I have six key ingredients that I use in all of my basic, day-to-day baking: flour, baking powder, salt, oil, milk and eggs. These six essentials, when put together in different proportions, allow me to create delicious, easy to make main and side dishes for very little money.
A lot of milk (and water), with a medium amount of flour, a tablespoon of baking powder, some oil and an egg? Delicious crepes, to stuff with ham, cheese and spinach. (Or lemon, butter and sugar as an after-dinner treat).
Very little liquid, lots of flour and a heaping tablespoon of baking powder (with the other ingredients in proportion)? Fluffy baking powder biscuits, to serve with soup or chili on a cold winter night.
Equal amounts flour and sugar, one half of that amount of milk, half of that of oil, an egg and a tablespoon of baking powder (plus seasonings to taste)? A delicious busy-day cake that I like to whip up for snacks, as a base for banana bread or even for birthday cakes.
What are your go-to ingredients when cooking?
PS: Admit it! How many of you had to go back and reread the title of the post?