Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Let's Get To Know One Another: Food Staples

With our move less than a week away (!!!) we've been trying to eat up as much of our food as possible so as not to be wasteful. Our pantry and our fridge are slowly getting depleted and I think we will be eating some strange meals over the next couple of days as we try to finish off the perishables. My poor husband has come into the kitchen a few times recently wanting an apple, or some butter for toast, and I've had to break the news that we're out of this or that and that it seemed silly to replace it right before we pack up and leave. Wastefulness makes me cringe, and so does mayonnaise that's been sitting in a warm car for 24 hours! Better to go without for a few days.

Anyway, it made me curious to know: what are some of the things you always have in your fridge or your pantry? Things that your husband would be surprised to find you're out of? Anything unusual on the list?

Here are some of ours, a peek into my kitchen:

Half and half for morning tea (I put it on steel cut oats too)
Sweet relish for making homemade tartar sauce
Almond milk for my lactose intolerant husband
Several cans of black beans and chickpeas and kidney beans for easy dinners
Bananas, almost always
Fresh garlic
Some kind of raw nuts, usually pecans or walnuts, for oatmeal, salad-making, desserts
Sesame seeds to throw on roasted kale or in stirfry
This Thai peanut sauce (we love it drizzled on vegetables or rice)
A bag of spinach
Ground flax seed, which is so good for you and easy to put on top of cereal or a salad
Jasmine rice (I can buy a five pound bag from the Korean supermarket for 5 dollars!)
A treat or two (usually ice cream) in the freezer
A big block of extra sharp cheddar

What are some of your must-have staples? I find this sort of thing oddly fascinating!


  1. I was just thinking about this recently! My home is not my home if we don't have almonds, milk, whole wheat flour, coriander, ginger, tea and sugar. Oh, and orange juice. There's always a moment of utter disbelief and denial if we run out of orange juice at my house :)

  2. Haha I love it! Utter disbelief! It's so true. We come to expect certain things. I love that coriander is one of your staples. Yum!

  3. Cans of black beans and chick peas and kidney beans, too! Carrots. Celery. Peanut Butter. SEVERAL blocks of extra sharp cheddar (we never end up letting it go bad), fresh Parmesan... and recently since my preggers days we've added milk and Carnation Instant Breakfast (I know, I know, but it's perfect for my commute to work), chocolate fudge sauce and frozen yogurt. Haha!

  4. Oh, and as long as we can find them, heirloom tomatoes. :)

  5. Gooood ones :) We need to cook together sometime soon.

  6. Eggs! Always need eggs in my fridge I have them every morning for breakfast, milk, bread, butter, tuna, bananas and lots of fresh veggies and fruit. I am honestly at a loss for something to eat when I don't have most of those things on hand!

  7. Agree on eggs, fruits, and vegetables. I can always make a healthy and delicious meal out of just those three things and I'm happy!

  8. Sweet basil and Saigon cinnamon.


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