Desert Island Must-Have Ingredients

May 31, 2012

What are the 10 ingredients you'd want to have if you were trapped on a dessert island?


I've been on way too many planes lately. As much as I like the peace and solitude, along with the fact that there is no phone and e-mail, it can be quite boring. Last night, as I was waiting for yet another flight, I decided to entertain myself with a spontaneous food game called, "Desert Island Must Haves."

Maybe you've played the music version? What music would you absolutely need to have with you if you were stranded on a desert island?

In the kitchen version, I tried to come up with a list of five critical ingredients. But 10 was the best I could do

  • Basil
  • Hot chili peppers
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Limes or lemons
  • Pasta of any kind
  • Basmati and brown rice
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese

Trust me, this was really hard to do and I feel terrible about not being able to include other favorites like arugula, potatoes, polenta, lemongrass, sesame oil and olives. But here are two recipes that show what I'd do with them.


—By Chef Steve Petusevsky

Spicy Rigatoni with Lemon, Chili and Spinach

Nothing could be simpler than this quick pasta toss with spinach and spicy chile flakes.

Basil Ginger Cashew Pilaf

Aromatic basmati rice combine with chopped vegetables


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