Last year, the Anster offered to rebuild my pantry as my birthday present. It was a great idea as my current pantry was a mix-match of shelves at different heights. It worked much better than the previous version which involved banana boxes stacked one upon the other. I was forever stacking and re-stacking boxes when the ingredients I required were in the bottom box.
I didn’t need much encouragement to empty my pantry – stuff got piled into boxes without much organisation. With the old shelves removed, the walls and ceilings plastered, sanded and painted, it was exciting to think that soon I’d have pristine shelves just the right height. As usual, in our renovation process, as soon as a new project is begun, work (real work not renovation work) gets busy and the project grinds to a halt.
I got sick of cheat cooking using jars of pre-made sauces, so I delved into my boxes and re-sorted them so I could at least find the most-often used ingredients. I made a little pantry by emptying out a bookcase. I probably resorted those boxes at least once a week but I couldn’t find my chai spice blend. I was almost at the point of re-buying the spices so I could make up another batch when the weather threw a rain storm my way. Bad weather means The Anster can’t go tramping (hiking) and so we get some building, painting & renovation work done instead.
Anyhow, the pantry is done and I found my chai spice blend. So I got to and baked some more muffins. These muffins can be made with a fresh mango or tinned mango slices (drained of syrup).