My desert island grocery list


Tracy’s goodbye letter to chocolate made me wonder about my favourite foods. Dark chocolate is one for sure. But what other foods do I love? They have to stand the test of time, leap out at me from menus, and I’d pack them for a stay on a desert island.

With those criteria in mind, and in no particular order, here’s my top twenty five:

1. Dark chocolate with sea salt, or just plain dark chocolate

2. Coffee

3. Macadamia nuts

4. Almonds

5. Hummus

6. Mangoes

7. Avocado

8. Spinach

9. Smoked tofu/tempeh

10. Ice cream

11. Blueberries

12. Raspberries

13. Sour dough bread

14. Greek yogurt

15. Asparagus

16. Black beans

17. Sweet potato french fries

18. Poached eggs

19. Bananas

20. Oatmeal

21. Pears

22. Gouda

23. Red peppers

24. Black licorice

25. Toffees

What’s on your list?

What are your favourite foods?

And excuse me. I’m hungry now. Off to buy groceries.


11 thoughts on “My desert island grocery list

  1. Great list. You know, my husband just started MAKING chocolate, as a hobby! From the beans! It’s an amazing process but although I know a little bit is healthy, and his is very dark, very low sugar, having me do taste tests while it’s being made isn’t so helpful…especially in the morning! Usually I have a little after dinner each night, can’t fight it. And still keep to my exercise and fitness goals….always room for something you love if you plan it in right.

  2. You guys won’t like it, given my carnivorous nature – but my top ten are: . #1 Rare leg of lamb with hot mustard! #2 Tandoori chicken #3 Whey isolate protein shakes (favourite flavours: strawberry, mixed berry, and chocolate with peanut butter) #4 Spinach salad with mushrooms, green onions and bean sprouts, with an asian sesame dressing #5 Steamed broccoli, green beans, caulifower, asparagus and parsnips (all good, especially with a bit of soy sauce on them!) #6 peanut butter (my weakness) #7 Rare rib-eye steak bbq’d with a good rub on it #8 tuna, salmon and octopus sashimi #9 baked or bbq’d pickerel; and #10 blueberries, grapes, papaya, pineapple and apples (preferably honeycrisp, russet or golden delicious).

    1. That’s a pretty good list. I peanut butter too and peanut butter chocolate protein shakes are my fave.

  3. I know we’re all “supposed” to love dark chocolate but I don’t like it really – I MUCH prefer milk or white, and if I’m going to have a treat I want something I like! So mine would include crisps (or chips to US people), chips (aka fries), roast potatoes in goosefat, milk choc, peanut Mr Tom bars, red wine, steak, milk. Basically if it’s not a diet food, health food or paleo, I probably love it 🙂

  4. Okay, here is a major addition to Sam’s list: perfect summer tomatoes! Add to them fresh mozarella, basil, olive oil, and you’ve got a little bit of heaven. I also love mint added to all sorts of things: beverages, salads, fruit, etc.

    1. Yeah, I didn’t include tomatoes because I’m fussy. Love in season summer tomatoes but others? Blech.

  5. BTW, I did not say “good-bye” to chocolate. I just said it’s not as important to me as it once used to be! I might still put it on my desert island grocery list.

    1. Right! I was just thinking of your note as a “break up” letter.

  6. What else: peanut butter, spinach, apricot and strawberry jam, marmite, good bread, olive oil, pineapple, mango, banana, apples, broccoli, sweet potatoes and regular potatoes, strawberries and blueberries, pomegranates, clementines, spinach, arugula, radiccio, kale, tahini, limes, chickpeas, avocado, asparagus, my vitamix blender and a solar panel to power it, soy milk, soy sauce, tofu, tempeh, pineapple juice, rooibos tea, fresh mint, brown rice, steel cut oatmeal, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, agave syrup, dijon mustard, pumpkin seed protein powder–how long are we gone, again?!

  7. My desert island staple: ginger root, light pasta, Earl Grey Tea (Twinings please :)), salmon (fresh or cold smoked), oatmeal, soy sauce, tofu, egg whites/egg replacement, onion, fresh basil, mangoes, pineapple, blueberries, blackberries (from British Columbia. Sorry not from Mexico), raspberries, lichees, oranges, red pepper, butternut squash, bok choy, couscous, daikon, unsalted mixed nuts, fresh shitake mushrooms.

    This is a great exercise!

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