I love to cook from scratch, but there are a few things I like to have in the cupboards to make life a little easier. Actually – what does cooking from scratch even mean? I should probably Google it.
Our freezer is filled with fish, chicken, fresh herbs (such a good tip from a friend), frozen berries, rye bread and meals I’ve put there. I love that moment when you haven’t prepared anything for dinner, and then remember you have something stashed in the freezer. Pure joy.
Here are a few other things that bring me joy in the kitchen:
Lazy garlic, chilli and ginger – I use these almost every day. I first bought them because I was fed up of my hands smelling of garlic even after I’d washed them over and over again. Chilli and contact lenses are also not a good combination!
Chopped tomatoes – I never let myself run out of chopped tomatoes, passata and tomato purée, because they an be used in just about everything – from chilli and curries, to pizzas and pasta.
Ready to eat pulses by Merchant Gourmet – My mum introduced these to me and I use them when I am in need of a quick lunch, or want to add a bit of depth to a main meal. My two favourites are the puy lentils (amazing in vegetarian chilli) and the red & white quinoa (great for a quick salad). They are on the expensive side, but I like to have a couple stashed in the cupboard for culinary emergencies.
Frozen berries – Purely for smoothies and to make porridge taste beautiful. We seem to be able to make a punnet of frozen berries last way longer than fresh ones, as we usually scoff fresh ones on the way home from the shop. Lidl do some great ones, as do other supermarkets.
Tinned beans and pulses – my favourites are black beans, chick peas and kidney beans. I find black beans so versatile, and all three are brilliant for bulking out meals.
Tilda brown rice, wild rice and quinoa – Brown rice takes a lot longer to cook than brown rice, so I always have a few of these in the cupboard just in case I get caught out. Tilda also do a brown and wild rice mix, and a brown rice and quinoa mix – these make a good base for lunches. I only buy them when they are £1 and one will last three lunches.
Nut butters – I’ve tried a few times to make my own nut butter, but I can never seem to get it perfect. My mum uses cashew nut butter in soups instead of cream to make them taste delicious and creamy. Almond butter and cashew butter are my favourites, and I use them every morning in smoothies.
Any others I should know about? What do you find handy to have in your cupboards?
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