Real Food Pantry

My Real Food PantryMy Pantry Staples….

  • Extra virgin coconut oil
  • Raw almonds (activated)
  • Raw cashews
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pepitas / Sunflower seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Coconut Flour
  • GF Baking Flour
  • Rice Malt Syrup
  • Raw Honey
  • Natural vanilla extract / vanilla beans
  • Cinnamon (my all time favourite staple!)
  • Raw Cacao Powder / Cacao nibs
  • Goji berries
  • Organic medjool dates
  • Organic shredded coconut
  • Sprouted brown rice protein

And in the fridge….

  • Fresh organic eggs
  • Almond Milk
  • Homemade coconut milk
  • Pure Maple Syrup

The low down on nuts….

Pantry or fridge?

There is widespread debate amongst the health conscious about whether raw nuts should be stored in the fridge on pantry. Personally I find nuts last longer in an airtight glass jar in the fridge, but if fridge space is at a premium in your home, they will be fine in the pantry for short periods of time.

To activate or not?

I tend to activate the nuts I use in my recipes whenever time allows as I am aware of the health benefits of doing, but again this is a personal preference, and the majority of my recipes work with or without activation. To activate nuts, pace desired amount in a glass dish and cover with water (at least 1 inch higher than the nuts). Let them soak overnight and then drain ‘dirty’ water from the nuts in the morning. If time permits, cover with fresh water and leave to sit for another 6-8 hours and then rinse nuts and dry before use. You will find the nuts become ‘plump’ and tastier as a result of this process.

Dates vs Medjool Dates

Not all dates are equal in terms of flavour and plumpness. My recipes are based on using large organic medjool dates available at the local fruit shop or co-op. If you only have the dried prepacked dates on hand (think hard and shrivelled little things), don’t despair, you can still use these little  dates in my recipes. What you will need to do is soak them for 10-15 minutes in a cup of warm water to bring some life back into them before you use them and double the quantity listed in the recipes as they don’t have the same amount of ‘flesh’ on them.

Quality produce

They say a builder is only as good as his tools….well same goes with creating sweet treats. The quality and freshness of the products you use make a world of difference to the end product, so make sure you find a good local supplier. I get all of my staples from Flametree Community Food Co Op in Thirroul as not only are the food products divine (best dates ever!), I just love shopping there. It has the best vibe as soon as you walk through the doors, and there is just something really special about a business run totally by volunteers that all share a passion for organic, local and sustainable products. The link above takes you to their product page if you are interested in seeing what they have. Might see you in there sometime soon….

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