Patak’s Chilli Pickle
For years and years I used to make this by boiling down gallons of balsamic vinegar and then sweetening with a little honey; a tedious and smelly task which I no longer need to do; most supermarkets sell it these days. I use balsamic glaze as a delicious and attractive garnish to a number of dishes and, at home, as glorified tomato ketchup, drizzling it on everything from fried eggs or tomato salad to hummus or polenta.
Caramelised Red Onion
This is another thing which is easy to make at home but easier still to buy. Not only is this a delicious cheese enhancing chutney like thing it is also great in quite a variety of dishes. I do, in fact, often make this but like to keep some in the fridge for emergencies. A particularly pleasant version is made by The Cherry Tree.
This is delicious not only on salad, especially with spicy foods, but also particularly good with smoked fish and meat, including bacon. Great in sarnies too.
A long time store cupboard staple for me I even had to initiate its importation in the B.V.I. I needed it so bad! This give a delicious creamy yet coconut textured lift to all sorts of dishes, including curries.
Panko crumbs are great to keep in the Storecupboard – perfect for perking up leftovers and just generally enhancing things