Since we decided to avoid buying meat and veg from the shop, I was led to my pantry today hopeful to find something that might creatively blend with the goat loin strip planned for tonight’s dinner.
After finding dust bunnies partying with spiders in rings of dripped honey and spilled dog food, my exploration was redirected to cleaning the pantry from top to bottom.
Above are some contents I removed–highly ignored and in need of use before expiring. Some I bought with an idea in mind but never pulled it off. Others were gifted to me. One or two are leftover from recipes that weren’t as great as I’d hoped. Much are foreign to my cooking, but I’ve eaten before and liked.
I thought it might be a bit of fun to blog a list of them, wondering if anyone had suggested uses to offer. But I decided not to.
That is until I took a break from my cleaning to relax in this here chair and saw a link sent to me from a psychic blogger friend. She said, ‘just in case you ever have some hazelnuts that need using up, here’s a homemade Nutella recipe.’
She didn’t really say that.
But I do have some hazelnuts to use up and she did send me that recipe and it was sent random and unexpected. It felt like some kind of a sign, so, heck, why not!?
I also have in need of good recipes: barley • polenta • dried wild mushrooms • white sesame seeds • yellow lentils • red lentils • panko bread crumbs • applesauce • quinoa • bulghar • big ol’ toasted couscous • goji berries • gram flour • wild rice • molasses • tapioca • rice flour • pasta flour (I may use this flour for pizza dough. The box says I can!)
We have about eight vegetables available to cook for our meals. This includes garlic and onions, which we use much like herbs in everything for flavor, but they aren’t particularly filling–and potatoes, which we interchange with rice and pasta.
So that leaves a choice of five others–carrots, kale, swiss chard, beetroot, and turnip. Not a bad selection really.
Dinner? Among other things, I made the wild rice with the wild mushrooms. Using some of the apple sauce, I made a chutney (for the first time) which I then stuffed and rolled into the goat loin and baked. Everyone raved wildly about everything (influenced by the rice and mushrooms perhaps? 😛 ).
A nice clean pantry and shelves