Yesterday, I let you peek inside my grocery basket to give you a rough weekly shopping list.
Today, let’s delve into the cupboards and see what grains, legumes, seaweeds, spices and other fun treats you might want to buy.
OK, here goes…
- Eggs (organic if you can afford)! For anyone who lives in Bondi or the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Pete at Suveran on Oxford St. Bondi Junction has really reasonable organic eggs and products.
- Grains! We like millet, quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat noodles for stir fries, oats.
- Sea Vegies! I’ve spoken about how adding seaweed to your grains gives them an alkalising affect on your body, so we add them to every pot of brown rice we cook. It’s great with quinoa, and millet as well, just throw some wakame, kelp, or kombu into the pot with your water and rice from the very beginning and forget about it. SO EASY. And it brings a whole new flavour bomb to the dish. Check out your local Asian grocer, they’ll sell all these.
- Legumes! We have red and green lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans… You name it, we have it. While variety is always essential, the darker ones are our pick of the crop.
- Nuts! Walnuts, almonds, and Brazil nuts are in our stock pile. We have walnuts and berries for our 1st breakfast each morning, and here’s a bonus tip: keep nuts in the freezer to keep them fresh and crunchy. YUM!
- Seeds! Chia, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), sunflower, flax. Note on the flax, please grind or sprout them before eating. Don’t eat them whole as they’ll go straight through. AND remember that raw is always best over roasted and salted.
- Oils! Virgin coconut and cold pressed extra virgin olive are our pics. Pure sesame is good to drizzle over Asian salads, too.
- Tahini! I forgot to mention tahini in my post yesterday and one of your fellow Happies suggested how great it was. We now add it to our muesli, and eat it with honey on toast or rice thins – a yummy snack that’s also shared by some of you.
- Spices and herbs! Ummm, go crazy. Turmeric, paprika, cumin, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, basil, oregano… basically, buy them all. And if you have a herb garden, I’m jel! Hehe.
- Salt! Pure Sea or Himalayan Rock is best, in my opinion.
I know I’ve forgotten things, so please share your cupboard secrets with me.