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Thursday, 19 May 2011

Nothing in the house to eat...


Please tell me I'm not alone in this confession!

In an effort to spend less and use up what I do already have I dragged all my foodstuffs kicking and screaming into the daylight and a photo session. Thanks to Karen for showing me how to create mosaics otherwise this blog post would have been full of about thirty pictures of groups of food. I even made a list of the items to alert myself that I DO have plenty to eat in the house without necessarily trotting off to the shops.  I am determined to use some of this collection up and save myself some cash. I’ve already started by making the slightly dry ciabatta bread into garlic bread rather than binning the bread because it has become inedible in a day or two. Last night I cooked the tomato sausages and ate some of them cold for supper. Today I will make myself sandwiches  for dinner rather than buying lunch at work. Well, that’s a start anyway.


Here’s the list from my own kitchen. I was actually quite shocked at what I had in already and have never used. A lot of things I will have bought on a whim during a shopping trip.
The List.

Short crust pastry mix. Aromatic black bean sauce. Colman’s sausage casserole mix. Puy lentils. Bonne Maman blackberry jam. Marmalade from my neighbour, Jo. Sharwood’s Mango Chutney.
Hot horseradish sauce. French mustard. Tomato sauce. HP brown sauce. Ground nutmeg. Hot chilli powder. Dried oregano. Cinnamon. More nutmeg. Fennel seeds. Olive oil. Soy sauce. Light soy sauce. Balsamic vinegar. Fish sauce. Bonne Maman apricot conserve. Creamed horseradish sauce. Jalfrezi paste. Merchant sun dried tomatoes. Gherkins. Sweet pickled red cabbage.Runny honey.

Tomato soup. Marrow fat processed peas. Mushroom soup. Butter beans. Ratatouille. Chopped tomatoes.Fresh tomatoes and mushrooms. Dried sausages and tomato sausages. Brown and white sugar.Eggs, rice and pasta. Teas and coffee. Lots of herbs and spices. Chocolate buttons and mint chocolate.

In the fridge there is also milk, two bottles of beer, olive spread, a slab of slightly past its eat by date Ardennes  pâte, a bag of parmesan cheese, butter and loose new potatoes. In the freezer I found two bags of sweet corn, a new bag of petites pois (wonder why I bought them?), two containers of courgette tian, a chicken curry, some trays of chilli con carne and a tray of vegetables. At the back of the freezer I found a lonely mackerel that entered the frozen depths in October 2010 as well as a single pork chop and a beef burger and some scraps of vegetables  all of which would surely come in useful one day.

That’s not forgetting the items that didn’t get photographed like bread sticks, a bag of Mediterranean lentils, Co-op sardines in tomato sauce, Dr Oetker  baking powder and corn flower ,  Co-op flour for making cakes and almond oil.


It’s a shame I’ve nothing in the cupboards to eat then!?

10 comments:

John Medd said...

Something tells me Phil that you'd be able to conjure up a 5 course banquet with nothing more than a half eaten Mars Bar, an out of date pot of yoghurt and the remains of last night's kebab.
How do you do that photo mosaic thingy btw?

Reb said...

time to use it all up philip and start saving all that hard earned money!!!!!!

Phil Lowe said...

Thanks John, must try that recipe sometime. Does it matter if the Mars bar has bits of fluff on it?

this site will allow you to create mosiacs and lots of other fun stuff with your photos and it's free.
http://bighugelabs.com/

Karen said...

Oh Phil, I too have 'nothing to eat' - yet in reality many cupboards stuffed full of foods. I daren't even make a list of my extensive stores - a throwback to when I was little & my Mum always ensured she had 'something extra in case we get visitors'. Except I have taken it to extremes (especially considering we never entertain & visitors are a rarity), & have enough stores to cope with an invasion.

Some women buy shoes & bags.....I buy food, which is much more fun.

Jean said...

Same here, cupboards bursting at the seams with stuff that doesn't really go together or that only spices up other stuff.
Eg, anybody fancy a pickled beetroot and baked bean sandwich with pesto and vanilla bean paste dressing ?!

khushi said...

Ha, good one. I swing like a pendulum, always think there's lots in the house to eat...and i'm able to conjure up hearty meals when the larder is as bare as Mother Hubbard's cupboard. And when it's stuffed I feel there's nothing to make...crazy!

Janette said...

Will the fluff be out of your tummy button? If not I can grab some from my husbands...

Gailsman said...

We have cupboards full of tins, packets and boxes of foodstuff. I'm sure some of it could be classed as antique now. Like you, I must take it all out, shake it up a bit and try and use it up somehow.

Judith said...

The full pantry and "nothing to eat" syndrome is just the same as me gazing into an overflowing wardrobe and declaiming that I have "nothing to wear" !

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

no... you're completely bonkers... oh ok then, I often do the same... in fact i said to myself tonight I need to buy less new stuff and eat what I have here... save a small fortune I reckons.. sorry I haven't called back, hectic week and now I have a stinking cold... poor me eh?