Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Kitchen list

Today, I am going to tell you a secret - To cook well, you don't need to have a well stocked kitchen, but it definitely helps. Here is what you need to have in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer so you can whip up a gourmet meal at the drop of a hat.

  • Brown Onions
  • Potatoes - a good multipurpose spud like coliban
  • Dry Pasta - Spaghetti and a shape (Spirals, penne, macaroni etc)
  • Rice - Medium grain white
  • Plain White Flour
  • Self Raising Flour
  • Sugar (I usually keep raw, white, caster and brown sugar on hand, but you can get away with just white and brown)
  • 7gram Sachets of instant dried yeast.
  • Vanilla (essence, extract, paste)
  • Tinned Tomatoes (at least 1 can)
  • Large Jar of tomato paste
  • A large variety of good quality dried herbs and spices in sealed glass containers. I recommend the following: Rock salt and peppercorns (in grinders), cinnamon, nutmeg, ground paprika, lemon pepper blend, garlic salt blend, mixed herbs, Italian herbs, chives. Chinese 5 spice powder, ground ginger, chili powder.
  • Peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Soy Sauce (and Kajup Manis)
  • A good quality olive oil, a flavourless one like canola and oil spray (I used garlic oil)
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Some kind of canned fruit - I usually have pineapple, peaches and apricots
  • Some kind of sweet biscuit - I am a softy for Arnott's Shredded Wheatmeals
  • Tea Bags
  • Instant Coffee
  • Chicken and Beef stock powder or cubes and/or "real" stock in UHT packaging
  • Long life packet of Asian noodles (either dried or vacpac pouches) such as ramen, hokkien or Singapore style
  • Long life UHT cream (250mL packs)
  • long life UHT milk (250mL packs)
  • Some kind of instant gravy powder (I like gravox supreme chicken gravy sachets and greens gravy granules)
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Barbeque Sauce
  • Alcohol - 1 bottle of White wine, 1 of red wine and 1 bottle of a nice tawny port, at bare minimum. You may also like to add brandy, dark rum, tia maria and/or Kahlua to this
  • Puff pastry
  • Frozen berries
  • Bacon
  • Ice cubes
  • Beef mince
  • Frozen veges - corn, peas
  • Oven fries
  • Vanilla Ice cream

  • Eggs
  • Capsicum
  • Carrots
  • Milk
  • Butter (Yes, I said butter and NOT margarine)
  • Some kind of fruit - apples, oranges, pears
  • Hoi Sin sauce
  • Cheese
  • Kraft Parmesan cheese
  • Jam - Strawberry, raspberry, blackberry and/or plum
  • Real maple syrup.
  • Minced Garlic
  • Minced ginger
  • Dijon mustard
  • Seeded mustard
Cookware and other stuff:
  • Aluminium foil
  • Cling film
  • Non-stick baking paper
  • Paper towels
  • Clip-lock bags - sandwich size
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Meal-sized take'n'toss plastic containers
  • Non stick frypan - 1 large, 1 small
  • Stock pot
  • Good heavy based saucepans with lids.
  • Wooden spoons
  • Big metal spoons
  • Silicon tongs
  • Pastry brush
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Egg Flip
  • Wire rack
  • Large baking dish - I have a giant oval shaped Corningware one, that we gone as a wedding present, with a pyrex lid, but a lid is not necessary
  • Cookie slides/baking sheets
  • Round 20cm cake pan
  • Muffin pan
  • Knives - Bread knife, carving knife, paring knife, steak knives.
  • Whisk
  • Colander
  • Grater
  • Various size metal or pyrex mixing bowls

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