If I were stuck on a desert island.... {My essential cooking ingredients}

If I were stuck on a desert island and could take along only ten ingredients, this would be my list: 

  • Kosher salt (to season everything)
  • Fresh cow milk (which I would then use to attempt making butter, cheese, and yogurt)
  • Turbinado sugar
  • A laying hen (because it would lay eggs and be my friend. When it died, I would eat it)
  • White medium grain rice
  • Dry black beans
  • Almonds (chop to add texture to dishes, grind to make flour to make my cakes)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Cocoa powder (because most of those cakes would be chocolate. And I would use some of the milk to make hot chocolate on those cold nights....warm, cold nights....)
  • Spinach (because I am usually anemic and need iron. And spinach is delicious both raw and cooked)
  • Raspberries (because I cheat. And because it's my favorite fruit and doesn't grow in the tropics)