18 July 2014

Meals for the Rest of Your Life

 Roti Bawang--the breakfast of my dreams

I think it's time for another icebreaker question involving a hypothetical scenario. I truly believe that such questions are important for understanding society and building strong relationships. And yeah, I ask them probably more often than the average person does...

Today, I'm asking, if you could only eat 5 meals for the rest of your life, which would they be?

I'm just going to go ahead and completely disregard health and basic nutrition in my answer. I realize that these five meals are probably not the building blocks of a balanced diet. I'm going with my absolute favorite meals in the whole wide world:

1. Butter chicken masala with naan bread and papadam as appetizer.

No explanation necessary. Heaven on a plate.

2. Roti telur bawang with curry

Okay, explanation probably necessary. It's a kind of fried flatbread (roti) filled with eggs (telur) and onions (bawang) and you dip it in curry....this is the kind of food I literally dream about. Best served with ais limon (iced water with sugar and limes) to drink.

3. Raspberry, blackberry, and strawberry crisp

Totally not a meal, but you eat dessert for a meal sometimes, right? This is the best dessert of all time.

4. Popcorn fried chicken with mashed potatoes and ham gravy and steamed broccoli

But only the kind I make. No one else makes fried chicken like I do--popcorn style (tiny bites and boneless) and very spicy (okay, fine, my mom's and my brother's fried chicken qualify, too, but that's it). I almost never have ham gravy (because how often is someone cooking a ham?) but this is my ideal meal, so what I say goes.

5. Black pepper chicken, with a fried egg and onion side dish, with a bok choy side dish, with fried rice.

This would be what I would order at your typical sit-down Chinese restaurant in Asia.

Those are my 5 meals. Unfortunately, I can't even make all of them at home! Making roti telur bawang is an art that I'll never be able to master. My mouth is watering at the mere thought of these dinners. It's probably obvious, my weakness is fried foods and I would happily eat no other meat besides chicken for the rest of my life.

I asked Angel what 5 meals he'd choose, and he said he wanted my fried rice, his mom's ceviche, his dad's steaks, his own hamburgers, and tandoori chicken with rice. What 5 meals would you choose?
Suzanne said...

This is tough for me.

Probably my fish tacos, my Grandma's plum dumplings, petit choux ,crab cakes from the W in San Fran, and my big salads.


Meg said...

Oh man. That's too hard. I like food too much.

Kristin said...

Good pizza. Any kind of mexican salad made with pico de gallo and guacamole. Crab cakes and sweet potato fries from a restaurant in Kittery, Maine. Greek wraps. Pad Thai.

Now it's 6:30am and I'm starving.

Sarah said...

Oh man, it's hard to choose. I have loads of food allergies and dietary restrictions, so these are foods I remember loving but haven't eaten in years: 1. Hands down, French toast with PB and maple syrup. 2. Pad Sie Ew with a side order of crab Rangoon. 3. Donuts. I know they're not a meal, but c'mon, DONUTS. 4. Fried chicken tenders or nuggets with steak fries and honey mustard sauce. 5. And for a splurge, a a Taco Bell meal: a 7-layer burrito, nachos supreme, cheesy fiesta potatos, and cinnamon twists for dessert.

Lauren said...

I love this and might have to blog about it (giving you credit, of course!). I'm thinking there would be Mexican, Thai, pizza, pancakes, and I don't know what else. I will be thinking about this for sure!

Moonofsilver said...

1) Guacamole mixed with cold brown rice (literally my favorite breakfast)
2) Spicy Thai green chicken with eggplant and jasmine rice
3) Everything you usually put on tacos layered in a dish and baked like a casserole, with sour cream on top
4) That thing you made when I visited you. What was that? SO YUM.
5) A light salad with kale and tomatoes and half an avocado and poppy seed dressing

Cramer Coffee and Jesus said...

mine are pretty close to Angel's lol. Steak (except Josh's steaks...) with mashed potatoes and sweet tea. fried rice (throw some chicken in there). Hmmmm, grilled asparagus with a hint of garlic. hamburgers. and pancakes. lol

Moonofsilver said...

husband says:

1) plain spaghetti with thick noodles, ground meat and sauce from a can
2) Hardey's big burger with fries dripping with mayo
3) beer with fried pickles
4) nachos made with french fries with everything on top
5) Sesame Chicken extra spicy

AwesomelyOZ said...

Thanks for making me hungry!! It's only 10AM and now I want some chicken masala! I LOVE naan - I go to many middle eastern restaurants in the area and I just love the thick aroma of spices when you walk in and the the presentation of the food - it's so filling and delicious. Very satisfying. I'd say my 5: mangu con queso frito (fried cheese) y huevo frito (fried egg) with avocados (mangu is mashed plantains, staple of Dominican cuisine and several other Hispanic populations), murg saagwala which is spinach chicken with yogurt rice and naan on the side, my home fries with eggs (I love eggs in case you didn't pick up on that lol), home made alfredo sauce with fresh pasta, and pad thai. Great, if I wasn't hungry before :( Happy Friday Rachel! -Iva

Inge Jane said...

Hmm I never thought about it! But let me give it a try: pepperoni pizza, pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes, buffalo chicken sandwiches with cheddar cheese and peppercorn ranch, grilled cheese sandwich with cream of tomato soup, ooh and a frittata with tomato, ham and asparagus. Haha I just ate breakfast and now I'm hungry again!

Jennifer Prod said...

5 meals?! that's detailed - i ask the question all the time, but i stick to one. but... lemme try: sushi, bbq chicken, pulled pork tacos, walley fish and chips, and quiche (dunno why, but i love quiche!)

Jenny Fish said...

Great question! But this is so tough because... let's be honest... I love all food. I would choose:
-Steak + french fries + grilled veggies
-Seafood medley: Shrimp, scallops, crab + lobster (who needs veggies?)
-Chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream (because there's no way I'm going the rest of eternity without chocolate)
-Meatlover's Pizza w/ a side of cheesy breadsticks
-Monte Cristo with a side salad and maybe some sweet potatoes.

I'm going to get fat in this hypothetical situation. And now I'm going to get a snack...

Tayler Morrell said...

Pasta. I could eat any kind of pasta for the rest of my life....Or better yet...give me a pasta and a salad bar and I'll never complain

Angi said...

Oy...tough question..I don't like food, haha! I think I would choose...

1) grilled salmon with lots of lemon wedges
2) hummus and pita chips
3) taco salad with guacamole
4) caprese panini (tomato, basil pesto, mozzarella, balsamic vinaigrette)
5) Falafel and dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) with tzatziki sauce

That seriously took me like 5 full minutes to think of all those.

Charlotte said...

What a great question! I love questions like this. I could probably think of 5 items of food, but meals are harder...

1. Chicken & Waffles with a side of roasted veggies.
2. My mom's orzo salad
3. "Swiss picnic lunch" (only Swiss because we happened to eat it in Switzerland): good bread, a variety of cheese, honey, watermelon
4. Salad with miso-ginger-sesame dressing, sashimi and sake
5. BLTs, sweet potato fries with my homemade iced coffee

Charlotte said...

Oh man, I didn't include Döner Kebabs! Ack! See how hard it is just to pick five... ;)

Miss Nutralicious said...

Hmm...I would need to choose big meals with a lot of sides.
1. My mom's/grandma's spanish rice with corn muffins and a sweet potato (topped with cinnamon and nuts).
2. My dad's rhubarb crisp with a scoop of ice cream and a cup of milk. (ta-da! I fit ice cream into my final 5 meal choices.)
3. Spaghetti with extra marinara sauce and zucchini, plus a good bread and a fruit salad.
4. Thanksgiving dinner (heavy on the sweet potato soup, green bean casserole, and spinach pie.)
5. Salmon. Better yet, fish tacos. Plus salsa.

I'd probably need to squeeze bagels in there, but otherwise, with these meals, I'd be set for life.

AiringMyLaundry said...

You've made me hungry.

I love pasta, so anything pasta usually makes me happy. And fries.

Patty said...

I'm so with you on of my favorite memories from summer growing up was when my Mom let us have dessert for dinner. best.thing.ever.

Jane said...

I could really be happy if I just had my special spaghetti sauce and a a good crusty garlic bread, but I could throw in a fresh tomato sandwich, Caesar salad, a bean burrito and a nice slice of spice cake with buttercream frosting for variety!

Jen Lud said...

Oh wow! Your meals are WAY more interesting than mine! I have your typical American ideals in my Forever Menu:
1. Thanksgiving Dinner (turkey, mashed taters, green bean casserole, cornbread, buttermilk biscuits, turkey gravy, cranberry, milk, and some corn on the cob).
2. Feta and spinach pizza
3. Hummus with cucumbers, carrots, peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower
4. My husband's onion and white wine risotto
5. Perogies
Best question ever!

Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren said...

Wow I would like to try some of your fried popcorn chicken! Frying chicken is an art I have not mastered!

Mrs. Cheerio said...

How does anyone limit to five???

1. My mom's Korean pork belly lettuce wraps with kimchi and rice.

2. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese.

3. Grilled chicken pasta.

4. Steak and kale salad.

5. Sausage with peppers and potatoes.

I think those cover my bases: comfort food, guilty pleasure food, hamstery food and something kind of healthy. :)

Unknown said...

This is hard! For the moment (haha), I would say curry dumplings, my dad's chicken and sausage gumbo with rice, my mom's apple pie, my spaghetti, and sushi.

Mica said...

Oooh that's a tough one! The majority of my list would be dishes my mum makes though, and some desserts...they count as meals right? haha you can tell I have a sweet tooth!

'Away From The Blue

Rach said...

Mmmm! These all sound delicious! I'd probably choose pizza, spaghetti, chicken 'n dumplin's, jambalaya, and tacos! Yum! :)