries, soups, casseroles, breads and drinks. And, I’d need the calcium.

I may live (or may not live, if the choices are wrong) to regret my choices, but thinking of appetite itself and a bit of nutrition as well, these are my choices.  May I never have to live by them.

Here, by the way, is a funny response to this prompt.  I suggest you check out this and other posts on her site:

7 thoughts on “Five Foods

  1. Laura L.

    I gave up on this prompt pretty quickly because it was a list of five things. I mean…really? But I did think about it. Like you I was trying for multi-purpose ingredients to vary things. However I needed coffee. Between coffee and sugar (could we find bees and honey?) that left 3 things and I didn’t want to work my brain that hard. I hadn’t thought of a still…

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Yes…not deserted but far away from civilization to have to survive with what we had in our backpacks for a few days…and not much in our backpacks. Portugese Timor. 1973. I recently met someone who had been marooned in exactly the same spot and remedied it in exactly the same manner. What are the chances?

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