Ok, we’re into this back to school, back to work thing. The regular rhythms are returning. Which probably means we’ve got back into making dinner every night, and it has to be quick.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love sausage and mash or shepherd’s pie as much as the next person. But sometimes you need to pep the flavour up just a bit. If you want to make some additions to your store cupboard, or someone else’s, then think about adding these kinds of culinary wonders.
I love wholegrain mustard, as it’s a good standby for great salad dressings, for creamy sauces or mixed with honey for sweet and tangy glaze. For something a little different, I love Tracklements French Wholegrain Mustard, which has a hint of tarragon to it.
Now you could go mad with these, but a few well chosen flavoured oils are good standbys for marinades, dressings or a drizzle. When you can’t be bothered to chop up herbs or have run out of them, then having a few of these to hand is useful. I like to have lemon, basil and rosemary and garlic on hand, just for a bit of sunshine on a bleak day. I like the selection from Gourmet Spice Co, definitely worth a look.
Another great standby for pepping up lots of things, from chicken to fish. It cooks down well to make a glaze. I really like the Healthy Boy brand; it’s the same one my local Thai restaurant uses. If it’s good enough for them (and he’s very fussy) then happy to give it house room here. Buy it online from Wai Yee Hong.
I love this, particularly Syms in either regular or smoked. It’s great as an addition to pasta or mixed with mayo to top a sandwich. Or stir a bit into some mince for some added flavour. It keeps really well in the fridge, and a little goes a long way. Syms has a really good meat content to it, do keep an eye on that when looking at alternative brands.
It’s not all about savoury stuff. Salted caramel is one of my favourite flavours, and this works so well with everything. You could add it ice cream if you’ve got any. I’ve added it to porridge, which I always have the ingredients for. I’ve added it to mug cakes and to hot chocolate. It turns everything into something slightly more luxurious. Which on a wet weekday after a long day at work turns out to be just perfect.
These are my five choices, what would yours be? Or is there anything in your cupboard that you thought would be great, but turned out to be useless and is gathering dust?