Dining in Paradise

morning view of famous Puka beach on Boracay Island, Philippines

Our resident hound has a knack for coming up with unusual scenarios, and this week he asked us to respond to one. “You’re stranded on a desert island (or someplace deserted). There are only three different things to eat/drink and that’s what you’re stuck with until you’re rescued. Which three items would you choose?”

I’m going to have to make a few assumptions here. In choosing my three answers, I’m going to say that:

  1. the three items I choose are available in unlimited quantities
  2. there is a way to keep said items from spoiling
  3. there is a way to prepare these items, which would mean that are proper appliances for cooking or reheating

So, assuming that all these requirements are in place (which would probably mean that the island isn’t quite so deserted or remote), here’s what I’d choose:

Water: I think this is pretty basic. I do drink a lot of coffee and tea, but if I have to choose ONE thing to drink, it’s going to be water. I drink it hot or cold, so I’ll need ice cubes, and a way to heat it for chilly evenings.

Chicken salad fixings: I’m not referring to the kind in which chicken chunks are mixed with mayo or salad dressing. To me, a chicken salad is roasted or grilled chicken cut up and put on top of lettuce and other greens, topped with dressing – ranch for me. Okay, so maybe it’s cheating to include all these fixings as one “thing” but then the word thing wasn’t defined. And with all these ingredients, I can change up the recipe and have chicken on a salad, chicken with a salad, chicken without a salad, or salad without chicken.

Succotash. The dish contains several of my favorite vegetables. I figure if I get bored with my diet and have lots of free time, which I’m assuming I’ll have on that island, I can sit there and separate them and have corn one day, beans another day, and different combinations on other days.

So there are my three food and drink choices. How would you survive?

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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9 Responses to Dining in Paradise

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Well, first of all, I love your pre-conditions. I should have woven those parameters into the original scenario.
    Secondly, I love this phrase: “the word thing wasn’t defined…”
    That suggests you could’ve made an excellent contract attorney, Patricia.
    As for your choices, well, some OTHER attorney might consider the chicken and lettuce as TWO components, rather than one. So, while you got a bonus of extra options in the succotash, we may need to debit your chikken salad account for also claiming the lettuce.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I suppose if you’re going to count chicken salad as two items, I’ll give up the water, because I’ll need water to prepare the rest of the food. I’ve never been a fussy eater, so if I have to drink the water that the veggies have been cooked in, that’ll do.

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  2. diana-lloyd says:

    I thought about this pretty hard (considering the salad as not ONE item) and I came up with fresh water, potatoes, and blackberries. Potatoes are versatile and it is possible to live on them, blackberries are nutritious (and I love them). If water was a given (now I’m a lawyer) I’d choose chicken for the protein.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Nice! You’ve got all the major food groups. And as you say, there are lots of ways to prepare the potatoes and the chicken. Thanks so much for weighing in!


  3. I like how you think. With chicken salad you can certainly mix it up a bit.

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  4. I like your thinking; you should have been a lawyer!
    I would have assumed that water was available, however, cooking/refrigeration I would not have taken as a ‘given’.
    How much do you want to be that little, round, chocolate candies figure into The Hound’s scenario?

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m pretty sure I’d made a lousy lawyer. I like to think outside the box, but I’m no good at arguing. And I’m quite sure those chocolate candies will be on someone’s list this Thursday.

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