Is the pantry half empty or half full?

Is your pantry half empty or half full?

Today I woke up, and realised I only had one egg in the fridge.  I'm a creature of habit and I love my scrambled eggs n coffee for breakfast on a Saturday, but today it wasn't to be.  I had a few options at my disposal, and they were:

  • Freak OUT and exclaim "I have no food in the house" - and be over-dramatic
  • Eat my 1 egg on its own and feel ripped off
  • Drink a protein shake with water and feel ripped off
  • Get my creative freak ON and see what else I could do


I chose the last option and created the yummiest pancake, I'll even share the recipe with you:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 dessert spoons oat bran
  • 3 dessert spoons shredded coconut
  • 1 dessert spoon cacao nibs
  • splash of milk (stolen from flatmate) 
  • 1 dessert spoon Rapadura Sugar
  • A few twists of the Vanilla Grinder

So I got my hot breakfast after all.


  • Take what you already know about cooking.  We all know how to make a stupid easy pancake right?  It has 3 main ingredients, egg, milk and some sort of dry ingredient. (I'm ignoring baking powder for now) Everything else (sugar, cacao, berries, raisins etc) are just flavours.  The basics of the pancake don't change.  Once you have the basics, then you scout around your fridge and pantry for flavours.  I could have just as easily replaced the sweet ingredients for the rest of the smoked fish in my fridge and made a smoked fish cake.  So, principle #1 - take what you know, get a core recipe happening and then grab your left over things and add them as flavours.
  • Break away from foods main rules.  That means letting go of cereal and toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and crackers for snacks.  Once we can let go of these, then our eyes open up to a world of possibilities.  You could have rolled oats for morning tea instead of a muffin (or you could make an oatcake (see point one about basic pancake), for lunch you could have last nights leftovers instead of buying a sandwich from the bakery.
  • Get some basic cookery lessons.  Once you start to get an idea of what goes with what and how to cook, then you will start to see ideas pop up in your half empty pantry.  If you can't fry food very well, there's no way you'd see a pancake as a good idea.
  • Remember your goals.  If healthy eating is your main goal and all that is in the pantry is a tin of beans and a tin of tomatoes, then you've got the makings of a healthy meal.  Sure, it might not the worlds most tasty dish, and it might not have any vegetables, but the short term discomfort will get you one step closer to your goal instead of buying takeaways, which will take you a small step away.  Not only that, it'll motivate you to go and do some grocery shopping for healthy foods that DO appeal.
  • Relax, breathe and observe.  Calm people tend to be able to find easy answers a bit quicker than stressed out people.  Just look at those who pray with god (I'm not religious, but I respect).  What are people doing when they pray and find answers...they're being silent and calm aren't they?  I used to be a MAJOR stress-pot.  But the more I learned about being calm and relaxed, the more I found that answers and creative solutions were coming.  If you just relax and be calm and happy in front of your pantry, a fun idea will come to you. 

Go and look in your pantry and fridge it still half empty?  Mine is 90% empty...but 10% full enough to make pancakes!! ;)