Holiday Pantry

My pantry has the usual – flour, sugar, really great chocolate, rice, pasta, beans! But when the festive season arrives I start stocking it with fun ingredients to make or serve spur of the moment nibbles or treats.

Putting some festive ideas in your pantry for drop ins!

Putting some festive ideas in your pantry for drop ins!

Drop in Drinks:

I always have special drinks for the DD.

Make sure to have special drinks for the DD.

  • Red and white wine
  • I always a bottle of Prosecco in the fridge – you never know when and what you might want to celebrate.
  • Drinks for the non-drinkers or the designated drivers DD – sparkling water, fancy pops


Drop in Nibbles: serve all on a platter for nibbling:

Assorted cheeses and olives

Assorted cheeses and olives

  • Crackers – make special crackers, not your regular everyday ones
  • Jar of marinated artichoke hearts
  • assorted olives
  • Goat cheese in the fridge  – I like Woolwich’s line
  • Jar of red pepper jelly – goes great over  goat cheese
  • Blue cheese
  • Smoked oysters
  • Nuts
  • Interesting chips – I really love these South Asian snacks – see the picture below
South Asian snacks

South Asian snacks


Drop in dessert: you never know when you need a fab dessert

ice cream

  • A really great vanilla ice cream
  • Gourmet chocolate sauce – most larger grocery stores will have a brand in the ice cream department or with the sweet sauces
  • Store bought fancy cookies
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