A fellow foodie friend of mine emailed me a few weeks ago about what dishes he would take to a desert island.
The idea came about because of a newspaper article that he read in The Observer. Written by a chef, it listed his 10 preferred dishes. Unfortunately, this list did not excite my friend but it got him thinking about what he would take and he duly compiled a list of eight, that he kindly shared with me.
Of course, this prompted my friend to challenge me, and I must admit that it was not the easiest list to compile and I certainly don’t think that it can be called my final list of options. I find, as always, that a list is a work in progress.
I have been on this earth for quite a few years now and eaten a lot of delicious food (my waistline is nodding in agreement) and coming up with eight options when I wanted to list 410 has been interesting, but for a first list, these are my choices in no order of preference:
- Mum’s potato pie (a fully encased shortcrust pie of sliced potatoes, cream and other lovely stuff. Mum found the recipe in a magazine and it was a hit from the start and became a regular menu item when I was growing up). Yes, I know that it is not strictly Mum’s own recipe but I gloss over that (very minor) detail…
- French onion soup
- Steak and kidney pudding with false soufflé, (another old recipe from the 1970’s of mashed potatoes mixed with an egg, butter (or cream if you prefer, or both!), seasoning and cheese, then cooked in the oven so that it rises like a soufflé, utterly sublime). I can’t quite decide on what vegetables, but something sautéed in butter, probably
- Boudin blanc (the white version of French black pudding)
- A roast, probably sirloin, with all the trimmings
- A full English
- Proper chips, with salt and vinegar
There no desserts for my desert island trip; that is a list for another time. There is no cheese listed either, difficult because I would want to take all the cheese!
Oh, and yes, I do realise that this list is very stodgy for a desert island. Again, glossing over that (very minor) detail.
What would you choose?