Oh God, that pantry. I really have to do this whole pantry sorting thing more often, because the shelves are wide and deep and all sorts of things lurk up the back. It’s scary. And big. And, currently, empty and awaiting cleaning.
(the table, on the other hand, is full)
The things I’m finding aren’t always bad things, of course. It turns out, for example, that in addition to my four containers of dried chickpeas, I also have five litres of extra virgin olive oil, about a kilo each of cocoa and almond meal, two kilos of brown sugar, six different kinds of rice and an astonishing array of liqueurs. Also, 11 kinds of honey and 12 kinds of jam, not counting what’s in the fridge. And cocoa butter!
I see a lot of baking in my future. In particular, I suspect a lot of honey cakes and Linzer tortes are on the horizon, not to mention a lot of chocolate cake.
I’m seriously considering attempting to live for the next month entirely on my rather frightening supply of pantry staples, plus fresh fruit, veg, dairy etc. About the only thing I don’t have in quantity is tinned tomatoes, really. Otherwise, I am pretty much set.
I have, in addition to the rice, many kinds of pasta, wholemeal, white and spelt couscous, quinoa, barley, semolina, oats and bread flour, not to mention rye flour and a lot of different gluten-free flours – chickpea, coconut, chestnut, tapioca, potato starch… So I’m set for carbohydrates. I have a wide variety of tinned and dried beans. I have a reasonable number of spices (I don’t seem to stockpile these), and, while I am a bit low on cooking oils, I have a fabulous array of virgin oils and infused vinegars suitable for salads.
On the sweet side, aside from all that cocoa and almond meal and sugar, I’m slightly less well-stocked… which is to say, by normal person standards, I have plenty to work with, but I haven’t been actively stockpiling things. Still, I have a good collection of dried fruit and nuts, a scattering of glacé fruit, and some tinned fruit. And all the aforementioned flour, too, and even some couverture chocolate.
You know, I think I’m going to do this. I don’t think I can go a month without using any tinned tomatoes, so I might allow myself an exemption for those, and I may, in the end need to get some more olive oil to cook with. Say, an allowance of 5 tins of tomatoes and 1 emergency bottle of olive oil for May. Beyond that… fresh fruit, veg, dairy and meat as needed, bread if absolutely necessary (I will bake bread until I run out of suitable bread flour) but no grains, no legumes, no pasta, no tinned goods – in short, no pantry staples. And no lollies or chocolate, because we actually have a fair number of those lurking around too (not to mention heaps of pectin – if necessary, I will make my own lollies as well. Actually, I have an awful lot of white sugar, so that’s probably not such a bad notion…).
Let’s see what happens…