People are always asking me what are my priority ingredients when building a prepper pantry. If I could only have 5 ingredients to feed myself, for me, one of them would be a bag of flour. It would enable me to make dishes with whatever I could find, grow or forage. I always think how hard it must be to feed people if they are gluten free. During the times when I struggled to feed my single parent family, flour helped me to fill our bellies without the children realising how little food we had.
There are so many things that I have made over the years when times were hard with just a few extra ingredients from the garden, or odd things in the cupboard and a bag of flour. Here are some examples. All these taste better if you can add a pinch of salt to them as well.
- Flatbreads -flour and water, or yoghurt and water. We have used these when we could not afford bread. They are lovely warm with jam on, or to have with a vegetable curry and to pad out other meals if you have no other carbs
- Dumplings- flour and water with herbs mixed in (fried or steamed). I would often put these on top of a slow cooked meal made from ingredients from the garden.
- Filled dumplings- as above but filled with curry or other left overs. These are nice air fried and served with ratatouille or some kind of sauce
- Pancakes- flour, eggs and milk. These can be filled for savoury or sweet dishes. Left over bolognaise is great inside them, or spicy vegetables.
- Batter -flour and sparkling water. I would make a kind of chicken nugget with batter and have even battered potato cakes.
- Pasta- flour and water for a basic pasta, but you can add egg yolks.
- Gnocchi- flour, potato and egg yolk
- Vegetable fritters – grated vegetables, flour and water
- Vegetable pancakes – grated vegetables, flour, egg
- Pakora- grated veg and sliced onion, flour, spices and water
- Pizza base -yoghurt and flour or flour and water.
- Chinese pancakes- flour, yoghurt, water, spring onions, salt, and cook in sesame oil
- Pastry – add fat or oil and water. Can be used for tarts, quiches, pies or pasties
- Samosas – flour, ghee and water and just add vegetables and spices for filling.
- Naan – flour, yoghurt, oil and baking powder, warm water
- White sauces – add a small amount of butter and add milk. You can then add vegetables to the sauce to make a pie or make a cheese sauce for mac and cheese etc.
- Sourdough -flour and water
- (flour and water also makes a great glue for children’s sticking activities).
Some weeks we only had flour, salt, a few eggs, tomato puree, sugar, milk, lard, cheese, cooking oil, herbs, vegetables and fruit in the garden, but we were able to survive a week or so until pay day, as long as we had a bag of flour. Our meals were varied, tasty and creative. What creative things do you make with a bag of flour?