A Peep in my Pantry!
Spices, Sauces, Pudding Bowls and Pulses……
If like me you are a bit nosy about what other food writers and food bloggers have in their cupboards, so to speak, then you will love the challenge that Dom over at Belleau Kitchen has set us this month for Random Recipes #35; with the rather risqué title of “Dare to Bare”, he has asked us all to take photos of our larders or ingredients in our cupboards. At first I felt a prick of fear steal over me, as my pantry aka larder is often likened to Arkwrights from the BBC sit-com Open all Hours, and I was unsure if I wanted to dare to bare to be honest! But then I remembered the power of photo editing and the control of the photographer, that’s me, so all I have to show you is what I want you to see! And so what follows is a snapshot of my pantry in France, and no, I am not taking any photos of my pantry in North Yorkshire, for fear of someone calling “Hoarders Anonymous” and having me taken away in a supermarket trolley!
What happens next is I talk you through some of my ingredients and items that are stored in my pantry and I’ll let you know what I use the most and what has never seen the light of day! I am very lucky that I received lots of items to review, so many ingredients that you see in the photos have been sent to me for recipe development or to review, and I DO love the diverse range that I have at my fingertips, plus I make most of my own jams, marmalade, chutney and pickles, so you will see lots of jars of them in my photos too.
You will see a selection of mainly British, French and Spanish ingredients in my pantry, which is an old wine “cuve” that has been converted into a walk in larder – I LOVE the fact that I can walk into my store-room and choose what I want from easily accessible shelves. I also have a few ingredients from friends I have in Canada, the USA, South Africa and Australia, a result of international “food swaps” and kind overseas gifts from family and friends.
I like to buy lots of my ingredients loose, as I abhor excessive packaging, so you will see lots of “kilner jars”, jam jars and tins in use, all clearly labelled and easy to dispense from. I also make a lot of my own spice mixes and always make my own candied citrus peel too, you can see the recipe for my candied peel here: Candied Orange Peel and as well as candied peel, I have also candies kumquats and strawberries too, recipes to follow later on.
I also dry most of my own herbs, all grown in our garden and as you can see, there are bunches of lavender hanging up too……as well as rosemary, bay leaves and thyme. There isn’t much that I don’t use, or haven’t used, I am an experimental and adventurous cook, so I don’t think there is one tin or bottle that hasn’t been opened! I so like to make my own curry powders and other spice mixes, but, I also have commercial ready-mixed mixes in for when I don’t have time to play with blending and mixing. I am so keen on recycling that a lot of my containers for sauces and soups are old wooden wine boxes……the very same ones I use to store my books in, as you may remember here: A Library, Be-Ro, Some Wine Boxes and My Cook Book Collection……
I hope that you have enjoyed my “Culinary Peep Show” today, I will leave you with a few more photos, and as well as all of the ingredients you see, I also use my walk in pantry for storing my cake tins, pudding basins, flour containers and all the other bits and pieces of kitchenalia! With thanks to Dom for suggesting such a fun challenge for December, I will be on the look-out for everyone else’s “dare to bare” posts so I can have a nosey around their storage areas! Have a great day, and I will be back soon with some new recipes and a giveaway. Karen
A Peep in my Pantry! Spices, Sauces, Pudding Bowls and Pulses……