WHAT’S IN YOUR CUPBOARDS?
Every kitchen needs basic ingredients that are used more or less on a daily basis, so what do you need to keep? You will obviously want other things that you personally like in your cupboard, like pickled onions, but for making most of the recipes these are your starting point.
HERBS & SPICES
These are used to add flavour to your food. Fresh herbs are great when you can get them but a stock of your favourite dried herbs is useful. Chives are best used fresh and are usually available most of the time. You can grow some herbs easily in pots of compost on a windowsill. You can grow chives, basil, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, hyssop, parsley, mint and sage. You can also grow garlic and ginger in pots.
You can choose to buy whole or ready ground spices. Whole ones you can grind yourself in a pestle and mortar and they give a fresher more pungent flavour, but to start off buying the ready ground ones is much easier and still gives excellent results.
A ready stocked spice rack looks lovely, but you will find that you rarely use some of them so buying individual ones is the best idea to begin with.