Ten things that should always be in your kitchen

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Here are the top ten items you should make sure you always have in your kitchen, to produce easy lunches or suppers in super-quick time.

1. Eggs

2. Bacon or ham

3. Onions

4. Parmesan

5. Potatoes

6. Cream

7. Butter

8. Pasta or noodles

9.  Bread

10. Milk

Here are some dishes you can concoct in emergencies from these ingredients:

1+2+6+7 – Scrambled eggs and ham

2+3+5+7 – Fried potatoes with bacon

1+2+7+8 – Pasta with ham

1+2+6+8 – Spaghetti carbonara

1+2+9 – Fried egg and bacon sandwich

1+2+6 – Omelette

1+7+9+10+cinammon/sugar/Nutella/honey – French toast

4+5+6 – Potato gratin

1+10+flour+sugar – Pancakes


For more inspiration, check out this blog as well, which has wonderful quiches and a great one-pot carbonara recipe: http://saltandcaramel.com/?p=1258


6 thoughts on “Ten things that should always be in your kitchen

    Sandra Bradley responded:
    5 September, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Definitely, but personally, I am a great ham fan, so would feel deprived without a bit of that from time to time ;.)

    MmeLindor said:
    6 September, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Absolutely, I did a similar blog post a while back about my kitchen staples, and have almost the same things on my list.

      Sandra Bradley responded:
      7 September, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      Great minds think alike, Mme Lindor. Your recipes look fantastic so I have taken the liberty of linking to your post, if that’s OK.

    Little Me said:
    7 September, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Great post – makes a change from the extremely long lists of storecupboard essentials you see in most cookery books..

      Sandra Bradley responded:
      7 September, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      My feelings exactly. Who wants to be lumbered with bottles of Thai fish sauce and capers for years on end when the reality is it needs to be from kitchen to table in 30 minutes?

    Cteavin said:
    18 January, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I love you for including cream and butter.

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