I hope everyone had a good Christmas and that you are all ready for the New Year. I've officially 'closed' my kitchen as I've done far too much baking in the run up to Christmas but I do have a bake planned for early next week. This month's Random Recipe challenge hosted by Dom from Belleau Kitchen is "Dare to Bare". Dom has decided to give us a break from cooking/baking and simply asked us to photograph our kitchen cupboards and tell us a little something about it. No baking involved. Well with a little trepidation, I'll open my (messy) cupboards to you. I actually have a lot of other baking related stuff in a small kitchen trolley and in a box under the table but I've not photographed those. I think this gives you a pretty good idea of what my kitchen is like!
This is the main cupboard. The top shelf has my coffee extract and homemade vanilla extracts. I usually have 2 bottles - 1 ready to use and the second one maturing. There's also an assortment of other sprinkles and ingredients in the same shelf. On the second shelf I have a stack of cooking chocolate, more sprinkles and a box full of baking ingredients such as chocolate chips, nuts, ground almonds, decorations, sprinkles, dried fruit etc. On the bottom shelf is peanut butter, honey, more sprinkles!, writing icing and an assortment of packaged goods in the back. The only non baking related item is my favourite oak roasted tomato balsamic vinegar - it's my favourite salad dressing which I buy from the tomato stall at Borough Market in London.
I have a box of spices at the far end on the bottom shelf, more baking related items and a tin of tuna which has been there for ages. I'm sure you're probably not surprised that I have very limited savoury items in my cupboards as I rarely cook. I do have some rice, cous cous and pearl barley in packets on the top shelf here on the left side.
This is the cupboard where I keep my plates and bowls but as you can see the top shelf has been taken over by even more baking goods! I have an assortment of flours, sugars and rolled oats in here. And a pack of pasta. Oh and a tin of caramel.