What I could eat for the rest of my life

This morning I was answering some questions for an upcoming interview and the following question arose. “What would you eat if you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life?” I thought about it. I debated whether it would be lentils, avocado, eggs, or chocolate. Then I glanced over at our dining room table and saw a basket full of apples.


For now, without a doubt, if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be these apples. The apples we picked and brought back with us from Vermont.

And you? What would you eat for the rest of your life?

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128 Responses to “What I could eat for the rest of my life”

  1. Nicole says:

    I love this question because so many people instantly think chocolate or something terribly un-healthy like potato chips, but when you really start to think about it, well you would probably get really sick of those things really fast. My answer is always raspberries.

  2. It would have to be a fruit coz i think I would get sick of everything else and it would have to be mangoes. Undoubtedly.

  3. if it wasn’t so unhealthy and made me headaches it would be chocolate, all variations of chocolate (not only the relatively healthy 70%-chocolate). or/and rasperries. the apples here in ireland are nice but better in cooked or baked recipes.

  4. Cheese – I would have to have a variety of them and I am guessing “the rest of my life” won’t be very long because of it :)

    Kel x

  5. Freshly baked bread. Crunchy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside. Mmmmm.

  6. Joy says:

    Oh god yes apples…and rice. Not the two together but rice is something I can eat for the rest of my life (not just because I am Chinese). Both of the two are so versatile don’t you think?

  7. Duke says:

    I simply love your blog. Great photography, good food, travel; what else could one wish for. It’s so refreshing. Thank you!

  8. Sandy says:

    There is only one answer, olives! I’m obsessed with every good kind of them. I guess in one of my future lifes I will be an olive, hanging on an old tree in south france.
    And I love olives with everything, of course with dark chocolate.


  9. Celeste says:

    Butternut squash! Maybe it’s just a seasonal mentality, but I can’t get enough!

  10. Krystina says:

    Right now it would be pears. Beautiful, juicy, plump pears. They’re so delicious right now.

  11. bea m says:

    Green beans! They’re so clean and refreshing when just picked and barely cooked.

  12. argone says:

    I would say pears too … So many varieties you can pick !

  13. sweet blueberries… they are the best! just pop them in your mouth!

  14. Being the food lover that I am, this is way too hard of a question.

    But, if I had to, if I absolutely had to, I’d say peaches.

  15. Zia Elle says:

    Fruit fruit fruit, all kinds of fruits but just fruit for the rest of my life! :)

  16. Janice says:

    A second for raspberries. Picked first thing in the morning when the sun is shining and just beginning to evapoate the dew. Standing and watching the sun rise with a lovely handful to savour. Heaven…

  17. coco plum says:

    Good French bread & real butter!

  18. A difficult question to answer! I love apples and too many things to only limitated myself to one item, but I’d nonetheless say “cheese”!



  19. Bread! (and cheese) (and olives) (and nuts) (and wine)

  20. Cheese!!! All kind of… definitely!!!

  21. piecurious says:

    You and me both! As it is, I pretty much survive on apples. Mutsu (also known as Crispin in some places) are my absolute favorites and they are the size of your head! Of course, this means they can suffice for an entire meal. Hands down, Mutsu apples would be the one thing I would eat for the rest of my life… on a desert island, etc. etc. :)

  22. ixoj says:

    I’m with you as well- apples are the one thing I could never do without!

  23. EGGS and OATMEAL and SPAGHETTI — how’s that for a random list? :)

  24. ikurriña says:

    being basque and spanish… weird enough of thinking in apples.. I was thinking in our splendid vegetables (tomates, piparras, y todo lo que La Rioja ofrece), our outstanding ham, the fresh fish(anchoas), and why not in our national cheese (Idiazabal).
    Lentils, avocado, OMG, where in earth do you belong??? Not here I guess

  25. definitely the same. I LOVE apples! Always.

  26. Laura says:

    Hard to choose, but I would say sushi.

  27. I also love apples! I eat an apple every day! I like making apple pies and cakes. My family loves it! Here in Brazil we have plenty of types of fruit and the prices are not high. It pays to be healthy. Kisses

  28. Ikurrina- ni EHkoa naz eta gure etxean sagarrak barra barra jaten ziren/dire. Gure ingurunea sagarrondoz betea egoan. Zuk aipatzen dozuzan guzti horrek be nire zerrendan egongo ziren baina bat aukeratu behar ezkero, sagarrakaz gelditzen naz. Eta “OMG where in earth do you belong??? not here i guess” komentarioak zer esan gure dau?

    Now you guys have me second guessing my choice… Raspberries, cheese, pears… unfortunately can’t have crusty bread, but sounds amazing! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  29. Bread….the whole bread and nothing but the bread!

  30. I adore strawberrys and watermelon if its really hot in the summer. When the first berrys are offered in the store I can’t resist. I eat them with raw cane sugar and cream. That’s all I need in the morning – sun shining ;).

  31. Valeria says:

    I would say a simple napolitan margherita pizza. Or red juicy tomatoes..mmmmm :)))

  32. Avacados ( : I could live off guacamole for the rest of my life! I never get tired of it.
    Thanks for the thought-provoking question!

  33. Marcos says:

    I met a men in the Santiago de Compostela way in 2007.
    He was only eating raspberries.
    He ate that for two weeks while he was cycling from Roncesvalles to Santiago.
    His health was really fine.

    So I choose raspberry, and I like it a lot!

  34. Hazel says:

    One of the most difficult questions in life… I just love everything! Houmous stands out for me but not on it’s own… so I think I’m with you on apples :)

  35. akt says:

    baked plantain bananas with a sprinkling of cannelle.

  36. Apples are great, but they would not leave me ultimately sated. If I had to choose, I would have to say eggs and salad. Salade with a poached egg is about as good as it gets. Salad with apples is delicious, too! I love potatoes, because there are so many wonderful things you can do with them, particularly if you have onions and bacon, or cream and seasalt! I guess the answer is that we are incredibly fortunate to be the beneficiaries of a kingly diet, with great variety, the combination of which makes for unending interest and pleasure. Bon Appetit, and keep up the great work on your inspiring blog!

  37. diana banana says:

    there are a lot of answers of mango, but i would put that 2nd. i could eat chilled watermelon for the rest of my life, hands down.

  38. Mags says:

    Pears. I love love love pears, although if I could have some wiggle room (and be a little less specific) I’d go with cheese, every kind ever. That would be one good life I think.

  39. Had a similar conversation with a friend yesterday. Would answering ‘pig’ be cheating?

  40. Tina says:

    I’m going for the unhealthy because, if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, I’m not sure I’d want to live to a very old age…I love food, so many different foods during different seasons.

    So, that being said, I’d gorge myself on pumpkin pie with whipped cream!

  41. Tina says:

    I will go for the completely unhealthy because, if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, I’m not sure I’d want it to be a very long one. I love food, different types of food during different seasons.

    So, that being said, I would gorge myself on pumpkin pie with loads of whipped cream!

  42. Apples, 100%! They are the one food I absolutely could not live without. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. In my case this usually ends up being 2 or 3 per day! Whether it be Jona Gold, Ambrosia or Honey Crisp, my existence would be incomplete without them!

  43. Serenity says:

    What a healthy bunch who have commented so far! It’s reminding me of the importance of fruit intake. As for what I could eat forever and ever — Popcorn! I can’t get enough. I make the stove top kind, with a bit of heated olive oil, organic popping kernels. Once popped, I sprinkle with a bit of herbed sea salt. Yummmy. I’m going to make myself a batch right now. : )

  44. Barbara says:

    Fresh crusty loaf of bread…and butter.

  45. Ni be bizkaitarra, eta etxien sagar piloa dauz, uden aitak beste frutarik ez ban izten erosten, kokoteraino sagarrakin, konpota, sagar pastela… galdera gatza da baina uste dot gaztaia!! espero dot puntu honetara inoiz ez heltzea mesedez!

    I got sick of eating apples back home. It´s hard to chose but I my answer would be cheese, hopefully this is not going to happen.

  46. (Idazten saiatzen nazen bakoitzean nire comentarioak ez diez agertzen?ia orain…)

    Ni be bizkaitarra naz, eta etxean sagar piloa dauz, uden aitak ez ban izten beste frutarik erosten, kokoteraino sagarrakin, konpota, sagar pastela…Galdera gatza da baina uste dot gaztaia!! espero dot hau inoiz ez pasetie.

    I got sick of eating apples back home. It´s hard to chose but I my answer would be cheese, hopefully this is not going to happen.

  47. CoComarro- a… eta zu be Arantza zara nire moduen! Bizkaitarra be. Ze herritakoa?

  48. Cocomarro- zuk komentarioak agertzen dire baina “publish” sakatu baino lehenago, modereu egiten dodaz. badaezpadan… :)

  49. ah bale, ni bai, moskieta geratu naz, ondo dau moderetie. Ba bai, ni be Arantza, izetez erdi Mungitarra eta erdi Muxikarra. Orain Australian bizi naz, ni be hemen Aran naz, errezagoa jeje. Zure blog-a pilo bat guztetan jat, argazkixek, estiloa, gusto asko dekozu. Ta EH-ri buruz distantziatik hitzegiten dozunean identifiketa ikusten naz. Jarraitzen zaitut :)

  50. ah bale, ni bai, moskieta geratu naz, ondo dau moderetie. Ba bai, ni be Arantza, izetez erdi Mungitarra eta erdi Muxikarra. Orain Australian bizi naz, ni be hemen Aran naz, errezagoa jeje. Zure blog-a pilo bat guztetan jat, argazkixek, estiloa, gusto asko dekozu. Ta EH-ri buruz distantziatik hitzegiten dozunean identifiketa ikusten naz. Jarraitzen zaitut :)

  51. Chili–with sweet potatoes, black and kidney beans, onions, garlic…mmm!

  52. apples as well – hands down – no questions asked. i am a washingtonian after all. they must be fresh apples.

  53. a_y_s_e says:

    ripe (aka soft but not mushy or sandy feeling) yellow flesh peaches!

  54. Jessica Lowe says:

    Right now I would have to say mulberries! I have a tree in my street in Wollongong Australia. I make my husband get up every morning and collect a big bowl full so I can put them on our porridge in the morning. Divine!

  55. Diana Carrión says:

    Dear Aran,
    Como estas? Es la primera vez que escribo un comment,pero no la primera vez que visito tu blog, es absoulutamente maravilloso!! me encanta, me entretiene, me enseña!! muchas gracias por demostrar tu pasión por lo que haces!! es inspirador definitivamente. Tengo mi negocio de pastry catering en Guayaquil hace varios años, y adoro mi trabajo….. contestando tu pregunta diría PAN!!! Me encantaría ir a alguno de tus workshops!!! por fa enviame info de los próximos, quieres dar uno en Guayaquil???

  56. Cocomarron- jo australian! eta zelan joan zara australiararte ba? ni zornotzarra; born and bread, baina nire lagun onenetariko bat mungiatarra da, Ainara Elgoibar. Ezagutzen dozu?

    Diana- muchas gracias. de momento no tengo planes pero quien sabe! :)

    Thank you for sharing!

  57. Natashia says:

    Bread, has to be bread! Didn’t need two seconds to think about that :)

  58. Avocado. The world’s most perfect food, for life!

  59. Your choice is delicious.
    My list is eggs, cheese, apples, cheeseburgers, avocado….But in the end it may just be eggs.


  60. the good: peaches; quinoa; Greek yogurt!
    the bad: bacon; cheese; chocolate!

  61. a. maren says:

    toast! sourdough toast with butter. easy.

  62. I would have guessed apples for you too! Yeeeah I was right!! :)

    I would eat potatoes for the rest of my life…french fries, mashed potatoes, ANY type of potatoes…hmmm

  63. katealice says:

    wow this is harder than I thought it would be. I think I’ll have to say olives. Something inherited from my Nonno, I think :)

  64. I DONT KNOW!!! I’ve been thinking for more than an hour and i really dont know. I love food so much that i cant choose one thing!!!! ^))

  65. Gustia says:

    Gariguette strawberries. Definitely. When they are in season (March) I can’t stop eating them.

  66. Anonymous says:

    …direi formaggi italiani e miele!
    è tutto così meraviglioso ed elegante da te!
    buona giornata, zaira

  67. My partner’s home-baked sourdough. Simply the best!!

  68. bianca says:

    I think I could happily eat mangoes in greek yoghurt for a long time, or rice puddings.

  69. Aran says:


  70. Aran- ojala! ya sabes que yo ya no puedo comer bollos de mantequilla… pero ojala pudiese! mosus.

    Love your suggestions… I see a lot of fruit, cheese and bread :)

  71. zer0gluten says:

    Mira que soy golosa, pero diría pasta, me encanta la pasta.

  72. Mallory says:

    avocados–can be salty OR sweet.

  73. Anonymous says:

    fresh homemade bread-tomatoes-feta cheese…

  74. Anonymous says:

    Zer dinozu Arantzazuri buruz?. Gure Euskal Herritik kanpo jartzen dozu? Nor uste dozu zarela horrelakorik esateko?. Beste ezer idatzi aurretik mesedez ahalegin txiki bat egizu dinozuna egia den ala ez jakiteko. Arantzazu oso ondo ezagutzen duen bat naz, eta bere bihotzean Euskal Herriarekiko maitasuna inoiz ez dala ezer gutxitu, eta bere seme alabengan gure herriaren izakera eta hizkuntza erakusten ahalegin izugarriak egiten dauzala jakin beharko zenuke.

    Bueno Arantzazu, poz pozik gagoz gertatu danagaz. Ia gure herri maiteak bakea lortzen duen azkenean. Urrengorarte.

  75. Ashley says:

    Apples or strawberries. Though I’d throw honey, bread, and shrimp in there as well if I could.

  76. Sini says:

    Oh how could I ever choose?

  77. Ula says:

    Shrimp or baguette with french butter!:)

  78. Unknown says:

    cheese. I would die happy.

  79. Thank GOD I don’t have to really make this decision! Of course my mind immediately wants to know: are we talking one ingredient, or one dish? Because I would feel much better in my body if I could eat several ingredients together. If the latter were the case then I would choose a vegetable omelette with cheese and avacado. That way I could have something delicious AND nutritious at the same time. I’m not over-anylitical or anything…

  80. I think I’d never live without chocolates! :D

  81. Laranjinha says:

    Cheese, bread and pastéis de nata!

  82. N. says:

    Oh, the sweetest blog ever! I think I can eat only pasta, and I will be happy :) I’m italian, it’s obvious! :) I absolutely will follow your blog, and if you want, you can follow my one too.


  83. Ming says:

    “What would you eat for the rest of your life?”

    That’s kinda hard to answer. Hmm.. Maybe mangoes? Mangoes here in our country are the best! Or pasta, anything that’s tomato-based. Or potatoes? :D

    BTW, just chanced upon your blog and I’m glad I found it. Great blog!

  84. India says:

    I am trying to figure out how to lower my cholesterol and apples are a great snack for doing this! Healthy and filling! I am a fan of Granny Smith’s myself. I think it is the snap and sourness that makes them more satisfying.


  85. バニー says:

    Mangos, apples, sushi, kimchi chigae, lasagna, plain white rice… I like food a lot. ;_;

  86. My husband and I once went up to Mt. Hood to stay in a rustic lodge for my birthday celebration. It started to snow the following morning, and we got into the car and drove around some of the mountain roads. It was stunningly beautiful! We came across an apple farm that had big barrels of apples floating in water. We each chose an apple and when we bit into them, it was almost like a religious experience! They were the very best apples we have ever eaten….including before that experience or after!

    Apples, yum. My favorites are Fuji and Honeycrisps..

  87. ohhhh that’s a tough question to answer!!! there is so many things to chose from…i am not a one kind favorite food…i am more to have a bite from everything and anything:)
    apple is always a good choice!

  88. I would love to eat almonds for the rest of my life <3

  89. Livia says:

    Bread! By definition, eating only one thing is unhealthy, but even now, not a day goes by without me having some bread, so I guess I’d say that. And I’d miss all the rest a lot!
    Nice touch on the apples though. Thx for the blog and the lovely pictures

  90. Juliana says:

    I could live, and almost do, on fruits, cheese and vegetables so it’s hard to pick. But I do love artichokes very much and think they could be one of my very favorites.

  91. Kiana says:

    Yo diria naranjas. Nunca me canso del sabor. Muy linda foto. Gracias por hacernos pensar en esto. :)

  92. krasi_yo says:

    That’s a good question! But they could be apples, grapes and olives.

  93. Anonymous says:

    what an inspirational blog, your photos are great! as addicted i am on chocolate (and lately also cheese), i could happily live on finely grated carrots with olive oil and chopped almonds. yum.

  94. nedj says:

    Sans hésitation … des fruits !! de chaque saison, de toutes les couleurs … mais des fruits !!!
    Douce semaine à toi !
    Ici au Pays basque, ça souffle fort fort, un vrai temps de sorgina!!!

  95. The Grazer says:

    BREAD! fresh warm bread…mmm… am I allowed butter too?! x

  96. Ola says:

    butter – i cannot live without butter :)

  97. Maria says:

    Bread! And if I’m allowed an accompanying foodstuff it would be CHEESE!

    Maria xx

  98. Elizabeth says:

    Cozy and gorgeous.
    Breathtaking photos as usual.

  99. Itxaso says:

    Jesus, ba Euskal Herrien oingo sasoian sagarrik ez badau ez dau ezebez.
    Izenik emon barik agertu eta holako komentarioak egitea ze fazile dan, ezta? Errespeto falta handie aukitea da hori.

    Aran, nik be ogie esango neuke, edo gaztaia. Frutezalea ez naz, baia benetan gusture jaten dotena naranjak dire gabonetan. Bueno, bat esatearren, gaztaia, da Altunostekoa izin daitela!

  100. Itxaso- eskerrik asko zure hitzengaitik. Horrek itzitako komentario horrek sentzunik bez deko. Puf!

  101. Itxaso says:

    Ez deko… Emoten dau min apurtxu bet itearren edozein gauze soltetan dauriela.Holakoetara imajinetan dot ohitute egongo zarela,baia molestau iten daurie, eta oingoan niri bebai.Besarkada bat eta gabon!

  102. Itxaso- gabon eta susterbakoeri kasurik bez! gora euskadi!

  103. ursula albrecht says:

    I have a lust for tomatoes. I don’t know if I could only eat them but I do also love cheese, and wine. This question is too difficult! lol

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