I couldn’t bring my kitchen with me and it soon become apparent that I needed something to make us feel more at home so I whittled down my kitchen to the essentials so I could cook us vegan comfort food.
So what did I bring with me and why?
Lemon and Lime juice – We add this to water as it makes it easier for us to get through our 3 litres of water a day. It’s also great for marinades, salad dressing and for dripping over dishes to freshen them up.
Garlic Powder – It’s cheaper than fresh garlic… and I use a lot of garlic in pretty much everything I cook.
Turmeric – Add to tofu scramble and French toast for colour or add it to curry curry sauce.
Paprika – Another spice that gives things colour but also great for adding a smokey flavour to foods.
Black Salt – I have this just for tofu or chickpea scramble.
Cinnamon – Another curry sauce addition but it’s also handy for cakes, cookies and Leo’s porridge pots for work.
Curry sauce mix – A home made blend of coriander, fennel and white pepper with a side of cloves, green cardamom and black cardamom to go with it.
Sumac – For adding to hummus for a bit of kick or great sprinkled over roasted vegetables.
Miso – A great soup base for noodles and a basic marinade for vegetables.
Stock cubes – Another curry ingredient, a soup base, a sauce base… They have so many uses I’ve had to restock them twice!
Bread flour and yeast for comforting home made loaves and home made pizza.
Plain flour and baking powder for home made cakes and cookies.
These are the base for any of our meals (along with whatever vegetables I’ve laid my hands on). Rice, noodles and pasta.
This is mainly Leo’s work breakfasts as he always takes porridge. But. It’s also a great addition to cookies and cakes (both the oats and the fruit)
Pickles! We both love the so we have gherkins for sandwiches, olives for pasta or both along with some hummus fro a Meze.
Mustard for sandwiches or for a quick sauce, it does very well with mushrooms and potatoes.
Peanut butter for my curry sauce, sandwiches, cookies, cakes, a quick noodles sauce… We both love peanut butter so I can use it in a lot of things.
What would your kitchen essentials be if you couldn’t use your own kitchen?