As a keen cook I have bountiful store cupboards so that I can pluck out exotic ingredients at my leisure without the need for a supermarket trip to source something weird and wonderful. Don't Jamie and the like recommend that? It's not how it is going to be in the motorhome. Space limitations mean that staples that can be kept ready and waiting for cheffy whims are going to be cut drastically. It's going to take a bit of thought as to what really constitutes a culinary essential. Sunflower and olive oil are on the list as are a few herbs, spices, stock cubes and sugar for the sweet toothed visitors. They'll be jumbo oats for breakfast and plain flour for pancakes and the odd baking experiment. Oh and of course Marmite for me and Nutella for Lou. Beyond that everything will be bought on an 'as and when basis' and ingredients used up pronto so that they don't hang around taking up valuable cupboard room. I'll reckon I'll be expanding my cooking repertoire by researching recipes to use up dry goods left over from.
In the time before my move I have set myself the 'Old Mother Hubbard' challenge. My cupboards containing two years worth of hoarded 'essentials' have to be emptied. I'll be using up a load of stuff bought for one off recipes. The fayre served up in my final weeks at Lovelygrey Cottage might be more unusual than it has been of late. For instance, thanks to my now defunct lusting over Paul Hollywood there's an awful lot of white cornmeal of ground to various grade to get through. I'm going to have to be really creative with that. Expect some wacky recipes coming to a blog near you shortly!