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Hello,<br><br>
finally moving into our own place after having stayed with my generous in-laws for the last three years I am very exited to finally cook what *I* want and whenever *I* want <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">: This is the very first time I am living on my very own (well, with dh and dd) as I am just 23 years old.<br>
Please always keep in mind though that the things have to appeal to my 2 year old daughter but most of the time she's really quite easy going. (I feel very lucky for that thing I can assure you!!)<br>
We will be tight on money so very few meat apart from deli meats for sandwiches, more so we will have fish (frozen or fresh), beans and legumes, soups, stews, stir-frys and such.<br><br>
Some things I already know that I will surely need them, maybe others of you can help me think of stapley I would have otherwise missed. I buy as much organic as possible but have to look closely at the price.<br>
Ah, and we will be cooking mostly pan-asian (think of Donna Hay and Bill Granger), mediterranian (Jamie Oliver anyone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">: ) and just plain comfort foods like fried eggs, fish fingers, mac&cheese, stews and soups....<br>
Most meals it's just me and my dd, dh is self-employed but works out of home.<br>
Breakfast is often granola+chopped banana+milk, then a small snack of crackers and fruit mid-morning, lunch for 1.5 persons 8) , afternoon snack is yogurt or cheese cubes+fruits+crackers or ww cookies, dinner is often just some sort of sandwich and veggie.<br><br>
We really eat almost everything, no dietary or ethnic restrictions just monetary ones <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><b>Fridge</b><br>
milk, full fat<br>
yogurt (plain and vanilla-flavored for dd)<br>
cheese (gouda, alp, goat)<br>
cream cheese<br>
german quark (we live in Germany!)<br>
eggs<br>
parmesan<br>
deli meats like ham (cured and cooked), salami, sausages<br>
pickles (cornichons, ginger)<br>
marinated olives, tomatoes, artichokes<br>
several jams<br><br><br><b>Freezer</b> (only a small compartment)<br>
frozen veggies like peas, broccoli, spinach<br>
frozen berries<br>
frozen fish and fish fingers<br>
maybe frozen chicken but I am hesitant because of the bird flu <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused"><br>
ice cubes<br>
frozen organic puff pastry<br>
frozen pizzas<br>
homemade stock cubes<br><br><br><b>Produce</b><br>
fruits (bananas, apples, kiwifruit and grapes are big at the moment)<br>
lemons<br>
avocados<br>
vegetables (carrots, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, salad, onions, garlic...)<br>
bread and toast<br><br><b>Spices</b><br>
cooking salt<br>
potugese Flor de Sal<br>
herbed salt<br>
pepper (whole corns, ground as needed)<br>
nutmeg (also whole)<br>
herbes de provence<br>
italian herb mix<br>
pizza and pasta herb mix<br>
whole caraway<br>
sweet pepper<br>
asian spice mix<br>
homemade curry mix<br><br><b>Condiments and Sauces</b><br>
ketchup<br>
mustards (fine and medium spicy, french mustard and grilling mustard, thats the one w/mustard corns in it)<br>
tomato paste<br>
homemade pesto sauces<br>
salsa<br>
olive oil from Lake Garda *soooo yummy*<br>
pumpkin seed oil<br>
white wine vinegar<br>
balsamico<br>
soy sauce<br>
sweet chicken chilli sauce<br>
fish sauce<br>
oyster sauce<br>
plum sauce<br><br><br><b>pantry</b><br>
granola<br>
oats<br>
wheat germ<br>
ground flax seeds<br>
hot chocolate mix<br>
several sorts of pasta (spaghetti, penne, fussili, tagliatelle)<br>
rice (brown basmati and brown parboiled)<br>
canned and chopped tomatoes<br>
canned beans (chickpeas, kidney, small and large white beans)<br>
jarred pineapple and sour cherry (in their own juices)<br>
lentils (red, puy)<br>
flours<br>
sugar<br>
baking cacao<br>
quinoa<br>
millet<br>
coffee (normal and espresso)<br>
teas (black, green, herbal, fruit)<br>
honey<br>
cookies<br>
crackers and grissini<br>
chocolate<br>
gummi bears (dd *loves* them!!)<br>
soup stock cubes (for emergencys)<br>
tahini<br>
peanut butter<br>
mixed nuts butter<br>
chocolate spread (NO nutella, tastes too sweet for my liking, I get something organic)<br><br><br>
*WOW* this looks awfully much to me and we will pay a small fortune on those things! Luckily all other things that will be needed for cooking and eating (pans, casseroles, knives, cutlery, dishes, cooking equiment and such...) are going to be payed by my god-mother (belated wedding present!) *phew*<br><br>
Did I forget anything!?<br><br>
Thanks for looking through the list and helping me,<br>
Valerie
 

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You might want some coconut milk in your pantry, for making curries?<br><br>
I wasn't sure if the homemade curry mix was just a seasoning blend, or more like a packaged, lots-of-stuff-included thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Toasted sesame oil?<br><br>
Red chile paste?<br><br>
Ginger, either gingerroot, or the fresh ginger paste in a jar?<br><br>
Garlic?<br><br>
Cous cous is sometimes nice to have, too, for when time is very short....<br><br>
alsoSarah
 

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You have listed most of what I'd say lol.<br>
Just wanted to add that chicken thighs are really easy to cook with, and often MUCH cheaper than lunch meat (which is actually quite expensive, per lb). Same with beef roasts- (before I went organic) I had NO trouble finding some sort of roast for less than $2/lb. Crock pot cooking is sooo easy!<br><br>
This recipe is quick, easy, and we all like it <a href="http://chicken.allrecipes.com/az/ChicknwithLmnCprSc.asp" target="_blank">http://chicken.allrecipes.com/az/ChicknwithLmnCprSc.asp</a><br>
I make extra sauce, and use it on the pasta.
 

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Thanks a lot for your suggestions. Couscous and ginger are already on my handwritten lists as well as sesam oil.<br><br>
The homemade curry mixed is a family recipe from my parents' indian friend Jay. He's living in Germany but goes to his family once or twice a year. He always brings an extra jar of curry for my mum who loves indian cooking. Jay's mum produces the curry with a pestle and mortar and it smells, tastes and looks different every year <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">:<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">You might want some coconut milk in your pantry, for making curries?<br><br>
I wasn't sure if the homemade curry mix was just a seasoning blend, or more like a packaged, lots-of-stuff-included thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Toasted sesame oil?<br><br>
Red chile paste?<br><br>
Ginger, either gingerroot, or the fresh ginger paste in a jar?<br><br>
Garlic?<br><br>
Cous cous is sometimes nice to have, too, for when time is very short....<br><br>
alsoSarah</div>
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