In my cupboard (part 1)

25 Apr

For my first article, I’ve decided to tell you about my cupboard’s essentials.

Today, I will speak about spices and seasoning ingredients.

  •  Rocky salt: this one can add way more than the average salt. I use it for jacket potatoes, bruschette, roastbeef… It is clearly a tool to give texture to your meal before serving.
  • Turmeric powder(known in French as curcuma)
  • Curry powder
  • Sweet chilly in powder
  • Garlic
  • Oignon
  • Olive oil
  • Nut oil: it gives a great taste to your salads.
  • Balsamic vinegar (Italian roots, don’t even ask)
  • Yuzu vinegar: you can find some in Japanese grocery stores. You can use it instead of rice vinegar to prepare sushi rice and it is also delicious in a salad dressing.
  • Frozen ginger (you can find chopped ginger and herbs in frozen “supermarkets” which is pretty useful, or do it yourself and keep it in a freezing bag)
  • Frozen basil (never use dried basil as you can find from Ducros (France) or Scwartz (UK), it is tasteless)
  • Frozen chive
  • Coconut milk: always useful when you don’t know what to cook, just add turmeric, curry, basmati rice and frozen vegetables. It’s an easy recipe you can do with your cupboard ingredients. Furthermore, coconut milk can be kept for a while, so I always have two cans of 200ml.
  • Dijon mustard: as you know, I am French so I often use it for salad dressings or to cook a meat.

And the usual salt, pepper (although i don’t really use it), sugar, flour, sugar cubes…

For the people living in Paris or travelling to Paris soon, I have a great address to give you for spices (there are shops in Cancale and Saint-Malo also).

The creator is a famous French cook and he opened those shops to give tasty spices (for instance turmeric powder).

Epices Roellinger

51 bis rue Saint-Anne

75002 Paris
http://www.epices-roellinger.com/

If you have a walk into the area, rue Saint-Anne is also the Japanese quarter in Paris, so you’ll be able to find Japanese groceries as well as true Japanese gastronomy (no sushi in this street!). Just in front of the Roellinger shop, there is an Okonomiyaki shop (take away or eat in).

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