Look! I have a nearly-tidy pantry!
(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)
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.
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.
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…
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)…