One thing I always like to have on hand is roasted garlic. I just can’t get enough of it. I add it to my home made hummus and salad dressings and mashed potatoes.
Remove from oven and cool. Squeeze cloves from their casings and mash garlic in a small bowl. Freeze in small quantities in an ice cube tray or in clip seal bags.
Use in aioli,hummus or on top of pizza bases. You can even just spread on top of bread or crackers as the garlic will be soft and slightly sweet. Add to mashed potatoes. In fact, just add roasted garlic to everything!
Life for us has been all about survival on a shoestring budget. I've learnt how to live on very basic (and cheap) staples and I cook from scratch and don't buy prepackaged mixes of anything. I've raised three happy and healthy kids and I believe that food is central to good communication and a happy and connected life!
I have an unpublished cookbook manuscript that lives on my kitchen bench. This is the collection that I have fed my family from for many years, all made from a core list of practical and economical ingredients. The manuscript is splattered with butter, flour and milk from daily use. It moves between the kitchen and the office as I edit and test-kitchen the recipes.