It’s time to spice up dinnertime and exercise your sense of adventure! As they say, variety is the spice of life, and if there’s one way you can achieve this within the comfort of your own home, it’s in the kitchen.
We bring you an easy cheat sheet for a global round trip featuring the famous flavours of Asia, India, France, Italy, the Mediterranean, Mexico and Morocco. Plus, exactly what to buy to make your own at home.
Whether you’re craving a bowl of noodles, stir fry or curry it’s quick and easy to achieve Asian-inspired flavour by stocking up on these pantry staples: fish sauce, tamarind, dried chillies, galangal, sesame oil, lime leaves and rice vinegar.
Achieve easy Indian-inspired flavour by stocking up on dried or fresh beans, chillies and spices including cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, garam masala, ginger, garlic and turmeric.
Famous for its use of butter, cheese, salt, provincial herbs and fresh produce such as leeks, mustard and olive oil, French cuisine relies heavily on fresh, seasonal produce. The French are also famous for their lighter-than-air pastries. Hello croissants, madeleines, macarons, crêpes Suzette and, of course, the decadent and creamy éclair!
Perfect al dente pasta? World-famous Italian cuisine is characterised by one thing: simplicity! Whether you’re after pasta, risotto or pizza, ensure your Italian larder is stocked with canned tomatoes, pasta, arborio rice, cannellini beans, artichokes, olives, pine nuts, capers and garlic.
Make sure you have fresh or frozen fish, grains, wine, olive oil, olives, feta, brinjal, baby marrows, lemon juice, fresh green herbs, flatbreads and yoghurt for easy Mediterranean-inspired flavour.
Who doesn’t double dip nachos? Fresh, zesty, spicy and colourful typify the bold characteristics of Mexican cuisine.
Make sure you’re full up on avocados, beans (canned or dried), cheese, chillies, sour cream, citrus, fresh tomatoes and tortillas for a quick Mexican-inspired feast during the week.
A melting pot of flavours and cultures, Morocco is most renowned for its couscous-based tagines.
For a quick weeknight, Moroccan-inspired meal check your pantry for couscous, dried fruit, honey, olives, olive oil and spices such as saffron, cumin, coriander, ginger, paprika and pastes such as harissa.