Food can’t be polished. Really. All good things that come out of the kitchen start with good ingredients.
This blog is a diary of my kitchen and these are some of my favourite ingredients. I’m not saying it’s a definitive list , or the best list , it’s just my list. I’m adding this page because a few people have asked me to. One day it might be a really great page with categories and all kinds of crazy stuff… for now it is what it is. If you have any questions about it feel free to post a comment or get in touch via my facebook page.
I count myself as exceptionally fortunate that I can stock my kitchen with this stuff. To have a kitchen full of real food is a very fine thing indeed. .
these are the staples I pretty much always have…and then it’s just fresh stuff; vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy and bread…
Freezer; Frozen berries (by the kilo, from Moore Wilsons) Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Blackcurrants, Gooseberries…we truck through them here, for breakfast, in smoothies, in plain yogurt, in baking, in ice-blocks..sometimes little fingers sneak in and take them frozen, straight from the bag.
Frozen peas, corn and spinach.
Spices ; Cardamon pods (with fresh mint in tea – very addictive – try it!), star anise, cinnamon sticks, chili, turmeric, nutmeg, cumin, garam masala, ginger, paprika. Cooking without spices would be super dull.
Herbs ; I wish I lived in a climate where basil thrived, however I will never want for flat leaf parsley. Mint, oregano, thyme, lemon verbena all do OK.
Baking stuff ; Brown rice flour, coconut flour, amaranth flour, puffed amaranth (all from Ceres Organics – stocked by Common Sense Organics), ground almonds (by the kilo from Moore Wilsons). cocoa powder (I like Trade Aid – it’s twice the price but makes me feel that all my chocolate cake is doing a little bit of good in the world), sugar, maple syrup, baking powder.
Oil and Vinegar Coconut oil, olive oil, toasted sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar.
Pantry ; Rice, gluten free pasta, dried red lentils, split peas, barley, quinoa, super-grain mix (Ceres Organics). vegetable stock powder, seaweed, prunes, dried apricots (I’m fussy about getting organic for these), oats, honey, marmite, cornflakes…that’s pretty much it… except…
Chocolate; Whittakers Dark Ghana and Whittakers Creamy Milk