What’s in my store cupboard

What’s in my larder?

Dry goods:

Pasta and noodles

Tagliatelli or spaghetti


Lasagna sheets

Thai rice noodles

Chinese rice noodles

Japanese soba noodles


Bulgar wheat, couscous, polenta , quinoa

Rice: basmati, wild rice, long grain, Arborio or Vialone Nano risotto rice, Valencia rice, pudding rice.

Beans and other pulses:

Chick peas, barlotti beans, cannelli beans, butter beans, green or puy lentils. Red kidney


Plain white, wholemeal, Granary, a wheat/gluten free mix, cornflour  and polenta


Castor, granulated, raw muscavado, molasses , icing and unrefined white sugar.

Biscuits and crackers:

Amoretti, gingernuts, sponge fingers ,

Tortillas, popadoms corn chips.

Cereals , seeds and nuts:

Oats jumbo and fine ground,

Linseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame , poppy seeds

Sundried vegetables and fruits:

Tomatoes, chillies

Prunes apricots, dates, raisins,

Sundried Tomatoes in olive oil, artichoke hearts, grilled vegetables in olive oil,

Sauces: porchini, aubergine, pesto,

Fruits in syrup or brandy:Cherries, peaches apricots


A couple of jars of good, ready made spaghetti sauce

Good mayonnaise

Mustards: Dijon and wholegrain

Anchovies in oil

Capers, both small and the large caper berries

Cornichons or small gerkins.

Fermented black beans


Beans: cannelli, chick peas, red kidney beans baked beans

Italian Tomatoes whole peeled, diced, tomato puree

Beef consommé

Coconut milk and coconut cream

Tinned pineapple and tinned peaches

Condensed milk

Goose fat


Sardines French or Spanish in olive oil

Tuna Spanish or Italian in olive oil

Mackerel fillets in oil

Anchovies in oil


A good selection of whole spices:

Oils, vinegars  and sauces

Extra virgin olive oil + estate bottled extra virgin oil

A light tasting oil, I favour groundnut oil

Sesame oil

Argon oil

Red and white wine vinegars

Rice wine vinegar

Cider vinegar

Distilled malt vinegar

Aged balsamic a real Italian one aged about 8 years.


Tabasco  and or other chilli sauces

Thai fish sauce

Japanese soy sauce light dark and wheat free

Liquid stock concentrate: chicken and vegetable

Salt and pepper

Coarse rock salt

Fine sea salt

Maldon salt or fleur de mere

Whole black pepper corns

Dried green pepper corns

Green peppercorns in brine

Pickles and jams.

Red currant jelly

A good clear honey

A couple of jars of preserves or jams

Pickled onions

Mint jelly

Horseradish sauce



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