“How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will.”
My bags are packed and I'm ready to go. Ever notice we sometimes wish we were somewhere else--even stranded on an exotic island for one week with room service. The glitch is, in this fantasy which I dreamed up for The Writing Gourmet's contest, you only get drinking water (of your choice), all the fresh fish you can eat (cooked the way you like) and five gourmet foods...
While some contestants tempted me with their choices, from the omlete, ham sandwich (I'd order it Italian style), polenta to chocolate, I went with the most well-balanced selections that appealed to me for being healthy, creative, and bold. And Bob is the winner! Congrats to you for making this island dream become a reality of sorts. Here, take a look.
1. Caesar Salad
4. Ice Cream
5. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Whipped Cream
I thought about this hypothetical scenario. To make it work I'd be demanding with my orders. Think Sally (played by Meg Ryan) in the classic film When Harry Met Sally in the scene when she orders her meal. She gets it the way she wants it...
For starters, the Caesar Salad: I would ask for a meatless salad with added spinach lettuce to the romaine plus tomatoes. Whole grain croutons. This popular salad boasts plenty of vitamin A and potassium. Guava is high in fiber and contains more than 5 times the vitamin C of oranges. Yep, I'd have fresh squeezed juice in the A.M. and for a snack at night.
Manicotti? I'd request that it be prepared meatless with whole grain pasta, olive oil (I can't forget this since I penned The Healing Powers of Olive Oil), and homemade marinara sauce with lots of juicy, organic tomatoes. Of course, I'd team it with fish--lobster (it's low in saturated fat, a good source of B12 and more good perks, not to forget it tastes sublime), for sure!
Next, the treats such as ice cream would be all-natural dark chocolate. I'd love the good-for-you compounds day after day as I write in the forthcoming book The Healing Powers of Chocolate. (Click the above link in the list of five foods to see my gourmet chocolate ice cream taste test.) And the pie would be made from scratch. Fresh and health-boosting strawberries and rhubarb are a must with a whole grain crust; the whipped cream would be fresh, all natural, of course.
The bottom line: It's all good. I'd survive in luxury. And so would you. Let's go do it!