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Just been doing my (probably) last Ocado shop before madam makes an appearance and was trying to think about all the things that we usually have in the cupboards that I should stock up on...
So, what are your storecupboard essentials? Things that you just couldn't live without?
tinned pulses (never get my act together enough to soak them :oops: )
good quality olive oil
I'm sure I've missed something out and will add later!
Anchovies - may seem silly, but they liven up any pasta dish and are great with lamb.
Would agree with most of that. Also:
Creme fraiche (keeps a while in the fridge)
Onions (keep a while in the veg basket)
Plastic cereal bar things (go ahead or similar) - not exactly gourmet, but a lifesaver for those times when you haven't got time to eat.
Bread in the freezer - ciabatta to cook in the oven, sliced and pitta bread will defrost/heat in the toaster
Eggs! A very quick meal, however you do them. They keep for ages too.
Nice with sundried tomatoes and parmesan, which can both go on the list too!
Oooh, good post Shamu, I like to see what others can't do without too :thumb:
Tinned pulses (same reason as you!)
Sweetcorn (must be Green Giant, I could eat it every day!)
Almost all of my herbs and spices, I chuck them in wherever I fancy :loco:
Easy cook rice
Some kind of ready sauce in a jar, for those can't-be-arsed times :teehee:
Asda's fresh pizza in the freezer, for the same times as above!
There's probably more but that's it for now.
Ocado have started doing freezer cubes (like babyfood) of fresh garlic, ginger, chilli. Sounds like a storecupboard basic to me!
beans and pulses (dry)
spices and herbs
peanut butter and jams
flours of all descriptions
Goodness my cupboard is full to bursting of lots of 1/2 used packets ! But getting it down to essentials...
Decent olive oil
Green giant sweetcorn
Tins of Heinz / Campbells soups
Tins of kidney beans, chick peas & canellini beans
Pasta - usually a spaghetti and a shaped
Basmati and risotto rice
Stock cubes/ marigold veg powder
Herbs & spices
Cereals - at least 3 plus porridge oats
Eggs, bacon, cheese, creme fraiche etc in the fridge
Peas, sweetcorn, chicken breasts, mince, fish portions etc all frozen
Phew - and I still can't be arsed to cook at the moment :oops:
Everything that everyone else has already said I have in my pantry :laff: plus HEAPS more!
REduced fat coconut milk for curries, tinned baby corns (ditto) basmati rice, udon noodes and a few packs of burrito kit stuff etc.
Goodness I'd forgotten about the reduced fat coconut milk and curry pastes !! Plus egg noodles and how could I forget my cajun spice :laff:
One thing I always like to have is Worcester Sauce - I use it in so many things.
Mrs N x
for after the birth shamu, my life was saved by Jordan's original crunch honey and almond cereal bars. They are SO healthy but so tasty too. I know they feed you in the hospital, but I needed MORE!!
My list goes like this:
rice, pasta (linguine, sphagetti, penne, lasagne), cous cous, bulgar wheat, exotic rices (arborio, brown, wild, camargue red), noodles (rice and egg), barley for soups
pulses: lentils - brown, orange and puy; red kidney, haricot, borlotti, aduki, black beans. Green split peas and yellow split peas.
herbs and spices!
tins: baked beans, loadsa tinned tomatoes, coconut milk, tinned pulses, sardines, tuna
stock cubes, tomato puree,
jars: pesto (red, green and aubergine), sun blush tomatoes, olives, red or green curry pastes, pickled chillies
condiments: olive/ground nut/sesame/sunflower oil; vinegar: balsamic/red wine/cider; soy sauce. pickles, chutneys and jellies. mustards (all types), peanut butter (great in banana smoothies or in banana toasties, speshly with a bit of choc spread too, yum!)
eggs! lovely and restorative.
my DH cooked lots cos I couldn't right away, one time he made this gorge ham hock and veg/barley soup, it felt like it was mending me as I ate!
Also, my Dad and step mum came and brought bag fulls of lovely food such as breads, cheeses, dips, salads, olives, salami chorizo proscuito etc. etc. and it was damn fine being able to just eat straight from the fridge!
double posted, sorry! x
Pretty much most of what everyone else has, plus:
Dried chilli flakes
Marigold vegetable stock
custard - powder and ready made
ready made curry/stir fry sauces
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