So I'm sitting on the couch right now, curled up next to Oliver while he watches his new favorite show. His show ends, and I ask him, "What ten foods would you pick if you could only have ten?" (Welcome to typical us). He starts his list right away, a couple of basics -- I do the same. We get about half way, and then our list building process slows down. We realize ten is not very many. We start to make more calculated selections. After we get to about seven items each, we stop all together. It's a good thing we don't live on a deserted island.
What's on your Ten-Foods-On-A-Deserted-Island List? What about your top three? After a little more thought, I think I have my list. I'll probably look back at this a year from now (or maybe even next week?) and wonder what I was thinking, but for now, here it is:
1. White fish. Preferably Mahi-Mahi or Tilapia: they're both satisfying and when cooked they are perfectly flakey. They're also easy to cook (cod gets tough when cooked wrong, and if I'm on a deserted island I probably don't have a full kitchen). Not to mention, they're versatile!
2. Broccoli. I've always adored broccoli. It was probably my second favorite vegetable when I was a kid, right after zucchini. It's good raw, it's delicious steamed, but it's best when it's roasted. Heck, you can turn it into soup! Maybe my love for the vegetable explains why this broccoli ad has a special place in my heart.
3. Coconuts. All hail the coconut! Seriously, if I were stuck on an island, an everlasting supply of coconuts would be my savior: first, you get coconut water. Then, the milk -- glorious, glorious coconut milk! Finally, coconut meat and coconut oil. Four food items in one -- is that cheating?
4. Cocoa powder. Did you think I was going to missing this one? Cocoa powder + coconut milk = 1 damn good glass of chocolate milk. I'd probably go crazy without my chocolate fix.
5. Apples. I'm all about their sweet crunchy flesh. Evidence -- the many many apple recipe on this blog (like apple cinnamon roll porridge).
6. Kabocha Squash. Even though Delicata Squash is my favorite squash, I think I would pick Kabocha. It has a satisfying, starchy quality that makes it taste rich.
7. Salt. I'd like to take other seasonings with me too, but there are too many to choose from! Curry powder + coconut milk + fish could make a pretty good dinner, but I know that'd get old. I always love thyme, but that would get old too. So instead I'm keeping it simple: salt.
8. Water. Do I have to say this? Can't this bee a free-be? Well, for anyone that thinks it must be included on your list if you want to consume it, I'm adding it to my list. Definitely wouldn't last long without water.
9. Onions or Garlic. I'm not sure which one. Maybe onions? They add so much flavor to everything, but then, so does garlic. Which would you choose?
10. Eggs. Ok, not only can eggs be cooked in so many different ways, they're also just the best breakfast food I can think of. If you have any doubts about this pick, just read Michael Ruhlman's book, Egg.
Serves: 2 | Total Time:
- 2 5-ounce portions of Mahi-Mahi
- 3-ounces frozen spinach, thawed (about 1/3 of a typical package)
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- Salt & Pepper
- 2 slices prosciutto
- Mustard for seasoning
- 3 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1 pieces of baker’s twine, about 10 inches long each.
- Dice onion and mince garlic. Using your hands or a strainer, squeeze extra water out of the spinach. Heat 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a medium sized skillet. Once oil is hot, add the onion to the pan, and sauté until transparent. Add garlic, and then spinach. Cook until the spinach is warmed through. Turn off the heat.
- Assemble the fish: lay the slices of prosciutto out on a cutting board. Spread a thin layer of mustard over the middle section of the prosciutto (cover about 1/2 of the surface area— leaving 1/4 of the prosciutto untouched on each side). Place 1 fish filet on the top of the prosciutto, right where the mustard smear is. Season the fish lightly with salt & pepper. Finally, scoop a bit of spinach over the top of the fish, and spread into an even layer. Fold the ends of the prosciutto over the fish and tie closed using the bakers twine.
- Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of coconut oil in a medium sized skillet. Once sizzling, place fish in pan. Cook for 3 minutes, then flip. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, until fish is flakey and opaque. Serve immediately.