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    • lil_me
    • By lil_me 15th Nov 07, 10:59 PM
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    • #2
    • 15th Nov 07, 10:59 PM
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    • 15th Nov 07, 10:59 PM
    I just noticed this thread has not been replied to, just wanted you to know it hasn't been ignored.

    My main ones - plain flour, bicarb, cream of tartar (with these 3 you can make SR flour aswell as have them for ingredients for other things, so no need to buy both) mixed herbs (value ones will do) passatta, garlic (or if I am feeling lazy then garlic puree), chillis, rice, pasta, sugar, yeast, some tinned fruit for any day we run out of fresh, coffee (don't drink tea) powdered milk (easy to use in recipes,saves on fresh milk being used up) butter

    I think those are my main basics. What I would say is instead of buying what others do, do a meal plan and work out exactly what you need for each meal, this does take a while to trawl through at first but gets easier, rather than buying what others do and end up with it sat in the cupboard for months.
    Last edited by lil_me; 15-11-2007 at 11:02 PM.
    One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
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    • whatatwit
    • By whatatwit 16th Nov 07, 6:29 AM
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    • 16th Nov 07, 6:29 AM
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    • 16th Nov 07, 6:29 AM
    My cupboard does not contain a lot of herbs/spices..it used to and then I realised I wasn't using most of them and they had been sat there for years.

    I tend to have a jar of mixed herbs and a jar of mixed spice in the cupboard. In the fridge is some lazy garlic.
    I also keep a packet of cornflour, useful for thickening stews and gravy and some stock cubes.

    Most recipes are flexible and often the suggested list of herbs/spices are not essential.
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    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 16th Nov 07, 7:24 AM
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    • 16th Nov 07, 7:24 AM
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    • 16th Nov 07, 7:24 AM
    Try this thread, although I'm not sure all the links work at the moment.
    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 16th Nov 07, 7:33 AM
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    • #5
    • 16th Nov 07, 7:33 AM
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    • 16th Nov 07, 7:33 AM
    my main staples are

    rice
    pasta
    self raising flour
    plain flour
    bread flour
    sugar
    bicarb of soda
    tea
    coffee

    if i havent got these i start getting all twitchy!!! but then add liek value beans which can either be a meal in themselves or used to bulk out meals
    • paddy's mum
    • By paddy's mum 16th Nov 07, 11:57 AM
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    • #6
    • 16th Nov 07, 11:57 AM
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    • 16th Nov 07, 11:57 AM
    I am never without fresh onions, tinned tomatoes, a few cans of baked beans, home made breadcrumbs, cheese, dried fruit, soup mix.

    In a pinch or in a hurry, I can throw together a pasta bake of some description using tomatoes, onions, beans and a cheese/breadcrumb topping.

    Given a couple of cooking apples, so easy to core the apples, spoon some dried fruit mixed with sugar into the hole and microwave until done - a very quick pudding. Ditto using stale bread as a base, dried fruit sprinkled over and then proceed as a kind of bread-and-butter pudding.

    Got some rather tired veg, a single chicken leg? - chuck into the slow cooker with fresh onion and tomatoes, handful of soup mix - whizz up and serve with french bread.

    In recent days (as an adjoining farmer has finished cropping his cauliflowers and I have free run at the seconds) I have also 'invented' a kind of bubble and squeak.

    Finely chop and gently fry a large onion - when part cooked, add a generous slug of Worcestershire sauce, black pepper and maybe a pinch of mixed herbs.

    Peel and cook some potatoes. Ditti a lump or two of cauliflower.

    Strip off and lightly steam the green part of any brassica - eg brussel tops, cauliflower leaves, cabbage greens.

    In a large bowl, roughly chop all the ingredients and then hand form into large patties. (This is one job that children love to do - they use it like plasticine) To use, either gently fry or bake in the oven. They freeze quite well and are easier to handle in this form than if the ingredients were just one large wodge going into the frying pan.

    We're having some for tea tonight with corned beef slices or perhaps small lamb cutlets.
  • dorry
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    • 16th Nov 07, 1:16 PM
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    • 16th Nov 07, 1:16 PM
    my staples are:

    brown rice (low gi)
    wholewheat pasta penne orgainic (low gi again)
    tesco low fat oven chips
    hovis 2 in 1 bread
    low fat/sugar tesco beans
    organic eggs
    stir in sauces for pasta
    cheese
    tinned tomatoes
    tinned tuna steaks in oil
    coconut milk (good for curry)
    beef and chicken stock cubes
    dried coriander
    dried garlic granuales
    dried parsley
    olive oil
    coffee and tea for oh
    'If you judge people, you have no time to love them'
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    • lilmisskitkat
    • By lilmisskitkat 16th Nov 07, 1:28 PM
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    • 16th Nov 07, 1:28 PM
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    • 16th Nov 07, 1:28 PM
    I always try to make sure i have...

    tinned tomatoes - i'm obsessed with them lol
    Beans
    Spaghetti
    Kidney beans
    sweetcorn
    Tinned new potatoes - for quick spanish omelette
    Self raising flour
    plain flour
    sugar
    vanilla essence
    pasta shapes
    long spaghetti
    noodles
    rice
    mixed herbs
    lea and perrins - could not live without this, i add it to almost everything!
    tomato puree
    garlic puree
    tinned tuna
    chilli powder
    soy sauce
    salt and pepper
    ketchup
    gravy granules
    stock cubes

    Think thats it for the cupboards really. Fridge is ok as long as i have milk, butter, eggs, cheese and yogs. Fruit and veg i buy as needed and my freezer is stocked with meat which i buy once a month and meals already made and frozen for another day. Plus a few easy things like fish fingers etc.

    Hope this helps

    Kate xxx
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    • 16th Nov 07, 1:53 PM
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    • 16th Nov 07, 1:53 PM
    hi littlemisskitkat,

    thats a good idea, using tinned new potatos for a spanish ommlette. The reason I don't make them is I can't be bothered to peel the potato and par boil them first. (I am lazy like this sometimes)
    I am gonna add a tin to next weeks shopping list
    thanks x
    'If you judge people, you have no time to love them'
    Mother Teresa
  • Gingham Ribbon
    Have a look here. In the absence of some of the links for now, I'll add my own rough guide. But I'd add that you shouldn't try to suddenly buy everything at once. Just menu plan for the week and buy whatever you need for that and you'll have things left over to use later and so on. Bit by bit you'll have everything you need to hand.

    Flour:
    White and wholemeal self raising
    White and wholemeal strong
    White plain

    Sugar, honey, treacle, syrup, icing sugar

    Salt, pepper, assorted herbs, assorted spices, tabasco sauce, 'HP', ketchup, vinegars (assorted) soy sauce

    Stock cubes

    baking powder
    cream of tartar
    extract of vanilla
    cocoa powder
    sprinkles/other bun toppings
    bicarb of soda

    Olive oil
    Sunflower oil

    Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds
    pine nuts, other assorted nuts
    dessicated coconut
    oats
    couscous
    pasta (assorted)
    rice

    raisins
    dates
    cranberries

    passata
    tinned tomatoes
    assorted dried pulses
    tinned pulses including baked beans

    Fridge essentials:
    Milk
    butter
    cheddar
    mozzarella
    'parmesan'
    eggs
    olives
    capers
    jalapinos
    pataks curry paste
    garlic
    jam, marmalade, peanut butter, chocolate spread
    Last edited by Gingham Ribbon; 16-11-2007 at 2:03 PM.
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    • lilmisskitkat
    • By lilmisskitkat 16th Nov 07, 2:11 PM
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    lilmisskitkat
    hi littlemisskitkat,

    thats a good idea, using tinned new potatos for a spanish ommlette. The reason I don't make them is I can't be bothered to peel the potato and par boil them first. (I am lazy like this sometimes)
    I am gonna add a tin to next weeks shopping list
    thanks x
    Originally posted by dorry
    Lol, i can't be bothered with the par-boiling bit either. Most recipes say to use left over cooked potato but with the human dustbin that is DP we dont tend to have leftovers in this house!

    For a super quick spanish omelette i fry ready chopped frozen onions, some bacon bits, add the potatoes, maybe some frozen peppers and then the eggs. Means no peeling/chopping and it great for night when you can't be bothered or are in a mad rush (thats thursdays in our house!)

    Kate xxx
    Last edited by lilmisskitkat; 16-11-2007 at 2:12 PM. Reason: typed my name twice -pg brain!
    • Quasar
    • By Quasar 16th Nov 07, 3:53 PM
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    Quasar
    Tofu
    beef steak (not more than once a week, even less)
    Fish
    eggs
    wholemeal bread
    wholemeal pasta
    tomato passata
    parmesan
    extra virgin olive oil
    garlic
    onion
    broccoli
    carrots
    potatoes
    mung beans and alfalfa for sprouting
    bananas
    clementines/satsumas
    lemon
    apples (preferably gala when I they are available)
    various condiments (salt, mustard etc).

    I do not have an extensive shopping list because I eat out a lot for work reasons, so when I'm home I tend to have a light but healthy diet. You will have noticed there is no butter/margarine, and the only red meat is beef and then not very frequently.
    Bread is like the sun: it rises in the yeast and sets in the waist.
  • dorry
    Lol, i can't be bothered with the par-boiling bit either. Most recipes say to use left over cooked potato but with the human dustbin that is DP we dont tend to have leftovers in this house!

    For a super quick spanish omelette i fry ready chopped frozen onions, some bacon bits, add the potatoes, maybe some frozen peppers and then the eggs. Means no peeling/chopping and it great for night when you can't be bothered or are in a mad rush (thats thursdays in our house!)

    Kate xxx
    Originally posted by lilmisskitkat
    hi kate,

    thank you for the recipe, i will add it to my menu for next week,
    you are a xxx
    'If you judge people, you have no time to love them'
    Mother Teresa
  • LJM
    Def pastas,rice,flours,tinned toms,onions,peppers,herbs,tea,sugar,long life milk,cheese,potatoes,cake toppins,bicarb,crackers,salt,pepper,tom puree,beans god and so much more
    Is loving life right now,yes I am a soppy fool who believes in the simple things in life
  • Stargazer Lily
    Setting up a new kitchen - what storecupboard essentials would you buy?
    I'm busy putting together a list of stuff from Tesco for my sister who has just moved into a new house.

    At the minute she is living on pasta and jars of sauce, mainly as she cannot afford all of the "twiddly bits" that allow you to cook rather than re-heat. I've got a few ideas, but I'd welcome advice as to what stuff you'd put in the basket!

    My basket so far contains:
    Herbs - basil, oregano, thyme, dill, parlsey, sage marjoram, rosemary, coriander leaf, bay leaves

    Spices - chilli, black pepper, cumin, ground coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, paprika

    Other stuff - balsamic vinegar, lazy garlic, lazy ginger, lazy lemongrass, peppermint flavouring, vanilla extract, yeast

    All ideas welcome!

    Lil
    • shimmigirl
    • By shimmigirl 18th Nov 07, 8:09 PM
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    shimmigirl
    worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, marmite / bovril

    all add something to sauces

    oh and sweet chilli sauce
  • Stargazer Lily
    worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, marmite / bovril

    all add something to sauces

    oh and sweet chilli sauce
    Originally posted by shimmigirl
    Good grief, I can't believe I forgot worcestershire sauce and Hendersons Relish!

    Thanks,

    Lil
    • Red Cat
    • By Red Cat 18th Nov 07, 8:43 PM
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    Red Cat
    You might want to add mustard, curry powder, tomato puree, cinammon, sugar...

    I assume you have items like a can opener and cheese grater?
    • noonesperfect
    • By noonesperfect 18th Nov 07, 8:51 PM
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    I think you've covered most things!

    Bouquet garni
    Lemon juice
    Ground ginger (for baking) and chinese 5 spice powder
    Tabasco sauce
    Stock cubes
    Cornflour
    Mustard, powder and wholegrain, both useful in cooking
    • Bongedone
    • By Bongedone 18th Nov 07, 8:58 PM
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    Bongedone
    Mixed herbs, mustard powder (I use the Colemans stuff instead of cornflour to thicken the gravy for beef), ground coriander, Tobasco, tumeric, garam masala. You have Lazy lemongrass above so I guess Thai fish sauce.
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