Even more interesting than what's on your shopping list is
what you run out of, because that shows what you're actually using.
Sometimes it only dawns on me how differently I've been cooking
when we suddenly start running out of something we've never run out
of before, or how many cakes, cupcakes, scones and hotcakes this
kitchen has emitted as of late when I realize that the bag of flour
I'm buying is the third one this month.
Things we've run out of lately:
Cumin, oregano, ancho chile powder: adding homemade
veg burritos to our dinner rotation is the main culprit here,
but lately cumin seems to go into every recipe that requires
dried spices...so much so that the second 3oz jar to go was
replaced with a one-pound bag of the stuff. (They say never
to argue with a person who buys ink by the barrel...what about
someone who buys cumin by the pound?)
Onions and garlic: Incredibly enough, we used to buy
onions a few at a time with specific recipes in mind, but
more & more they seem to be getting into many of the
savoury dishes we make each week: stirfry, burritos as noted
plus we finally found egg-free commercial perogies, so we can
finally eat perogies covered in fried onions again.
Olio aglio eats through a lot of our garlic, as well as soup
recipes, but a clove here and there seems to go into all the other
veg dishes, too.
We had a good run on vegan soup stock for a while, but
that's dropped off, what with it being spring now and all.
Finally, white sugar & white flour (>_<), along
with the holy baking trifecta of cornstarch, baking soda, and
baking powder. Oh, and vanilla extract too -- some
four bottles of the stuff in recent memory -- and
cider vinegar, of all things, which is what we use to
turn soymilk into vegan buttermilk for baking.
In the last while we've made a whack of birthday cakes including
a half-sheet monster, several batches of
for work & domestic consumption, several doz maple cupcakes for
the kid's school, and (currently in the oven) choc chip cupcakes
for Mothers' Day. This along with the regular Sunday
routine and the occasional round of bread, buns, focaccia, or pizza.