I am really bad at shopping with a list, if on the rare occassion I do make a list I always forget to take it. So invariably I am left wandering around the supermarket trying to visualise my fridge and pantry while going over what the last few meals were that I cooked.
I hate cooking with a passion, I have been told I am a good cook but I get no enjoyment from it, it is a chore that I despise. I think its not the cooking so much but the what to cook. I stand in front of the pantry for so long trying to think of new and wonderful things to make and in the end I cook the same thing as I did last week. Knowing this when I do the shopping I end up buying the same ingredients over and over and the pantry fills with tins of tomatoes and jars of spaghetti sauce. Then there are the really obscure items that I buy when I am pretending that I will cook something different but dont and then those start to double up.
So for the past two weeks I have been cooking what is in the pantry and not buying groceries. It amazes me that all that food was sitting there just wasting away. However in my determination to empty the pantry we are getting down to a few strange combinations, a mixing of continents and condiments not likely to be seen on the next Master Chef (oh and I hate those cooking shows too).
Now I must be off there is a pan of turkey sausages with dukkah seasoning, tinned tomatoes and water chestnuts waiting to be served.