I bang on and on about eating fresh fruits and veg & although they are the hero’s of our meals, herbs and spices, oils and vinegars add a new dimension. Flavour, flavour, flavour!
Keeping in mind you don’t need everything on this list but these are pantry goodies that will often be in my recipes.
Take a look and if you don’t know what something is please ask me.
The supermarkets are getting better stockists but your local Health Food Shop, speciality food stores and The Source Bulk Foods have a huge range of nuts, seeds, spices and harder to find ingredients. Of course online is also an option too.
My favourite brands of herbs and spices are: The Spice People, Herbies, Simply Organic and Gourmet Organic – quality makes a big difference here. You only need small amounts and they last a long time.
Sea salt and pepper corns
Coriander, ground and seeds
Cumin, ground and seeds
Garam masala spice mix
Red pepper flakes
And then there’s Herbamare. In an ideal world we are all making our own stocks but when time is short I reach for this to add a punch to my soups. Real ingredients, no weird numbers and it’s handy.
Macadamia nut oil
Toasted Sesame oil
Apple Cider Vinegar, with the ‘mother’
Red Wine Vinegar
White wine vinegar
Coconut Aminos – Braggs Brand
Tamari (or soy sauce)
I store mine in glass, they keep well and I can see what’s in there.
Almonds: whole, flakes, slithers
sesame seeds, black & white
All of these I keep in the fridge.
Vanilla Bean Paste
You get what you pay for with coconut cream or milk. I buy Ayam brand as there’s only 2 ingredients, or just one and that’s coconut. All other brands are very watered down – you’re literally paying water!
Black & brown rice
Lentils, red and French (du Puy)
Coconut milk, canned – Ayam Brand
Coconut cream, canned – Ayam Brand
Coconut water – always 100%
Aduki beans, canned
Black beans, canned
Tomato paste is so handy in a tube, no waste and great if I just need a tablespoon or two.
Coconut yogurt – Coyo
Sun dried tomatoes