Shopping on a Sunday afternoon, I know it is not the best time for fresh food but I still expect to see food. I ended up needing to go to two different large chain supermarkets to get the following: a chicken, baking potatoes, chestnut mushrooms and a green vegetable.
There just was not a lot of food on the shelves, which left me thinking is “empty shelf syndrome”, the first product of our impending recession? Are supermarkets ordering less food to avoid wastage?
I used work in a fashion boutique, where the rule was you should have 20% of your stock left at the end of a season, which means you have catered to all your customers. I don’t know if this works the same way in the grocery sector, but there definitely was not much fresh food left in either of the supermarkets I visited last Sunday.
I am wondering if the supermarkets trying to save as much as possible at a cost of their customer’s wants and needs. Are we going to be cooking more from our larders? Are we going to have to learn, what our mothers knew, how to cook from canned goods including retro ingredients like Cream of Mushroom soup? Here is a link to over 4,000 recipes using Cream of Mushroom soup from RecipeZaar. These recipes seem very reminiscent of the food of the 1970’s, which is quite appropriate since we are going through similar times with inflation, gas and heating prices fluctuating, I just hope we will not be dressing in brown and orange.
So what is in your larder? I always try to have a well stocked larder which usually contains several tins of tomatoes, various beans, pasta, rice, dried porcini mushrooms, onions, dried chillies and fruit, tortillas to make wraps or burritos as well as always having garlic and a basil plant. I try to keep my larder well stocked as if in a pinch, I can pull together a reasonably healthy meal without running to the supermarket.
In this current economic climate, I think it is wise to stock up on your basics for the larder as well as taking advantage of meat that is on special offer (sale) and freezing it. I always have minced (ground) beef in the freezer, which lends itself to so many different dishes from meatballs to chilli to bolognaise sauce.
My question to you, dear readers, what are your larder essentials? What are your favourite larder recipes?