Tuesday, 29 March 2016


Just finished a comprehensive stocktake and I am ashamed to say that I have far too many cloves, too much bulgur wheat and brown rice and several orphaned packets of butter which have been in the freezer far too long !

Often I just go and look in the big freezer and forget about the little ones above the fridge and the small one in the utility room, now I have looked I shall fill honour bound to use up 1 slice of pizza and some very old spinach ! Not to mention 8 bags of blackcurrants and 2 yellow-stickered packets of sausages. Those things are not so bad as it is relatively simple to know what to do with them but what about 2 opened packets of rice flour and some black olives which I know nobody likes.

As well as having enough bulgur wheat for a small army I also bought some nutritional yeast on-line about a year ago not realising that I was getting 6 canisters rather than 1, I'm not sure that the others like it and it really is enough to constitute a lifetime's supply if I just use it 1 teaspoon at a time to flavour white sauces, if you have any ideas I would be grateful !

Still the good news is that the stockpile of chickpea flour is starting to grow smaller ! I have also found a recipe for homemade curry powder which should make a dent in the small hill of spices I have acquired !

Homemade Curry Powder

4 1⁄2teaspoons ground coriander
2teaspoons turmeric
1 1⁄2teaspoons cumin seeds
1⁄2teaspoon black peppercorns
1⁄2teaspoon chilli flakes
1⁄2teaspoon mustard seeds
1⁄2inch cinnamon stick
1⁄4teaspoon cloves
1⁄4teaspoon ginger

Grind together using a mortar and pestle or in a food processor. The spices use their strength if you don't use this quickly so I make a small quantity like this and then keep it in a small air-tight tub.

Do you have too much of anything you need to use up ?


  1. Far too much of everything, I will make some of your curry powder x

    1. Do let me know how you get on with it ? It isn't very hot as Master Shoestring just likes mild tastes !

  2. I use nutritional yeast to make homemade chicken bouillon. I found the recipe in an Mennonite cookbook, and it is amazing! I have quite a few extra spices as well, and it is nice to make your own seasoning mixes! Have a wonderful day :)

  3. Thank you for that tip, I shall try and find the recipe as normal chicken bouillon has too much salt for Mr Shoestring, it sounds like just what we need.