My cupboard isn't quite bare but it is a lot less cluttered.
Here is my list. My bare bones store cupboard.
I've really pared it down but there is still quite a lot there.
These are the things I never want to be without. They are by no means the only foods I will be buying. I shall buy fresh, seasonal fruit and veg every week and a couple of different meats (sausages and braising steak this week) plus some fresh fish. If I want to make coconut and carrot soup or pineapple pudding then a tin of coconut milk or a tin of pineapple will go in my trolley. I expect the odd chunk of cheese will go in too.
This may sound blindingly obvious to some, you might be thinking isn't that what everyone does? But I have got into the habit of routinely stocking every ingredient I might possibly need. My new system should allow me to plan for a few meals and ad lib the rest.
Strong white flour, strong wholemeal flour, plain flour, self-raising flour
Caster sugar, demerara sugar, soft brown sugar
Golden syrup, black treacle
Yeast, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda
Cocoa, 200g dark chocolate
Desiccated coconut, almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts
Sunflower seeds I put them in granola and flapjacks and toast them for salads
Sultanas, dried apricots
Red lentils, green or grey lentils
Dried milk -I use this when I make yogurt
Tins, jars and cartons
Chopped tomatoes, passata, tomato purée
Baked beans - essential emergency lunch
Homemade jam, marmalade, jelly and chutney
Marmite - vital and good as an emergency stock.
Sunflower seed butter - brilliant peanut butter substitute
Spices, sea salt, black peppercorns
Olive oil, sunflower oil
White wine vinegar
Ketchup I could definitely do without this but the children would complain
Vermouth, dry sherry, brandy
Frozen peas - I would never want to be without the wondrous frozen pea
Frozen sweetcorn - Nor this
Chicken -whole and breasts
Homemade veg hash
Homemade bread and breadcrumbs
Homegrown and foraged fruit
Bacon or chorizo
Ham or salami -for sandwiches
Cream -at weekends
Even without buying fresh meat or special cheeses I can make many meals from my list without having to buy anything else.
Granola, pancakes, toast with jam/jelly/marmalade/sunflower butter/marmite, porridge, beans on toast, eggs, bacon sandwiches, potato cakes
loaves, rolls, filled bread,pizza, foccacia, fruit bread, cinnamon rolls, naan bread, pittas, scones, soda bread
Cakes and biscuits
muffins, flapjacks, gingernuts, shortbread, fork biscuits, anzac biscuits, sponge cakes, fruit cakes, cocoa brownies, jam tarts, welsh cakes, gingerbread, banana cake and many more
lentil, minestrone, bean and tomato, vegetable and barley, tuna-cheddar chowder, carrot, pea, potato, tomato, onion
Light meals and salads
toasted cheese sandwiches, omelettes, lentil and egg salad, lentil and pea salad, carrot salad, orange and black olive salad, tuna and bean salad, baked potatoes with cheese, beans on toast, bean dip, hummus, all sorts of sandwiches
Cheese soufflé, onion tart, pissaladière, bacon and egg tart, curried eggs, kushery (lentils and rice topped with fried onions), dahl, felafel, meatballs and spaghetti, chilli con carne, cottage pie, burgers, chicken curry, chicken escalopes in breadcrumbs, lemon and garlic chicken, chicken with mustard and cream, chicken cacciatore/chasseur, salmon with lentils, honey-soy glazed salmon, spiced chicken or salmon, potato gratin, pasta and cheese gratin, pasta puttanesca, beans and bacon or chorizo in a pot, bean chilli, pasta with oil and garlic, pasta with fried breadcrumbs, garlic and herbs, fried eggs and potato wedges, spaghetti carbonara, orzotto (barley risotto), lentil and barley stew, keema curry, meat and potato pie, pasties, pilaff, beans and rice, pan haggerty, mince and tatties
Salmon with puy lentils (or as C calls them 'those little beady things')
Carrot salad -carrot, parsley, toasted sunflower seeds in a dressing of orange juice, olive oil, salt and pepper
mayonnaise, salsa verde, tapenade, herb butter, garlic butter, croutons, vinaigrette, tomato sauce, hollandaise sauce, béarnaise sauce
Chocolate fudge pudding, crème au chocolat, coconut creams, meringues, pancakes, bananas and cream, crumbles, pies, yoghurt and fruit, syllabub, bread and butter pudding, steamed puds, treacle tart, hollygog, vanilla ice cream, crème brulée, chocolate mousse, fruit salad, orange sorbet
Bananas and cream. My mum used to make this often when I was little. Whipped cream, sliced bananas (particularly good for brown bananas), sultanas and a little brown sugar.