Thursday, January 29, 2015

CREATING A WHOLE FOOD PANTRY

By Claudia Martin
Photographed by Theresa Shields

The ultimate 'lipstick hippy' and all round free spirit, Claudia Martin is a food stylist and cook with a focus on whole foods and organic indigents. Mother to young Eve and wife to Levi, Claudia will be sharing bespoke recipes and healthy living advice. She cooks and works from the worlds most perfectly styled kitchen (see it here).


I’m sure we can all agree that cooking for a family is a tough gig. Add the pressure of trying to be healthy in a world full of conflicting & faddish diets. Over thinking what we feed our children, and ourselves can really make our heads hurt.

I’ve been on many food journeys, but my food mantra is now based on using whole, quality ingredients for easy to prepare, simple recipes. Fresh, seasonal vegetables are always the main act of every meal, but we mix up our sides with a variety of animal products, legumes and whole grains.

Over the next little while, I’ll be sharing a few recipes that have become staples in our household.  I will keep them really simple sharing snack ideas and condiment recipes that are quick and easy to make. Hopefully they will help you break up with the processed alternatives that line our supermarket shelves. Plus, they taste so much better & can help you feel a little smug and proud of yourself.

Here are a few ingredients that I’m always reaching for, and will be a great to have on hand for some of the recipes that I’ll be sharing:

Hemp Seeds I use them daily in smoothies and sprinkled over yoghurt or porridge. A great plant based protein hit.

Coconut EVERYTHING. Desiccated, shredded, flour… you name it. It will make everything taste delicious.

Chia Seeds

Nuts Of all types. I prefer to soak and activate them. Especially for butters and milk. I like to blend a combination of nuts and sprinkle it on snacks.

Cooking Oils:
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Macadamia Oil
Organic Butter

Frozen Organic Berries For jam and smoothies.

Maple Syrup

Whole meal Spelt Flour

Popcorn kernels A perfect snack with some butter and dulse flakes.

Quinoa

Local Wild Honey

Buckwheat & Oats Always soaked overnight

A combination of Dulse flakes and Himalayan salt in my grinder – great for that extra iodine kick.

Legumes

What do you have in your pantry that you can’t live without?
Happy Cooking!
Claudia x

8 comments:

  1. This is fantastic! Looking forward to some inspiration!

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  2. I love this starting point. I would add vinegars of all types- balsamic and apple cider being my top two.

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  3. This is perfect! I'm moving next month and actually have a pantry. And it's huge. And I want to start it out right

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  4. Hey! This is fantastic. Already looking forward to the recipes. Why do you always soak your oats and buckwheat? Thanks.

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    1. Hi Alice,
      I believe this is often referred to as "activating" them - it basically makes them easier for your gut to digest and access the goodness that would otherwise be missed out one. Same with things like "activated" almonds.
      Dave

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em