Since moving out of the van my shopping, eating and cooking habits have changed. The biggest difference is that I have a whole freezer rather than a teeny ice box at my disposal. Instead of one tiny tub of ice cream I now have four! Buying in bulk applies to those yellow sticker items too. Yay! Four packs of smoked salmon, about £1.48 apiece went in there yesterday. That'll be handy for those special weekend breakfasts. And there was a decent chicken that had been marked down to around the £2.50 mark.
I'm starting to batch cook again as well. Because I can! A shepherd's pie was portioned up the other day and frozen. Leftover soup was popped into another container ready to heat up on a day when I arrive home and am too knackered to cook properly. A big batch of dal is planned. I forgot how brilliant a bit of extra food storage space was.
What I'm not doing though is accumulating a vast collection of store cupboard ingredients. I've worked out I don't really need twenty different oils, fourteen types of flour and an array of flavourings that wouldn't look out of place in one of those Middle Eastern spice markets. Living in a smaller space helped me to learn to substitute ingredients without any ill effects on the finished product. It would be a shame to lose this new found skill now I'm back in a proper house!