Pantry challenge day 1

Look!  I have a nearly-tidy pantry!

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Note the two rows of honey on the bottom shelf. I really have to stop buying honey. Or start eating it more regularly…

(it actually isn’t quite as tidy as it looks, because I have cunningly not photographed the things lurking on the pantry floor or way up out of reach.  I’ll deal with them in the next couple of days, before moving on to the dreaded spice rack)

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Close observers will note that I have black rice, basmati rice, paella rice, arborio rice, purple rice, red rice, and a wild and brown rice mix. Do you think I have enough rice?

Anyway, since I’m trying to do this pantry staples thing, I thought it might be fun to briefly record my meals for each day.  Today was quite virtuous, and started with a delicious (but labour-intensive) breakfast of yoghurt with fresh pistachios, pomegranates, cinnamon, and honey.

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Gorgeous, but double-shelling pistachios and then tackling a pomegranate is not a sensible way to start the morning, if you ask me.

Lunch was squid ink linguine with a cauliflower pesto that included sun-dried tomatoes and capers.  Very tasty, and squid ink pasta pleasingly turns out not to taste fishy at all.

Ugly, but delicious.  And much prettier when not photographed by someone who was stuck in a one hour meeting for over two hours and just wants her lunch.

Ugly, but delicious. And much prettier when not photographed by someone who was stuck in a one hour meeting for over two hours and just wants her lunch.

Dinner was a lamb, chickpea and quince tagine with couscous, spiced with ginger and cinnamon and saffron, and sweetened with a little honey.  The tagine was great, but the couscous would have been better six months ago, I fear…

Tasty tagine.  And lots of it, mostly because I got excited and pressure-cooked two cups of chickpeas.  We're having it again on Friday - probably with rice! - and I've frozen two large serves and am sending another big serve to a friend...

Tasty tagine. And lots of it, mostly because I got excited and pressure-cooked two cups of chickpeas. We’re having it again on Friday – probably with rice! – and I’ve frozen two large serves and am sending another big serve to a friend…

Also, we ate some of the Easter chocolate while engaged in pantry cleaning.  Because we deserved it.

Already, I’m thinking about leftovers even more than usual, and the importance of not wasting anything – I really am a bit worried about running out of carbohydrates that I actually want to eat by the end of the month. Bread and pasta will definitely be luxuries to be eked out with care.

Honey, on the other hand, we can have on *everything*.  I’m plotting a spiced chocolate and honey cake, because I also found that I had not just massive amounts of cocoa, but also cocoa butter, cacao nibs, raw cacao powder, couverture chocolate and a spiced cocoa mix.  Which is a lot of cocoa, if you think about it (or even if you don’t)…

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2 responses to “Pantry challenge day 1

  1. What a cute, [now-]commodious pantry! Do you know how many feet of books I could put in there?

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