Wednesday, 29 April 2015

My cans-n-dry-goods larder.



Top shelf. Confit, confit, confit, paté, paté, paté.


Second shelf. Beans, lentils, more paté, anchovies, and even a can of ready made 'cassoulet'.


Third shelf. More confit, more paté, milk, preserved lemons, and harissa.


Fourth shelf. Dry lentils, risotto rice, american rice, basmati rice, and vermicelli.

I hadn't really looked too closely at my larder recently. There are one or two things there that I'm not particularly proud of; the tin of 'cassoulet' for example; in fact when accompanied by extra charcuterie etc it's quite nice. Emergency food.

There are quite a few cans of 'baked beans', the French ones are very good; more natural tasting than Heinz 57.

On the second shelf you might even notice a tiny Tesco's Christmas pudding. Lovely jubbly.

We'll survive!



28 comments:

  1. I wish i had the confit de canard here.

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    1. Mine too, my inlaws are sadly now too infirm for their yearly jaunt to France, they used to bring us goody bags stuffed with confit de canard, wine and coffee! Did notice recently our local farm shop has started stocking confit de canard, so might treat us to some.

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    1. Wine has a specially dedicated room.

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    3. My local (upmarket) supermarket recently had some Aussie wines on offer, but usually they're very nationalistic about their wines; still thinking that French is best, which is probably why they won't allow the public to try all the others..

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  3. Everyone needs emergency food. That pate would do the trick as well as the cassoulet in a crisis!

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    1. I also have a can of choucroute somewhere. Again, when served with extra charcuterie; not bad (in emergency).

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  4. Well you certainly won't starve in a siege, but you could get mighty fed up with confit!

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    1. Never Frances.... I'd eat it every week.

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  5. I love store cupboards - mine is overstocked with tins of tuna in spring water - I love it (and so does the dog), red salmon (lovely in sandwiches at tea time) and tinned tomatoes - over here in Winter they are so much better than fresh ones, which are tasteless. As to freezers -
    we store our peas, broad beans, gooseberries, raspberries and runner beans from the garden in our two freezers - one thankfully is almost empty, so that I can defrost and give it a rest before the new produce appears in July.

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    1. I think my stock of tuna, sardines, squid, octopus, moules, etc was just out of picture on the fourth shelf; but they're there. My own tomato preserves are in a different room with all my other home preserves. I use the freezers mostly for meat, but like you I do have raspberries, blackberries, etc, all frozen. I suppose it's time to start using them up.

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  6. Good to see no sugar or flour so no temptation for sweet cakes etc.

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    1. That's Lady M's domain... I'm banned.

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  7. Would you like to see my shelf?

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    1. No, Rachel, he wouldn't. He is too full of his own.

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    2. No, Rachel, I wouldn't. I'm too full of my own.

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    3. p.s. I'm not sure what that bitch is full of, but I can guess.

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    4. Anyway I bet you'd rather see mine than her's.

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    5. No he wouldn't, Rachel. He is an artist. And artists like blank canvases to throw themselves at.

      Cro, I am not full of anything. Maybe you can fatten me up whilst remembering all those resolutions of yours the other day: Love thy idiots (and Russell Brand).

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    6. Some idiots maybe; certainly not Brand. See, I've failed already.

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  8. Looks like you are well stocked. We are severely diminished after the winter.

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    1. A sign that I'm keeping to my diet; lots of uneaten confit and paté.

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  9. It is odd but now that it is just the two of us the larder seems to have doubled, in fact we are adding two new shelving units this weekend. I do love home canned foods and especially fresh tuna.

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  10. What's American Rice? I live in the US, didn't know we had our own rice (except Wild Rice, which technically isn't a rice).

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    1. Funny you should say that! I was wondering what to call it. It's a long grain rice that I think is part pre-cooked then re-dried. Sometimes sold as Uncle Ben's. I think it also used to be sold as American quick cook (it isn't) rice. It is slightly beige in colour, rather than white. I don't know what else to call it.

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