I know, you drive the rest of the family nuts and rearrange, label, clean, restore everything. Any excuse to stay in the air-conditioning and remain relatively productive, that and watching TV.
A 7 day heat wave and beyond, poor us and poor East Coast, I think our heat wave has blown over to your side, sorry, my heart goes out to Tasmania and the trouble with their fires, to date 100 homes lost. We had our fires last year and the prediction is for more this year. Very scary.
So back to driving my family nuts. It’s been 18months now and I decided that the utility room and the pantry could do with a clean out, a chucker out, a re-arrangering. This all started with a trip to The Kitchen Warehouse, popped in to see what was on special.
Bargain shopping my favourite type, they had some of their Emile Henry bakeware down to half price. I was ecstatic ( a bit bizarre for someone who doesn’t actually cook, but they look the part) you can bake, microwave, freeze, throw it in the dishwasher (figuratively), my type of dish. The fluted edge sold me, and the fact that Emile Henry is made in France. This should encourage baking; right? I figure if I look the part I am nearly there.
|Emile Henry, love the fluted edges.|
I am thinking of baking a pear tart as I have an overflow of pears, a particular family member was eating them and has suddenly stopped. Pity they didn’t tell the shopper though. Same thing happened to the bananas, they turned a horrible black colour, but all was not lost as I did actually cook a banana cake, with caramelised icing.
|Banana cake with cracked crap icing.|
As usual after the event, baked and caramel iced; I read that you needed to heat the icing slowly or it will show white spots when set. Now why they couldn’t put that at the top of the recipe is beyond me. Or more to the point read the recipe fully before beginning. Tasted good though.
|My favourite type of cooking, a no bake cheesecake. This was really scrummy and ridiculously easy, so easy in fact I made two over the holiday season. From the Australian Women’s Weekly Christmas issue.|
Any way back to the pantry, once I started emptying out the pantry I discovered I had three large bags of expired stuff. I am fortunate that there are two others who have a turn once a week cooking, husband and daughter. Now when Brittany cooks she always rings me from the supermarket and gets me to check what is in the pantry so she doesn’t overbuy, or purchase products we already have.
This is the only time that we answer the phone as we know it will be her and not a cold caller, I am over hanging up on those poor people trying to sell me something I don’t want (sorry).
Now when Michael cooks, well, looking thoroughly through and inside the pantry, bending down to see what isn’t directly in front of ones face, is just not going to happen, clearly not an option that he is comfortable with. Hence the double ups and all the expired crap. Michael, is also a dream at making meals that I wouldn’t even contemplate generally because they have to many ingredients or are delegated into the too hard basket. So I shan’t complain to much.
Hence those ingredients get used once and once only, then forgotten about till I have a pantry clean up.
My motto for the year is to buy and cook only with seasonal products. We will be heartily sick of particular fruits and veggie’s but I am determined to give it a go. I work as I am sure many do at only buying Australian made and Australian grown products.
Back to the pantry:
I labelled everything in large bold black letters
So you couldn’t miss what is in that bloody container
2. More flour
3. More bloody flour (we had so much of it)
My personal favourite is the containers marked Mum’s stash, Dad’s stash. Brittany wanted to know where her stash was. xx (I know I am such a smart arse)
|Utility room that leads into the pantry.|
|Beautiful and clean.|
|Please note the container on the right that says, RANDOM BLOODY SPICE.|
|Please note CRAP SALT, LOTS OF SUGAR, MORE FLOUR.|
So what did you do to stay cool, I know Journey to Contentment nearly wrote about nudity. No going back now Kirsa.