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Spice Up Your Life With New Pantry Staples

by Natalie Khoo on Thursday 7 May 2020

 

Being in lockdown for Covid-19 means you’re eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at home.

Unless you’re venturing out for a quick takeaway, or getting home delivery during the week, you’re probably getting bored of your own cooking.

So why not mix things up? Next time you go shopping, head to your local smaller markets, and pick up these pantry staples for healthy new recipes at home. Not only do these items give you the chance to have some fun in the kitchen, you also support small businesses that may be struggling during this time.

From the Asian Grocery

 

Why not try noodle soup or a different variety of curry?

  • Noodles – Made from rice, egg and wheat… There are so many types to try.
  • Soup bases – Simply pour into a pot and boil with your favourite protein and/or vegetables. Serve with noodles or rice. 
  • Japanese curry sauce mix – A good change-up from Thai. It usually comes in cubes, which you crumble over water, protein and vegetables. 
  • Togoarashi or furikake – Delicious Japanese spice mixes made of seaweed flakes, sesame seeds and chili powder for added flavour. 
  • Chilli oil and sesame oil – Fantastic additions to soy sauce in Chinese cooking. 

From the Middle Eastern Grocery 

 

Another night of pasta? Why not instead try a new style of homemade pizza?

  • Pita bread – Unless you’re adventurous enough to make your own dough, these are a great option for pizza bases. 
  • Zaatar, dukkah or harrisa – Ready-made spice mixes, perfect for sprinkling on meals with your choice of protein and assorted vegetables (our favourites are pumpkin and eggplant). 
  • Green olives – Add them as a topping (or snack on them with a glass of wine!). 

From the Spanish grocery 

 

Instead of another night of meat and veg, how about try a spicy bean salad?

  • Nopales – Strips of marinated cactus that you can buy in a jar. They provide an unusual and exciting accompaniment to your protein and greens. 
  • Jalapenos – Add these spicy peppers to any meal for punch. 
  • Smoked paprika – A must-have flavour that enhances almost anything. 
  • Black beans – The perfect protein for any Mexican or Spanish dish. 
  • Tapatio or Cholula – Popular hot sauces that make Tabasco look boring. 

From the African Grocery 

 

Instead of another night of chili con carne, why not try a Moroccan stew? 

  • Lentils or chickpeas – Available in a can. If you buy them dried, we suggest you soak them overnight, so they don’t take as long to cook on the stove. 
  • Cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom – A range of essential spices you can use in any tagine. Use them to marinate your choice of protein and vegetables, simmer, then serve with rice. 

We hope these new ideas breathe life into your kitchen routine. If you’re still hungry for more ideas, consider spending that extra time you might have on your hands growing your own indoor edible garden, too. 
 
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