Welcome to The Salty Goat!
This page is dedicated to all those who wanted to learn about food but have never been sure where to start. Basic skills are the foundation to cooking and enjoying delicious food. Once you have mastered the art of basic cooking, everything is possible!
So lets get down to basics.
Number 1: Pantry Essentials.
Once you have stocked your pantry with the essentials, you’ll never have to venture too far to create a good meal. It really does make life easier, and its inexpensive!
Top 10 Must have ingredients (So we think anyway)
Where possible with these ingredients, buy as locally and as fresh as you can.
- Salt (We are called the Salty Goat for a reason!), and pepper of course!
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Flour ( Plain and Self-Raising)
- Sugar (White and Brown)
- Balsamic, Red Wine and White Vinegar
- Dried Herbs and Spices: Choose the ones that you know you will use the most.
- Pasta and Rice
- Tinned Tomatoes/Passata/Tomato Paste
- Chicken, Beef and Vegetable Stocks
- Vanilla Essence/ Cocoa Powder
- Parmesan/Tasty Cheese
- Garlic and Onions (Not really a cold product but we keep them in the fridge as we live in humid city…a.k.a The Gold Coast)
Number 2: Learning How to Substitute Ingredients.
Its not the end of the world if you can’t buy a specific oil/cheese/vinegar… because the truth is, a lot of ingredients in recipe books these days can be very hard to source. So its important to learn how to substitute these products for something more readily available and often more affordable.
In the case where a specific oil is called for. (Example: Avocado Oil, Pistachio Oil or even Lemon Infused Olive Oil). These products can often be substituted for a good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), which is something you should have in your pantry essentials and would often get more use out of. Its also important to be aware of the flavour differences of these products. It will change the flavour, but its not the end of the world! It will still be delicious! Be realisitic about your purchases, if you think you will use it, buy it! If not, find a substitute.
Number 3: Knowing Whats in Season.
Its important to know which fresh ingredients are in season and of course, buying as locally and as fresh as possible. It is also important to know how to substitute fresh ingredients for when they are unavailable. You will save so much money too. When fruit and veg are in season, it is plentiful, competitively priced, and delicious.
So, do your research for wherever you are in the world! Ask your local green grocer, or research online. Once you know, it will be helpful with all of your food endevours. Support local!
Number 4: Have Fun With It!
We all have to eat! Make the most of it, enjoy it. Taste as you go, don’t underestimate the power of salt, be adventurous, don’t be scared. We need to eat everyday, so it may as well be delicious!
T and J x