I Dream of Genie

The Hound asked: “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 think the fun of this escaped the others.

Everyone else wanted to be rescued immediately.  With the way things have been in my life, a nice deserted island with a beach sounds like a nice respite.

When can I get dropped off?

The reality of finding an island with a fresh water source is the biggest problem. People who used to talk about finding an unknown island and claiming it as their own country  never realized that fact, and the fact that every square inch of this planet is claimed by one nation,(or more, in dispute), except for parts of Antarctica, and even there, they try. Canada has been trying to claim the North Pole, of you didn’t know. As usual, I digress; but it is the water situation that makes most small islands uninhabitable.

So, since this is the Hound’s topic and he gave water as a given, I’ll take it. I’ll assume that I can get it coming straight up out of rocks or the ground, since I want no chance of contamination.

I think with wild vegetables, bananas and some seeds or nuts, I could make it, at least for a while.

(I admit to being a hypocrite only when it comes to meat-eating. To have to kill and prepare an animal is an awful thought to this suburban-raised girl. Fishing, no, not even that, if I can avoid it, although I do love well-prepared fish. Eggs, well, the idea of raiding birds’ nests doesn’t appeal much to me, either. I suppose if someone were there starving with me I could manage to  do some, but hey, I’m blissfully alone on this island, right?)

Let’s assume I’ve found a genie bottle and the dude inside can’t get me home, but can  grant me an endless supply of whatever I three things I want to eat.

(That would be my luck, to get a defective genie. His 7,200-year warranty was up last March.)

OK, I’m game.

Fox Elaine’s idea on Tuesday of nice, cold cola is good, but I will go with a nice, cold supply of fruited iced tea: mango or lemon.

Speaking of which, a nice supply of perfectly-ripe fruit would be great: sweet apples, bosc pears, oranges, plums or peaches (genie’s choice!)

Now, I’ll splurge: Strawberry waffles with whipped cream, or strawberry shortcake with the same.

I seldom partake of these anymore.

I think being stranded would exempt me from having to worry about indulging.
Of course, I COULD substitute those for the fruit, after all, STRAWBERRIES, right?



If I have to be more realistic nutrition-wise, (if no other way), I’ll then go with soup, also as Elaine did.

Lentil. Greek Bean-Vegetable. Veggie-based Egg-drop with Spinach and Parmesan.

(That one got me through the first week of recovery last year.)

Beef and Barley?  Ham and Bean?  Broccoli-Cheddar?  Wonton?  Mexican Meatball? Chicken with Rivels?  Tortilla Soup?  Oyster Stew?  Turkey Noodle?  Chicken Rice?  Cream of Asparagus?

I take soup seriously.


I’ll let the genie make the choice on that, too.


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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15 Responses to I Dream of Genie

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I could eat soup for several consecutive meals. I actually did it, back in the days of the cabbage soup diet. Up here in the frozen north, soup is a staple from November through March (or October through May, depending on the year). Having an indulgence like strawberry shortcake is a good idea, too. If I got tired of it I, I could eat just the cake, or just the strawberries and still feel like I’ve had a treat.

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    • I do love soup. We ill have highs in the 70a and lows in the 40-50s today and for the week, after record highs in the high 90s up to yesterday. Even that is cool enough to have me ready to make soup.
      As for separating the strawberry shortcake, that is a great idea, but the concept of being TIRED of it doesn’t fit into my brain!


  2. Tonette, I want to know what catering service you’ll use and how you’ll get in touch with them if your stranded? There are days when I feel like that myself, “When can I get dropped off?” But I’d miss my husband and dog. LOL

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    Love the addition of the Genie. If I had access to one of those, he or she would have to NOT be a chatterbox. It would totally ruin the “being stranded” experience if the Genie was talking non-stop.

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  4. Sounds like it would be a nice retreat for you.
    That cartoon is so cute.

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    • Oh, Angie, I would love to get to a nice island and a beach for a while.
      I actually got into a verbal match with a man who walked into my bakery/restaurant, looked at a sign and said, “You have this spelled “dessert” wrong, it has one ‘s’.” I assured him that it was spelled properly and that it’s “desert” with one ‘s’. He said, “I am not a great speller, but I think that it’s wrong.” “Well, I AM a great speller, and I know that it’s right.” The next day, I took a dictionary to keep in the shop.


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