One thing I always like to have on hand is roasted garlic. I just can’t get enough of it. I add it to my home made hummus and salad dressings and mashed potatoes.
Leeks carry a lot of dirt in their layers and if they are not cleaned properly before cooking, you will end up with a very gritty dinner!
Did you know you can freeze your overripe bananas whole? As soon as they get a bit too soft (and this hot weather has been turning them quickly!) then I just throw them whole into the freezer, skin and all. When defrosted, they will be very squishy but I guarantee they'll make the best banana cake that you've ever tasted! And you'll never waste another banana again. You can also use them in banana muffins, banana and honey loaf or banana fritters.
Life for us has been all about survival on a shoestring budget. I've learnt how to live on very basic (and cheap) staples and I cook from scratch and don't buy prepackaged mixes of anything. I've raised three happy and healthy kids and I believe that food is central to good communication and a happy and connected life!
I have an unpublished cookbook manuscript that lives on my kitchen bench. This is the collection that I have fed my family from for many years, all made from a core list of practical and economical ingredients. The manuscript is splattered with butter, flour and milk from daily use. It moves between the kitchen and the office as I edit and test-kitchen the recipes.