Cook on a Shoestring – My Kitchen Cupboard

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I HAVE DELIBERATELY USED THE SAME SPICES, OILS, MUSTARD AND VINEGARS THROUGHOUT THE BOOK SO YOUDON’T NEED TO GO OUT AND STOCK UP EVERY TIME YOU WANT TO COOK A NEW RECIPE. THIS LIST SHOULD HELP YOU ON YOUR WAY, SO STOCK UP GRADUALLY WHEN YOU CAN. NOTHING LISTED IS EXPENSIVE OR DIFFICULT TO BUY.

  • Flaked sea salt
  • A pepper mill
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground coriander
  • Ground ginger
  • Chinese Five Spice
  • Ground cinnamon ground paprika (smoked and hot are both good)
  • Chilli
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Dried oregano or mixed herbs
  • Stock cubes – chicken and vegetable
  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable or sunflower oil
  • Balsamic/red wine/cider vinegar
  • Cooking wine
  • Dijon mustard
  • Tomato purée
  • Soy sauce – I like light but either is fine
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Sweet chilli sauce – great for cooking and dipping
  • Dried grains and pulses: Bulgar wheat, couscous, pearl barley, red lentils –you don’t need all of these as they are interchangeable but try to keep a few in stock Canned pulses: chickpeas, cannelloni beans, kidney, lentils – you don’t need all of these as they are all interchangeable but keep a few in stock at all times Canned sweetcorn
  • Canned chopped tomatoes/passata rice, any variety you prefer. I keep wild, Arborio risotto and basmati pasta
  • Dried noodles Breadcrumbs, dried or fresh
  • Canned fruits: apricots, peaches and pineapple. These are good to have if you can’t get hold of fresh of if fresh are out of season or expensive
  • Dried fruits and nuts: apricots, sultanas, almonds, pine nuts, just a couple will do Flour Baking powder
  • Ground almonds
  • Sugar – brown or white
  • Icing sugar
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate spread
  • Jam
  • Honey
  • Vanilla paste or extract

IN MY FRIDGE

  • Butter
  • Parmesan, Cheddar, mozzarella, ricotta, cream cheese – not all at the same time necessarily
  • Tomato ketchup
  • Onions/spring onions/shallots
  • Chillies
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Cream/crème fraîche/soured cream
  • Selection of green and root vegetables always including: carrots, celery, leeks, potatoes
  • Chorizo, smoked bacon, lardons or pepperoni

IN MY FRUIT BOWL

  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Apples/ pears (usually interchangeable in recipes)

ON MY WINDOWSILL

  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Bay
  • Min

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