I love to cook. Although not too obvious but I grew up imagining myself in a cooking show. Apparently, my favorite TV show as of now is GustoTV. I could sit and watch TV all day when it’s tuned in to that show or alike.
Probably recipe book is one of my favorite books to read too. But when you grow up in a far flung area where ingredients are not readily available, your recipe book is merely for reading and not to try it’s recipes. So I ditched the idea of becoming a master chef in our kitchen.
Anyways, coming to Canada gives us the opportunity to explore culinary arts. Not really enrolling in to that degree or work in a first class restaurant but [instead] still in our kitchen. Because ingredients are readily available even in local stores, I have the chance to try recipes that I wished I did when I was younger.
So from time to time we cook something new to our palate. And we ended up buying more and more ingredients with leftovers stored in our pantry.
Eventually, I realized we hoarded too much ingredients and disappointingly we have to throw some because it reached it’s expiration date. Apparently we don’t apply the frugal living.
How We Accumulated Too Much Cooking Ingredient?
Buying more ingredients more than what the recipe calls. I wish there are items that we can buy in portion, like a cup of almond floor, a teaspoon of yeast. Back home, because buying a big portion of ingredient is expensive businessman came to idea of repacking it and sell in smaller portion.
Double Purchased. Not looking in the pantry for the available ingredients prior to purchasing items.
Forgot to cook. Planned to cook but procrastination and laziness took over and eventually forgot about the recipe plan.
Giveaways. Our friends love to come to our place and cook and whatever ingredients left is ours to use and … yeah, store. And also we usually have new neighbors in our basement and when they move they’d left us whatever is in their pantry is ours.
The “What’s in the Pantry?” Cooking Challenge
One day I opened the pantry and realized that there are so many ingredients that have to be thrown. It hit me big time because we are not trained to do this. We are trained to utilize whatever is in our kitchen. Unless rotten we have to eat all the leftovers. And beside the fact that many people are starving across the globe makes me feel guilty of throwing foods.
So I came up the idea of “What’s in the Pantry?” cooking challenge. We have to be creative and cook whatever is in our pantry. I believe this is one way of saving money too. Besides my inner “wanna-be master chef” will be tested and let’s see what recipe I can come up to.
What’s in Our Pantry?
I did an inventory and here are the available items that we can cook…. Please note that those items that has strike through are items that are gone. Link will also be provided for the recipe.
Chocolate chips (Semi-sweet and white)Recipe:
- Oatmeal – Recipe:
- All-purpose flour
- Almond flour – Recipe: Almond Zucchini Bread
- Sugar icing
- Hardened brown sugar
- 2 cans of yeast (double purchased!!!)
- 2 cans of baking powder (yeah!!!)
- Corn Kernels in Can
- Corn flour
- Potato Flour
- Rice Flour
- Sweet Rice Flour
- Cream of tartar
- Baking soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Milk
- Condensed Milk
- Matcha Powder (from product review)
- Thick Cream
- Pasta (lasagna and linguini)
- Rice paper
- Knoxx Gelatine
- Cinnamon Powder
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Turmeric powder
- Spices (lots of spices……)
- Different Sauces
Plus I’ll include items inside the fridge…
Aside from meats, fish, and veggies other items that has been stored in our fridge (that are soon to be thrown) are:
- Wonton wrap
- Cream cheese
- Pickled veggies
I guess I miss some items. But surely my inner master chef skill will be tested on what to cook with the items listed above… and so the challenge begins!