24 January 2011

New Kitchen... New Start...

After about 4 months of renovating.. my kitchen is finally done. Whooot !! :)

The only problem I now face, is that I have to re-stock my kitchen cupboards ... in a space-efficient way.

If you're not following.. I'll explain. My entire kitchen size is 3m long by 1.4m wide.

And in this 3x1.4m space... I have my fridge, oven, stove top and dish washer.

Which leaves me about 1 set of drawers and some overhead cupboard space to fit in all my pantry items.

So keeping to essentials, and yet at the same time provide a wide enough spectrum to cover most the recipes I like to make on a regular basis, here is my list of 25:

Cupboard 1 (Oils & Sauces):
  • Olive Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Chilli Oil
  • Light Soy Sauce
  • Japanese Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Chinese Cooking Rice Wine
  • Mirin
Cupboard 2 (Seasoning & Dried ingredients):
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Peppercorns
  • White Sugar
  • Dried Porcini Mushrooms
  • Dried Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Chilli Flakes
  • Plain Flour
  • Baking powder (to turn Plain flour into self raising flour)
  • Tapioca Starch
  • Dried Pasta
  • Arborio Rice (for risottos)
  • Jasmine Rice (for chinese cooking)
Cupboard 3 (Tinned & Bottled Things):
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Olives
In my fridge:
  • Eggs
  • Parmesan Cheese
Herbs & Other Aromatics:
  • Rosemary (growing from my pot in the window)
  • Garlic
Can anyone else think of any other must-have items to add to this list ?

Thanks in advance.. :)

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