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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Island Food

If you were stranded on a desert island for a year surviving on coconuts and seaweed, what would be the first meal you would like to eat after you were rescued?

Personally I would opt for my dear mother's Lamb Tagine with Meatballs and Cumin!

During my three years at boarding school, my first meal on arriving home for a weekend or holidays was the above! I dreamed about it. I once said to her that, if I went thumbing my way around Europe, she would have to make me a large supply of spicy meatballs to take with me!

Then when I came to the UK, I scoured the shops for cumin and coriander. Fresh coriander did not exist and the only olive oil available was from Boots the Chemists... 100ml bottles!!!

I managed to make it a few times when I was a student and later when the ingredients became widly available.

I know I have mentioned this tagine many times in my posts. It is because I am in love with it. It was very well received when I stuck it on one of our menus over 6 years ago and it is still one of our bestsellers.

So, what meal would you die for after your rescue from a desert island?



Blogger Modern Viking said...

Your dear mother's lamb tagine sounds good to me. I'll have that!

20/9/06 12:31 AM  
Blogger hobbes said...

A decent Indian curry, or moussaka, or maybe something with gaucamole. Is this a multi-course dinner we're talking about here?

20/9/06 1:04 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

any good meal with friends, conversation and good wine! I think I'd be more starved for the fraternal "breaking of bread" than for the bread. (Though now that I say it, a fragrant, fresh home baked loaf of bread dripping with sweet butter might just be the one thing that would make my heart sing at that moment!

20/9/06 5:29 AM  
Blogger Chill Daddy said...

I think I'll stick with the island - sounds peaceful. And I could stand to lose a few pounds on the coconut and seaweed diet.

20/9/06 11:56 AM  
Blogger Le Chat said...

I think I'm on that bloody island at the moment. And right now I long for fresh bread and really rank cheese. And what have I got, a plate of school canteen salad!

Actually if I really had been stranded on an island for a year the only thing I would want to eat for weeks and weeks would be cheese. Cheese is my favourite food of all - all types as long as they are strong.

But I'll have some of your meatballs if you feel like sharing?

20/9/06 12:43 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Viking, maybe one day, I'll give you a taste of it, if ever you find yourself on the way to Lindisfarne!

Hobbes, it's whatever you fancy when you escape your island. But your choice is quite varied there!

Hayden, if I was just off a desert island, I'd make sure I'd fill my belly before I asked friends to join me. But I get what you mean! I love cooking for other people and the company of other people at the dining table.
Fresh bread, butter and a ripe tomato with salt and pepper!!!! Ahh! To die for!!!

CD, I think they'd have to drag you off that island! Actually I like both seaweed and coconut... I'll have to think up a few recipes using them....

Kitty, Canteen eh, Mush Room as they call it up her...
But Jamie's working on it! By the way do any of your mothers smuggle chips to their kids at lunch??
Cheese, yep! I love cheese... and the red wine to go with it! But I prefer it with a baguette rather than biscuits!
As for my meatballs, I don't think they're for sharing... I value my kneecaps!o)

20/9/06 1:47 PM  
Blogger Geena said...

How very rude, Cream...;-)

I'd just want meat...pan-fried, creamy MUSHROOM sauce...and lots of red wine.

20/9/06 2:06 PM  
Blogger Le Chat said...

Yes, that was rather below the belt, Cream.

Not really my kind of thing, THOSE sort of meatballs. I'll stick to the cheese after all (actually even that sounds rude now!)

20/9/06 2:11 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Glad your sense of humour is still alive and kicking, Kitty! Sorry for talking balls as usual!

Geena, welcome back!
Happy to see you still like your Mushrooms and your wine!!

20/9/06 2:26 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

cream, I'm thinking I will have to visit your restaurants within the next year. The thought of your tangine has my tastebuds working...

20/9/06 5:20 PM  
Anonymous guyana-gyal said...

I would definitely be curryyyyyy!!! Potato 'n' peas [vegetarian] with paneer. Roti. Hot chai masala.


20/9/06 6:58 PM  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

Posh sausages and mash.

Damn! I was planning on having a bowl of Shreddies for supper but now I find myself drawn to the freezer

20/9/06 7:37 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Potato and peas...yummmm! I thought I was the only one that thought that was one of the foods of the gods:)))
I was telling my daughter about your year of seaweed and coconuts Cream, and she as a RN(Registerd Nurse) said "Whetever the meal is, they had better have orange juice to drink, because after a year they will be getting the scurvy" which made me laugh... but then I got to thinking and checking...some seaweed has vitamin c! So no scurvy for us!!! After a year on the island? Chocolate anything...duh!!

21/9/06 4:32 AM  
Blogger Shyha said...

Couple of things for sure:
christmas like - flat dumplings stuffed with cheese and potatoes (yummy), sour borsch (beetroot soup) with mushroom dumplings (yummy yummy) and a pork chop or de vollaie (whatever the correct writing it is) or meat loaf :)

If there was no ingredients I finally could agree to canelloni, lasagne or spaghetti (all in bolognese version)

ehhhhhh I'm hungry now!

21/9/06 9:47 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Hayden, you are welcome to visit any time! I'll make sure you try some!

Gigi, I thought yours would be vegetarian and it sounds absolutely delicious!!! You know, I've never had paneer! Will have to look for some before Ramadhan!

Cherrybabe, Shreddies for supper,eh! That's healthy! Actually, I often have a bowl of Fruit & Fibre before hitting the sack!

L, I was waiting for someone to say chocolates! They are a must!
I always drink lots of orange juice! Just because I like it not so much about the scurvy!

Shyha, it all sounds good, especially the borsch! I've only had it once! So colourful,it was especially with a squiggle of yogurt on top!
And Spag Bol as it's called here, is the most popular Italian dish in the UK, I think!

21/9/06 11:32 AM  
Anonymous guyana-gyal said...

Idahl, try it curried...mmm mm.

Cream, what do you mean 'before Ramadan?' Anyways, you can have it in the evenings :-D

21/9/06 2:16 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Gigi, I meant for Ramadhan, silly me!

21/9/06 5:03 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I want to say some kind of big feast but really I think all I would be craving is my beloved pizza.

22/9/06 6:19 PM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

A huge m/r 30 oz Steak with mashed potato soaked in butter and for dessert Flapper Pie..and to wash it down a bucket of Paralyzers!

23/9/06 5:05 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Christine, I could live on pizzas cos I would go a lifetime without the same one twice! So many ingredients, so little time!

Yep, I like a bit of butter with my mash! Had to google Paralyzers! Vodka??

23/9/06 9:46 AM  
Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...


Surely you're not suggesting that I could ever get tired of coconut?!


PS: To answer your question, Lamb Vindaloo. Extra spicy.

23/9/06 4:07 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Sal, your coconut is extra-special!
Vindaloo, wow that's hot! I love Indian food...at least once a week!!

23/9/06 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be hard to choose between a big ol' juicy steak and baked potato w/ sour cream & butter or my moms roast( cooked w/ onions, carrots & potatoes),green beans and cornbread. janet


26/9/06 10:54 PM  
Blogger Caribbean Colors said...

Prime beef grilled rare with worsteshire sauce.

14/10/06 11:57 AM  

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