Far from Basic

Featuring: Tze


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

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33 Responses to Far from Basic

  1. moom says:

    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.

    • Tze says:

      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.

  2. peninmyhair says:

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

  3. Ally says:

    What about the Pocky?!?

  4. Liz says:

    not tea- somebody drank it all ;)

  5. Tine says:

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

  6. tsumana says:

    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.

    • Tze says:

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

  7. Michaël says:

    Everything but the frozen peas.

  8. Ddddavid says:

    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.

  9. Anonymous says:

    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).

  10. Patrick Naish says:

    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).

  11. Andy Beale says:

    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.

    • Tze says:

      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).

  12. Zomink says:

    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!

    • Tze says:

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

  13. Sylvie J says:

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

    • Tze says:

      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

  14. Charlotte Sometimes says:

    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.

    • Tze says:

      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*