Far from Basic

Featuring: Tze


Yes yes, milk doesn’t go in the cupboard unless it’s UHT. :p

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  • moom

    About 10. As I’ve told earlier, A bag of dried brown beans is one of my “essentials”, there so much more tasty than the canned ones.

    • http://www.sugardesire.com/blog Tze

      Hmm, beans. Dried beans just have the disadvantage that you have to soak them in advance, so you have to plan the meal. But they don’t already have salt added to them, which is a huge plus.

  • http://pofit.steakfish.net peninmyhair

    16 + the UHT milk. And Udon for dinner, btw. x)

    • http://www.sugardesire.com/blog Tze

      That’s quite a number! :D Hmmm, udon… what did you have it with? Did you have it in soup?

  • Ally

    What about the Pocky?!?

    • http://www.sugardesire.com/blog Tze

      Haha, not a cooking ingredient…! Though I currently have two of my six packets left. :3

  • Liz

    not tea- somebody drank it all ;)

    • Liz

      also, how is all that going to fit in Ben’s kitchen?!

      • http://www.sugardesire.com/blog Tze

        It does, somehow– just be careful when you open any cupboard!

        • Liz

          don’t worry! I won’t be going near his cupboards!!

    • http://www.sugardesire.com/blog Tze

      I’m pretty sure there was one bag left! :p

  • Tine

    Nearly everything! And what I miss I need to buy, thanks for reminding me ;)

    • http://www.sugardesire.com/blog Tze

      Nearly everything? :O I thought most of the stuff I had was useless, haha.

  • http://twitter.com/tsumana tsumana

    Living with Paddy means we could have most of these in the cupboards. =P
    I’d say we have at least 75% of the list though.

    • http://www.sugardesire.com/blog Tze

      Good point. He has a good list of things I’ve never even heard of (but probably have eaten when he cooked).

  • Michaël

    Everything but the frozen peas.

    • http://www.sugardesire.com/blog Tze

      Why does that not surprise me at all… and you prolly have even more essentials! :D

  • Ddddavid

    I’ve only got around half of them, maybe.

    What makes Japanese rice Japanese? I’ve never thought about rice beyond short grain/long grain.

    • http://www.sugardesire.com/blog Tze

      It’s sticky, round and… chewy! Yum. Korean rice is even better I think, but near impossible to find.

  • Anonymous

    Have you checked out dulse flakes? Supposedly a great seaweed alternative to salt :) 
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmaria_palmata#As_a_food
    Also, use Celtic (the “wet” kind) or Himalayan salt rather than the processed “table salt” from the supermarkets. Less processed, more natural = healthier for you! 
    My cupboard looks slightly different: lots of grains (brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, bulgur, couscous), some wholewheat pasta, dried herbs & spices (varies), back-up for pepper & salt mills, coconut oil (for hot use), extra vierge olive oil (for cold use), a variety of canned and dried beans, also the Asian condiments mentioned above. Onions/shallots & garlic are a must, because I’m not a Buddhist vegetarian :p
    Also Knorr vegetarian stock cubes. And arrowroot and agar agar.
    Simon usually has some bread ready for hunger pangs.

    My fridge: at least 2 types of lettuce, lots of fresh vegetables, butter, almond or soy milk, usually either tofu or tempeh, Dijon mustard, miso, raw sauerkraut (probiotics!).On the kitchen counter: lots of fresh ready-to-eat fruitAnd because I’m not always just a health nut: also dark chocolate! Currently some Bouja Bouja (Christmas treat).

  • Patrick Naish

    I have pasta, herbs/spices, flour, soy sauce, margarine, onion and garlic at all times. Everything else is when I get round to it (and can actually afford it that week).

    • Patrick Naish

      Oh, and bread.

    • http://www.sugardesire.com/blog Tze

      I get garlic when I need it, so I can use the fresh stuff. :3 Though it’s a real bummer when I want to make something garlicky on Sundays. :<

      • Patrick Naish

        I find garlic keeps for so long that I don’t have to buy it too often. Onions go off somewhat faster, though :(

        • http://www.sugardesire.com/blog Tze

          Fresh garlic goes off really fast though!

  • http://twitter.com/ironwolf69 Andy Beale

    The only things I am missing are the dashi and the miso and I will be looking out for the instant dashi next time I am in the Oriental supermarket, in Birmingham.

    • http://www.sugardesire.com/blog Tze

      Instant dashi is a lifesaver! Making it from scratch is too expensive (the bonito flakes I saw in Manchester were cheaper than here, but still 7 quid for 150g).

  • http://twitter.com/mottekurunoda Zomink

    Cute one! I think we have everything but frozen peas. YAY for our “essentials”! And I totally agree with Charlotte–tuna is definitely one of my cupboard must-haves!

    • http://www.sugardesire.com/blog Tze

      I noticed the lack of tuna when I had everything for couscous salad except tuna! Grrr… You have everything but one? Holy moly. XD

  • http://breakingthe4th.blogspot.com/ Sylvie J

    I have sixteen! Spices take up a large portion of my ‘essentials’. ^_^

    • http://www.sugardesire.com/blog Tze

      Oh dear, I must also have 15+ kinds of spices. >_> Most of them only used once for exotic recipes I didn’t end up making again, so they’re there, but not exactly ‘essential’… what a waste of money actually. :p

  • Charlotte Sometimes

    I don’t have starch, sake, miso, dashi and udon. but udon only because they stock them fresh at my local tesco, so I rather nip out and buy the fresh ones, they’re so yummy. got all of the rest though plus frozen spinach, frozen yorkshire puddings, passata, tuna, and pasta.

    • http://www.sugardesire.com/blog Tze

      Tesco?! Dang… Damn you Britis supermarkets…! *shakes fist*
      All the other things you named are things I’d like to have, but can live without. :) Though I have to make my own Yorkshire puddings. Damn you Britis supermarkets…! *shakes fist*