Sunday, 20 August 2017

Hero Products - Pantry Favourites

I bang on about my pantry all the time, but then show lots of pictures of things packed with vegetables, so I thought I'd share a few of my pantry-based favourites*.  Obviously having some fresh onions or other fruit and veg for some of the recipes would be delightful, but it is possible to make use of items from the pantry alone to make something tasty should the need arise. 

Bread Obviously, need I say more? In my world there's really no time that bread isn't a good choice. Sweet, savoury, morning, evening, as a snack or as part of a main meal, bread is brilliant. And all that's to make bread is flour, yeast, salt and water** (and oil? I don't know, it's Dan's department). Magic. 

Houmous It may be unadventurous but it's a staple in our house, easy to tweak the basic recipe with whatever flavours we fancy. All we need is tahini, chickpeas, oil (I use hemp), water, lemon juice, garlic plus any extras - cumin, paprika, sundried tomatoes, grilled peppers etc. 

Chana Masala This is one of the many great recipes from Aine Carlin, this dish is from Keep It Vegan, I've mentioned it before (the book is usually available at The Works for a fiver, well worth it). From the pantry we need chickpeas, coconut milk***, tinned tomatoes, sugar, garlic, ginger and some spices. It freezes well and is just delicious. Great served with rice, or another good thing from the pantry socca - equal parts chickpea flour and water, a glug of oil and some salt, cooked in a frying pan like a pancake. Or even sweetcorn fritters - tinned sweetcorn, a splash of water, some flour, baking powder and salt.

Dhal Sticking with a curry theme, dhal is the easiest, cheapest thing to make, better with a few onions in the mix but fine without too - red lentils, water, some herbs and spices and a squirt of tomato puree. Great as a thick soup, or with flatbread, some spicy chutney, topped with toasted seeds or flavoured roast chickpeas, or even made into a pasty with some pastry made with oil.

Pasta Sauce I love to make this with onions, carrots and evil celery but have made it many times with no fresh veg at all and it's still fine, especially if made the day before and left in the fridge overnight. I use a mixture of red and green lentils (more green than red), puy are great too, tinned tomatoes, a squeeze of tomato puree, stock, some mixed herbs, paprika, dried mushrooms, grilled peppers from a jar if I have any, Dan tops his with some olives. Great served with pasta or garlic bread - bread brushed with oil and sprinked with garlic of whatever kind is available, I like this.

They're the first things that spring to mind, but I know there are more, including plenty of snacks. What are your storecupboard favourites?

*and water, but no-one is going to tell me off for including water are they?
** I know gluten free bread needs extra ingredients but we have never made that.
*** I tend to buy the coconut block, it costs about 80p and I get three lots from that.

12 comments:

  1. It all sounds delicious, and very similar to what I cook so I know that it is delicious. There is very little that comforts as quickly as a dish of hummus and a teaspoon, or even a finger.

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  2. Pasta sauce is one of our favourite store cupboard items along with sweet and savoury scones the perfect addition to soup.

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    1. I love scones, and they're a great thing to make when money is tight, as you say either sweet or savoury. They're a great inexpensive treat.

      I didn't add anyy baked goods to the list, other than bread, as I thought it would be stretching my definition of pantry cooking to include something from the fridge too.

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  3. I have a well stocked pantry, other than some vegetables, we did nearly 9 month from my food storage. we ran out of nuts and seeds very early and that was a blow. canned tomatoes is where its at! I will have a full on pantry at the new house, I dont expect to move again... (hopefully)

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    1. Yay for pantry love!

      I don't stock too much in the pantry, but it is great to know there are so many things to fall back on if time, money or inclination fail!

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  4. Bread, hummus, tachini - are for me too. But one has to eat them moderately as they are rather high in calories.

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    1. I do eat houmous every day, but I do make sure to keep an eye on the portion size, it's easy to overdo it with all of these things, you're quite right.

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  5. Probably spaghetti and meat sauce is our favorite.

    We always have pasta, ground beef and tomato sauce on hand. A few spices, some onions and mushrooms if we haven't run out and a hearty meal can be on the table in 30 mins or less.

    God bless.

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    1. That's a great meal to have to hand, very versatile too.

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  6. I always have tinned tomatoes and coconut milk in the pantry, as well as red and green lentils, and lots of other grains (like quinoa and brown rice). I cook up chick peas and kidney beans from dried and keep them in the freezer. I aspire to make bread again - I stopped when I had a bout of RSI, but I am mended now! Oh, and we are pretty fond of jams, chutneys and pickles at our house.

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    1. Oh yes, jams, etc are a great addition, they can elevate even the most simple meal to something more exciting. I think our pantries would have a lot in common!

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