The Ingredients

My pantry and larder are always stocked with these, my staples for good health and sumptuous flavour.

Sadly my pantry is not a tiny, cool room downstairs from the kitchen full of flour sacks, bread-proving baskets and rising dough, nor is my larder a stone-walled room overbrimming with dripping tins, hanging joints of ham, salt beef and knots of garlic. They are just a couple of little cupboards in my small Hoxton kitchen, that I give the resonant old names to, for the joy it brings my ears.

ORGANIC is an assumption!

  • Coconut Oil for cooking
  • lard
  • suet (buy pure beef dripping)
  • almond milk (no added sugar)
  • rice milk (no added sugar)
  • coconut milk
  • coconut water
  • grey salt or Fleurs de sel or Sel de Guerande (unrefined sea salt – full of nutrients and minerals)
  • cinnamon
  • turmeric
  • cumin
  • almond meal
  • hazelnut meal
  • buckwheat flour
  • quinoa flour
  • amaranth flour
  • chickpea flour (also known as besan, gram and garbanzo flour)
  • oatbran
  • coconut flour
  • creamed coconut
  • bicarbonate of soda
  • raw apple cider vinegar (with mother)
  • manuka honey
  • lemons or limes
  • dashi (kombu sheets) I’ll do a whole post on this one!
  • home made bone broth (a crucial stock base – I always have some in the freezer and it’s so easy to make after a meaty meal with left over bones, or simply with some cheap bones from the organic butcher)
  • gluten free sourdough starter (another one that I keep alive in my kitchen always – easy to make yourself)

I grow fresh basil, thyme, sage, flat leaf parsley, chives always. I grow tomatoes, courgettes (particularly for the flowers!), strawberries and coriander when I manage to entice them to survival.

My two exceptions to the no-cow’s-dairy rule:

  • Butter
  • buttermilk

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What are your favourite ingredients? Let me know in the comments!

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