Happy New Year!

Our New Year’s Eve was spent sitting on the sofa, watching movies and having a few G&Ts with a small boy snoozing on us. Truth be told, I didn’t even make it to midnight, but that doesn’t really bother me. I’m not a big fan of the whole thing, to be frank.

That said, there was an absolute barrage of very loud, very illegal fireworks at midnight, so I can at least say I was awake for it. Small boy slept through, which I was grateful for and a little shocked by. He can hear a babybel being unwrapped from 20 yards!

A lot of people are involved in Veganuary this year. I can tell by the fact that Hellmann’s have jumped on the bandwagon, and that this is for sale in my local regular, small-ish supermarket

My past experience with vegan mayo has been underwhelming. The only brands available here were a bit too vinegar-y for my taste, and while the texture was fine they just weren’t quite to my taste. Now we’ve got some very popular American brands popping up left, right and centre, including Follow Your Heart and Amy’s, though not the range available Stateside.

This January I’ll be doing some veggie and vegan cooking (I have been both at different stages in my life) but my general theme for January is Iffits. As in, iffits in the pantry, it’s on the menu.

This is partly to cure the raging food hangover from the holidays, partly to force a little creativity, and largely to use things up. I’ve had a minor reorganizing session, and chucked out anything that didn’t pass muster one way or another.

This is now my first pantry press. Tah dah!

Largely spices and baking.

Top shelf has more honey than I thought I owned, some decorating bits, gluten free flour, syrups, jam and icing sugars, and odds and sods.

Middle shelf has extracts, sugars, raising agents, chocolate, and my awesome little nutmeg mill. My sushi vinegar and fish sauce won’t fit on the bottom shelf, so live here.

Bottom shelf then gets most use. Salts, peppers, spices, dried herbs, hot sauces, stock powders and general umami-bringers.

I’m not gonna lie, it’s neater than it has been in a while. I’ve also got added motivation now, seeing as I found two open packs of gluten free flour (we’re not GF, but a close friend is) and sodding THREE bottles of black peppercorns.

So yes, work in progress, but much tidier than my other presses. I’ll get to those next!

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