My Mediterranean Pantry

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Autumn has well and truly arrived and the long, lazy, carefree summer days are over. For me, it is a time to reorganize and declutter my home and especially my kitchen.  I love clearing my cupboards and pantry and restocking them with all that I will need for the cooler days ahead. Reorganizing my cupboards and desk and making space for new things is comforting and invigorating at the same time.

 

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My Pantry

 

Olive oil—everyday cooking olive oil and for salads

 

Rice

for paella—short grain rice. There is one called

‘bomba’ which is great but you can use short grain

rice if that is all you have

risotto rice, I like to use Carnaroli

medium grain rice for sweets and stuffings

basmati rice or long grain for pilaf

 

Pasta

fresh and dry (fresh only keeps for a few days in

the refrigerator) spaghetti, penne, angel hair and

any other variety that you love

 

Bread

 

Grains

semolina, couscous, bulgar

 

Tomato passata, tomato paste and cans of diced

Tomatoes

 

Flour – self raising, plain and OO

 

Greek yoghurt

 

Pulses – lentils, cannellini beans (both dried and in

cans), chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

 

Vanilla extract

 

Vinegar – red wine, white wine and balsamic

 

Sea salt

 

Black peppercorns and a grinder

 

Sugar – organic, caster (superfine) and icing

(confectioners’)

 

Filo pastry

 

Olives

 

Cheese – feta, mozzarella, fresh ricotta, parmigiano

 

Honey

 

Eggs (organic)

Garlic, onions, lemons, potatoes

 

Dried herbs and spices – fennel seeds, saffron,

basil, bay leaves, cinnamon (ground and sticks),

cloves (ground and whole), nutmeg, oregano, sweet

paprika, rosemary, tarragon, sesame seeds

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