We did it. We cleared the pantry and packed the fridge. The shopping wasn’t so different from normal – fish, meat, poultry, a mountain of vegetables, some fruit. But no eggs, no potatoes, no walnuts. Instead, I bought zucchini, basil and mint, even though they’re way out of season. Now that our beloved Thai Green Curry Coconut Milk Fish Soup is off the menu, we need to be creative. And flexible.
Back home, I cleared away the non-compliants from the spice rack and our snack stash. I pushed the nuts and seeds to the back, where we can’t see them, and where it’s too bothersome to reach them. I put away the black pepper grinder, the Indian curry powder and the star anise. The licorice root mixed with mint which we’ve been using as a herbal tea. In their place I put cinnamon, cloves and tumeric. The stub of ginger and the garlic bulbs remained in their little bowl. Then, I went out into the Kitchen Garden to see what I could scrounge. It’s mid-winter. There’s not much. Rosemary, bay, sage and the straggling stems of oregano. Altogether, deeply flavoursome.
I haven’t put away the coffee. That can wait until tomorrow.
What’s the hardest thing that you’ve had to push to back of your pantry, or throw away? For me, it’s the coffee. And eggs run a close second – not for the eggs themselves, but for what they make when combined with cassava flour, apple, and a little muscovado sugar. That’s ok. It can be done. Let me know how you’re going – I look forward to your comments and the building of community and strength!
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