Food Pantry Items

23 Jun

The following foods are essential to have on hand for making Kaukab’s (and her daughter’s tweaked Mediterranean) foods.

Notice, these are very inexpensive and easy to locate. Also, I find that local farmers’ markets and Asian/Mediterranean/Indian independent groceries seem to offer the best quality and value. On to the list. Not to be confused with your ‘bucket’ one. Although….

1. extra virgin olive oil and canola oil

2. sea salt (I like the French kind, but others will do just fine.) Really, I’m not that big of a salt snob.

3. long grain rice, especially the basmati kind

4. whole peppercorns

5. chicken boullion (Knorr brand only, please) and cartons of chicken broth (Kitchen Basics, or the like) Veg. boullion (Knorr), also good to have.

6. garlic salt (for certain things)

7. soy sauce

8. cumin

9. 5-spice mixture (can get in Asian or Mediterranean markets)

10. canned tomato paste or tube paste (which I really have learned to appreciate–a little goes a long way)

11. canned whole and crushed tomatoes

12. dried mint, rosemary, oregano

13. cinnamon

14. tahini

15. canned cannelini beans

16. canned chickpeas, also known as garbonzo beans

17. #1 (grain size) bulgar wheat (Can’t believe I forgot! Essential for making tabouli–a lovely parsley salad–among other treats)

18. balsamic vinegar (Kaukab doesn’t much use, but I find it indispensible.)

Fresh ingredients:

1. lemons

2. limes

3. garlic

4. parsley, mint, cilantro (buy when need)

5. unsalted butter

With these, you’ll be able to add various fish and meats–or keep strictly veggie–to make a multitude of recipes for your eating pleasure. Also, it’ll keep Kaukab from running to the market, ranting in Arabic, “What da madda weed you? Why you no keep nodeen een da keechun!” I’ll tell you one thing; she’s a pro with the double negatives.

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7 Responses to “Food Pantry Items”

  1. mymotherstable 06/23/2010 at 6:35 pm #

    So, I was wondering what you like to keep in your pantries? Please, no weird, dead things mentioned. Weird, without dead, is allowable.

    Kaukab’s daughter

  2. artstalker 06/24/2010 at 1:45 am #

    Meat is dead. Is meat allowed?

  3. artstalker 06/24/2010 at 2:43 am #

    Wait, I guess meat has to go in the fridge, not the pantry. *slaps forehead*

    • mymotherstable 06/24/2010 at 3:38 am #

      Unless you count those little canned mystery meat products. Of course, you wouldn’t find any of these in Kaukab’s pantry. I’m just say’n.

      Kaukab’s daughter

  4. Agnes 06/24/2010 at 12:17 pm #

    I always try to have things like chicken broth handy, as well as olive oil, canola oil, peppercorns, as well as the herbs and spices you mentioned. I hardly ever have beans and chickpeas around, though.
    I usually have limes and sometimes lemons.
    Canned and fresh tomatoes.
    I try to remember to pick up basmati rice every now and then.
    I always buy unsalted butter, in case of impromptu baking.
    There’s always pasta around as well. I love pasta, and it’s easy to improvise a meal with it.
    Garlic, yes.
    Onions.
    A few potatoes. I’m all about the starches.

  5. artstalker 06/24/2010 at 12:26 pm #

    We have some of those cans in case a) people we don’t like visit, or b) some sort of global disaster in which we’re stuck in our house while zombies/diseased people are trying to get in through all possible means. In that scenario, you know, you’d eat pretty much anything.

    Actually, for some inexplicable reason, the grandparents mailed them to us as part of a ‘care package’. I’m not sure what year they think it is, but I’m half surprised we didn’t also get a ration book.

    • mymotherstable 06/24/2010 at 4:28 pm #

      Funny stuff. Yeah, reminds me of whenever Kaukab would come to visit (she’s in a metropolitan city and I’ve lived in various small-mid-sized towns) she’d bring bagfuls of hard-to-find foodstuffs, like: lemons, onions, parsley, tomatoes, along with several kinds of knives. Mind you, Kaukab was raised on a sheep farm, half-way across the globe, and I wasn’t. You gotta smile.

      Kaukab’s daughter

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