I’ve been in the kitchen a lot more since the quarantines started and working with my hands has brought me joy (some days) or respite on others. Here are 5 things I always stock up on or always reach for in the kitchen these days:
Herbs and Spices
My usual picks are cayenne pepper, paprika, cinnamon, turmeric, basil, tarragon, thyme and rosemary. Even when I wasn’t cooking a lot (or at all), I’d buy spices during trips to remember it by, as a sort of souvenir. Now that I’m in the kitchen a lot, I love experimenting with these. As for herbs, I’ve been trying to grow a few things in pots.
My top picks are relish from chopped veggies, sriracha, mustard, oyster sauce, worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce, sesame oil, pesto and the occasional salsa, sweet chili, gochujang or mirin.
I still prefer this over other food cutting machines.
Good Cookware and Bakeware
I used to improvise but now, I treat myself to a good set that’s versatile, looks good and can take a beating if needed.
I hate leaving the kitchen dirty, disorganized or wet. Even before covid, I’m a little extra with these.
Written for 5 Things You Absolutely Need in Your Kitchen by Dr. Tanya over at Salted Caramel