A desire to eat well — well here meaning both healthfully and elevated — inspires me to buy certain ingredients to keep in my pantry. However, when I moved to Berlin I did not know how long I would stay, and so I was reluctant to buy pantry items that I might never use up. Plus I had myself on a no-added-sugar regime. At home, I extended this to no cream. In grocery stores, I shied away from jams and most condiments other than mustard. I did not eliminate cheese (as if I would ever do that!). My cooking at home became sort of dull as I found myself eating raw vegetables for breakfast and tuna with capers on pasta for dinner. I had lost inspiration when I removed my freedom.
Eventually I got beyond my commitment fear and my calorie obsession and started into the buying. Lentils, rices, tins of beans, and the group of things I collectively refer to as Kitchen Liquids. Now it is all starting to feel like clutter. Wasteful clutter.
There are a lot of things beyond hunger that motivate me to eat. Inspiration, invitation, accommodation, socialization, boredom. I am choosing to make conservation and utilisation two new motivating factors.
I declare that I will plough through my pantry. Until I have cycled through everything I currently have, I vow that each meal I make at home will use my current stock in some significant way. From this challenge I have excluded things I always cycle through without effort, like tuna and capers and pasta. I didn’t bother dragging things from my fridge to be photographed, but I have some tandoori paste and sweet chilli sauce that I should eat before they need to be tossed.