Sometimes we lived off pancakes, or pasta bakes or even risotto and rice custard. We made pizzas from scratch, sometimes only being able to add garlic and herbs from the garden if the cupboard was pretty bare.
But we survived.
Sometimes we were flooded in for days, waiting for waters to recede so being inventive with what we had was key. I only ever shopped fortnightly, so if a flood came at the end of that fortnight then things were fairly stretched.
But we always survived.
Knowing how to shop and cook with basic staples is such an important skill and yet I think we are losing a lot of the knowledge under the omnipresence of convenience.
Even though I no longer live in a flood prone zone, I always have pantry staples and could survive if I needed to. Unless of course I was flooded out, like I was from Friday to Sunday.
Although inconvenienced by being stuck out of home for a few days with nothing, I thoroughly enjoyed staying with my boys. They live together as flatmates and share with one other mate and my eldest son's girlfriend. It was actually nice to spend a little bit of time in their world, and they didn't seem to mind too much having me there.
The first night was a Friday night and my middle son is saving money for a skydiving course (he's my adrenaline junkie - and responsible for most of my grey hair!) so he cooked up some chicken burritos for himself. I watched on as the proud mum who has taught her sons the basics of cookery.
The rest of us decided to order in pizza and I was amused when I found the takeaway menus in the fridge door with the condiments!
Because really, where else would you keep them?
Makes sense: when you're hungry, you look in the fridge right?