Pantry Check – Sugar

In this era of sugar substitutes, I consider good old sugar as a staple in my pantry. When I first arrived in Australia, I was a little bit taken aback when I found out that most people wouldn’t even consider adding any sugar into savoury applications. It is such a powerful ingredient to balance the…

Pantry check – Canned Fish

I’ve talked about stocking up my pantry with canned tuna, but thinking about it, tuna isn’t the only canned fish I have in the cupboard. Here’s my list: • Canned tuna chunks in brine Well we’ve already talked about this so I won’t  get to it again (read it here). • Canned sardine in oil…

Pantry check – Canned Tuna

Canned tuna always have a space in my pantry. I don’t usually go with the pre-flavoured tuna, but if that’s your thing, go for it. My choice of canned tuna is the tuna chunks in brine. I found them to be versatile and easy to use. They can be a little bit dry and tasteless…

Pantry check – Rice

Ah yes, the humble rice. I am a regular rice consumer. If you’re thinking of consuming rice regularly, do yourself a favour and buy a rice cooker. You don’t even need an expensive model, you just need something that will produce properly cooked rice. My rice cooker cost $30 and it already served me for…

Pantry check – Dry Pasta

Watch any cooking show these days and eventually you will encounter the statement “Fresh pasta is always better than dried.” Restaurants boast of making their own pasta and we homecooks are being shamed for not doing one yourself because “Oh it’s not that hard to make your own pasta.” Perhaps, but welcome to real life….

Pantry check – Canned Tomato

I always have 2 cans of tomato in my pantry. A lot of dishes require diced tomatoes as base, and I found using canned tomatoes to be not only practical, but also more reliable. Let’s face it, when’s the last time you’ve bought a really ripe tomato in the grocer? I know I also don’t…

Pantry check – Lentils

“The word ‘lens’ is actually derived from lentils” If you don’t know anything about lentils, it’s an ancient crop that has been consumed by the humankind since … well,  a very long time ago, I’m no archaeologist so I don’t know the exact number…  suffice to say it’s so old that the word ‘lens’ is…

Pantry check – Frozen peas

“Never thaw a bag of frozen peas” Ah frozen peas, you are one of my favourite pantry item. Such flexible ingredient can be added to almost anything without adding much cooking time. Did I mention they’re cheap as well? I am 100% a frozen peas supporter. The fresh ones perish quickly, a hassle to prepare,…